Your ultimate guide to Richmond festivals

See when the biggest River City parties are going down in 2024.

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The Folk Festival takes place each fall on the riverfront.

Photo via Richmond Folk Festival

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In the River City, you can find a party for every season and interest thanks to our lively festival scene. Here’s our guide to when the biggest events are coming to town in 2024.

Bookmark this page so you don’t miss out on your favorite fest — we’ll keep updating with exact dates and more info as the year goes on.

Pro tip: For festivals that do not have exact dates yet, the month the festival is typically held is listed. Check with festival organizers for precise information.

January-March

Richmond XC Festival | Jan. 20
Pole Green Park hosts the National Cross Country Championships this year along with a kids run and post-race festivities.

Winter Horrorland Film Festival | Jan. 27
Victims and Villains will lead screenings, discussions, and panel talks about your favorite horror movies and mental health in media.

Chocolate Fest | Feb. 10
Sample eight chocolate beers at Center of the Universe Brewing in Ashland and shop for your Valentine at the vendor market.

Richmond Beer Fest | Feb. 17
Get your tickets for this craft beer festival at Stone Brewing featuring 10 breweries.

Richmond Chocolate, Wine, and Whiskey Festival | Feb. 17
Tantalize your taste buds with samples of artisan sweet treats, wines, and spirits at Main Street Station — snag tickets early.

RVA Environmental Film Festival | March
This free film festival showcases films about nature, environmentalism, and more.

Shamrock The Block | March 16
This street fest claims to start the outdoor festival season in Richmond. The party starts at noon on Leigh Street between Movieland and the Bon Secours Training Facility.

The Irish Festival | March 16-17
The Church Hill fest includes an opening parade and a 5K on Sunday morning. $5 entry fee collected at the gate, food and refreshments available.

Dominion Energy Family Easter | March 30
Enjoy an afternoon on the Carriage House Lawn at Maymont.

April-June

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Indie artist Snail Mail performed at Friday Cheers in 2023.

Photo by Raph_PH

African American Book Festival | April 13
Diversity Richmond will host this free fest celebrating African American literature — including author talks, books signings, giveaways, and kids activities.

Chesterfield Outdoor Fest | April 13
The inaugural festival will include Earth Day races, touch-a-truck, adventure demos, a sustainability showcase, and food trucks.

Arts in the Park | May 4-5
The 53rd annual arts and craft show is free to attend and features 350+ exhibitors at Byrd Park.

¿Qué Pasa? Festival | May 4

The yearly fest includes artisans, food vendors, and entertainment in celebration of Hispanic and Latin American cultures.

Fan Arts Stroll | May
Explore blocks of local art and enjoy live music and tasty eats from food trucks.

Asian American Celebration | May
This cultural fest features vendors and performances from a variety of groups at the convention center.

Riverrock | May 17-19
Rock out at one of the best outdoor sports and musical festivals in the country.

Lebanese Food Festival | May 18-20
Expect food, drinks, live music, and cultural performances at this longtime festival.

Friday Cheers| Fridays May-June
This concert series gets the summer started on the right note at Brown’s Island.

Cozy ol’ Brewgrass Festival | June 20
This environmental fest raises funds for Keep Virginia Cozy. Enjoy live music, food, craft brews, and a vendor market at Riverside Outfitters on 14th Street.

Caribbean American Heritage Festival | June 29
Head to Dorey Park for a celebration with music, food, art exhibits, and traditional crafts.

Richmond Greek Festival | June
Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral host this Richmond tradition, celebrating Greek culture and cuisine for 40+ years.

Shakespeare Festival | June-July
Richmond Shakespeare will put on “Much Ado About Nothing” and “Doctor Faustus” at Agecroft Hall this summer.

July-September

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Festival of Arts events are typically held at Dogwood Dell.

Photo by RICtoday

Festival of Arts
Held each summer over several months, the city’s Festival of Arts features free concerts and events on most weekends. Most events are held at Dogwood Dell.

Carytown Watermelon Festival | August
Celebrate all things watermelon at this classic summer festival in Carytown.

804 Day | Aug. 2
The plans for the second official 804 Day are still in the works, but the party will be held on Aug. 2.

Richmond Jazz and Music Festival | August
This weekend of music returned to Maymont last year after a hiatus.

Latin Jazz and Salsa Show Festival | August
This cultural celebration is part of the Festival of Arts and takes place at Dogwood Dell.

Festival of Virginia Fiddling | August
Enjoy informal morning jamming, workshops, concerts, and dancing as part of the Festival of Arts.

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Expect live music, sidewalk sales, and fresh fruit at this year’s Watermelon Festival.

Photo by RICtoday

Iron Blossom Music Festival | August
This music festival kicked off last year with headliners Hozier and Noah Kahan. Organizers have been asking for input for 2024, so a follow-up is anticipated — although not officially on the calendar.

Pridefest | September
Put on by VA Pride, this festival takes Brown’s Island by storm each September.

Armenian Food Festival | September
Enjoy food and cultural performances at St. James Armenian Church.

Bier-Garden | September
This Oktoberfest celebration takes place at Maymont.

St. Benedict Oktoberfest | Sept. 20-22
Celebrate Oktoberfest in the Museum District with music, dancing, drinks, and plenty of German cuisine.

Afrikana Film Festival | September
This film festival celebrates Black creative expression across the diaspora.

Richmond Folk Festival | Sept. 27-29
Enjoy performing groups from around the world as well as food, drinks, a marketplace, and more at this free festival.

Festival of India | Sept. 28-29
Enjoy food, art, crafts, entertainment, and more at this free festival at the convention center.

Richmond International Film Festival | Sept. 24-29
Get festival passes or individual tickets to see films from around the globe.

October-December

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The 2nd Street Festival fills the streets of Jackson Ward with art, vendors, and music.

Photo by RICtoday

Richmond Veg Fest | October
Get your fill of vegetarian food, music, speakers, and family fun.

Mozart Festival | October
Classical Revolution RVA hosts this free, day-long festival that aims to bring fresh perspectives to Mozart’s music and legacy.

2nd Street Festival | Oct. 5-6
This Jackson Ward street festival promises two days of performances, vendors, art, and markets.

Powhatan Festival of the Grape | Oct. 5
Tickets for this local fest in the historic Courthouse Village go on sale March 19.

Scott’s Addition Pumpkin Festival | October
This fall fest includes a costume contest, activities for kids, and drinks.

Richmond Tattoo & Arts Festival | Oct. 18-20
This convention for all things ink takes place at DoubleTree Midlothian.

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Explore the enchanting lights at Maymont during Garden Glow.

Photo by Dave Parrish

Garden Glow | October-November
Wander through light displays and enjoy food and drinks at Maymont.

Pocahontas Reframed Film Festival | November
Celebrate and honor indigenous languages, cultures, and communities through the appreciation of film and art.

GardenFest of Lights | November-January
Walk among millions of twinkling lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.

Capital City Kwanzaa Festival | December
Elegba Folklore Society typically hosts this festival at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.

Ongoing

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Shop from local artisans in Manchester at First Fridays.

RVA First Fridays
The Arts District lineup typically includes special events, gallery shows, and specials — it changes each month.

Manchester Manifest First Fridays
Head to Southside for a community block party on the first Friday of the month, April-October.

Know a great festival that’s not featured here? Let us know and we might add it to the list.