A group of runners pass by a monument during the Run Richmond 16.19.

There’s always something to do or see in the Richmond Region. Here are some of our favorite happenings, along with important industry news you should know about.

TRAVELING MORE SUSTAINABILITY: We’re always looking for opportunities big and small to make meetings and events more sustainable. That’s why we love this round-up from Meetings Today on eco-friendly travel products. From eco-friendly bags to recycled notebooks, there’s something for every person on the list.

THE RVA REGION IS FOR ARTS LOVERS: Axios Richmond includes a preview of upcoming arts and music happenings in the region. Spoiler alert: There’s a lot. We’re excited for the Richmond Street Art Festival on Sept. 16-18 on the canal walk downtown. Ten years ago artists revamped the former Haxall Power Plant with stunning murals, and artists will return this month to refresh the paintings. You’ll have to visit the murals on your next visit.

A SPECIAL RUN IN RVA: An important run takes place in the region in September.  The RUN RICHMOND 16.19 on Sept. 17 will commemorate the achievements and sacrifices African American people have made for the nation while celebrating unity in diversity through symbolic courses of 16.19 kilometers and 6.19 miles.

JOIN US FOR PRIDEFEST: It’s been a summer full of pride in RVA. Virginia Pride organized more than 20 events and observances this summer to celebrate the LGBTQ community. The festivities culminate with VA Pridefest on Sept. 24 on Brown’s Island in downtown Richmond.

BUSINESS TRAVEL REBOUNDING: A Smart Meetings round-up highlights an American Express Global Travel report citing a strong and sustained recovery in business travel transactions at hotels and airlines. It’s a positive indicator that business travel continues to return.

THE IMPACT OF BLK RVA AND OUTRVA: We’re incredibly proud of the community-driven BLK RVA and OutRVA campaigns that highlight and celebrate our region’s diversity. Last year, Richmond Region Tourism commissioned an image and perception research study to help inform marketing into the future. We were excited to see that when people know about the BLK RVA and OutRVA campaigns, they perceive the region as more welcome.

CONGRATULATIONS, MR. LAMB: Richmond Region Tourism was proud to partner with SwimRVA and other groups to welcome the United States Masters Swimming Summer Nationals to the region in August. More than 1,000 competitors from across the country and around the world competed during the event, including 99-year-old William Lamb. Lamb broke a whopping six records at the competition!