6 Things to do Richmond
- Catch a cool concert
If you find yourself in Richmond on an extended weekend, RVA native, Mad Skillz, hosts a throwback hip hop & R&B party called the Art of Noise where Skillz, his crew of DJ's, MC's, and other guest appearances turn up all night. Quiet as it is kept, Richmond is one of the largest markets in between Atlanta and D.C. so it draws many acts ranging from Fantasia and Kirk Franklin to Bone Thugs N Harmony.
- Step up your hipster wardrobe
I've only heard about the underground hipster scene in Richmond (perhaps they're doing a good job at keeping it underground). However, with a little research or a little luck, you can stumble across a shop like Round Two where you can find brands like Supreme, Bathing Ape, and more. If the hipster vibe is not your thing, don't worry! Richmond has several outdoor malls worth visiting too.
- Feed the foodie in you
If you consider yourself a foodie then your trip to Richmond wouldn't be complete without visiting Boathouse. This restaurant offers incredible views, bottomless mimosas, and although I ordered the shrimp and grits, the brunch buffet is also good. For dinner bites, I recommend visiting Crustaceans for a low country boil experience. Richmond is definitely a great city for seafood lovers like me.
- Engage the community
On my first visit to Richmond, I had the pleasure of feeding the homeless for Thanksgiving. Admittedly, I could stand to volunteer more because listening to these individual's stories was a humbling experience. Often, the homeless are just normal individuals who had an unfortunate twist of fate leaving them on the street. It may be tough to find community service opportunities in a foreign city, but if you search hard enough I'm sure they are out there. I recommend looking into churches like Saint Paul's Baptist Church for potential volunteer opportunities.
- Connect with nature on a trail
- Tour the city's rich history
Richmond is rooted in American history as it was established when America was still a group of 13 colonies. Full disclosure, Richmond was the capital of the Confederacy so many of the exhibits pay homage to Confederate generals, slave owners and the likes. However, there are also monuments such as the Statue of Reconciliation that openly acknowledge Richmond's role in the slave trade. Regardless how you feel about the circumstances behind these figures, they address an important part of our country's story that deserves to be recognized, studied, and to some extent, appreciated, because we would not be where we are today if it weren't for the efforts of the individuals who came before us.