Thursday – Sunday – Fire, Flour & Fork – The four-day festival for the food-curious is bringing over 40 events to town with behind-the-scenes tours, guest-chef dinners, lunches, brunches, tastings and more. Some of this year’s most eagerly anticipated events include a sold-out XXX Food Porn event at L’Opossum, a visit from former “Top Chef” contestant Carla Hall, and a Smoke on the Water food festival-type event at Henricus. Times and prices vary.
Friday and Saturday – The Big LeByrdski – To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the cult classic-movie “The Big Lebowski,” the annual Big LeByrdski is expanding to a two-day festival with a bowling party at River City Roll at 7 p.m. Friday, followed by a Carytown Bathrobe Bar Crawl at 5 p.m. Saturday, leading to the screening at the Byrd Theatre at 8 p.m. Bowling sold-out; movie tickets still available for $15. Benefits the Byrd Theatre, 2908 W. Cary St.
Through Nov. 11 – Garden Glow at Maymont – Maymont lights up the Japanese Garden at night for Garden Glow, a series of illuminated evenings that explore the Japanese Garden in a brand new light. The night starts at the Robins Nature & Visitor Center with festivities that celebrate Japanese culture, followed by a golf cart ride down to the Japanese Garden to explore the cascading waterfall and meandering pathways lit up at night. 6-10 p.m. at 2201 Shields Lake Drive. $12 in advance, $15 at door for adults; $7 in advance, $10 at the door for ages 4-12; free for ages 3 and younger.
Friday – Lift Us Up, Don’t Push Us Out – Art galleries open up on Friday for the First Friday art walk. Swing by Art 180 in Jackson Ward for “Lift Us Up, Don’t Push Us Out,” the new exhibit that features art and film created by incarcerated teens exploring the school-to-prison pipeline. The exhibit includes a new virtual-reality film made by the teens, a documentary film, interactive audio installations that use human touch to activate stories from youth in the system and more. 6-9 p.m. at 114 W. Marshall St.