Friday – Sunday – Richmond Folk Festival – The 14th annual Richmond Folk Festival is bringing 40 performers to town this weekend. Be sure to check out legendary R&B queen Mavis Staples on Saturday night on the Altria Stage, plus plenty more throughout the three-day festival. Among the buzzworthy performers: Ricky B’s bounce music from New Orleans, Tribu Baharù’s Afro-Colombian champeta, reggae from Ras Michael & the Sons of Negus, gypsy jazz from Lulo Reinhardt and Chinese wind and percussion music from the Zhou Family Band, just to name a few. Plus Carnival costumes, Mongolian masks, Cambodian dance costumes and lots of great folk music in the Virginia Folklife area. 6-10 p.m. Friday, noon-9:30 p.m. Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday at Richmond’s downtown riverfront at Brown’s Island and Tredegar. Free; $10 donation suggested.
Saturday – Cambodian Food Festival – Richmond’s first Cambodian Food Festival celebrates Cambodian culture with food, music, performances, kids activities and a cooking demonstration. Dig into fresh spring rolls, nibble on beef on a stick and try the Cambodian desserts. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at Khmer Samacky Monastery, 8801 Battlefield Park Road. Free admission; pay as you go.
Saturday – Magnificent Midlothian Food Festival – The Magnificent Midlothian Food Festival turns 30 this week. Stop by Westchester Commons for small plates from area restaurants, such as The Shaved Duck, Toast, Sedona Taphouse and more, plus craft beer, Virginia wine and live music. Noon-7 p.m. at 15786 WC Main St., Midlothian. $30-$40, includes five food or beverage tickets.
Saturday and Sunday – Gourds, Goblets & Ghouls Festival – It’s officially pumpkin patch season! We recommend making a trip to Ashland Berry Farm, 12607 Old Ridge Road; Chesterfield Berry Farm, 26000 Pear Orchard Road; or Gallmeyer Farms, 4506 Millers Lane, where you can pick pumpkins and other activities (fees vary). Or head to Hanover Vegetable Farm’s Gourds, Goblets & Ghouls Festival this weekend for live music, vendors, sampling from Virginia wineries, local craft beer, a corn maze and pumpkin picking. You can also stay late for the Red Vein Haunted House. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at 13580 Ashland Road, Ashland. $7-$24.