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Celebrate Your Summer in Downtown Richmond

From outdoor festivals and concerts to community celebrations and monthly art walks, there's something for everyone to do in downtown RVA this summer!


1. Cap2Cap

May 6 & 7 at Virginia Capital Trail

The Cap2Cap is back for its 17th year and will take place on Friday and Saturday, May 6 – 7, 2022. Riders will experience the scenic Virginia Capital Trail and enjoy a Post-Ride Party at Chickahominy Riverfront Park in Williamsburg, VA on Friday or at Dorey Park in Henrico, VA on Saturday! The Richmond start from Great Shiplock Park to Jamestown is a 51 mile trip one-way (102 miles round trip) on the Capital Trail. Known as the Century Ride, this ride happens between 8AM-4PM on May 6 & 7 at Great Shiplock Park where you'll find other riders starting their Cap2Cap journey too.

Find more information about this event here!
¿Qué Pasa? Festival

2. ¿Qué Pasa? Festival

June 11 at Canal Walk

The Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the return of the annual ¿Qué Pasa? Festival. For 21 years, the VAHCC has held this festival, to not only bring a new experience to Virginia, but to showcase local businesses, artisans, restaurants, entertainers and more. Visitors will be able to experience an even more vibrant space to bring the community together, while showcasing the dynamic culture, sounds, tastes and feeling of Hispanic & Latin American countries.

Find more information about this event here!
Friday Cheers

3. Friday Cheers

May & June at Brown's Island

Richmond's longest-running summer concert series is back on Brown's Island to bring you the best music at the best price Friday nights in May & June. Cheers to the weekend and enjoy your Summer Fridays along the downtown RVA riverfront with live music, local food vendors, brews and family-friendly fun. Friday Cheers showcases some of the nation’s hottest touring bands and all-time regional favorites like Japanese Breakfast, Goth Babe, 49 Winchester, Cory Henry and more. Friday Cheers is produced by Venture Richmond Events and presented by Hardywood Park Craft Brewery. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the gate and children 12 & under are FREE. Season passes are also available for only $60 for a limited time. Buy yours today!

Find more information about Friday Cheers here!
Dominion Energy Riverrock

4. Dominion Energy Riverrock

May 20-22 at Brown's Island

Set along the downtown Richmond riverfront and James River Park System, Dominion Energy Riverrock is back to celebrate all things RVA and outdoors! This May, opt outside and take a trip to Brown's Island to enjoy the return of your favorite events like trail running, mountain biking, kayaking, stand up paddleboarding, ultimate air dogs, bouldering and more!

Find more information about this event here!
Broadberry Entertainment Group Presents Concerts on Brown's Island

5. Broadberry Entertainment Group Presents Concerts on Brown's Island

June, July & August at Brown's Island

Enjoy an assortment of acts along downtown RVA's riverfront at the best outdoor venue in Richmond: Brown's Island! Enjoy a stellar line-up all summer long and pick the perfect show for you from the full concert line-up below.

2022 Summer Concert Calendar:

  • Bright Eyes with Alex G - June 2
  • Art of Noise RVA featuring Redman & Method Man - June 18
  • As I Lay Dying, White Chapel, Shadow of Intent, OV Sulfur - June 22
  • Lucy Dacus & Courtney Barnett with Samia - July 29
  • Over the James featuring Avail, Quicksand, Cave In, Ceremony, Screaming Females & Terminal Bliss - August 6
  • Father John Misty with Suki Waterhouse - September 16
Find more information about this event here!
RVA First Fridays

6. RVA First Fridays

First Friday of every month in the Richmond Arts District

Explore downtown Richmond's Arts District and show the small businesses along and around Broad Street some love at this monthly, self-guided art walk where the Arts District's many galleries, shops, restaurants and non-profits open their doors for a special night of programming, collections, exhibitions, live music, events and more on the first Friday of every month.

RVA First Fridays Summer Dates:

  • May 6
  • June 3
  • July 1
  • August 5
Find more information about RVA First Fridays here!
Richmond Night Market

7. Richmond Night Market

Third Saturdays of Every Month at 17th Street Market

Richmond Night Market is an open-air night market at 17th Street Market in downtown Richmond that takes place the 2nd Saturday of every month and offers a variety of handmade products and independent artists/makers, live music, cultured and diverse programming, activities for all ages and more!

Richmond Night Market Summer Dates:

  • May 14
  • June 11
  • July 9
  • August 13
Find more information about this event here!
Hammers & Ales

8. Hammers & Ales

June 11 at Brown's Island

Hammers & Ales is a community celebration of Richmond’s parks, public places, and the people that make them thrive. Rally your team on the beautiful riverfront green of Brown’s Island to help build new park benches, picnic tables, and trash huts for our amazing James River Park System. Throughout the day enjoy live music on two stages, games & educational activities, outreach with local environmental organizations and of course, amazing beer from Väsen Brewing.

Find more information about this event here!
RVA Street Art Festival

9. RVA Street Art Festival

September 16-18 at Canal Walk Murals

The RVA Street Art Festival will return to celebrate its tenth anniversary at the spot where it all began, the Power Plant building along the Haxall Canal from September 16-18, 2022. In the last ten years, Richmond’s biggest outdoor art gallery has become one of the City’s most visited and photographed spots; this fall, the Festival will bring another fresh dose of color and creativity to downtown. The festival will not only celebrate the growth of street art in Richmond over the last decade but also highlight the growth of the culinary, brewing, and arts communities in RVA.

Find more information about RVA Street Art Festival here!
Virginia PrideFest

10. PrideFest

September 24 at Brown's Island

Virginia Pridefest 2022, presented by Virginia Lottery, is a FREE event celebrating Virginia's LGBTQ+ community with performers, vendors, food, live music and more!

Find more information about this event here!