Friday – Complimentary St. Patrick’s Day Face Painting and Balloon Twisting – Enjoy complimentary face painting near the children’s play area and balloon twisting near Saks Fifth Avenue, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm.
Saturday – St. Paddy’s Palooza – Family-friendly festival with a petting zoo, pony rides, moon bounces and rock wall for the kids, plus local bands and adult beverages for the grown-ups. There will also be head-shaving to raise money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a non-profit devoted to funding research for childhood cancer cures. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free entry, activities cost a fee. Rain date Sunday, March 19. Innsbrook Pavilion
Saturday – Run for the Hills 5K – Explore Forest Hill with a family-friendly 5K. Kids, dogs, parents with strollers and runners of all abilities welcome. The 5K will move through Forest Hill Park and the neighborhood. Starts and finishes at the Stone House at the corner of Forest Hill Ave. and 41st St. $25 in advance, $28 walk-up. Starts at 9 a.m.
Sunday – Gamelan Raga Kusuma 10th Anniversary Concert – Richmond’s own Balinese music ensemble Gamelan Raga Kusuma is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a blow-out concert. Featuring Balinese and Javanese musicians from the Indonesian Embassy and Indonesian string band Rumput. 8 p.m. Grace Street Theater, 934 W. Grace St.