Friday, May 1, 2009

Summer Activities to Enjoy in Richmond Virginia

Virginia in the summertime promises many of months of fun outdoor activities, concerts and tours. If you plan to visit the Richmond area, whether as part of a grand tour of the state or for a weekend getaway, you'll find the options for entertainment are plentiful. Here are just a few suggestions for visitors and residents to augment their weekends in Richmond.

First Fridays Artwalk - Downtown - As the weather warms up in Virginia, it's a great time to stroll the historic districts of downtown Richmond. The First Fridays Artwalk is held, naturally, the first Friday of the month in the early evening, and visitors can take in any number of participating galleries and show rooms for the best in regional oils, mixed, media, photography, and sculpture. This is a recurring event the whole family will enjoy.

Garden Concert Series - Every summer the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden hosts Groovin' in the Garden, a series of lawn concerts held on Thursday evenings. Guests are invited to lay out a blanket and enjoy the rhythms of top regional and national folk, pop, and country acts. Ticket prices vary according to the schedule, so be sure to check their website.

River District Canal Cruises - Hop aboard a covered boat and enjoy a relaxing and informative tour of Richmond's historic district from the James River. This 40-minute ride motors past various city landmarks. Private charters are also available for large parties.

Friday Cheers - Brown's Island - Fridays on the island set the backdrop for great live music, free! Come out in the early evening to enjoy top local and regional acts playing original and popular R&B, country, and rock.

Concerts, arts and entertainment, historical tours. Richmond is a diverse, growing city offering the best in recreation and entertainment. Plan a weekend and enjoy a fun summer event in this state capital.

Kathryn Lively is a freelance writer specializing in articles on Richmond condo rentals and Virginia Web design.

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