4th annual Anthem Moonlight Ride, untimed, family-friendly bike ride under the moon, Saturday, August 4, vendor village, walk up registration and packet pick up 6pm, Anthem Moonlight Ride 8pm post party 9pm, all riders are required to have a helmet & front and rear light, entry fee adults $35, children 8-14 $15, online registration closes Thursday 11:59pm, www.sportsbackers.org or 804-285-9495.
“Virginia Stampede” by Myrna’s Boots’ n Bits – Pro Rodeo returns to Colonial Downs, New Kent County Friday and Saturday, August 3 & 4, gates open 6pm, 6:30-7:30 live music, Rodeo 7:30-9:45pm with 15 minute intermission, 9:45 -10:45 live music, advance tickets $15, $20 day of event, family 4-pack $30, 804-966-7223 ext 1032.
23rd annual Duck Race, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Richmond & Tri-Cities, Saturday, August 11, 2-6pm, Rocketts Landing, 4708 East Old Main Street, next to the Boathouse Restaurant, Ducks drop at 5pm, ducks on sale $7 each, or 5 for $25, www.bigbrobigsis.com, 804-261-4940.
Grammy Nominated Soul Stars perform in Richmond: Ledisi & Eric Benet, Friday, August 3, 7:30pm; Kem, Thursday, September 6, 7:30pm, Carpenter Theater at Richmond Centre Stage, 600- East Grace Street, www.ETIX.com, 800-514-ETIX (3849).
Children’s Museum of Richmond – PBS favorite Mr. Steve at CMoR Central, Saturday, August 4, 10am, 12pm & 2pm, Tax Free weekend. August 11, Moonbounce Mania CMoR Central, www.ChildrensMuseumOfRichmond.org.
29th annual Carytown Watermelon Festival, Sunday, August 5, 10am-6pm, Nansemond to Colonial Streets, West Cary Street, live music, kids zone www.carytownrva.com, Free.
Voter Registration, First African Baptist Church, 2700 Hanes Avenue, Sunday, August 5th, Friends and Family Day, service 10am, Voter registration, 1pm, 804-898-5712.
The Hispanic American Sport Academy (H.A.S.A.) -Miss Hispanidad Virginia 2012 Pageant Coronation, Saturday, August 4th, 7pm, 885 Research Road, North Chesterfield; Annual Hispanic Parade, Sunday, August 26, 2pm, starts at Broad Rock & Walmsley Boulevards & ends on Hull Street, festival and celebration until 8pm, www.ligahasa.com or 804-677-8000.
St. Elizabeth Catholic Church Jazz & Food Festival, Saturday, August 4, 12-7:30pm, 2712 2nd Avenue, $2 donation, www.steliz3c.com, 804 329-4599.
Virginia Blood Services “Drive for Life” blood drive, Sunday, August 5, 9am-3pm, Richmond International Raceway, donate blood and ride in a Pace Care and register to win a $500 VISA gift card, www.vablood.org, 800-989-4438.
Virginia Line Dance Festival, through August 5, Crowne Plaza Hotel – Richmond West, 6531 West Broad Street, Fee, www.gottalinedanceva.com. D&G Line Dancing Pink Line Dance for the Cure, Saturday, October 20, 9am-1pm, dance 6-11pm, Robinson Theater Community Arts Center, 2903 Q Street, Fee, www.dglinedancingrva.com.
Metropolitan Junior Baseball League and the Richmond Flying Squirrels and Saint Paul’s Baptist Church “ROCK the Diamond Worship Service.” Gates open at 8am, worship service at 9am, featuring Dr. Lance D. Watson, Byron Cage, Jonathan Nelson, Tye Tribbett and the SPBC Fine Arts Ministry; followed by 2 MJBL Championship Games. Free health screenings and fitness activities, including Virginia Blood Bank Mobile, games and activities for the kids – sponsored by Radio Disney and the Richmond Flying Squirrels. Free parking and Richmond Coliseum as back-up venue in the event of rain.
The Irvington Crab Festival, Saturday, August 4th, fresh steamed crabs, BBQ, hot dogs, Tickets $25 advance and can be purchased online. Go to the Irvington Crab Festival page on Facebook for details. Event is under the big tent, rain or shine, at the Town Commons, Riverside Village of Irvington, www.steamboatmuseum.org.
Kings Dominion & The Central Virginia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for Kings Dominion for the Cure 2012, through September 3, purchase “Pink Day” tickets online www.Kingsdominion.com for $39.99, each $1 from tickets sold will benefit the Central Virginia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
KITTYPALOOZA! at Richmond Animal Care & Control cat & kitten adoption, reduced fee adoption event $20 through Saturday, August 4th, 1600 Chamberlayne Avenue, www.RichmondGov.com/animals or 804-6464-5573.
Future Events Events:
Cirque Du Soleil “Dralion,” fusing the 3000 year-old tradition of Chinese acrobatic arts with the multidisciplinary of Cirque du Soleil, seven performances,Wednesday – Sunday, August 8-12, Richmond Coliseum, adult tickets $35-$80, children 12 & under $28-$65, military, seniors, students $31.50-$67.50, www.cirquedusoleil.com/dralion or www.ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000.
National Night Out Neighborhood Bash Tuesday, August 7, 6-8pm, Chesterfield County Parks & Recs. and the College Park Neighborhood Watch, 20621 Woodpecker Road, Free festival, 804-706-2596.
Pistol, Pop, Peanut & Pedro, four Negro League baseball players at the Virginia Historical Society (VHS)Saturday, August 11, 2012, 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., 428 North Boulevard, Henry “Pistol” Mason, Joe “Pop” Durham, Mamie “Peanut” Johnson-Goodman, and Pedro Sierra will participate in an interview-style educational program answering questions about their Negro League ball-playing days and Civil Rights struggles in the 1950s and 1960s, www.vahistorical.org, 804-358-4901.
3rd Richmond Jazz Festival, Friday, August 10, 6pm Hippodrome Theater with Lonnie Liston Smith, $20: August 11 &12, at Maymont, 11am, advance weekend pass $90, advance daily $50, www.jazzatmaymont.com, 804-644-8515.
RVA-B-QUE, Sunday, August 12, 12-5pm, 17th Street Farmer’s Market, 17th & East Main Streets, free, www.tastethelocal.com, 804-646-0477, August is Virginia Craft Beer Month.
7th Filipino Festival, August 10 & 11, Friday, 5-10pm, Saturday, 0am-10pm, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 8200 Woodman Road, Free, www.filipinofestival.org.
Canceled : The Scream Tour performance originally scheduled Thursday, August 16, Carpenter Theatre at Richmond Centre Stage, Return tickets to point of purchase, www.ETIX.com.