Named by Forbes as “The Underground Music City Everyone Needs To Visit,” Richmond, Virginia has become renowned for its energetic (and eclectic) music scene, performing arts programs and homegrown talent. From GWAR and Lucy Dacus to D’Angelo and Butcher Brown, Richmond has cultivated a creative community that continues to explore all genres of music and mediums of art. Over the decades, Richmond has grown into an epicenter of arts and culture where you can discover the next big thing or a one-of-a-kind RVA experience.
Explore our list of music and theater venues in downtown Richmond, the best place to see your favorite local and national touring artists, comedians and performers.
Coalition Theater is a small, nonprofit theater dedicated to supporting live comedy in Richmond.
Dogtown Dance Theatre is a home for performing artists to create and present their work while developing the skills needed to thrive. Dogtown offers workshops, classes, showcases, events and performances all year long.
This fully renovated and restored performing arts center includes the historic and beautiful Carpenter Theatre and features nationally touring acts and local performing arts organizations like the Richmond Symphony.
From it's hey-day featuring Billie Holiday and Louis Armstrong on their stage to today's beautifully restored venue, the "Hipp" offers private events, dining at the Speakeasy Grill and more.
The November Theatre at Virginia Repertory Theatre, 114 W. Broad Street in the Arts District
Virginia Repertory Theatre is Central Virginia's largest nonprofit, professional theatre company and offers everything from educational programs to large-scale productions showcasing the very best of our local theater scene.
You'll find local talent at their Sunday Open Mic Nights and your favorite comedians from Comedy Central, SNL and more at Sandman Comedy Club.
You'll find live jazz, open mic poetry and more at this Broad Street cafe and lounge.
Brown's Island, 500 Tredegar Street along downtown RVA's riverfront
The only outdoor music venue along the Richmond riverfront, Brown's Island features annual events like Richmond Folk Festival, Friday Cheers and more.
Dance parties, electronic dance music, hardcore punk and more is what you'll find at this no-frills venue.
From classical music to burlesque showcases, Gallery5 offers a variety of experimental performances and programming at their performing arts and gallery space.
You'll find a full calendar of the hottest acts and your favorite touring artists at this historic concert venue.
Find up-and-coming and local musicians at this intimate music venue attached to one of Richmond's favorite restaurants, Capital Ale House.
Richmond Ballet is a premier dance organization championing ballet and beyond, offering classes, programs and workshops for all ages and productions like the seasonal favorite, "The Nutcracker."
RPAA is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to advance the performing arts in the Richmond region through programs and resources that support the artists of today, nurture the artists of tomorrow, and provide spaces for the arts to thrive.
The Richmond Symphony performs, teaches, and champions music to inspire and unite the Richmond community with an orchestra of more than 70 professional musicians, the 150-voice Richmond Symphony Chorus and more than 260 students in the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra programs.
Friday Cheers is Richmond’s longest running concert series and the largest event of its kind in the city, showcasing some of the nation’s hottest touring bands and some all-time regional favorites at the best price and best venue, the downtown Richmond riverfront.
The 2nd Street Festival is a community festival celebrating the rich culture of the historic Jackson Ward neighborhood in Downtown Richmond and serves as an annual celebration and homecoming.
The Richmond Folk Festival has become one of Virginia’s largest, drawing fans each year to downtown Richmond’s riverfront to celebrate the roots, richness, and variety of American culture through music, dance, traditional crafts, storytelling, and food.