What to see, eat and explore with your family during Family Weekend 2015

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Interested in showing your family what it’s like to be a Ram for the weekend? This year’s Family Weekend takes place from Oct. 23-25 and will give you the opportunity to do just that! Family weekend will guarantee plenty to do, lots to eat, and a variety of opportunities to explore VCU and the City of Richmond.

What to do with your family:

MCV Family Picnic

Friday, Oct. 23; 4-6 p.m.

Bear Hall Lawn, MCV Campus

This year’s annual MCV Family Picnic will feature fun fMCV1516-005 - C - Family Picnic Slide 13x7.5or the whole family, including board games, caricatures, balloon artists, giveaways, the local band “Mashups” and food catered from Homemades by Suzanne. This 12-year tradition is a great way for all students, both on MCV and Monroe Park Campuses, to celebrate their families and showcase the MCV Campus! Sponsored by University Student Commons and Activities – MCV Programs, Recreational Sports and Residential Life and Housing.

“It’s a family event that provides students and parents an opportunity to get a sense of the support and community we have here,” Yolanda Jackson, assistant director of MCV programs, said.

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Friday, Oct. 23; 7 p.m.

Commonwealth Ballroom, University Student Commons, Monroe Park Campus

Previously First Year’s Got Talent, this new, all-inclusive event showcases the talents of all VCU students, undergrads and beyond! Come watch VCU students sing, dance, and wow the crowd at 7 p.m. in the Commonwealth Ballroom. Sponsored by New Student Programs.

Richmond City Bus Tours  (SOLD OUT)

Saturday, Oct 24.; 11 a.m, 12:15 p.m., 1:30 p.m.

Meet in front of Floyd Ave. entrance of the University Student Commons, Monroe Park Campus

Three buses per time slot, 50 people per bus, pick up in front of the University Student Commons. These hour-long tours will showcase the best of Richmond – including downtown, MCV, historic Monument Ave and the Carytown shopping district. Sponsored by the University Student Commons and Activities – Student Leadership and Involvement Center.

Green Unity Fall Bazaar

Commons Plaza, Monroe Park Campus

Saturday, Oct 24.; 1-5 p.m.

Join local organizations, vendors and artisans for an event centered around promoting healthy living, entrepreneurship and cultural exchange. Lots of food and handcrafted items will be available! Sponsored by Green Unity at VCU.

“Green Unity is dedicated to creating a more environmentally aware and sustainable VCU community. These goals led to the Earth Day Bazaar in 2010, which now occurs annually. The bazaars provide a haven for small local businesses and various artists in the VCU and Richmond community to market themselves. Due to our success at last year’s Earth Day Bazaar, we were invited to host the Harvest Bazaar during Family Weekend,” President Megan Petzold said.

Kids Zone

Saturday, Oct. 24; 1-4 p.m.

Commonwealth Ballroom, University Student Commons, Monroe Park Campus

Family Weekend is now for the little ones too! Children and adults alike can participate in Kids Zone free of charge. Bring the family to the Commonwealth Ballroom for games, music, inflatables and face-painting! Sponsored by the University Student Commons and Activities – Student Leadership and Involvement Center.

“Family weekend really is all inclusive,” Rebecca Halligan, Coordinator for Leadership and Volunteer Programs said.  “We saw that so many younger siblings and cousins were coming to Family Weekend and we wanted them to have a great time, too!”

VCU Men’s Soccer vs. George Washington – Tailgate and Soccer Game

Saturday, Oct. 24; 5 p.m., 7 p.m.

Bus leaves at 5 p.m. from the University Student Commons to the Tailgate; Game starts at 7 p.m.; Sports Backers Stadium

Come enjoy the free food and fun as the VCU men’s soccer team takes on George Washington! Transportation from the Student Commons to the Sports Backers Stadium will be provided!

Registration required, ticketed event – students are FREE, $10 for guests. Sponsored by the VCU Athletics Department.

The Evasons – Mind Reading Duo

Saturday, Oct. 24; 8 p.m.

Commonwealth Ballroom, University Student Commons, Monroe Park Campus

Believe in mind reading? You will after seeing the Evasons! Join world famous mentalist duo Jeff and Tessa Evason for mind-blowing feats of ESP and Second Sight that’ll have you buzzing long after the show ends! The Evasons consistently deliver an interactive entertainment experience that has audience members sitting on the edge of their seats from start to finish. Sponsored by the University Student Commons and Activities – Student Leadership and Involvement Center and the Activities Programming Board. This event is free and open to all!


Where to eat with your family:

The great eats around campus are virtually endless! Both on campus or near campus options attract families every year – but have you tried these local favorites?

821 Cafe

821 W Cary St. Richmond, VA, 23220


821 Cafe is a great local spot for breakfast lunch and dinner! Bring your family for a burger night or for Sunday brunch, because 821’s menu and admirable local atmosphere is sure to please the whole family!

Sugar Shack

1001 N Lombardy St, Richmond, VA 23220


This famous donut shop has become a staple in the diet of VCU students everywhere. Their fun and unique artisanal donuts are an experience to share with the family.

Black Sheep

901 W. Marshall St.


The popular southern, cajun and submarine sandwich restaurant was featured on the Food Network’s “Man vs. Food’ and for good reason. Their infamous battleship submarines fall under “The War of Northern Ingestion” and are given names of submarines: Anyone in the mood for an CSS Virginia? How about a USS Wabash?

The Village

1001 W. Grace St. Richmond, VA 23220


Located in the heart of VCU’s campus, the Village has been a popular spot for the VCU community since 1956. A great place to grab a milkshake or take your family for dinner, the Village’s large selection of burgers, sandwiches, pastas, pizzas and more is sure to guarantee something for everyone.

Mama J’s

415 N. 1st St. Richmond, VA 23220


For a true taste of southern Richmond cuisine, Mama J’s is a go-to! From fried catfish, to chicken tenders, mac and cheese to peach cobbler, Mama J’s will not disappoint the foodie looking for a great place to indulge in some soul food. And – families can rejoice – they have a kids menu too!

Kuba Kuba

1601 Park Ave. Richmond, VA, 23220


This beloved Cuban restaurant is located in the heart of “The Fan” neighborhood and features home-style Cuban dishes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch. Got an appetite? Kuba Kuba features large portions served in a bodega-like atmosphere.

Looking for more places to eat with the family? Oct. 19-25 is Richmond’s restaurant week, and part of the proceeds of your meal will go to the Central Virginia Food Bank, for a full list of restaurants, visit http://www.richmondrestaurantweek.com. Make sure to reserve your spots early, as these restaurants book quickly during this week!

What to explore with your family:

Maymont Park –

1700 Hampton Street, Richmond, VA 23220


The 100-acre Victorian estate and public park is a beloved gem to the Richmond community. The park includes Maymont Mansion (now a historic house museum), an arboretum, formal gardens, a carriage collection, native wildlife exhibits, a nature center, and Children’s Farm. The park is a treasure sure to be enjoyed by the whole family!

Carytown –

3126 W. Cary Street, Richmond, VA 23220


Carytown is a unique shopping neighborhood in the heart of downtown Richmond, VA. The urban retail district lining Cary Street is located at the southern end of Richmond’s Museum District. The district has an eclectic flavor and includes over 230 shops, restaurants, and offices, and is home to the iconic Byrd Theatre, a restored movie palace that has operated continuously since 1928. Make sure to take Mom and Dad up and down the streets of Carytown and see a movie at the Byrd for only $2, besides — you’ll use the extra money to head to Bev’s Homemade Ice Cream right across the street after the movie is done!

In the area on Saturday, Oct. 24 at 2:30 p.m.? Catch the 10th annual Richmond Zombie Walk,  an organized public gathering of people who dress up in zombie costumes. Taking place in Carytown, the participants make their way around the city streets, limping and dragging their undead bodies through the city of Richmond. Learn more at http://richmondzombiewalk.com/about-2/#.Vh1PzRNVhHw.

Hollywood Cemetery –

412 South Cherry St., Richmond, VA 23220


Overlooking the James River, this historical site is the resting place of two United States Presidents, James Monroe and John Tyler, as well as the only Confederate States President, Jefferson Davis. It is also the resting place of 28 Confederate generals, more than any other cemetery in the country; these include George Pickett and J.E.B. Stuart. It’s easy to get lost in the history and enchantment of the cemetery’s winding paths and deep history. Historical tours are available on foot, segway and trolley and can be scheduled by calling (804) 649-0711.

Church Hill Ghost Tours


Ever seen a ghost? The historical city of Richmond is crawling with opportunities to spook the entire family with a Church Hill Ghost Tour led by a “ghost host” who will guide you and the family on a fascinating nighttime exploration of Church Hill, the oldest and most haunted neighborhood in Richmond, where over 400 years of history have produced an ample share of those caught between this world and the next. Hear tales of the mysterious, tragic and downright terrifying things that have led to numerous reports of paranormal activity along the tour route including, The Old Stone House, Church Hill Tunnel and Civil War Hospitals. Interested? Book a tour for Saturday, Oct. 24 online at http://www.hauntsofrichmond.com.

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts-

200 N Boulevard, Richmond, VA, 23220


The VMFA is a state-supported, privately-endowed educational institution created for the benefit of the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia. It was created to preserve, exhibit, and interpret art, as well as to encourage the study of the arts and enrich lives. With free admission and a plethora of exhibits for all, the VMFA is a Richmond treasure sure to awe the family.


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