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Get prepared for this year’s Dominion Energy Riverrock Festival

2024 is set to be the outdoor festival’s most sprawling year yet

People trying kayaks on the James River.

Don’t be afraid to hit the water this year.

Photo via Riverrock

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Dominion Energy Riverrock, a celebration of outdoor adventure, sports, and music, will return to the riverfront May 17-19. The festival has been running since 2009, but this year will feature a new layout for the weekend’s events.

👣 Riverrock’s new footprint

This year’s festival will expand from Brown’s Island to include Kanawha Plaza, just uphill from the Federal Reserve building. This space will be home to the Boulder Bash and Speed Comp climbing competitions, as well as the return of slackline pro squad Trickline Collective.

☀️ Watch the weather

It’s too early to tell exactly what the weather holds for the weekend, but it seems likely that temps will get high, and rain certainly isn’t out of the question. Be sure to pack sunscreen and either a sealed disposable water bottle or an empty reusable one. Pro tip: Wear breathable fabrics and sturdy walking shoes.

A man rides a bike over a stream in a forest.

Cyclists can enjoy some off-road adventures together on River City trails.

Photo via @riverrockrva

🚲 Plan for parking

Street parking is available, but you’ll have to get there pretty early. Event parking is available at the RMA parking deck at 9th, 10th, and Byrd, the Riverside on the James parking decks at the corner of 10th and Tredegar Streets, and the Federal Reserve Deck at 5th, 7th, and Bragg. The CityParking lots between Cary and Canal from 3rd to 5th Street also offer paid parking.

You can also park across the river and walk to the festival via the T. Pott Bridge, or make use of the free bike valet service on the western end of 5th Street.

🛶 Get in on the action

If you’re participating in an event like the James River Scramble or the True North Downriver Paddle, be prepared to check in at one of the four Adventure Zones marked on the map. Heads up: There’s still time to register for several events.

🎶 Catch some tunes

This year’s music has a little something for everyone. Friday will feature Virginia folkies Palmyra and jamgrass fusion band Sam Grisman Project. Saturday’s stacked with jammy touring bands Cosmic Collective, EGGY, and Karl Densmore’s Tiny Universe, as well as local acts Rumbletrio, Space Koi, and Sam Reed. Sunday will have more of an indie sensibility, featuring Night Idea and Tyler Meacham from the River City and the Stews from out of town.

In addition to the music and competitions, there are plenty of other activities to explore. Shop from 40+ vendors including Bold Rock, Teva, and Athletic Brewing. Try your hand at outdoor activities like kayaking, slacklining, and stand-up paddleboarding. You can even do some riverside yoga while a Kayak Polo cup match rages on the water.

See the full schedule of events and start planning your weekend now.

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