Starts FridayState Fair of Virginia

The Midway will start lighting up the sky this week when the State Fair rolls into town with racing pigs, baby ducklings, lots of animals to pet, demolition derbies, live music and lots of fried food on a stick. The Richmond Portal will be there for visitors to converse with people from around the world along with performances from extreme Chinese acrobats, bluegrass pickers and musicians from the Crooked Road and the hip-hop trio the Sugarhill Gang, known for the 1979 hit “Rapper’s Delight.” 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday and Monday-Thursday at The Meadow Event Park, Doswell. $10-$15; ages 4 and younger free; midway rides extra. Through Oct. 6

SaturdayVA PrideFest

Pop star Betty Who, known for her hit “Somebody Loves You,” headlines this year’s VA PrideFest on Brown’s Island. The family-friendly celebration of the LGBTQ community features fun and feisty performances from drag queens Ongina from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and Vander Von Odd from “Dragula,” plus music, vendors, food trucks and more. Noon-8 p.m. at Brown’s Island. Free entry; pay as you go.

Saturday and SundayFall Festival at Gallmeyer Farms

It’s pumpkin season! Pick your own pumpkins at Gallmeyer Farms, and also enjoy live music, free activities for kids, hayrides, a hay-bale maze, and arts and crafts. And don’t forget: Don’t smash the pumpkins, people! 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at 4506 Millers Lane. Free entry; pay as you go.

SundayParty on the Avenues

Fall street festival in the West End will have live music on two stages, craft beer and wine and a bloody mary bar, eclectic vendors, kids activities, Jonathan the Juggler and more. Noon-6 p.m. at Libbie and Patterson avenues. Free entry; pay as you go.

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