It’s fall y’all and with November comes a plethora of indoor and outdoor events throughout Richmond – many FREE. National Novel Writing Month inspires the inner storyteller. Garden Glow at Maymont, Gardenfest of Lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical and the annual train display at the Science Museum usher in the holiday season with fun and festive activities. With Thanksgiving comes events related to the Native American experience like the Pocahontas Reframed Film Festival which is virtual this year. We also gather with family or give back to those in need. Richmond’s indoor attractions like the many museums are open and offer a window to art, history and science.
Richmond area fall in-person and online craft shows, holiday bazaars and markets are also in full swing.
Check out the links to verify the dates and locations of all events. Keep checking back as events will be posted as they are announced. And enjoy!
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•National Novel Writing Month NaNoWriMo, happening all November, believes the transformational power of creativity can translate into producing an entire novel. Facilitators provide the structure, community, and encouragement to help people find their voices, achieve creative goals, and build new worlds—on and off the page.Find listings of local Richmond events include Zoom write ins and other supportive gatherings for writers.
•12-21 Nov. 2021 – Cider Week Virginia. Join eleven cideries in celebrating Virginia’s craft beverage through a weeklong series of events including festivals, pop-up tastings, tours, workshops, and more. Visit http://ciderweekva.com/ for updates and a complete calendar of events.
•19-21 Nov. 2021 – This year’s Pocahontas Reframed Film Festival is at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The Festival, now in its fifth year, stems from a passion and desire for indigenous languages, cultures, and societies to thrive, and strives to bring together artists, authors, filmmakers, and actors willing to share, teach, and explain their creativity and history. The Festival includes Native American-affiliated classic and recently released films that have been official selections of world-renowned festivals including the Sundance Film Festival, the AIFF San Francisco, and the Toronto International Film Festival. The festival will be in-person at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, Virginia, with additional films available to view as part of our virtual festival component for those unable to attend in person or simply still wanting more. Find the 2021 line-up here: pocahontasreframed.com/2021-schedule/
•12 Nov. 2021 – 2 Jan. 2022 – Illumininate Light Show at Meadow Event Park. (13111 Dawn Blvd. Doswell, VA 23047) The light show consists of hundreds of thousands of LED lights synchronized to music from your car radio, and features an 80-foot tunnel of lights, 50-foot Christmas trees, dancing snowmen, singing trees and Santas and festive decorations.
•Busch Gardens Christmas Town -Christmas Town returns select dates through Jan. 2, 2022. Immerse yourself in the splendor of over 10 million twinkling lights and renew your treasured holiday traditions with three NEW heart-warming holiday shows, Santa’s Workshop, the Christmas Town Express, thrilling rides, festive shopping, seasonal sweet treats & more! See here for full details: https://bit.ly/3GlqKV3
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• November 22, 2021 – January 9, 2022, nightly 4-10 p.m. Dominion Energy Gardenfest of Lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden (1800 Lakeside Ave., Richmond, VA 23228) A favorite tradition featuring lights, decorations, model trains, dinners, hot chocolate (for purchase) & more. 2021-2022 Theme: Naturally Connected. Lights & Displays: Millions of lights line garden paths and twinkle in trees under the night sky. Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights is designed so you and your loved ones and friends can relax, have fun and make special memories in a magical outdoor setting. NEW this year! Community-created Poems of Positivity light installation from Orlosky Studio. *Trains in the Kelly Education Center are back! This year’s theme is “Farm to Table.” Look for a live, cut 25-foot-tree in the Conservatory this year! You will be able to smell the fresh scent of pine in the North Wing. The Kelleher Warming Fire is back this year! Take a break for some hot cocoa and s’mores (for purchase) around the fire in the Children’s Garden.
⭐️ Stony Point On Ice is back: November 20 – January 2! Spin, glide and skate all winter long! Throughout the season enjoy public skating sessions. More info: https://buff.ly/3oO78PJ
26-28 Nov. 2021 – Annual Model Railroad Show – Science Museum of Virginia. All tickets – including member tickets – must be pre-purchased online or by phone. No walk-up tickets will be available.
Are you in need of a FREE Thanksgiving meal? Or are you about to give donations or time, A Giving Heart will offer Carryout Meals and Curbside Meals on Thanksgiving Day. The carryout hot meals along with donations (clothing, blankets, toiletries) will be served to those who come into the Greater Richmond Convention Center from 11 am to 2 pm. This will be a pass through service – no seating. Masks are required of all who enter the convention center.
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•26 Nov. 2021, Friday – Black Friday (Check back for local attraction specials.)
🕎 Check out our ideas on how to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah (Nov. 26 – Dec. 6) at home on the cheap… including online and distanced community events in Richmond.
•27 Nov.2021 – Small Business Saturday (Check back for listings of favorite local shops to patronize and events.)
•28 Nov. 2021 – Museum Store Sunday: Nearly 1,500 Museum Stores representing all fifty states, 23 countries, and five continents will offer special shopping experiences. More info: https://
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