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The Richmond Greek Festival hasn’t been hosted since 2019 due to the pandemic as well as supply chain challenges. But now it’s back — the appetizer-size version, at least — to win over your senses like a triumphant Perseus returning with Medusa’s head. It will all be there: pork souvlaki, moussaka, spanakopita, gyro and loukoumades. Something just feels right about once again pointing your minivan to Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral. Opa! 11 a.m.-8 p.m. 30 Malvern Ave. Free admission; pay as you go.


Sure, training for and running 26.2 miles (or even 13.1 or 4.97) can be a steep challenge even for the most disciplined and determined athletes among us. But let’s not forget about the fans — and all their sacrifices: chasing runners around the city while parallel parking in strange neighborhoods, the pressure to put Sharpie to posterboard in a creative stroke of genius, and even the chapped hands from clapping hours on end. Yes, those running America’s Friendliest Marathon, Half Marathon and 8K are certainly champions, no matter their place of finish. But let’s not forget the real heroes flanking the course with their cheeky signs and red solo cups in hand. 7:45 a.m. marathon start. Fifth and Grace streets for the starting line. (804) 285-9495 or


The Recontextualizing Richmond Project puts the focus on Indigenous History Month by exhibiting art created exclusively by Pamunkey Tribal Citizens at Libby Hill Park. Artists include Ava Everheart, Yvonne Goad, Erick Krigsvold, Rebecca Hill and others. 6-10 p.m. 2801 E. Franklin St. Opening night moved to Saturday due to weather. Free. Recontextualizing

Select dates Friday-Jan. 8 – CHRISTMAS TOWN AT BUSCH GARDENS

It’s that time of year when we measure attractions by their number of twinkling lights. Busch Gardens’ radiant transformation to North Pole suburb might take the cake with more than 10 million. Add roller coasters decked out in mistletoe, a “’Twas the Night Before” ice-skating show, seasonal treats and shopping, as well as plenty of visits from the Man with the Bag — and you have a winter wonderland over the James River and through New Kent County right down I-64 East. Hours vary. 1 Busch Gardens Blvd. Prices start at $27.99 (flash sale through Sunday). (757) 229-4386 or

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