Kids & Family

Celebrate diverse culture at the African American Cultural Arts Festival, help find homes for dogs at the BarkAID 5k and enjoy beer and bites at Ivy Provisions' Barn & Brew this week. Photo: File photo

Living Picks: To-do this week

Family     Chihamba’s 27th Annual African American Cultural Arts Festival This year’s event features West African cuisine, a hair show, vendors, entertainment and more. Saturday 7/30. Free, 10:30am-7:30pm. Booker T. Washington Park, Preston Avenue and 10th Street NW. chihambacharlot tesville@gmail.com. Nonprofit BarkAID 5K and 50 States Tour Paws for Pits partners with internationally known hair stylist Patrick Lomantini […]

Cirque Italia takes the big top poolside and brings a European flair to family entertainment. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Cirque Italia

Looking for an affordable spectacle? Try the Italian circus that tours city to city, sets up under a giant tent and presents aerial acts, hand balancing, contortionists and mermaids over a 35,000-gallon water tank. Cirque Italia creates a “vivid, dramatic and moving experience” without animals, despite the rumor of a dinosaur appearance. Thursday 7/21–Sunday 7/24. $10-50, […]

Take the family out for the Sweet Dreams Festival, eat for a cause with Restaurant Week, join the community for a fun run and more this week. Photo: Staff photo

Living Picks: To-do this week

Family     Sweet Dreams Festival This family-friendly event features activities including a craft tent, rock climbing wall, laser tag, inflatables and more. Saturday 7/23. Free, 9am-4pm. Stuarts Draft Park, 96 Edgewood Ln., Stuarts Draft. sweetdreamsday.com. Nonprofit Restaurant Week Enjoy specially designed menus in local restaurants, with a portion of proceeds benefiting the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. […]