Who’s ready for a fireworks-worthy weekend? It’s packed with events including Fourth of July celebrations, Innsbrook Taste of Virginia, and a free concert on Brown’s Island for All-Star Week.



It’s Independence Day! Wrap up your celebration by catching a fireworks display. The big ones: Dogwood Dell at 1300 Blanton Ave., The Diamond at 3001 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd., Rocketts Landing at 4400 E. Main St., Libbie Mill Midtown at 2100 Libbie Lake East St. and Red, White and Lights at Dorey Park, 2999 Darbytown Road. Call or go online for cancellations or rain dates.

Carmax Free Fourth of July


It’s free admission to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden for the Fourth of July. Check out the new giant Lego sculptures throughout the garden for Nature Connects, try your hand at the Art of Play interactive art installations, visit the butterflies at Butterflies LIVE!, wear red, white and blue for the parade in the Children’s Garden and cool off in WaterPlay. Plus take in live music from the Happy Lucky Combo. Just be prepared for big crowds; the free Fourth event typically draws roughly 5,000 visitors every year. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at 1800 Lakeside Ave. Free. www.lewisginter.org or (804) 262-9887.

Innsbrook Taste of Virginia

Innsbrook Taste of Virginia

Innsbrook Taste of Virginia


Head to Innsbrook for a Taste of Virginia where you can sample $3 dishes from local restaurants, such as Boka Taco, Mezeh and Capitol Waffle Shop, who will compete for several “best of” titles. There’ll also be music from Richmond’s favorite yacht rock band, Three Sheets to the Wind, and a fireworks finale. 3:30-9:30 p.m. at Innsbrook Pavilion, 4901 Lake Brook Drive, Glen Allen. $8 in advance, $10 at the gate; free, ages 10 and younger. $5 parking. innsbrook.com or (804) 794-6700.

All-Star Week starts on Brown’s Island


All-Star Week, the four-day minor league baseball event, is being held in Richmond for the first time, and it kicks off Sunday with a free concert on Brown’s Island, featuring local reggae group Mighty Joshua and rock ’n’ rollers the Trongone Band. Gates open at 4 p.m. and the event runs from 5-8:30 p.m. All-Star Week events continue Monday with the All-Star Music Country Jam at Richmond Raceway, featuring Big & Rich, and the All-Star Game at The Diamond on Wednesday. SquirrelsBaseball.com/AllStar or (804) 359-3866.


Mikrowaves play a free concert at Forest Hill Park.

Music in the Park


Fresh off a Friday Cheers performance, local R&B, soul band Mikrowaves plays a free concert at Forest Hill Park. 6-8 p.m. at New Kent Road and West 42nd Street. www.foresthillneighborhood.com.

— Colleen Curran

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

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