Two popular festivals return after COVID shutdowns

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RICHMOND, Virginia – Two popular festivals are back this year after in-person festivals are canceled in 2020.

The 2nd Street Festival is back this weekend for its 33rd anniversary.

The festival offers two days of music, ranging from jazz and R&B to reggae and gospel, the festival will be held in historic Jackson Ward on North 2nd Street between East Broad and East Jackson Streets.

This year, the festival features hometown Plunky and the Oneness headlining. Plunky is no stranger to performing at the festival. However, as this year’s headliner, the experience is even more special as he will be performing in front of his local audience.

“The most exciting part of most performances is the crowd. What’s most exciting is the crowd’s reaction to the music, not their reaction to Plunky, but their reaction to funk, soul, to the groove of the music and it’s so exciting, it’s a common experience, ”Plunky said. “The more they’re in, the better we play, which makes the crowd, the audience, part of the music. They can influence the music when they clap, when they clap, when they clap, that makeup goes to a certain extent. direction, it certainly increases the energy level of the stage and the audience. ”

Plunky and the Oneness will perform on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. on the Waverly Crawford Stage. There are also so many other acts to catch on Saturday and Sunday.

For festival hours and a list of performers, visit the event website. The party is free.

20 miles left of Richmond is the 18th annual Powhatan grape wine festival. It will also be held on Saturday at the County Historic Courthouse Village.

The festival will feature wineries, distillers, craft brewers, En’Novation Band, and craft and food vendors.

People come from all over to attend the festival.

“I think it’s the community, the community comes together to organize this event. We are opening up our town and welcoming you and working with so many different community partners,” Angie Cabell, member of the Powhatan Chamber of Commerce, noted. “And I hate to list because I’m going to leave someone out but really, it’s the community of Powhatan coming together to welcome the rest of the Richmond area to our town for a day.”

Cabell said visitors are welcome to come have a good time, but urged them to be prepared to be patient as the event will likely be crowded. The festival takes place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For tickets, visit their website or pick up tickets at any C&F bank.

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