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Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022
Rain or shine. Included with regular Garden admission

Experience autumn flair in the Garden and celebrate all that fall has to offer! This event has a festival vibe with live music, food, adult beverages, and family-friendly activities. The Bloemendaal House tent will feature German fare, so come hungry!

Live Music at Bloemendaal House

The Slack family bandThe Slack Family Bluegrass Band, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
The Slack Family began life over 20 years ago performing in the streets and back alleys of Richmond to enthusiastic, mesmerized bar-hopping listeners. Eventually, a wise and philanthropic bar owner invited them inside to reclaim his roving clientele, bestowing upon them the moniker “Slack Family” and hence a destiny was fulfilled.
Today this family of “brothers from different mothers” is ever creating energetic, diverse, and infectious music featuring three-part vocal harmonies and a wide variety of indigenous influences that give more than a nod to the way it used to be. This blend of traditional, contemporary, and original tunes with mass appeal for all ages renders music their fans affectionately dub “slackgrass.”

The Sweet Potatoes, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Sweet Potatoes is a Richmond-based jazz band that was formed in 2017. Starting from humble beginnings, the group has gone through many different iterations. The first of which was a guitar duo that played evening shows at local restaurants in the Richmond area and to this day we’ve evolved into a group that performs at Virginia jazz festivals like the Jazz on the bluff festival in Hampton Virginia and performs regularly at the African American History Museum in D.C., WRIR, and the Governor’s Mansion.

Live Music in the Children’s Garden

Markiss Blowfish, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is the story of a US Army Veteran who sings the Blues. Mark A. Branch A.K.A Markiss Blowfish was born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., served in the Army, a member of the McGuire VA Veteran Band, a Richmond City School Bus driver and is the father of three children. In 1991, Mr. Branch moved to Richmond. He began playing Blues Harmonica and songwriting at the age of forty. To facilitate his songwriting, he picked up guitar and has been busking in Shockoe Slip and at the South of the James Farmers Market on Saturday morning since he began. His natural talent for song writing was clearly recognized by the Virginia Organization of Composers and Lyricist which won him awards of songwriter of the year and song of the year. He is a Buffalo Soldier Player of Country Blues.

Saturday, October 29, 2022
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Event Details



  • HarvestFest Local Maker’s Market presented by TransJam Events, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the Rose Garden lawn
  • Fall Photo Booth in Rob’s Garden of Flagler Garden
  • Overarching Gratitude Display– Interactive experience inviting guests to write “what they are grateful for” on a “tree cookie” (a round slice of a tree branch) and hang it from a piece of twine on the Central Garden arbor. This community project will be on-going through the end of Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights. Fill out your tree cookies in the Lora Robins Library
  • Artist Dana Dumont carves pumpkins and apples under the Darlington Oak in Grace Arents Garden (Pumpkins, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Apples, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.)
  • Scary Storytime with librarian Kat Spears, 10 a.m. outside the Lora Robins Library

In the Children’s Garden 

  • Fairy House Building, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Farm Garden Drop-in, 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Pie Pumpkin Painting, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Face Painting, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Crafts with SCRAP Creative Reuse, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Scary Storytime with Libbie Mill Library Children’s Librarian Chris Holliman, 1:30, 2:30 & 3:30 p.m.

Food & Drink 

German Influenced items under the Bloemendaal House tent, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

  • Brats
  • Mashed potato
  • Hot Dogs
  • Warm Pretzels
  • Beer Cheese
  • German Potato Salad
  • Braised red cabbage
  • Hot soup/stew
  • Sweets

Plus, family friendly items.

Drinks – Beer and beverages

The Garden Café will be closed

gourds and pumpkins at HarvestFest