Top Five Weekend Events

The Richmond Folk Fest at night.

Richmond Folk Festival, Rose Fest, Gallmeyer Farms Fall Fest, Gladys Knight and Nancy Kerrigan (and Johnny Weir!) on Halloween on Ice...fun, fun this weekend.

Friday-Sunday

Folk Fest, Folk Fest, Folk Fest. This weekend is the Folk Fest. Over 40 musical acts from all over the world will perform on seven stages throughout the weekend. We highlighted five acts in our Folk Fest preview below.

Shemekia Copeland, the new “Queen of Blues” will kick things off on Friday at the Altria Stage at 8:45 p.m. Deacon John, who rarely performs outside of New Orleans, will be performing Saturday and Sunday on various stages. Hip-hop legend Grandmaster Flash will be spinning Saturday and Sunday in the Dominion Dance Pavilion. Over 100 Bolivian dancers will parade through the festival on Saturday night starting at 6:30 p.m. Presley Barker, 11-year-old guitar prodigy, will be performing on the Virginia Folklife Stage throughout the festival with 13-year-old fiddle player Kitty Amaral.

Other awesome-sounding acts worth checking out: The Oneida Nation Social & Smoke Dancers, performing traditional Native American song and dancing; Leonardo Sandoval tap-dancing; the banjo contest with Sammy Shelor in memory of W. Scott Street III on the Folklife Stage on Sunday, Dominican bachata from the Amargue Bachata Quintet with Andre Veloz, Cambodian classical dancing, South Asian qawwali, the Japanese candyman in the Family Area and lots, lots more. Friday 6-10 p.m. Saturday noon-9:30 p.m. Sunday noon-6 p.m. Free, $10 donation suggested per day.

Read all of our Folk Fest coverage here.

More on Sunday's banjo contest here:

Saturday & Sunday

Gallmeyer Farms moved its Fall Festival to this weekend due to last weekend’s crappy weather. Get your pumpkin picking started with free hayrides, pony rides, a bounce house, craft vendors, veggies for sale at The Veggie Stand and live music. Coolers, chairs and picnics welcome. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free.

Saturday

It’s tough to compete with the Richmond Folk Fest, but this woman has the pipes and the legendary career to do it. Seven-time Grammy winner Gladys Knight will perform with The O’Jays at the Altria Theater. 7 p.m. $77.50-$117.50. (800) 514-3849 or altriatheater.com.

Saturday & Sunday

Stop and smell the roses, one more time at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. The garden celebrates its beautiful Rose Garden with a slew of activities this weekend, including performances from the Capitol Opera Richmond and Richmond Ballet’s Minds in Motion Team. Capitol Opera Richmond will perform a season preview on Saturday in the Rose Garden from 12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. and 1:45 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Richmond Ballet’s Minds In Motion Team XXL will perform a piece that shares the story of the monarch butterfly from 1 p.m.-1:30 p.m. on Saturday. And The Latin Ballet of Virginia will perform dances from Spain and the Amazon on Sunday from 12:15 p.m-1 p.m. and 1:45 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Included in garden admission.

Sunday

Two-time Olympic medalist Nancy Kerrigan is coming to town, along with a few friends, for her show Halloween on Ice. She’ll be joined by Johnny Weir (and his colorful costumes), plus a whole slew of famous skaters performing live to Halloween-themed music. 5 p.m. $25-$85.

Also recommended:

Alien Worlds and Androids, new exhibit opening at the Science Museum of Virginia

Cow Drop RVA, Chik-Fil-A family festival at RIR

Pumpkin patches & haunted houses now open for the season

​CCURRAN@richmond.com

(804) 649-6151

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

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