Are you registered and ready for Brian Buffini’s Success Tour coming to Richmond on April 9th and 10th? With less than a month to go, you’re probably getting excited to see the real estate event and are thinking about what to do during your downtime. Richmond, one of America’s oldest and most historic cities, offers a variety of things to do when you’re not soaking up some new business building strategies at the convention center. Whether you’re visiting Richmond from out of state or you’re a local, here’s a list of fun things to check out during the week of Brian Buffini’s Success Tour. Come for the Success Tour and stay to visit the sites!
For art lovers:
The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is one of the top attractions in the Richmond area, one that offers world-class art, live music and film showings. Current exhibits include Native American Art, Made in Hollywood: Photographs from the John Kobal Foundation, and Signs of Protest: Photographs from the Civil Rights Era. Don’t miss the jazz ensemble play at the Jazz Café on Thursday April 10 from 6pm to 9pm. If you enjoy films, the 21st Annual James River Film Festival begins on April 11 from 6:30pm to 9pm at the Leslie Cheek Theater. The featured film is The Great Confusion: The 1913 Armory Show. The documentary’s filmmakers will be on-hand to introduce and discuss the film.
Admission to permanent collection is free; there are fees for special exhibitions.
For architecture lovers:
Step back in time to the Gilded Age of America with a visit to Maymont, a 100-acre Victorian country estate that has been preserved for the enjoyment of the public. Maymont was built by business and military leader Major James Henry Dooley—the son of Irish immigrants—and his wife Sallie May. Major Dooley and his wife were prominent philanthropists who gave generously to civic organizations in the Richmond area. Maymont was given to the city of Richmond in 1925, and turned over to the Maymont Foundation in 1975. Every Tuesday through Friday from noon to 5pm, visit Maymont for the Elegant Entertaining Series, and tour the mansion as though you were a special guest of the Dooleys’. If gardening is your thing, register for Creating Victorian Landscapes for Modern Living presentation in the Garden Hall on Tuesday April 8 from 6pm to 8pm. Marvel at the architecture of the home, enjoy the nature center and wander through the many gardens on the estate.
There’s a $5 suggested donation to tour Maymont Mansion and $3 to visit the Nature & Visitor Center Exhibits.
If you love gardens, be sure to visit the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, which features more than 50-acres of gardens, including a rose garden, a Victorian garden and a children’s garden. Don’t miss the A Million Blooms exhibit, where daffodils, tulips and bluebells will be features. Also catch the 5th annual Cheers to Art! event on April 10, a silent auction to raise money for the Children’s Garden.
Admission for adults if $11, seniors $10, children $7
For history buffs:
A visit to the capital of Virginia isn’t complete without a trip to the Capitol Building. Designed by Thomas Jefferson and French architect Charles-Louis Clerisseau, the Capital Building has been through a lot during its 224 years, including fires, the Civil War and renovations. The Capital is open daily and free to the public.
Visit the Hollywood Cemetery to see the final resting places of several notable historical figures, including founding father John Randolph, presidents James Monroe and John Tyler and tobacconist Thomas Williams, and take in the serene beauty of the 135-acre site. Public visiting hours are 8am to 5pm daily, and admission is free.
Interested in Revolutionary War history? Be sure to visit St. John’s Church, the place where founding father Patrick Henry gave the famous rally cry, “Give me liberty or give me death!” The site was also where much of the plotting and planning for the colonists’ rebellion against the British took place. Take a guided tour of the church for a small fee, or explore it on your own for free.
And don’t miss…
Catch panoramic views of the city of Richmond at the City Hall Observation Deck of the new city hall building. The observation deck is open during business hours, and admission is free.