Ever log onto social media on Sunday afternoon to catch up and realize that you have missed a huge event in RVA? Wish that you could remember to put these festivals on your calendar so you could experience more of what RVA is becoming famous for across the nation? We’ve listed our top four upcoming events – feel free to add to it and share! We picked up some information visitrichmondva.com – where they link you right to the events - so you won’t just be looking at all your friends pictures on Insta!
Richmond Jazz Fest – August 9 – 12
JAZZ AT THE GARDENS
Experience the roots of American culture at the Richmond Jazz Festival. This festival is a world-class jazz event worth traveling for. The Richmond Jazz Festival is renowned for its dynamic, lively atmosphere, appetizing cuisine and phenomenal lineup with some of the best in jazz, funk and blues, and it attracts over 10,000 fans each year. In addition to the main festival at Maymont, the Hippodrome Theater, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and Hardywood Park Craft Brewery showcase the genre’s best local and national talent. Don’t miss one of the best jazz festivals on the east coast every August in the Richmond Region.
OFFICE FAVORITE! THE WATERMELON FESTIVAL! AUGUST 12!
Sweet smells of coconut-scented sunscreen and deep-fried elephant ears will soon waft across the stages and past the crowds that come annually to experience the Watermelon Festival. The streets will be filled with people seemingly enchanted by the music, fanfare and sweet aromas.Big bands, jugglers, and folk acts will entertain from 5 outdoor stages - presented by Capital One. This year’s Carytown Watermelon Festival - presented by Publix Super Markets - is an experience no one should forgo; this is the jubilant peak of summer in Richmond. last year, 118,000 people made their way to the celebration, buzzing like bees to the hive. The Shriners sliced through a record number of watermelons, feeding the swarms of visitors almost 3000 juicy melons.
Richmond Folk Festival October 12 – 14
FOLK, FOOD AND FUN
Celebrate the roots, richness and variety of American culture through music, dance, traditional crafts, storytelling and food. The Richmond Folk Festival has become one of Virginia's largest and most-loved annual events (and one of the best folk festivals in Virginia and beyond.) This year's festival will bring a new and amazing list of performers, artists and exhibitors to the Richmond region.
Enjoy the best in ethnic, regional and traditional foods between and during sets. From classic festival fare to exotic flavors from far-flung places around the globe, everyone is sure to find something to love. With so many options, you'll have a rough time deciding what to sample.
Capital Ale National Beer Expo – November 1 – 4
WORLD-CLASS CRAFT BEER, FOOD AND FUN IN RICHMOND VA
The Capital Ale House National Beer Expo is a six-day event celebrating artisan-made, American craft beer. Breweries from across the country gather in Richmond to showcase more than 200 of today's best craft beers. The Expo offers a collection of premium events that explore the astounding quality of American craft beer and how well beer pairs with a wide range of gourmet, farm-to-table, seasonal and ethnic cuisines.
Fire Flour and Fork – November 2 – 5
A GATHERING FOR THE FOOD CURIOUS
This isn’t a glass-out, plate-out festival, we are grounded in story. This is Fire, Flour & Fork in Richmond Virginia. Walk our cobbled streets and visit corner bakeries. Get behind the doors of 100-year-old purveyors. Learn the names of forgotten cooks who paved the way. Listen to kitchen secrets from Richmond chefs and their friends from around the country. Don't worry, you'll eat and drink well in our vibrant restaurants, but you'll also bring back stories to share from this unscripted potluck of events in downtown Richmond. This is the best food festival in Virginia, maybe the whole country. Visit their website for more information at https://fireflourandfork.com