Hops in the Park!


This past Saturday, the first “Hops in the Park” was held at Henricus Historical Park in Chesterfield County, Virginia.

Henricus is a living museum operated by the Henricus Foundation and the counties of Chesterfield and Henrico.hops4

The Citie of Henricus was the second successful English settlement in the New World. Three hundred settlers, led by Sir Thomas Dale left Jamestown where the environment was less than healthy and traveled some 80 miles up the James River. Henricus Historical Park re-creates this part of early American history.


On a brisk, sunny, autumn day hundreds of beer aficionados and their families came out to experience the finest offerings from more than fifteen Virginia craft breweries, farmer’s markets and historical interpreters, all on the banks of the James River.

This event was a free harvest festival and definitely one of the highlights of the fall season.hops3

We were there to partake and enjoy. And while we had a mishap or two navigating our way from the parking lot via shuttle bus, it was a delightful afternoon.

And, oh yes we sampled several excellent brews.

As the sun began to set, a large bonfire was being built on the hill. Another obligation took us away, but we left planning (and hoping) that we’d be able to come again next year.

And this time get there earlier.

Photos: Henricus Historical Park

Check out these great festivals coming to Richmond in September


While summer doesn’t technically end for a few weeks, Labor Day weekend is the traditional end of summer vacation. Pools close. Theme parks close. And the kids go back to school.

But, that doesn’t mean an end to the fun. There are plenty of festivals coming to the River City in September. Check these out.

Fall Line Fest
September 6th and 7th in Downtown Richmond
Fall Line Fest is a two-day celebration of music, art and food.

Harvest Wine Festival
September 7
James River Cellars in Glen Allen
James River Cellars joints with three other wineries to present the 8th Annual Harvest Wine Festival. Enjoy tastings, wine seminars, tours and live music.

RVA Street Art Festival
September 11-15
The former GRTC Bus Depot on Cary Street
Nationally and internationally acclaimed artists will join with RVA’s local talent to create murals on trolley barns, create sculpture and offer arts education, local crafts and food and drink.

Shockoe-on-the-half Shell Festival
September 14
17th Street Farmers Market
If you love oysters, this event is a must. Enjoy oysters and the shops of Schokoe Bottom all in one visit.

43rd Street Festival of the Arts
September 14
1412 W. 43rd Street
Over 70 of RVA’s best and most creative artisans will be onhand to present their creations.

Armenian Food Festival
September 19-22
St. James Armenian Church
Enjoy the 55th Armenian festival for great food, dance and fun.

St. Benedict Oktoberfest
September 20-22
300 N. Sheppard Street
Enjoy German music, dancing, food and beverage(s) of your choice. Proceeds support Catholic education in Saint Benedict Parish.

Capital Ale House Octoberfest
September 21-28
623 E. Main Street
Enjoy Germany style cuisine and plenty of Virginia craft beers.

Virginia State Fair
September 27 – October 6
The tradition of the Virginia State Fair continues at Meadow Event Park in Doswell.

September 27-29
Plant Zero Event Space
Check out Richmond’s first convention that showcases anime, comics, gaming, technology and music.

RVA Peace Festival
September 28
St. Stephens Episcopal Church
The RVA Peace Festival began in the aftermath of the attacks of 9/11. The Festival seeks to provide a place for children, youth and adults to gather to celebrate diversity and to promote peace.

Richmond Italian Festival
September 28-29
17th Street Market
Experience an authentic Italian village at Richmond’s 9th Annual Italian Festival.

Festival of India
September 28-29
Greater Richmond Convention Center
Enjoy Indian culture and cuisine.


Image via RVA Creates