Top Five Bacon

Friday Cheers, Beer, Bourbon & BBQ, Jammin' on the James, Music in the Park at Forest Hill and the first ever Richmond Bacon Festival.


The hits keep coming at Friday Cheers, the weekly concert series on Brown’s Island from Venture Richmond. The summer concert series is half-over – already! Which means if you haven’t yet, it’s time to get down to the island this Friday for a concert from the “screaming eagle of soul” Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires. With Richmond’s own The Root Downs opening. The Root Downs has rich RVA roots, coming from members of No BS Brass Band, DJ Williams Projekt, The Big Payback and Skydog. $10. 6 p.m.


You can sample over 60 beers, 40 bourbons and some great BBQ from Richmond favorites like Buz & Ned’s and Halligan’s at the Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival at RIR. Unlimited samples, bourbon-tasting demos, a BBQ bean eating contest and more bring out over 30,000 people to this festival every year. 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. $35 general admission, $45 VIP.


The free concert series at Wilton House Museum kicks off this Saturday with a bluegrass concert from Rebecca Frazier and Hit & Run. A Richmond native, Rebecca Frazier moved to Nashville where she signed with Nashville’s Compass Records to release her latest “When We Fall.” Jammin’ on the James is a family-friendly concert series on the beautiful grounds of Wilton. Bring a picnic dinner and a lawn chair to enjoy the music on the scenic terrace overlooking the James River.  There will also be complimentary walk-through tours of Wilton as well as face-painting, games, and crafts for kids. Free. 6 p.m.


Everybody is talking about the bacon. Perhaps the buzz-worthiest festival to hit the streets of RVA, the first ever Richmond Bacon Festival has been blazing up our site since it was announced. Brown Distributing and Devil’s Backbone are pairing up to host the event where more than 20 Richmond restaurants will whip up "bacon-centric dishes" with Devil’s Backbone and Bold Rock Hard Cider serving more than 20 craft beers. Expect dishes like bacon ice cream, bacon chocolate, bacon mac 'n cheese and bacon kettle corn -- just to name a few. Beer tickets will be $6 each; food, $3 a plate. Cash-only (ATM on site). But be forewarned, with this much buzz, there may be a whole lot of people down at the 17th Street Farmer’s Market. Get ready to wait in some lines. And we recommend bringing one-dollar bills. We also recommend getting there early. Free entry. Noon to 5 p.m.


What a way to wrap-up your weekend. Pack a picnic, grab the family and head to Forest Hill Park for a free concert from The Taters. This social, family-friendly festival is always a good time. Bring a picnic blanket or chairs. 6 p.m.

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