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It wouldn’t be summer in Richmond without outdoor concerts and most of them start this week.  One of the most popular series is Innsbrook After Hours.  These concerts offer music by famous bands (for the most part), outside on the lawn, with a family friendly atmosphere.  All concerts are held at the Snagajob.com pavilion at Innsbrook and the schedule starts on Wednesday, May 5th.

This year there are some pretty good bands on the schedule including Counting Crows, Chicago, Barenaked Ladies, and Heart.  You can see the whole Schedule here.    

There are two seating areas available.  The “Gold Circle” area is a roped off seating area of 400-600 seats (depending on how they set it up) close to the stage.  There are no assigned seats, the ticket just guarantees you’ll get into that area.  In this area everyone ages 2 years and up needs a ticket.  The other option is sitting on the lawn.  Again, no spaces are assigned, its first come first serve.  You can bring blankets and/or lawn chairs, but no outside food or drinks (so no baskets, coolers, or anything else you would carry food in).  If you plan on picnicking, you’ll have to buy your food once you get in.  Alcohol is sold inside as well so don’t plan on bringing that either.  Although you will be sitting outside, no pets are allowed.  Tip:  Concerts are held rain or shine and the lawn is uncovered, so keep your eye on the weather report — there are no refunds.   

Ticket prices are fairly reasonable.  General admission tickets (lawn seating) range from $12.50-$27.00 in advance and $15.00-$35.00 at the gate.  Kids 10 years and younger do not need tickets to sit on the lawn.  Gold Circle tickets range from $30.00-$50.00.  Remember, kids ages 2 years and up DO need a ticket to sit in this area.  Tip:  These concerts rarely sell out and tickets are available to buy at the door.  Sometimes its worth it to wait and buy at the door.  That way you know the weather for sure and you avoid the service charges.  If you do want to buy tickets in advance, you can purchase them here

Gates for all concerts open at 6pm.  There is usually an opening act at 6:30 and the main act at 8pm.  Most of the concerts are on Wednesdays and Sundays.  Although this is definitely a family friendly event, an 8pm concert on a school night might not work for you, so be sure to check the date of the concert.  Parking for the most part is free, although you can pay $3 to get a spot up front.  Innsbrook does not allow tailgating so don’t plan on eating by the car before the concert.

All in all, these concerts are a great family activity, reasonably priced, and a fun Richmond tradition!

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A short post today, there is just too much to do around Richmond this weekend!  The very popular 19th annual James River Wine Festival is all weekend at the Innsbrook Pavilion.  The festival will have live jazz music, food, arts and crafts, and of course, plenty of wine.  This year’s participating wineries include:  Amrhein Wine Cellars, Cooper Vineyards, Grayhaven Winery, Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery, Horton Winery, James River Cellars, Lake Anna Winery, Peaks of Otter Winery, Philip Carter Winery, Rebec Winery, Rockbridge Vineyards, and Veritas Vineyards & Winery.  The festival will be held on Saturday from 12-7pm and Sunday 12-6pm.  Tickets are $20 at the door and that includes a wine glass and tasting. 

There isn’t too much to say about this event.  Its outside, with live music, and tons of wine.  And, just when you think it couldn’t get better than that, it all benefits charity.  All proceeds from the festival benefit Diversity Thrift.  That should be enough justification to forego the yard work one day and go support a good cause. 

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