Fall festivals are here with plenty of chances to party in the streets with barbecue, oysters, music and more.

Carnival of 5 Fires


Head to the side street outside Gallery 5 to see fire performers and dancers in the Pyro Circus with music from DJs and visual projections, 7-10:30 p.m. Head inside afterward for a giant dance party. Gallery 5, 200 W. Marshall St. Free. (804) 678-8863 or gallery5arts.org.

2nd Street Festival

Saturday and Sunday

The “Two Street” festival celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, highlighting the culture of Jackson Ward with music from co-headliners Stokley, former lead singer of Mint Condition, and The Art of Noise, plus music on four stages, food vendors, a marketplace and kids zone. 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday along Second Street between Broad and Jackson streets. Free entry; pay as you go. www.venturerichmond.com.

RVA MakerFest


Explore Richmond’s thriving maker culture at RVA Makerfest where more than 80 local makers, from glassblowers to puppeteers, will demonstrate their craft or trade and sell handmade creations. Plus hands-on activities for kids and adults. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad St. Free entry; pay as you go. (804) 864-1400 or www.smv.org.



Dig into grilled, fried or raw oysters at OystoberFest, which also features live music, kid-friendly activities and food for those who don’t like bivalves. Noon-6 p.m. at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church, 3602 Hawthorne Ave. $2 suggested donation; pay as you go. www.oystoberfest.com.



Live high on the hog with barbecue, beer and bands in Church Hill’s Libby Hill Park. Noon-8 p.m. at 2801 E. Franklin St. Free entry; pay as you go. Benefits the Church Hill Association of RVA. hogtober.com.

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— Colleen Curran

Colleen Curran covers events and arts and entertainment for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. She writes the weekly column Top Five Weekend Events.

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