11 Best Events in RVA This Summer


1. South of the James Market: Every Saturday

Farmers Market

Forest Hill Park
New Kent Avenue & W 42nd St, Richmond, VA 23225
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Being the biggest Farmers Market in Virginia, the SOJ is the perfect way to kick off a Saturday morning with vendors selling anything from fresh peaches to hand-made donuts. Love shopping local but want a closer location? New markets have been popping up all over Richmond! Check them out here.

2. Slide the City: June 18th

slide the city

E Byrd St & 3rd St, Richmond VA 23219
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Come early or stay late – this block party will go on all day! Richmond will welcome music and street entertainers, food venders, and a record-breaking, 1,000 foot water slide with a portion of proceeds going to the Special Olympics Virginia.


3.Friday Pictures in the Park: Friday Nights

Friday Pictures

Locations Vary Throughout Richmond
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Free movie screenings have become a popular way to spend a summer night in Richmond. For a family-friendly, Friday night, check out RVA’s parks for public screenings of children’s films!

4. The Richmond Vegetarian Festival: June 25th

Veg Fest

Azalea Gardens at Bryan Park, 4308 Hermitage Rd, Richmond, VA 23227
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The annual Richmond Vegetarian festival presents music, speakers, and plenty of plant-based food like this vegan BBQ sandwich! The free event attracts around 10,000 people each year. Dogs are welcome!

5. The Flying Squirrels

flying squirrels

23001 North Boulevard Richmond, VA 23230
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A summer in Richmond is not complete without spending a night going nuts at the Diamond! Make sure to stay through the ninth inning – a majority of summer games with the Squirrels end with a fireworks show.

6. Maymont Glow Run: July 9th

Maymont Glow

Maymont Park
1700 Hampton St, Richmond VA 23220
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This family-centered, 3-mile run allows walkers and racers alike to see Maymont Park in a new light – after-hours and illuminated! Profits from the race will go toward upkeep of grounds and programs at Maymont.

7. Bon Secours Redskins Training Camp: July 28th – August 14th


2401 W Leigh St, Richmond, Virginia 23220
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Since 2013, fans have flocked to the Redskins’ Training Center to observe on-field practices. Time permitting, players and coaches are available afterward to take pictures, shake hands, and sign autographs. The biggest highlight of the off-season is Fan Appreciation Day on August 13th. View the entire schedule here!

8. Festival of Arts At Dogwood Dell

dogwood dell

Byrd Park
600 South Boulevard Richmond, VA 23220
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For more than 60 years, Dogwood Dell has hosted a summer-long celebration of the arts featuring art exhibits, concerts, dance performances, and theatric productions! Some  highlights include the Gospel Music Fest, the Latin Jazz & Salsa Festival, and Opera in the Park. A jam-packed schedule can be found here.

9. Richmond Jazz Festival: August 11th – 14th

jazz festival

Maymont Park (some locations vary)
1700 Hampton St, Richmond, VA 23220
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This four-day event takes place across the city featuring some of the most talented and iconic jazz artists across the country. Check out the schedule here!


10. Filipino Festival: August 12th – 13th

Filipino Fest

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church
8200 Woodman Rd, Henrico VA 23228
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Now in its 11th year, the Filipino Festival continues to highlight showcase the vividity of Filipino culture through serving up authentic cuisine and featuring folk dancing and music.

11. Carytown Watermelon Festival: August 14th

carytown watermelon

W Cary St, Richmond, VA 23221
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Featuring 80 musicians, 100 exhibitors, and most importantly – over 3,000 watermelons. The Watermelon Festival is a Richmond tradition, perfect for a family day out!

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Martha Gill hails from Richmond VA. You can likely find her hanging on the James River, reading a book on the Lawn at UVA, or stuffing her face with Mexican food at restaurants across the nation.

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