the heart and soul

of RVA's African-American Community

2nd Street Festival

annual celebration and homecoming

The 2nd Street Festival celebrates the rich culture of the historic Jackson Ward neighborhood. This free event takes place the first full weekend in October. It has grown to become one of RVA's favorite annual events and the Mid-Atlantic's largest street festival. Each year almost 30,000 people visit historic Jackson Ward to reminisce about the days when 2nd Street was the heart and soul of Richmond's African-American community and was known far and wide as “the Harlem of the South.” Today, Jackson Ward continues to be a thriving neighborhood and community.

The 2nd Street Festival features four stages of live musical entertainment along with a Kidz Zone, marketplace, food vendors and Artists Row to shop, the Richmond Metropolitan Antique Car Club, and free walking tours led by Gary Flowers of the Historic Jackson Ward Association.