The 2016 Summer Guide 

Where to go and what to do between now and Labor Day.

click to enlarge DAY 9: Actor John Mincks plays Johnny in Green Day’s “American Idiot” at the Firehouse Theatre, June 25-July 23.

Scott Elmquist

DAY 9: Actor John Mincks plays Johnny in Green Day’s “American Idiot” at the Firehouse Theatre, June 25-July 23.

You’ll have about 80 days to make the most of Richmond’s unofficial summer season, which starts this weekend and wraps up by Labor Day. And you know when things get started with a 1,000-foot slip-and-slide downtown, set for this Saturday (slidethecity.com), there’s no limit to the possibilities. You’ll be able to find things to do, food to taste, places to explore throughout the year in our weekly print edition and online in Styleweekly.com’s searchable calendar. But we’ve culled one idea per day to keep you inspired — and help the planning process begin.

DAY 1: Friday, June 17
Celebrate National Flip-Flop Day. Step into a pair, grab five bucks and head to Brown’s Island for Friday Cheers. The Houston-based 10-piece the Suffers bring the heat with a modern touch to ’60 soul, funk and R&B. Opening is Too Many Zooz. 6-9:30 p.m. venturerichmond.com.

DAY 2: Saturday, June 18
Start Father’s Day weekend off right: pork, beer and live music on a football field. The Pigskin Pigout, a free festival at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center, brings it together with plenty of barbecue and tailgate-style food for sale. You can check out the field before the Redskins arrive in Richmond on July 28. Noon-6 p.m. pigskinpigout.com.

DAY 3: Sunday, June 19
Find a perfect pairing with Dad: oysters and craft brew. Hardywood’s Father’s Day Keg ’n’ Oyster Fest puts it all together. Hardywood Oyster Stout made with Rappahannock Oysters, plus bivalves both raw and fried, with performances from Exebelle and the Rusted Cavalcade, Continental Clouds and River City Band. Noon-6 p.m. hardywood.com.

DAY 4: Monday, June 20
Tee up for a good cause. The Rick Sharp Classic Auction and Golf Tournament, June 20-21, benefits the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund. Held in honor of the late Richmond executive of CarMax at the Independence Golf Club in Midlothian. The fundraiser includes a reception and auction on Monday night. 501auctions.com/ricksharpclassic.

DAY 5: Tuesday, June 21
Reunite with a Drive-By Trucker. Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and guitarist Jason Isbell, from Green Hill, Alabama, plays the Altria Theater. Get there early to check out Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls. 7:30 p.m. altriatheater.com.

DAY 6: Wednesday, June 22
Look for romance in the Devil’s Triangle. Not all connections are made on Match.com. Speed dating is still a thing. Try the Summer Lovin’ speed dating social at Sheppard Street Tavern, formerly Caliente. 6:30 p.m. Free. And if things go well, or don’t, there’s always bar-hopping at Buddy’s and Bandito’s. sheppardstreettavern.com.

Four Days of Theater

click to enlarge DAY 8: Disirée Roots, Zuri Washington and Felicia Curry lead the cast of “Dreamgirls” at Virginia Rep. - JAY PAUL
  • Jay Paul
  • DAY 8: Disirée Roots, Zuri Washington and Felicia Curry lead the cast of “Dreamgirls” at Virginia Rep.

DAY 7: Thursday, June 23
Get rowdy with the ladies. The team that brought the popular “Dixie Swim Club” to life — Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten — have a new summer Southern comedy up their sleeves. “The Hallelujah Girls” runs June 9-July 23 at Swift Creek Mill. swiftcreekmill.com.

DAY 8: Friday, June 24
Experience opening night. And I am telling you: Virginia Repertory Theatre is going to wring out as many laughs, tears and powerhouse vocals as possible from its summer musical, “Dreamgirls,” which opens this weekend. June 24-Aug. 7. va-rep.org.

DAY 9: Saturday, June 25
Rock out. The punk rock opera that hit Broadway, created by Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, opens at Firehouse Theatre. The talented Richmond cast of “Green Day’s American Idiot” does double-duty by playing instruments, too. They can act, they can rock. Runs through July 23. firehousetheatre.org.

DAY 10: Sunday, June 26
Meet your Broadway neighbors. Andrea Rivette is the host of “To Broadway and Beyond (and Back!)” at the Richmond Triangle Players. Hear interviews and songs from Broadway performers who have moved to Richmond. Featuring Matt Ferrell, Timothy A. Fitz-Gerald and Jody Ashworth. rtriangle.org.

click to enlarge DAY 11: RVA Burger Week, June 27-July 3.
  • DAY 11: RVA Burger Week, June 27-July 3.

DAY 11: Monday, June 27
Get your burger on. From now till July 3, participating Richmond restaurants will be offering specialty burgers for $5 during RVA Burger Week. The more adventurous among us have been known to try all of them. Don’t hold us responsible should you choose that path. rvaburgerweek.com.

DAY 12: Tuesday, June 28
Explore the James on two wheels. The Valentine’s James Bicycle Tour runs 10 a.m. to noon, leading you along the Canal Walk and Capital Trail. You’ll get outdoors while learning about Richmond’s history and culture. The $40 ticket includes the tour, water, bike rental and helmet. thevalentine.org.

DAY 13: Wednesday, June 29
Get the kids out of the house. The high-energy children’s show, “Big Bang Boom,” takes over the stage at Henrico Theatre — and it’s free. 10 a.m.  652-1460. henrico.us/rec/places/henrico-theatre.

DAY 14: Thursday, June 30
Get thee to the garden. The pet-friendly, little Friday social, Flowers After 5, offers outdoor entertainment, shopping and consumables every Thursday this summer at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. 5-9 p.m. lewisginter.org.

DAY 15: Friday, July 1
Start your holiday weekend downtown. The popular downtown culture event First Fridays Art Walk offers exhibits at more than 20 art galleries, alongside a variety of other participating venues and events. Adams and Broad streets, 5-9 p.m. rvafirstfridays.com.

DAY 16: Saturday, July 2
Eat for the sake of the commonwealth. The all-things-Virginia holiday showcase, Taste of Virginia, goes down at Innsbrook Pavilion with indigenous beer, wine and food samples, performances from Three Sheets to the Wind and Jackass Flats, fireworks and children’s activities. Proceeds benefit FeedMore. 3:30-9:30 p.m. $8-$15. innsbrook.com.

click to enlarge My Noodle & Bar - ASH DANIEL
  • Ash Daniel
  • My Noodle & Bar

DAY 17: Sunday, July 3
Dine in a treehouse. There are such booth options — not to mention a porch-swing seating area — at My Noodle & Bar. After dinner, stay to sing your heart out at karaoke. 10:30 p.m. mynoodleandbar.com.

DAY 18: Monday, July 4
Watch fireworks — or lasers. There’s the Richmond Flying Squirrels vs. Reading: Independence Day Fireworks Extravaganza at The Diamond. Gates open at 4:30. There are plenty of other options, too, including Byrd Park and Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. And, in an expanded and revised show, Henrico County and Genworth present Red, White and Lights — a show featuring the Richmond Symphony and a laser-light show at Meadow Farm Museum at Crump Park. Watch Styleweekly.com for details.

DAY 19: Tuesday, July 5
Try to spot the future Olympians. This is the real deal, where “legends are born,” promise the organizers of the 2016 USA Taekwondo National Championships, which run at the Greater Richmond Convention Center from July 4-10. teamusa.org/usa-taekwondo.

DAY 20: Wednesday, July 6
Get your classic summer fix. The Richmond Symphony kicks off its Summer Recital Series — a collaboration with the departments of music at the University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University. Things start with UR’s new president, Ronald Crutcher, playing cello, with pianist Joanne Kong, performing works from Glazunov, Scriabin and Rachmaninoff. A casual, one-hour series. Libby S. Gottwald Playhouse, 6:30 p.m. richmondsymphony.com.

DAY 21: Thursday, July 7
Unleash your creative side. The Visual Arts Center of Richmond offers a big variety of classes for adults and youth designed to teach and inspire. You can explore the full summer schedule at visarts.org.

DAY 22: Friday, July 8
Get apocalyptic. It’s the last weekend to see Richmond actress McLean Jesse in a farewell performance of “Sadie’s Last Painting.” The play focuses on a woman who must survive while “holed-up in an art studio riddled with an assortment of essentials and discarded items from the road. In the darkness she stands silent, a blade at her side.” Runs June 23-July 9 at RVA Event Space at Plant Zero. $20. brownpapertickets.com.

DAY 23: Saturday, July 9
Glow in the dark. The family-friendly Maymont Glow is an after-hours walk and run designed to show the popular park in a new light. Participants get glow-in-the-dark items and are encouraged to dress in their best glow outfit. threeoneoneproductions.com.

DAY 24: Sunday, July 10
Join the punky party. Insubordination, the Gospel, Lost Love, Idiot Proof, Uncle Spudd and Frankie Moon play the Camel, starting at 7 p.m. $7. thecamel.org.

click to enlarge DAY 25: Studio Two Three offers a variety of classes, including screenprinting. - ASH DANIEL
  • Ash Daniel
  • DAY 25: Studio Two Three offers a variety of classes, including screenprinting.

DAY 25: Monday, July 11
Step up your ink game. Studio Two Three offers an intermediate screen-printing class with Travis Robertson — the art director for Spacebomb Records and the owner of print shop Archaic Mess. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., $30. printva.org. … And while you’re in an artistic frame of mind, check out the new oil, pastel and acrylic paintings as well as sculptures, ceramics and jewelry by local and regional artists on display at Gallery Flux. Through July 30. galleryflux.com.

DAY 26: Tuesday, July 12
Celebrate originality. Local songsmiths share the stage for the 13th season of the Songwriter Showdown at Ashland Coffee and Tea. Contestants pay $3 each to perform two songs for the chance at $50, and to continue in the finale at the end of the six-month series, in October. 7 p.m. ashlandcoffeeandtea.com.

DAY 27: Wednesday, July 13
Visit a new local brewery. With the rate these are opening in Richmond, you can’t possibly have tried them all yet — have you? There are all kinds of beers to try, locals to meet, conversations to be had, scenery to be seen. Check out our local beer quarterly, RVA Growler, online at styleweekly.com/rvagrowler.

DAY 28: Thursday, July 14$
Hear music under the stars. There are plenty of venues and series in the Richmond area. But have you been out to the Ruritan Cold Harbor Park to check out a laid-back, down-home scene? A bonus? The Hanover Concert Series (Also July 7, 21, 28) is free. hanoversummernights.com.

DAY 29: Friday, July 15
Have an artisan taco with that beer. The 2016 Capital Ale House National Beer Expo is in town (July 13-16), and tonight is the Taco Throwdown, presented by Style Weekly. Expanded in its third year, this culinary event features Richmond chefs creating a sampling of more than 16 tacos, along with more than 35 varieties of craft beer and cider, not to mention wines, from Virginia and elsewhere. 6-9 p.m., Greater Richmond Convention Center. nationalbeerexpo.com.

DAY 30: Saturday, July 16
Richmond Triangle Players is host to the mid-Atlantic debut of “The Boy from Oz,” starring Chris Hester as Peter Allen in the Broadway musical. Discovered by Judy Garland and later married to her daughter, Liza Minnelli, Allen led a fascinating life. This is your last chance to see the show, which runs June 15-July 16 — unless there’s an extension. What say you, RTP? rtriangle.org.

click to enlarge DAY 31: It‘s National Ice Cream day across town, including Sweet 95. - SCOTT ELMQUIST
  • Scott Elmquist
  • DAY 31: It‘s National Ice Cream day across town, including Sweet 95.

DAY 31: Sunday, July 17
Celebrate National Ice Cream Day. Is there a wrong way to do this? Only if it doesn’t feature ice cream. A few local favorite spots: the Dairy Bar. Gelati Celesti. Sweet 95. Bev’s Homemade Ice Cream. Boyer’s. And we hear Cook Out’s watermelon milkshake emerges this time of the year.

DAY 32: Monday, July 18
Think through the laughter. British comedian Eddie Izzard brings his surreal rambling narratives to the Carpenter Theatre. 8 p.m. $48-$58. richmondcenterstage.com.

DAY 33: Tuesday, July 19
Change keys. Coming to the National, Black Keys guitarist Dan Auerbach plays with his new group the Arcs. 8 p.m. $28. thenationalva.com.

DAY 34: Wednesday, July 20
Make someone laugh — or die trying. Aspiring joke tellers take to the stage for the twice-monthly showcase of up-and-coming comedians, Comedy from Home, at Home Sweet Home in Carytown. Sign-ups begin at 9 p.m. before the show at 10. Free. hshrva.com.

click to enlarge Joe Walsh, July 21
  • Joe Walsh, July 21

DAY 35: Thursday, July 21
Fly like a metaphorical eagle. Former James Gang and Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh proves that life continues to be good to him at Innsbrook After Hours. J.D. and the Straight Shot open. 6 p.m. $15-$375. innsbrookafterhours.com.

DAY 36: Friday, July 22
Pay homage to Homer. Could you piece together a “Simpsons” episode from memory, with a little help from your friends? What if you were one of the survivors of civilization’s collapse? That’s the premise behind “Mr. Burns: a Post-Electric Play,” directed by Deejay Gray. Opening tonight and running through Aug. 6, it’s TheatreLab’s final show of the season. theatrelabrva.org.

DAY 37: Saturday, July 23
Get high on hair. It’s the battle of hairstyles at Diversity Richmond for RVA’s Hair Battle Royale Part III. Such a tease. 1-9 p.m. diversityrichmond.org.

DAY 38: Sunday, July 24
Learn the Lindy. The gyrations of the swing era come to the Greater Richmond Convention Center. Today wraps up three days of learning, teaching and performing during the Process. July 22-24. thelindyprocess.com.

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