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Top five weekend events: Richmond Jewish Food Festival, MLK concert from Richmond Symphony & The Connells

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The Jewish Food Festival is a take-home event this year, plus two buzzworthy shows at The National, a Richmond Symphony Lollipops concert in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. and more fun ways to spend the weekend.

Dwight Yoakum


Legendary country singer Dwight Yoakum plays an intimate set at The National at 7:30 p.m. (doors 6:30 p.m.). 708 E. Broad St. $45-$52.50. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test required. or (888) 929-7849.

The Connells Saturday

A favorite among Richmonders, The Connells are a pop-rock group from Raleigh, N.C., that plays songs about the South. In September, they released “Steadman’s Wake,” their first studio album in 20 years. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test required. 8 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.) at The National, 708 E. Broad St. $22.50-$27.50. or (888) 929-7849.

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Richmond Lollipops: ‘Dreams of Freedom’ Saturday u

A special Richmond Lollipops concert focusing on the dream and message of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., tailored for young listeners. Featuring 12-year-old violinist Amaryn Olmeda and a narrative titled “My Hero, Martin,” from actress Morgan Avery McCoy. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test required. 11 a.m. at Dominion Energy Center, 600 E. Grace St. $10. or (800) 514-3849.

Jonathan Austin at Steam Bell Beer Works


Sometimes, when you’re a parent, you need to keep the kids occupied so you can go to a brewery and enjoy a nice adult beverage. This weekend, Jonathan Austin will be juggling and entertaining from 2 to 4 p.m. at Steam Bell so you can enjoy a frothy brew. 1717 E. Oak Lake Blvd., Midlothian. or (804) 728-1876.

Richmond Jewish Food Festival


Got a hankering for matzah ball soup and rugelach? You’re in luck because it’s the Jewish Food Festival, which is a take home, “heat and eat” event only this year. Place your order for homemade Jewish dishes including beef brisket, knishes, veggie kugel and stuffed cabbage, plus plenty of dessert items, such as macaroons and almond horns. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at Weinstein JCC, 5403 Monument Ave. Items run $3-$12. www.richmondjewishfood or (804) 288-7953.

— Colleen Curran


Colleen Curran is the living editor for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. She also covers arts and entertainment, pop culture and social media.

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