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OUTDOORS & ACTIVE

Tennis Facility

OUTDOORS & ACTIVE

3rd
acac Fitness & Wellness Center
Address:
Multiple locations
Phone Number:
888-979-7870

Tennis Facility

OUTDOORS & ACTIVE

2nd
Boar’s Head Sports Club
Address:
Charlottesville
Phone Number:
844-611-8066

Tennis Facility

OUTDOORS & ACTIVE

1st
Westwood Club
This private club, established in 1927, provides members with access to 11 outdoor tennis courts (nine Har-Tru clay and two DecoTurf cushioned hard courts) and nine indoor tennis courts (seven clay and two hard courts). Members also have access to full-time tennis professionals, squash and racquetball courts, a resort-style pool, a fitness center, and an on-site restaurant. 
Address:
6200 W. Club Ln., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-288-6028

Gym

OUTDOORS & ACTIVE

1st
acac Fitness & Wellness Centers
In the midst of the fitness craze of the 1980s, Phil Wendel opened the first acac in a small shopping center in Charlottesville. Since then, it’s expanded to include 12 clubs in three states, with two locations in the Richmond area. The acac team emphasizes health and wellness in facilities known for their cleanliness and friendly professionals. 
Address:
Multiple locations
Phone Number:
888-979-7870

Gym

OUTDOORS & ACTIVE

2nd
American Family Fitness
Address:
Multiple locations
Phone Number:
804-364-1200

Gym

OUTDOORS & ACTIVE

3rd
Planet Fitness
Address:
Multiple locations
Phone Number:
844-880-7180

Specialty Fitness

OUTDOORS & ACTIVE

1st
City Barre
City Barre offers a packed roster of barre classes, with a new flow and playlist daily. Workouts are designed to target all the major muscle groups, and clients can join with monthly or yearly unlimited memberships or with a variety of class packages. The studio hosts special events such as Boos and Brews, where you bring your partner and then enjoy local craft beer post-workout.
Address:
1404 Belleville St., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-999-4227

Specialty Fitness

OUTDOORS & ACTIVE

3rd
Humble Haven Yoga
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-318-5395

Specialty Fitness

OUTDOORS & ACTIVE

2nd
The Hot Yoga Barre
Address:
Locations in Midlothian
Phone Number:
804-814-3067

Dance Studio

OUTDOORS & ACTIVE

1st
Fred Astaire Dance Studios
This studio teaches a variety of ballroom dances, including tango, bachata, cha cha, swing, foxtrot, mambo, merengue, quickstep, salsa, tango, waltz, and offers both group and private lessons, as well as practice parties and children’s classes. For engaged couples, fathers and daughters, or bridal parties, the studio also offers customized wedding day programs and packages.
Address:
100 Arboretum Pl., Suite 110, Richmond
Phone Number:
Richmond

Dance Studio

OUTDOORS & ACTIVE

3rd
Fred Astaire Dance Studios (Charlottesville Ballroom)
Address:
Charlottesville
Phone Number:
434-227-4717

Dance Studio

OUTDOORS & ACTIVE

2nd
West End Academy of Dance
Address:
Henrico
Phone Number:
804-740-0842

Golf Course

OUTDOORS & ACTIVE

3rd
Independence Golf Club
Address:
Midlothian
Phone Number:
804-601-8600

Golf Course

OUTDOORS & ACTIVE

1st
The Country Club of Virginia
The Country Club of Virginia (CCV) sets the gold standard for championship golf in the Commonwealth. Established in 1908, the private club offers members and their guests three courses: the James River Course, the Tuckahoe Creek Course, and the Westhampton Course. Each year, CCV hosts the Dominion Energy Charity Classic, welcoming 72 PGA Tour champions to Richmond for a three-day tournament. 
Address:
2 locations in Richmond
Phone Number:
804-287-1330

Golf Course

OUTDOORS & ACTIVE

2nd
The Federal Club
Address:
Glen Allen
Phone Number:
804-798-4996

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

Performing Arts Theater

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

3rd
Academy of Fine Arts
Address:
Lynchburg
Phone Number:
434-846-8499

Performing Arts Theater

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

1st
Altria Theater
The Altria Theater opened in 1927 as the “Mosque,” named for its Moorish Revival style architecture and detailing, and has since hosted thousands of entertainers and performances. Today, you can see a variety of events at the theater, including comedy shows, concerts, children’s theater, and Broadway tours like The Lion King and Fiddler on the Roof. 
Address:
6 N. Laurel St., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-592-3384

Performing Arts Theater

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

2nd
Carpenter Theatre
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-592-3330

Music Venue

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

2nd
Altria Theater
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-592-3384

Music Venue

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

3rd
John Paul Jones Arena
Address:
Charlottesville
Phone Number:
434-243-4960

Music Venue

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

1st
The National
Richmond’s downtown, indoor venue hosts up to 1,500 guests per show. Featured artists come from a variety of genres. Upcoming acts this summer include Chase Rice and Rival Sons in May, All Time Low and Declan McKenna in June, Young the Giant with Milky Chance and Flatland Cavalry in July, and Mary Chapin Carpenter and Jason Isbell in August. 
Address:
708 E. Broad St., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-612-1900

Special Event Venue

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

2nd
Altria Theater
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-592-3384

Special Event Venue

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

3rd
Browns Island
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-788-6466

Special Event Venue

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

1st
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s 82 acres are open daily for perusing and learning, with a mission to build community and connect people through flora and fauna. The garden includes more than a dozen themed areas, including a conservatory—the only one of its kind in the mid-Atlantic—a children’s garden, and Kroger Community Kitchen Garden growing fresh produce for Richmond area food banks. 
Address:
1800 Lakeside Ave., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-262-9887

Art Event

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

1st
Arts in the Park
Now in its 52nd year, Arts in the Park is one of Richmond’s largest and most popular outdoor events. Originally held inside the Carillon War Memorial, it’s grown to include more than 350 exhibitors from around the country, sprawled across the entirety of Byrd Park. This year’s event is planned for Saturday and Sunday, May 6-7.
Address:
1301 Blanton Ave., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-358-2711

Art Event

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

3rd
First Fridays
Address:
Fredericksburg
Phone Number:
540-202-6655

Art Event

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

2nd
RVA First Fridays
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:

Annual Charity Event

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

3rd
Children’s Hospital Foundation Ball
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-228-5826

Annual Charity Event

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

2nd
Richmond SPCA Fur Ball
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-521-1300

Annual Charity Event

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

1st
Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k Presented by Kroger
The 14th-largest race in the country, Richmond’s own Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10K was first held in April 2000 and has since become one of the city’s most-loved traditions. With lots of live bands, costumes, porch parties, crowds on every block, and even a race for kids, this annual event is always one to look forward to. 
Address:
Sports Backers, 100 Ave. of Champions, Richmond
Phone Number:
804-285-9495

Museum

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

3rd
Children’s Museum of Richmond
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-474-7000

Museum

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

2nd
Science Museum of Virginia
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-864-1400

Museum

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

1st
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
The VMFA is the only art museum in the U.S. open 365 days a year with free general admission. It offers a wide array of special exhibitions and access to a global collection of art. Permanent holdings encompass nearly 50,000 works spanning more than 6,000 years. A new wing, adding 170,000 square feet of museum space, is in progress.
Address:
200 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-340-1405

Art Gallery

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

1st
Crossroads Art Center
Crossroads exhibits the works of more than 225 visual artists from the local Richmond area and greater Mid-Atlantic region. The art center provides represented artists the opportunity to promote and sell their works through both in-person and online exhibitions. In addition, Crossroads offers educational workshops such as mixed media painting or acrylic and color classes. 
Address:
2016 Staples Mill Rd., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-278-8950

Art Gallery

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

3rd
LibertyTown Arts Workshop
Address:
Fredericksburg
Phone Number:
540-371-7255

Art Gallery

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

2nd
Quirk Gallery
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-340-6036

Entertainment for Adults

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

3rd
Drive Shack
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-729-3778

Entertainment for Adults

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

2nd
River City Roll
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-339-2580

Entertainment for Adults

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

1st
Topgolf
Practice your swing while sipping on a colorful cocktail or cold beer and snacking on pub food. Players can choose from range-style hitting or various games. Bays feature high-top tables and lounge seating, as well as heaters for chillier days. The Richmond location also offers a 14-hole minigolf course and a rooftop terrace with fire pits. 
Address:
2308 Westwood Ave., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-977-6371

Movie Theater

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

3rd
Goochland Drive-In
Address:
Hadensville
Phone Number:

Movie Theater

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

2nd
Movieland at Boulevard Square
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-354-6008

Movie Theater

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

1st
The Byrd Theatre
Built in the 1920s, and still an architectural treasure, the 1,200-seat Byrd Theatre screens both contemporary and classic films. The theater features many series and festivals such as Studio Ghibli Fest, the Science on Screen series, the Family Classics series, and the Environmental Film Festival. Come early before Saturday showings to hear the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ playing. 
Address:
2908 W. Cary St., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-358-3056

LOVE Sign

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

2nd
LOVEwork at Culpeper Depot
Address:
Culpeper
Phone Number:
540-727-0611

LOVE Sign

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

1st
LOVEwork at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
The concepts for each letter in the LOVE sign at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden were developed by Garden staff from all departments to highlight seasonal beauty, celebrate the ecosystem, honor Garden volunteers, encourage recycling, and welcome guests. The sign is incorporated into the garden’s popular, yearly holiday lights show extravaganza, Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights.
Address:
1800 Lakeside Ave., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-262-9887

LOVE Sign

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

3rd
LOVEwork in Farmville
Address:
Farmville
Phone Number:
4343-92-8465

Performing Arts Company

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

1st
Richmond Ballet
The Richmond Ballet’s 2022-23 season is the first to be co-planned by artistic director Stoner Winslett and associate artistic director Ma Cong. Known as the State Ballet of Virginia, the company boasts an expansive repertory of 19th- and 20th-century masterpieces, and more than 90 new ballets by contemporary choreographers. Its scope also includes the acclaimed School of Richmond Ballet and Minds In Motion community programming.
Address:
407 E. Canal St., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-344-0906

Performing Arts Company

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

2nd
Richmond Symphony
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-788-1212

Performing Arts Company

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

3rd
Virginia Repertory Theatre
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-282-2620

Festival

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

1st
Richmond Folk Festival
A three-day event held on Browns Island every October, the Richmond Folk Festival tells the rich story of American cultural diversity through music, dance, traditional crafts, and cuisine. Celebrating 19 years this fall (Oct. 13-15), the festival features six performance stages, showcasing music and dance from more than 30 artists from all over the world.
Address:
200 S. Third St., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-788-6466

Festival

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

2nd
Richmond Greek Festival
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-358-5996

Festival

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

3rd
Virginia Wine & Garlic Festival
Address:
Amherst
Phone Number:
434-946-5168

PETS

Dog Training Company

PETS

2nd
All Dog Adventures
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-355-7737

Dog Training Company

PETS

3rd
Holiday Barn Pet Resort
Address:
Locations in Glen Allen
Phone Number:
804-672-2200

Dog Training Company

PETS

1st
Level Up Dog Sports
Level Up offers both group classes and private options in a variety of focus disciplines, for dogs of all skill levels. Training areas include agility, manners, dog sport foundation, scent work, rally obedience, precision heeling, and competition obedience proofing. The 18,000-square-foot main building and 10,000-square-foot annex provide ample space and amenities for dogs and humans alike. 
Address:
8438 Old Richfood Rd., Mechanicsville
Phone Number:
804-723-0602

Pet Boarding/Day Care

PETS

2nd
All Dog Adventures
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-355-7737

Pet Boarding/Day Care

PETS

3rd
Hanover Your Pet
Address:
Mechanicsville
Phone Number:
804-730-4616

Pet Boarding/Day Care

PETS

1st
Holiday Barn Pet Resorts
During Holiday Barn’s early years, original owners Emerson and Kathy Hughes’ goal was to provide a safe, healthy, and fun vacation for Richmond area pets. Now under the direction of their son Michael, Holiday Barn has seen great success and expansion, with added amenities like an in-ground swimming pool, a doggie daycare pavilion and play yards, luxury suites, and cat condominiums.
Address:
Locations in Glen Allen, Richmond
Phone Number:
804-672-2200

Dog Groomer

PETS

1st
Dogma Grooming & Pet Needs
The team at Dogma, with more than 100 years of combined experience, takes pride in their groomers being calm and gentle, skilled and knowledgeable, creative, and holding high standards. Dogma offers both dog and cat grooming, with services including fur trimming, bathing, specialty shampooing, blow drying, teeth brushing, nail clipping, and more from its Carytown storefront.
Address:
3501 W. Cary St., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-358-9267

Dog Groomer

PETS

2nd
Holiday Barn Pet Resort
Address:
Locations in Glen Allen
Phone Number:
804-672-2200

Dog Groomer

PETS

3rd
The Barking Lot
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-358-4038

Veterinary Hospital

PETS

2nd
Locke A. Taylor Veterinary Hospital
Address:
Locations in Glen Allen
Phone Number:
804-262-8629

Veterinary Hospital

PETS

3rd
Mechanicsville Animal Hospital
Address:
Mechanicsville
Phone Number:
804-559-9800

Veterinary Hospital

PETS

1st
River City Veterinary Hospital
In addition to the usual dogs and cat clients, River City Veterinary Hospital also serves small mammals like rabbits, hamsters, and guinea pigs, even chickens. The veterinary hospital is led by husband and wife team Anthony and Heather O’Sullivan, with five additional veterinarians on staff, and has been serving the Richmond area for nine years. 
Address:
5305 W. Broad St., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-339-2580

TRAVEL

Resort

TRAVEL

2nd
Boar’s Head Resort
Address:
Charlottesville
Phone Number:
844-611-8066

Resort

TRAVEL

3rd
Keswick Hall
Address:
Keswick
Phone Number:
434-979-3440

Resort

TRAVEL

1st
Wintergreen Resort
Spanning 11,000 acres on the eastern slopes of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Wintergreen is a four-season recreation destination. Known for exhilarating skiing and championship golf, the resort also boasts guest rooms and suites, condos, rental homes, four restaurants, snowboarding and snow tubing, racquet sports, hiking, swimming, fishing. Prefer to relax and recharge? Schedule an appointment at Wintergreen’s mountain top spa.
Address:
39 Mountain Inn Loop, Nellysford
Phone Number:
434-325-2200

Hotel

TRAVEL

3rd
Craddock Terry Hotel & Event Center
Address:
Lynchburg
Phone Number:
434-455-1500

Hotel

TRAVEL

2nd
Quirk Hotel
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-340-6036

Hotel

TRAVEL

1st
The Jefferson Hotel
The Jefferson is a true historic landmark, hosting its guests in style for over 125 years. With elegant décor, ornate architecture, and fine dining, it is no surprise that this hotel is known as one of the best in the country. The Jefferson’s staff is committed to world-class hospitality as part of an unforgettable experience.
Address:
101 W. Franklin St., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-788-8000

Historic Site

TRAVEL

3rd
Hollywood Cemetery
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-648-8501

Historic Site

TRAVEL

2nd
Maymont
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-525-9000

Historic Site

TRAVEL

1st
Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello
Designed by Thomas Jefferson and built using enslaved labor, Monticello is a National Historic Landmark and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Founded in 1923, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation is a nonprofit that has maintained the estate for a century. Monticello is committed to sharing an honest, inclusive history of everyone who lived and labored on the mountaintop.
Address:
931 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy., Charlottesville
Phone Number:
434-984-9800

State Park

TRAVEL

3rd
Lake Anna State Park
Address:
Spotsylvania
Phone Number:
540-854-5503

State Park

TRAVEL

1st
Pocahontas State Park
Pocahontas State Park covers nearly 8,000 acres and includes more than 90 miles of hiking and biking trails and three lakes. Swift Creek Lake offers boat rentals, and visitors can also camp, picnic, visit the Aquatic Center with multiple pools, fish, and partake in history and nature programs. The park also has a 2,000-seat amphitheater for concerts and other live entertainment. 
Address:
10301 State Park Rd., Chesterfield
Phone Number:
804-796-4255

State Park

TRAVEL

2nd
Smith Mountain Lake State Park
Address:
Huddleston
Phone Number:
540-297-6066

Tourist Attraction

TRAVEL

2nd
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-262-9887

Tourist Attraction

TRAVEL

1st
Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello
Monticello offers 13 different types of tours, designed with everyone in mind, from the history buff to the family on vacation. Explore Jefferson’s lifelong interest in nature on a Garden and Grounds tour; test your knowledge with an interactive smartphone scavenger hunt; or learn about the experiences of the enslaved people who lived and labored on the plantation on the Slavery at Monticello tour.
Address:
1050 Monticello Loop, Charlottesville
Phone Number:
434-984-9800

Tourist Attraction

TRAVEL

3rd
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-340-1400

Bed & Breakfast

TRAVEL

2nd
The Farmhouse at Veritas
Address:
Afton
Phone Number:
540-456-8100

Bed & Breakfast

TRAVEL

3rd
The Henry Clay Inn
Address:
Ashland
Phone Number:
804-798-3100

Bed & Breakfast

TRAVEL

1st
The Inn at Little Washington
Guests of the Inn at Little Washington are welcome to daily house breakfast in the dining room during their stay in one of the inn’s 23 sumptuously decorated rooms or suites. All guests are also guaranteed a dinner reservation at chef Patrick O’Connell’s 3 Star Michelin restaurant—the only Michelin-rated location in Virginia—each evening of their getaway. 
Address:
309 Middle St., Washington
Phone Number:
540-675-3800

KIDS

Summer Camp

KIDS

1st
Camp Hanover
Sixty-plus years and tens of thousands of campers later, Camp Hanover continues its mission of education, outreach, and faith formation. The Christian camp offers both day and overnight programs for elementary, middle, and high school youth, utilizing a decentralized, small-group program model to cultivate strong relationships and focus on each child for unforgettable experiences and lasting memories.
Address:
3163 Parsleys Mill Rd., Mechanicsville
Phone Number:
804-779-2811

Summer Camp

KIDS

3rd
SOAR365 Summer Camp
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-665-1239

Summer Camp

KIDS

2nd
YMCA Camp Thunderbird
Address:
Chesterfield
Phone Number:
804-748-6714

K-12 Independent School

KIDS

2nd
Collegiate School
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-740-7077

K-12 Independent School

KIDS

3rd
St. Catherine’s School
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-288-2804

K-12 Independent School

KIDS

1st
The New Community School
The New Community School is focused on students in fifth through twelfth grade with dyslexia and other learning disabilities. Core classes–English, math, history, and science–average six to eight students per class. Elective classes include fine arts, visual arts, drama, woodworking, photography, and more. The school also offers a variety of athletics and clubs for well-rounded students. 
Address:
4211 Hermitage Rd., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-266-2494

Family Entertainment

KIDS

2nd
Flying Squirrels Baseball
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-359-3866

Family Entertainment

KIDS

3rd
Kings Dominion
Address:
Doswell
Phone Number:
804-876-5000

Family Entertainment

KIDS

1st
Maymont
Upcoming events at Maymont this summer include Toddler Time: Historic Gardens on Mondays in May, as well as summer camps like Living Alphabet for ages 4-5, Maymont Explorers for second and third graders, and Junior Animal Keeper Camp for fourth and fifth graders in June through August. Families can also visit the mansion, gardens, and nature center. 
Address:
1700 Hampton St., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-525-9000

Preschool

KIDS

2nd
River Road Church Preschool
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-282-4368

Preschool

KIDS

3rd
Weinstein JCC
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-285-6500

Preschool

KIDS

1st
Westhampton Day School
Westhampton Day School serves 180 full-day students in the two-year-old program, three-year-old program, prekindergarten, and kindergarten. Students experiment and grow in a Christian environment that focuses on stimulating and hands-on experiences for young learners. Two-year-olds begin with numbers, letters, shapes, colors, and vocabulary; three-year-olds learn through thematic units, problem-solving, and both independent and group exploration activities.
Address:
6100 Patterson Ave., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-282-7459
July 15, 2024

VTCSOM Summer Art Exhibition: “Sons of the Village: The Art of Fatherhood”

Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
July 16, 2024

VTCSOM Summer Art Exhibition: “Sons of the Village: The Art of Fatherhood”

Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
July 16, 2024

“Ted Joans: Land of the Rhinoceri” at the VMFA

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts