There's never a dull moment in Richmond, and newcomers will discover that the city's calendar is chock-full of fun events for revellers of just about every persuasion. Festivals and events are also a great way for new arrivals in Richmond to meet people and make friends.
We've listed our favourites below.
Annual events in Richmond
The Virginia Wine Expo (March)
Virginia has become something of a wine destination in recent decades, and the Virginia Wine Expo celebrates all the wonderful wines and winemakers of the area. Visitors get to meet owners and experts, and of course get to sample their wares. There are plenty of events, live performances and delicious local gourmet grub too. Non-wine drinkers can indulge in limited edition craft beers, premium whisky, Virginia cider or local spirits.
Dominion Energy Riverrock (May)
Held at the Historic Tredegar Ironworks and on Brown’s Island, this is the ultimate outdoor, adventure and music event. Events include rock climbing, slackline competitions, mud running, trail running, yoga on river boulders, and of course plenty of live music throughout.
Juneteenth: A Freedom Celebration (June)
Richmond’s Juneteenth festival commemorates Virginia’s history of enslavement and emancipation, and honours the resilience and strength of African-Americans and the atrocities they’ve endured over the ages on American soil. Poignant and important, this festival has grown year on year and is well loved by all.
Richmond Jazz Festival (August)
One of the biggest jazz fests on America’s East Coast, the Richmond Jazz Festival attracts the best musicians from all over the country, with adoring crowds in tow. The festival is held at the beautiful Maymont Park, and sees star-studded line-ups of the best in jazz, blues and funk. The main party is at Maymont, but performances are also hosted at the Hippodrome Theater, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Hardywood Park Craft Brewery.
2nd Street Festival (October)
Jackson Ward was often referred to as ‘the Harlem of the South’, and has a rich history as the heart and soul of Richmond’s African-American community. The 2nd Street Festival celebrates this history and culture, when 30,000 people descend on 2nd Street and reminisce about the heady days of the famous ward. The Mid-Atlantic’s largest street festival, the 2nd Street Festival features four stages of live music performances, along with food trucks, shopping stalls, walking tours and even a Kidz Zone.
Fire, Flour & Fork (November)
It’s been called one of the country’s top food festivals, and not without reason. Fire, Flour & Fork is a fascinating gastronomic journey of more than 40 dinners, food events, tours, talks and workshops. Richmond’s best chefs spill their kitchen secrets and the festival also welcomes chefs from around the country and indeed the world. Come hungry!