Labor Day is fast approaching! We hate to say goodbye to summer already, but the good news is there’s plenty of fun things to do around town all weekend. If you’re looking for a way to spend the holiday, we’ve got you covered. Here’s our guide to Labor Day weekend in the River City.
If it’s been a while since you’ve visited Lewis Ginter, this weekend is the right time to change that. They’ve got a jam packed schedule of events for this weekend. Genworth Free Community Day on Monday includes admission to Origami in the Garden and their popular Butterflies LIVE! exhibit. Got little ones? Bring them along on Sunday afternoon for Garden Art.
Hungry to learn more about Richmond’s amazing food scene? River City Food Tours will show you the very best of what RVA’s acclaimed restaurants, cafes, and bakeries have to offer. They have regular tours on Saturday and Sunday. Choose from one of three tours – Church Hill, Carytown, and the Arts District – or better yet, pick two and make it a weekend!
Maymont is always a great choice for a weekend outing. Tour the Maymont Mansion, take a look at their special exhibition on World War I, or get up close and personal with the friendly critters at the farm. Although Maymont’s indoor exhibits are usually closed on Mondays, they’ll have a special Monday opening on Labor Day from 10am to 5pm.
Some of RVA’s best hidden gems are the hiking trails in the James River Park System. Pack up a picnic lunch, lace up your sneakers, and hit the trail! Buttermilk Trail is located just outside the city and includes stairs down to Belle Isle. A little further out of the way is Pony Pasture, which is home to class II rapids and feels like an urban oasis.
Warm weather will still be around for another few weeks, but there’s no time like the present to spend a weekend on the river. Stay chill and sunbathe on the rocks at Belle Isle; get adventurous and go tubing, kayaking, or rafting; or even try your hand at SUP! There’s just so much to do on the James. Be sure to take it all in before the temperatures drop.
The VMFA’s gorgeous exhibit on the life of Napoleon closes on Labor Day. If you haven’t been by to see it, you’re missing out! VMFA members can take advantage of Member Mondays on the 3rd – visit the exhibit for free, then stick around for dinner at Amuse or a Low Country boil in the dining room.
Richmond’s very own Flying Squirrels close out their season this weekend. Fireworks shows are scheduled for both weekend games, with a special Harry Potter themed show on Saturday. Sunday is Star Wars night at the ballpark, and they’re giving away $2400 in prizes on Monday.
We’re surrounded by so much history in Richmond that it can sometimes blend into the background of our day-to-day lives. Get in touch with RVA’s roots by taking a walking tour of Capitol Square! This will be offered on Sunday afternoon, and will take you through some of the most vital sites in Virginia and American history.
The whole gang can head up the road to Kings Dominion this weekend for Dollar Days. To send their regular season off with a bang, they’ll be offering tasty, family-friendly food and fun games in Candy Apple Grove for just $1. Kings Dominion passholders can bring a friend to the park this weekend for $19.99.
If you’re celebrating the beginning of fall instead of mourning the end of summer this weekend, top by Hardywood on Saturday for their Farmhouse Pumpkin release party. Farmhouse Pumpkin is a local favorite – all the warm spices you want in a pumpkin beer, but light enough to drink while it’s still warm outside.
You might think vineyards are more of a Charlottesville thing – but you’d be wrong! Richmond has some great wineries right in our backyard. Upper Shirley Vineyards and New Kent Winery, both about a half hour away on I-64, will be open this weekend. There’s no better way to spend a day out with the girls, or with your main squeeze, than sampling some killer local wine.
But our favorite thing to do this weekend? Come flow with us at Om On! Join us at our studio in the West End or at Quirk Hotel for weekend morning rooftop yoga. We’re closed Monday, but our regular classes will be taking place all weekend. What better place to greet new beginnings than on the mat?
Have a great Labor Day weekend, RVA! Hope to see you out and about. 🙂