See who’s performing at this summer’s Festival of Arts

The free series presented by the Dept. of Parks and Recreation includes concerts, performances, fireworks, and more at Dogwood Dell plus satellite events at 17th Street Market

Dogwood Dell

RVA Parks and Recreation hosts the annual Festival of Arts.

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Gather your lawn chairs, dust off your dancing shoes, and stock up on bug spray — the Festival of Arts is back for a full summer of concerts, dances, and theater at Dogwood Dell. The city released the full schedule for the free summer series this week.

The city hosts the Festival of Arts at the Dell each summer from June-August, with a few events in September and October. This year’s schedule includes local bands, holiday celebrations, and a production of the comedy musical “Something Rotten” (July 21-23 and 28-30).

⭐️ Our picks

We’ve got our eye on these events at the Dell. Click each link for a preview of what to expect.

🚨 Before you go

Here are a few reminders for attending the festival:

  • Bring lawn chairs and blankets for events at Dogwood Dell
  • Animals are not allowed (exception for service animals)
  • Since Richmond summers can get rainy, be mindful of the weather. Check social media for delays or cancellations — the announcement may not come until closer to showtime.

🎤 Satellite events

June’s lineup includes a Juneteenth Festival & Fireworks at 3101 Wharf St. on Sunday, June 18. The festival starts at 4 p.m.; fireworks begin at 9 p.m.

The festival will also include several shows at 17th Street Market called Sounds of 17th Street. On the first Friday of each month at 7 p.m., enjoy performances from the Trunk Show Band (July 7), Good Shot Judy (Sept. 1), and more, going into October.

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