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Thursday – DOUG E. FRESH

He’s a pioneer of hip-hop and the man responsible for your uncle confidently, yet awkwardly, dancing at every family wedding. Performer and producer Doug E. Fresh, known as “The Human Beat Box” and inspiration for “The Dougie,” brings his skills to the Carpenter Theatre as the headlining act of “Alternate Routes: A Night in NYC.” The show, a benefit for the Richmond Performing Arts Alliance, includes performances by local artists and groups throughout the Dominion Energy Center, as well as a gala. 7:30 p.m. 600 E. Grace St. From $27 (concert only). (804) 592-3330 or


“Doc McStuffins!” “Puppy Dog Pals!!” You know the shows; you love the shows — OK, maybe you just tolerate the shows. Classic Disney and Disney Junior characters join the Marvel Super Heroes to make sure their big costume party isn’t canceled. Consider this a warm-up for getting the kiddos photographed with another famous costumed character in about a month. Because if they cry for Minnie, they’re totally crying for St. Nick. 6 p.m. 6 N. Laurel St. From $24. (804) 592-3384 or


Saturday and Sunday – LEGO BRICK FEST LIVE

Lego bricks are the kryptonite for screen time, helping our kids build their creativity while drowning out the siren song of phones, tablets and TVs. (OK, so they make movies and video games, too, but you get the point!) Brick Fest Live brings more than 1 million blocks to the Greater Richmond Convention Center and includes build zones, life-size Lego models, stage shows and an attempt at a Guinness World Record-setting mosaic. There’s even a Lego Walk, where parents can attempt to walk across a brick-covered runway blind-folded — just like in real life! (Yes, we made that last one up.). Times vary. 403 N. Third St. From $19.99.


Head to Henricus Historical Park for a hop-friendly festival with beer from over 20 Virginia breweries, food vendors, a marketplace and live music. Noon-6 p.m. 251 Henricus Park Road, Chester. Free entry; pay as you go. Beer is $7 for a full 12-ounce pour, $3 for a 4-ounce tasting. (804) 748-1611 or

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