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1. Bike & Brunch Tours

This tour will touch your mind, heart and belly.

Join Bike and Brunch Tours for a ride through neighborhoods steeped in culture and history. This tour will focus on Jackson Ward, Brookland Park, sites along the way, and the work of Hamilton Glass. His murals help connect us to the stories of trailblazers, residents, and organizations behind or continuing the legacy within these communities. Whether you are on a weekend getaway, local and looking for a new activity with friends, considering moving to the city, or just want to get out, Bike & Brunch tours will provide you for a fun-filled morning. You will be sure to leave satisfied, with a new friend or two, and stories to tell. This ride includes landmarks and murals. All of these stops offer a reminder of the history, culture and legacies at the heart of Richmond. This one-of-a-kind, easy pace, casual tour aims to exude positive vibes, treat our communities and the residents with respect and nourish the mind and belly.

Ride, see Richmond, have fun and, of course, have brunch!

Find more information about Bike & Brunch tours here!

2. River City Food Tours

Ready to discover downtown Richmond?

Richmond’s revitalized Arts District, spanning parts of Jackson Ward and Monroe Ward, will capture your imagination with a mix of historically-significant architecture, under-the-radar restaurants, and inspiring art galleries.

Joining River City Food Tours means exploring the Arts District as an insider. You will sample delicious food and snacks from 5-6 different restaurants, cafes, and shops, possibly including truly authentic southern cuisine, mouth-watering Mediterranean fare, unique ice creams and more! You’ll meet chefs and business owners and discover their passion for their craft. And you’ll hear the stories that make this one of Richmond’s most defining neighborhoods. But most of all, we’ll make sure you have fun doing it!

Find more information about River City Food Tours here!

3. Hop On, Stand Up Tours

On the third Friday of each month, roll through the river city’s unique beer scene aboard Richmond’s only mobile comedy club!

Three comics perform during transit to three breweries throughout Richmond. Enjoy a night of laughing and libations with the best local beer and comedy that RVA offers. You will meet at Champion Brewing Company and ride to two TBA breweries for samples of their best brews.

Event Details: Check-in begins at 6:00pm at Champion Brewery (401 E Grace St) for the first tasting. The trolley will depart Champion at 7 PM sharp, so please allow enough time for parking.

Cost of admission includes – round-trip transportation, entertainment, one beer tasting/flight at each brewery, and a souvenir glass. This event is 21+.

Find more information about Hop On, Stand Up tours here!

4. Elegba Folklore Society Tours

Elegba Folklore Society’s monthly tour program has begun!

Journey into Richmond’s history to visit the sites where few monuments exist. These newly marked sites tell the other half of the story; the story that lives between the pages of history books — in red, white and black. An interactive experience along the Trail of Enslaved Africans, attendees have the chance to ponder the impact of enslavement on the enslaved as shared in their own words and from their own view. Embarking by bus after a contextual visit to the Society’s cultural center, participants will walk in our ancestors’ footsteps from their arrival point at river’s edge into Shockoe Bottom, the area of Richmond that housed the holding pens, jails, blocks and burial ground. The interpreters will interweave the narratives of enslaved Africans with the historical record, characterizations of the day and music.

Disembarking from your bus and along the walk, participants will have the chance to immerse themselves in past occurrences that impact our perspectives today.

Find more information about Elegba Folklore Society's tours here!

5. Richmond Rides

Explore RVA via either, or both, of these two Richmond Rides tours: Richmond Highlights and Along the River.

The Richmond Highlights tour explores the heart of Richmond on a leisurely tour with one food stop and stunning city sights. The best way to experience our city. Neighborhoods include Jackson Ward, Capitol Square, the Fan, Monument Ave, Museum District and Oregon Hill.

The Along the River tour features the heart of Richmond on a leisurely tour with one food stop and stunning sights along the river. Modern murals, historic canals, and lively rapids, are all part of this exciting tour along a protected bike path of the James River and Capitol Trail.

Find more information about Richmond Rides here!

6. Historic Riverfront Canal Cruises

The Riverfront Canal Cruises in downtown Richmond features historically-narrated tours of the James River and Kanawha Canal designed by George Washington. Hear about centuries of Richmond’s history, from Chief Powhatan’s Chiefdom to the first commercially successful electric streetcar in the world, while traveling in authentic, covered, flat-bottomed boats. See the unique railroad Triple Crossing, tobacco warehouses that have been converted into trendy lofts, the Virginia Capital Trail, the Low Line gardens and James River wildlife.

The 40-minute boat tours travel along downtown's Richmond Canal Walk and depart every hour on the hour and accommodate up to 28 passengers. They operate seven days a week from May through September, with varying hours in April, October and November. Tours depart from the canal’s Turning Basin at 139 Virginia Street. Tickets are sold on a first come, first served basis at the Turning Basin’s ticket kiosk or online 24 hours in advance. All boats are handicap accessible

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7. Richmond Mural Tours

Explore the art around you at some of Richmond's most historically significant neighborhoods and discover Richmond's beautiful murals, painted by local and international artists through two, different tours: Jackson Ward and VCU-Carver.

If you join one of their tours, three things are guaranteed: you will have a dedicated guide that knows the city, you will see murals and you will have fun!

Find more information about Richmond Mural Tours here!

8. Haunts of Richmond Ghost Tours

Explore the dark side of Virginia's capital city on a Haunts of Richmond Ghost Tour. After the museums close and the sun goes down, the spirits rise! Richmond has its share of ghostly and ghastly tales, and Haunts of Richmond can't wait to share them with you on one of their four downtown-focused ghost tours: Shadows of Shockoe, Haunted Capitol Hill, Phantoms of Franklin or Spirits & Spirits Pub Crawl!

Shadows of Shockoe is a fascinating nighttime exploration of Shockoe Bottom, the oldest and most haunted neighborhood in Richmond. Haunted Capitol Hill finds what elected officials and security guards walk the hallowed halls of Virginia's seat of power. Phantoms of Franklin discovers the eerie beauty of Richmond's turn of the century Franklin Street. Spirits & Spirits Pub Crawl offers a visit to some of Richmond's most haunted pubs, where you can toast some of the regulars who are still hanging around, and hear their stories.

Find more information about Haunt of Richmond's ghost tours here!

9. HI Richmond Hostel's First Friday Artwalk

Downtown Richmond's long-standing monthly art walk happens year-round on the First Friday of every month. Galleries, shops, restaurants, non-profits and more open their doors in celebration of art and community.

First Fridays is a signature event in the city's Arts District. Join HI Richmond Hostel's volunteers for an hour on the art-walk to get a locals perspective, check out the best galleries and get ideas for your weekend in RVA!

Find more information about HI Richmond Hostel's Artwalk here!

10. Richmond Tour Guys

Walk in the footsteps of 400 years of history with the Richmond Tour Guys; while being captivated by the colorful stories of Richmond’s past and what it’s become. The Richmond Tour Guys’ free walking tours of Richmond are the perfect way to discover why in 2014 Frommers said “While you weren’t looking, Richmond got cool.”

Their downtown, Shockoe Bottom and Capitol Square tours are acclaimed by locals and visitors who discover fun stories and ways to experience the city like they never have before; exploring and seeing Richmond through new eyes.

Find more information about Richmond Tour Guys here!

11. The Valentine Tours

The Valentine has introduced new tours this past May as part of the 76-year-old tours program that runs annually from April through November.

The new family-friendly Figures of Freedom Downtown Walking Tour invites attendees to tour Shockoe Bottom, one of Richmond’s oldest historic districts, while exploring the struggles for freedom that helped shape America. This tour will include stories of Virginia’s earliest indigenous inhabitants, Thomas Jefferson’s Statute for Religious Freedom, the struggle of Richmond’s enslaved population and more. Offered Saturdays and Sundays, May through October.

The second, new tour is the This is Richmond Downtown Walking Tour that invites tourists and locals alike to discover Richmond history from its beginnings to the present day, uncovering the best-kept secrets of River City residents. Stops will include the Broad Street historic shopping district, the Virginia Capitol Square, Jackson Ward, an exclusive tour inside local landmark Monumental Church and more. Offered Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, May through October.

Find more information about The Valentine's new tours here!

12. Basket & Bike

Basket & Bike has teamed up with The Jefferson Hotel to offer a downtown bicycle tour for hotel guests and Richmonders! When you book this tour you will meet Basket & Bike by the bronze alligator, Ol Pompey, in the Jefferson Circle Drive and see this river city from a whole new vantage point.

Bike tours are 90-120 minutes in duration and 6 miles long.

  • Guided tour downtown and the waterfront
  • Comfortable bicycle, helmet, cold water, snack stop at Whisk
  • $5 of each ride goes to Capital Trees - Low Line
  • Bring your own bike and enjoy the tour
Find more information about Basket & Bike tours here!

13. Wonderstruck Weekend

Wonderstruck Weekend offers a History and Street Art in Jackson Ward tour that starts at the Black History Museum with a talk about the history of the building, then heads toward the Maggie Walker historic site, passing the statue dedicated to Mr. Bojangles and local art work.

You'll see Maggie Walker herself by way of her dedicated plaza, Gallery6 and the historic Hippodrome, ending back at the Black History Museum where you can explore more of the history in Richmond .

Find more information about Wonderstruck Weekend tours here!