Summer is festival season in Richmond, but late winter and early spring also feature some pretty great festivals that are fun for the whole family. With everything from international food festivals and bluegrass festivals and St. Paddy's Day parties in Richmond, the region has an excuse for everyone to get outside and have some fun! Mark Your Calendar With These Early Spring Richmond Festivals

Richmond International Film Festival

March 3-6

Richmond International Film Festival (RIFF) brings more than 120 international cutting edge films to RVA, plus industry panels, Q&As, live musical performances, red carpet awards, and entertainment mixers that usher the spirit of Hollywood into Virginia’s Bowtie Movieland/Criterion and the historic Byrd Theatre, a venue touted by USA Today as “one of the top 10 places to still see a movie in splendor in the United States.” It’s a one-of-a-kind festival honoring some of the most singularly entertaining projects on the international film scene.

Taste of Ghana

March 12-13 @ Richmond International Raceway

Enjoy delicious catered Ghanaian cuisine dishes, live music, dance and other cultural displays. Old Dominion Building 600 E. Laburnum Avenue Richmond, VA 23222 GENERAL ADMISSION:FREE.

St. Paddy's Palooza @ Innsbrook

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March 12 11 a.m.

Experience many activities and entertainment throughout the day including:

Moon bounces Pony rides and petting zoo Face painting Photo booth Live music, bagpipes and Irish dancers

Innsbrook’s charity partner for St. Paddy’s Palooza is St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a national, volunteer-driven charity dedicated to funding research to find cures for childhood cancers. Watch these amazing volunteers step right up on stage and have their heads shaved to raise money and awareness for those affected with cancer, going BALD for a cure!

7th Annual Bluegrass Jam

March 19

The 7th Annual Richmond Bluegrass Jam is coming up in March and we want to see you there! We have many great things planned for this 7th annual music festival that has become a fast-growing Richmond tradition.

We are once again coming together with the purpose of raising money for a great cause, the Richmond Fisher House, a home-away-from home for military families while their soldiers and veterans are being taken care of at McGuire Veterans Medial Center. Over the last five years, local music fans have helped us donate over $85,000 to support these deserving families.

Church Hill Irish Festival

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March 19 & 20

In addition to great entertainment, there will be plenty of family fun, including children’s games, face painting and Irish-themed crafts. Over thirty Irish vendors will be in attendance! Food and refreshments will also be available. Enjoy wonderful “Irish Lasagna” prepared by the Ladies of St. Patrick’s, “Fish and Chips” and other favorites provided by Rare Olde Times Irish Pub, Rosie Connolly’s and many more.

Maymont Herbs Galore & More

April 30

Put on your gardening shoes, grab your little red wagon and come out to the Marketplace on the Lawn for everyone’s favorite gardening extravaganza! Find more than 60 plant and craft vendors from the mid-Atlantic region selling herbs, annuals, perennials, heirloom plants, vegetables, trees, garden ornaments, delicious food and other related products. Check out our “Meet the Expert” speaker series – free with admission – highlighting a variety of topics for the gardening novice to the seasoned pro.