Posted by: Necci – Oct 30, 2013
Party zombies in the house, listen up! This year, Halloween didn't quite fall on a weekend, but anytime a holiday shows up on a Thursday, you can expect the action to carry on full speed throughout the weekend. This year is no exception! So don't be sad when #Halloweek is over--keep it moving all weekend long with these post-Halloween activities.
Casa Del Barco's Day Of The Dead Weekend
Starting Friday, November 1 and running throughout the weekend, Casa Del Barco will be celebrating the Mexican holiday Dia De Los Muertos in fine style. While Dia De Los Muertos, or Day Of The Dead, has some significant differences from Halloween, it does involve similar traditions including masks, costumes, candy, and celebrations. Casa Del Barco is certainly planning one of those--things will kick off on Friday at 5 PM with the tapping of Hardywood Brewery's Triple Belgian Ale, and continue with face painting, a photo booth, a costume contest, and music by Rana Santacruz. The fiesta continues on Saturday with tequila tastings and salsa dancing lessons, wrapping up on Sunday with a Bloody Maria brunch from 10 AM until 3 PM. Friday's the big night, though, so head down to Casa Del Barco, located at 320 S. 12th St in Shockoe Slip, and enjoy! For more info, click here.
Halloweekend At Bogart's
Bogart's are "stretching Halloween" to bring you a proper kickoff to your post-Halloween weekend that also keeps the holiday spirit alive for one more day! "Halloweekend" is really just Friday, November 1 at Bogart's, but they're cramming a weekend's worth of awesome music and fun times into one night. For one thing, there'll be great local indie rock from Lightfields, Those Manic Seas, and The Absent Center--all excellent bands with a good bit of buzz around the RVA scene. With the addition of your host for the evening, Ego Von Hubris, photographer Jacob Joiner taking pictures of everyone in costume, and a costume contest featuring prizes from local bands and businesses, this is guaranteed to be a great time. At only $5, admission is a steal--so come down to Bogart's In The Fan at 1903 W. Cary St, and make your Halloweekend one to remember. More info can be found here.
Screens N' Suds Big Event
This one may not exactly have a Halloween theme, but it's all about art and beer, so we figured RVA Magazine readers would surely be interested. Starting at 3 PM on Saturday, November 2, the Screens N' Suds fifth annual Big Event will be taking place at Gallery 5, located at 200 W. Marshall St. The event will feature five limited edition small batch brews from local breweries, which will only be available for purchase at 2013 Screens N' Suds events, paired with label art by the brewers' favorite artists. The five breweries participating are Blue Mountain, Hardywood, O'Connor, Strangeways, and Three Brothers, and plenty of other local and non-local craft beweries will be on hand at the event. There will also be screenprinted art from Seansberg, Ashley Phipps, Christian Leaf, Brian Mandeville, Bomb Proof and more, plus music from The Dave Marshall Experience and DJ Reinhold. It should be a great time, so check it out! More info here.
Return Of The Living Dead Bands Part V
The punk scene has a strong tradition of Halloween cover band shows, and Richmond has always done its part to keep the spirit alive. Return Of The Living Dead Bands will, er, return to Strange Matter (929 W. Grace St) for its fifth year of annual Halloween-related cover hijinks, and with 10 bands on the bill, there's sure to be one you're excited about. In addition to the inevitable Misfits cover band topping the bill, this year will see tributes to Manowar, Filth, Wesley Willis, The Velvet Underground, Dead Boys, The Minutemen, Pixies, Twisted Sister, and Operation Ivy. The Velvet Underground tribute is sure to be poignant in light of Lou Reed's passing earlier this week, but the event will still have a festive air, especially since it'll feature local burlesque hero Buster Britches as the master of ceremonies! In order to fit in all of the bands that will perform, the whole thing kicks off at 5 PM. This event is free, and will be a blast! Come check it out. More info here.
Witches Brew Costume Ball
Meanwhile, if punk and metal isn't your thing, you can always head on over to The National (708 E. Broad St) on Saturday night for an extravagant costume ball with Richmond's favorite yacht rock troubadours, Three Sheets To The Wind. Not only will Three Sheets be bringing their usual 80s soft-rock styles, they'll also be performing a mini-set of Tom Petty songs! Fellow locals Party Of Four will kick off the evening with a set of 90s hits, including a mini-set of Gin Blossoms songs. On top of all that, there'll be a costume contest, with prizes awarded for Best Yacht Rock Attire, Best Team/Duo Costume, and Best Overall--so don't mothball that great Zombie Tom Brady costume you wore for the zombie walk last weekend just yet! Tickets are $15 in advance--order here, and get more info on this event by clicking here.
By Andrew Necci