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2nd Street Festival returns to Jackson Ward in October — check out the schedule

See who’s performing on three stages at the free festival, which will celebrate its 35th anniversary October 7-8


2nd Street will be filled with music, food, arts + vendors during this free festival.

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Mark your calendar for the 35th anniversary of the 2nd Street Festival, set for the weekend of October 7-8. The free festival will fill historic Jackson Ward with live music, a vendor marketplace, food and drinks, and kids activities.

The party stretches for several blocks along 2nd Street between Broad and Jackson streets. It’ll take place on Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m.

Organizers announced the full schedule on Tuesday, Sept. 12. The event will have performances across three stages, headlined by a set from Average White Band on Saturday evening. You can also catch Prince tribute act I Would Die 4 U, Legacy Band, Richmond Urban Dance, Nathan Mitchell, The Marvin Taylor Experience, and way more.

Pro tip: Bring a chair to enjoy the shows at each stage, but leave pets and coolers at home.

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