Have you seen the rise in pop-ups? These events gained momentum during 2020 when non-brick and mortar concepts wanted a safe, outdoor opportunity to give Richmond a taste of who they are. Pop-up spaces host anything from food to music to artisan-based events. For the local Richmonder, it’s a chance to experience something new. The energy and camaraderie are contagious. Now, where to start?

Guest blog by @miss_elaine_neous

RICHMOND POP UPS to watch for:

oro pasta and Two Fire Table pic-min

@ororva x @twofiretable – Between the execution and eats presented at this community-style dinner pop-up, this was an elite event. Chef Laine of Oro has homemade pasta you didn’t know existed. While Two Fire Table (from Scottsville) is excited to heat things up in Richmond with their over-the-fire dining experience! Flavor and fun are a guarantee here.

Village Garden RVA community dinner at Cocodrilo-min

@villagegarden – David and Barbara entered the pop-up scene with the “Summer. Supper. Somm” event followed by their “Chili Dinners” series that also took off. This Hanover tomato (and chili) concept is in full swing again this year. Expect a night of farm-to-table dinners, laughter, and surprises too.  

Recluse roasting pic 1-min

@recluseroastingproject – On the weekends, this alley coffee shop creates an intimate, fun mini farmers market event meets fab food pop-up. Watch their Instagram for their next coffee collab and get in line early to start your weekend!  

@pastacultura – Angela (@sprezza) and Victoria (@sluttispaghetti) have teamed up to bring the River City pasta dinner that keeps the Italian dishes and wine flowing. Their dinners also encourage community seating, and each course comes with a conversation about Italian culture.

PLACES that host pop-ups:

Pizza Bones pop ups pic 1-min

@jasperbarva – Love when chefs use the kitchen and create a delicious menu here to pair with the famous cocktails at Jasper. Can’t lose!

@accoutre_richmond – Rob reads the room well, bringing in a variety of artists and cooks to hang on the Manchester lawn in front of the store.

@blueatlasrva – Their space inside a historic school building is perfect for a pop-up. From their own, in-house vegan dinners and free Wine tasting Wednesdays on top of their restaurant collabs, it’s a can’t-miss, Fulton gem!

@mainlinerva & @basiccitybeerco – Both of these breweries hold artisan markets on select weekends and they are so fun to discover a new maker in Richmond!

@pizzabonesrva – Ashley Patino is the owner and a pop-up space gem! When this Church Hill spot isn’t serving pizza Thursday to Monday, the shop opens its doors to like-minded community members to host events on the patio.