Richmond Arts District

What is the Richmond Arts District?

Downtown Richmond’s Arts District was established by the City as an Arts and Cultural District Incentive Zone. Properties within this zone have access to special incentive programs, such as the Façade Improvement Program, in which the City offers grants to support façade improvements for commercial and mixed-use buildings in the zone. This overlay district connects several neighborhoods in downtown Richmond, as seen in the map below.

History of the Arts District in Downtown Richmond

Sparked by a revitalization in the 2000's, the Arts District was created as a hub for creativity, commercial activity and economic development. Downtown’s Arts District is centered around Broad Street as its core and connects several neighborhoods and all the elements of a thriving downtown: cultural institutions, urban living and amenities. With a wide range of shops and restaurants and a distinctive identity of eclectic expression, the Arts District is a destination for visitors and residents alike.

Richmond Arts District


Places to Live in the Arts District, Richmond, VA

The Arts District features recently converted and restored apartments in historic buildings that offer a quality of life centered around the vibrant energy of the Arts District. While your home above the streets and storefronts offers sanctuary, you couldn’t be closer to the excitement and experiences throughout downtown.

Arts District Apartments:

Richmond Arts District

Common House

Things to Do in the Arts District

The Arts District is the heart and home to RVA’s arts and culture. Walk along, or around, Broad Street and you’ll find galleries, street art, small businesses, boutiques and more. Monthly events like RVA First Fridays and creative hubs like Common House and Gather make it a great place for work and play.

Richmond Arts District

Urban Hang Suite

Arts District Shops and Restaurants

Shop for vintage clothes and furniture, handmade and curated home goods and more at any of the Arts Districts’ many boutiques and stores in downtown Richmond. Once you find the perfect gift or thrift, make it a day downtown and grab lunch or happy hour at one of the many restaurants throughout the Arts District.

Shops and Services in the Arts District, Richmond, VA:

Restaurants in the Arts District, Richmond, VA:

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Virginia Repertory Theatre