Festival fun lasts all summer long in the Richmond Region! From food festivals and live music events to outdoor Shakespeare performances, yoga, and Hanover tomatoes, we've got more than enough to keep you entertained!
Memorial Weekend Salute
May 26-28, 2018
Kick off your summer and celebrate Memorial Day all weekend long during Kings Dominion's Memorial Weekend Salute May 26 - 28! Enjoy the thrills of the rides and chills of the slides in Soak City by day, then be dazzled by the fireworks show at night. Plus, the theme park is honoring members of the military and veterans with FREE admission and discount tickets for their families.
Heritage Amphitheater at Pocahontas State Park
Various dates from May - September
Pocahontas Premieres is a series of concerts and family-friendly entertainment held at the Heritage Amphitheater at Pocahontas State Park. The 2018 summer series includes a variety of concerts, movies under the stars, and even live theater! Bring a blanket or lawn chair and feel the evening breeze while enjoying family-friendly entertainment in the middle of this beautiful state park.
43rd Annual Richmond Greek Festival
Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral
May 31 - June 3, 2018
Experience one of Richmond's oldest and most beloved outdoor cultural festivals at the corner of Malvern and Grove Avenue! The Richmond Greek Festival has been bringing OPA to RVA for 43 years! Savor the legendary food, watch the talented dance troupes, and enjoy music from all the regions of Greece. Tour the beautiful Saints Constantine & Helen sanctuary and learn more about the Eastern Orthodox religion. Browse through the beautiful art, jewelry and fabulous finds in the International Bazaar. You can count on finding all of the usual Greek specialities, from moussaka to souvlaki and everything in between. Just try to save some room for the amazing baklava and other yummy desserts! You can bring us back some spanakopita as a thank you for recommending this gem of a festival! Just kidding! ;) But seriously, we hope to see you there!
Peace Love RVA Yoga Festival
June 2, 2018, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Richmond’s second annual Peace Love RVA Yoga Festival will offer a full day of music, local vegetarian food, vendors, and classes led by some of Richmond's finest yoga instructors. Peace Love RVA is a locally owned, grassroots effort between two longtime friends with a shared vision of bringing an all-day yoga festival to Richmond. The organizers’ goal is to foster a safe and nurturing environment in which participants of all levels can explore the art and wisdom of yoga and meditation together.
20th Annual Richmond Shakespeare Festival
June 1 - July 29, 2018
Come see ‘Shakespeare Under the Stars’ where Quill Theatre performs some of the Bard’s finest works in the courtyard of an authentic Tudor home built in the 15th century and brought over from Lancashire, England in 1926. There’s nothing else like it on the East Coast! This year’s festival will feature performances of Romeo and Juliet (June 1-24), and As You Like It (July 6-29), as well as a special performance of The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (June 30). Performances start at 7:30 p.m. (with the exception of The Compleat Wrks at 8:00 p.m.) The grounds open at 6 p.m. for pre-show picnickers. Feel free to bring a blanket and a picnic dinner, and enjoy the beautiful gardens surrounding Agecroft. As you dine, members of Lord Moxley’s Players, the Festival Young Company, peruse the grounds and entertain with Shakespearean monologues, sonnets, and songs.
Various art studios throughout the region
June 2-3, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Take a self-guided tour of Richmond's diverse and spectacular clay community. On June 2nd and 3rd, visit 21 unique clay studio spaces and experience the work of nearly 100 clay artisans. Plan out your route and spend the weekend visiting your favorite artists.
West Broad Street between Henry & Adams
June 3, 2018, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Broad Appétit promotes the amazing food, art, and music that makes Richmond a great place to live and visit. Bring your appetite and cash and plan on grazing your way down Broad Street to sample some of feature the best local restaurants our fine city has to offer - and all at $3 a plate. There will be plenty of Virginia wine and beer to wash down the delicious food, plus vendors to visit, and music to please your ears. Bring a re-usable shopping bag and gather up your favorite in-season produce from local farmers and food providers.
Dogwood Dell Festival of Arts
Since 1956, Dogwood Dell has been home to the Festival of Arts; a summer long celebration of the arts featuring art exhibits, concerts, dance and theatre. With its eclectic mix of old and new, the Festival of Arts has become one of Richmond's cultural treasures. Throughout June, July, and August, a variety of performances are offered, including classical music and dance; drama, comedy, and musical theatre; reggae, pop, swing, rhythm and blues, rock, jazz and contemporary music concerts. The Festival of Arts is flavored for every taste. Come early for a seat in the amphitheatre or bring a blanket to sit in the surrounding park.
Music in the Garden Live Concert Series
June 7, 14, and 21, 2018, 6 - 8 p.m.
Celebrate Richmond's diverse music scene at The Valentine with the 3rd annual Music in the Garden series on the first three Thursdays of June. Admission to the garden and the museum are free during the event. Beer and wine will be on sale and Garnett’s at the Valentine will be open for food purchases.
Flowers After 5
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
Thursdays, June 7 - September 13, 2018
Relax on Thursday evenings throughout the summer at Flowers After 5. Stroll through the gardens; enjoy live music, wine and beer, dining and shopping, plus family activities in the Children’s Garden. Different live bands each week mean you might hear anything from jazz, soul, and big band swing to folk, bluegrass, or Motown tunes! Check out this summer’s lineup here and get ready to bask in the vibrant summer evenings and extended hours at the Garden!
The Festival of the River
June 8, 2018
A brand new three-day event, The Festival of the River debuts at Brown’s Island, June 8-10. This one-time festival will showcase the very best of the James River, Chesapeake Bay and the Richmond Region. Festival highlights include contemporary art installations, performances under the Richmond Symphony’s Big Tent, cleanups along and around the River and family-friendly environmental education activities in celebration of Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week.
Taste of India
The Cultural Center of India - Virginia
June 9-10, 2018
Taste of India is one of the largest Asian Indian Festivals in the Commonwealth of Virginia celebrated annually. There will be exciting opportunities to experience Indian food, entertainment, shopping and art. Free parking and free admission.
Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival
Richmond Raceway Complex
June 9, 2018
Come out to the Richmond Raceway Complex for a great day of beer sippin', bourbon tastin', music listenin', and barbeque eatin'. Admission includes a sampling glass so you can enjoy an all-you-care-to-taste sampling of beer and bourbon. With 40 different bourbons and 60 beers on tap to choose from, you’ll need to pace yourself and save room for some of the amazing barbeque! You can also check out seminars from master distillers, brewmasters, and pit masters in the tasting theater and enjoy live rock, blues, and bluegrass music all afternoon.
Juicy Brews Summer Invitational
Triple Crossing Brewing - Fulton
June 10, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Start summer off on all the right notes with the Juicy Brews Summer Invitational at Triple Crossing Brewing's Fulton location. Come meet the brewers and try unlimited pours from 30+ of the best breweries in the country. There will be food, beer (obviously), music, and exclusive merch and glassware from designer Sam Taylor.
Juneteenth, A Freedom Celebration
Various locations in Downtown Richmond
June 15-17, 2018
Sponsored by the Elegba Folklore Society, Juneteenth, A Freedom Celebration combines history with a contemporary family gathering featuring performances, speakers, the Freedom Market and children’s activities. A symposium and the Annual Torch Lit Night Walk on the Trail of Enslaved Africans are featured in observance of Juneteenth National Freedom Day.
Ashland Strawberry Faire
Randolph-Macon College campus
June 16, 2018, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
A local favorite since 1982, this festival fills the town with strawberry treats and more than 300 booths featuring food, antiques, arts and crafts, and information about local businesses and nonprofits. A Kids’ Zone has games and fun for the smaller set, while the whole family will enjoy live entertainment including local bands, a strawberry pageant, pet pageant, and more.
Richmond Bacon Festival
17th Street Farmers Market
June 23, 2018, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Everything is better with bacon, including RVA! Come enjoy all the bacon-y goodness at the 6th Annual Richmond Bacon Festival. Welcome summer to Shockoe with $4 plates, Virginia craft beer, and live music! And to the non-meat-eaters among us, never fear, vegetarian options will be available (seriously!). Beer tickets can be purchased with cash or credit, but we recommend having cash on hand for food vendors. $1 suggested entry donation to Enrichmond keeps the bacon rolling!
Richmond Vegetarian Festival
Azalea Gardens at Bryan Park
June 23, 2018, Noon – 6 p.m.
Okay vegetarians, if you're totally turned off by the idea of a Bacon Festival, never fear! There's a festival just for you across town on the same day! Vegetarians, vegans, meat-eaters…everyone is welcome at the Richmond Vegetarian Festival! Enjoy live music, vendors, speakers, food demonstrations, and of course lots of amazing vegetarian and vegan fare!
Star Spangled Celebration
June 30 – July 4, 2018
Kings Dominion will be decked out in red, white, and blue this Independence Day! Celebrate all weekend long with energetic performances from local military bands and dazzling firework shows each evening, plus all of your favorite rides. Kings Dominion is also honoring service members by offering FREE admission to the park for active and retired military as well as veterans with honorable or medical discharge, and discount tickets for friends and family.
Innsbrook Taste of Virginia Festival
June 2, 2018, 3:30 p.m.
Celebrating all things VA, Innsbrook Taste of Virginia presented by Capital Ale House, will showcase delicious cuisine from local restaurants, each competing for the honorary “Taste of Virginia” title. Arrive with an empty stomach and allow your taste buds to guide you through the delectable selection of dishes, featuring an array of diverse flavors. The festival will also feature Virginia wine and craft beer. Enjoy live music and entertainment throughout the afternoon, plus a kids-zone with moon bounces! Then stick around to watch the fireworks show finale!
Hanover Tomato Festival
Pole Green Park
July 14, 2018, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The Hanover Tomato Festival is a free, family-oriented event featuring Hanover tomatoes (obviously!), live musical entertainment, 150 artisan & business vendors, delicious tomato dishes, the MaterFUN zone (designed for children 12 & under), Bow-Wow Beach (cooling station for pets) and more! Get an early start with Tomato-Palooza on Friday, July 13 with tomato-tastings, live music, vendors, contests, food trucks, and the incredibly fun Papa John's 4K pizza run & relay.
Richmond International Dragon Boat Festival
July 28, 2018
Led by the rhythmic beat of a drum, teams of 20 synchronized paddlers, one drummer and one steersperson race 500 meters up the river in 40-foot canoes rigged with decorative Chinese dragon heads and tails.
Washington Redskins Training Camp
Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center
July 26 - August 14, 2018
Catch the action as the Washington Redskins return to Richmond for their sixth season of training camp in the River City! We look forward to welcoming the team and fans back to RVA! The Redskins will host the New York Jets for three days of joint training camp practices, August 12-14. Remember to bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on during practice as you watch your favorite players get ready for the upcoming season. Food and beverages will be available for purchase on-site. HTTR!
BrewHaHa Virginia Craft Beer Festival
Virginia Museum of History & Culture
August 4, 2018
VIP Event: 4:30-6:00 p.m.; General Admission: 6:00-9:00 p.m.
In recognition of Virginia Craft Beer Month, the Virginia Museum of History & Culture will host its second annual “BrewHaHa” craft beer festival! The event will feature samples of rare historic beer recipes along with other beer selections from local breweries (TBA). The festival will also include live music and food options. Don’t miss this chance to sip history!
BBQ and Brew Fest
August 4-19, 2018
BBQ and Brew Fest returns to Kings Dominion this August for its fourth season! Enjoy mouthwatering BBQ, toe-tapping live entertainment, and quench your thirst in the shaded beer garden featuring the best local craft beers in Virginia. Grab your friends and head to Candy Apple Grove for this tasty event!
Richmond Jazz Festival
August 9-12, 2018
A joyful display of jazz, funk, soul, and R&B is on multiple stages at one of the largest music festivals on the East Coast. A celebration of music and culture, the festival draws nationally and internationally known artists. Throughout the week, preview events will take place across the city. Then, on Saturday and Sunday, the beauty of Maymont becomes the backdrop to one of the most spectacular musical events in the country. The Richmond Jazz Festival attracts thousands of fans each year - come join them!
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church
August 10-11, 2018
Now in its 13th year, the Filipino Festival showcases the richness of the Filipino culture and promotes a respect for and appreciation of the Filipino heritage. Featuring delectable cuisine, folk dances and music, the Filipino Festival attracts thousands of attendees who want to experience the best of the Philippine islands right here in Central Virginia. Enjoy pancit, lumpia, adobo, craft beer, and halo-halo, along with live bands, line-dancing, contemporary and cultural entertainment, vendors, and a kid zone.
Carytown Watermelon Festival
August 12, 2018, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Head to Richmond’s “Mile of Style” for the ever-popular Carytown Watermelon Festival! Peruse sidewalk sales and vendor tents, tap your toes to live music, enjoy yummy festival food, and eat lots of watermelon! Local restaurants feature watermelon-themed dishes and drinks, and there’s a huge kids’ area to keep the kiddos entertained.
Down Home Family Reunion, A Celebration of African American Folklife is a weekend festival of world music and dance, a Heritage Market, children’s events, interactive site demonstrations & down home healthy food. This is one of the Elegba Folklore Society’s original programs created in 1990 to connect aspects of West African cultural traditions with African Americans and to show their influence on the American South. Bringing the world home, audiences are exposed to the artistic expressions of African world cultures in a lively, colorful and informing celebration of heritage and light.
Chesterfield County Fair
Chesterfield County Fairgrounds
August 24 - September 1, 2018
Catch the fun at the 105th Chesterfield County Fair! Enjoy live music, carnival rides, a petting zoo, tasty fair treats, a parade, and much more!
Midtown State Fair
Libbie Mill-Midtown, around Libbie Lake
August 26, 2018
Kick off the excitement and foodie fun of Fire, Flour & Fork with the Midtown State Fair at Libbie Mill-Midtown! Get ready for an afternoon filled with old-fashioned cake and kale walks, farmer cook-offs, heirloom tomato tastings, square dancing that rocks, culinary spelling bees, chicken impersonating, pickle-face making, aluminum foil origami and more! Enter your original recipe for peach pie or cake or pickled anything for a chance to win some great prizes (and bragging rights!). Take home some fresh-from-the-farm produce, enjoy sweet and savory food truck offerings, plus craft beer and other vendors. As if all of those wonderful things weren't already enough, there's a bonus! Attendees will receive a special discount code for tickets to classes and talks on November 4th during Fire, Flour and Fork.
Stone's Throw Down in RVA
September 8, 2018
This September, Stone Brewing is celebrating two year of being in Richmond with a throw down on Brown’s Island! The festival will entwine independent craft beer with a full day of music as vibrant and distinctive as Richmond itself. Musical acts and more information TBA. Proceeds will benefit the James River Association, Neighborhood Resource Center of Greater Fulton, Virginia Capital Trail Foundation, and Venture Richmond.
Told ya we have a lot going on this summer! :) For even more things to do in RVA this summer or anytime, check out our Calendar of Events. See you soon!