The Armenian Food Festival returns for its 60th year in Richmond, the Richmond Symphony’s Big Tent sets up in Bryan Park, Stone Brewing takes over Brown’s Island for a beer and music festival — plus more ways to have fun this weekend.
Armenian Food Festival
Did you know that the Armenian Food Festival is turning 60 this year, making it one of the longest-running food festivals in town? Be sure to stop by the three-day West End festival for cheese and spinach beoregs, shish kabobs and the famous Hye burger, plus plenty of music and dancing. 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon-7 p.m. Sunday at St. James Armenian Church, 834 Pepper Ave. Free entry; pay as you go. (804) 282-3818 or armenianfoodfestival.com.
North Side Big Tent Festival
The Richmond Symphony’s Big Tent moves to the North Side’s Bryan Park for the first time with an all-day festival featuring music from Triple Crossing Jazz Project, The Neons, the Richmond Symphony and more. The symphony will perform classical favorites, as well as selections from “West Side Story,” Duke Ellington’s “It Don’t Mean a Thing” and John Williams’ theme song from “Star Wars.” Featuring food trucks Carolina BBQ Home of Inner City Blues, Curry in a Hurry, Haywood Grill Food Truck, and Sara Lou’s New Orleans Style SnoBalls. Noon-9 p.m. at Bryan Park, 4308 Hermitage Road. Free entry; pay as you go. www.richmondsymphony.com.
Stone’s Throw Down in RVA
Stone Brewing is taking over Brown’s Island for the second year in a row for a craft beer and music festival. This year’s band roster features Drive-By Truckers, who are headlining the festival, and performances from No BS! Brass Band, Antibalas, Future Birds and more. Beer for sale from Stone Brewing, Beale’s Brewery, Champion Brewing, Fair Winds and other independent craft brewers. Last year, over 9,000 people attended. 1-10 p.m. at Brown’s Island, Tredegar and South Seventh streets. $20. www.stonebrewing.com.
You don’t have to drink to have a fun festival. Recovery Fest, hosted by the McShin Foundation, celebrates National Recovery Month with an outdoor event featuring live music from Mash Up, a barbecue competition, kids’ activities plus guest speakers Ryan Hampton, author of “American Fix,” and Brandon Novak, a professional skateboarder. Noon-5 p.m. at 2300 Dumbarton Road. Free entry, pay as you go. (804) 249-1845.
4U Symphonic Celebration of Prince
The music of Prince comes to life, backed by the Richmond Symphony and a live band. This touring concert is the only Prince-estate approved celebration of Prince’s music with a set list curated by Questlove of The Roots. Expect to hear Prince’s greatest hits plus lesser known gems. 7 p.m. at Altria Theater, 6 N. Laurel St. $42-$72. (800) 514-3849 or etix.com.