Events and fun in RVA

Festivals and special events in the Richmond Region

Special events in Richmond, VA take place throughout the calendar year. But make no mistake about it, if you want to do Richmond like a local, you wait for the festivals that brighten up practically every weekend from early spring through late fall. Our long summers and temperate falls and springs make RVA an ideal place to take in food, fun and festivals outside! 


Watch dogs fly and athletes balance on the slack line at Dominion Riverrock. Hear the Richmond Symphony perform alfresco under the "Big Tent," rock steady outside at Pocahontas Live and lace up your favorite running shoes for two of the best road races in the country - the Ukrops Monument Avenue 10K and the Anthem Richmond Marathon.


NASCAR excitement roars into the Richmond region every April and September. The Washington Redskins Training Camp lets fans see the pre-season action up close late July into August, and the Richmond Raiders take arena football inside. The Richmond Flying Squirrels make baseball a fun family adventure all summer long.

Arts + Culture

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts offers special exhibitions of the world's notable art, and galleries regularly feature local and regional artists. Virginia Rep brings your favorites to the stage year round. The RVA Street Art festival goes big with outdoor canvases, and RVA Makerfest celebrates the art of creation.


Special exhibitions, lectures, tours and interactive events bring history to life in the Richmond region.  From the American Revolution, to Civil War to Civil Rights, our history events let you explore, remember and commemorate some of the nation's most important events.  Visit our National Park Service sites, historic homes, museums and battlefields and experience history from all perspectives.

Family fun

Get outside at the Henrico Kite Festival, and have some frightful fun at King's Dominion's Halloween Haunt. Watch the colorful Dragon Boat Races on the James River, and experience the America of the 1600s at Publick Days at Henricus Historical Park. See art and nature connect with LEGO bricks at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden throughout summer 2016.