The 2nd Street Festival in Richmond returns in 2019 for its 31st anniversary, celebrating the rich culture of the historic Jackson Ward neighborhood. As always, this FREE event takes place the first full weekend in October. Over the years, it has grown to be one of Richmond's favorite annual events and the Mid-Atlantic's largest street festivals. Nearly 30,000 people visit historic Jackson Ward to reminisce about the days when 2nd Street was the heart and soul of Richmond's African-American community and was known as “the Harlem of the South.” Today, Jackson Ward continues to be a thriving Richmond neighborhood and community, and the 2nd Street Festival is an annual celebration and homecoming.
The 2nd Street Festival features four stages of live musical entertainment along with a Kidz Zone, popular food vendors, a marketplace and Artists Row to shop, the Richmond Metropolitan Antique Car Club, and walking tours given by Historic Jackson Ward Association.
The 2nd Street Festival is produced by Venture Richmond Events, LLC, a subsidiary of Venture Richmond, Inc.
Date: October 5-6, 2019
Time: Saturday 11:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., and Sunday 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Location: N. 2nd Street in the Jackson Ward neighborhood, downtown Richmond, Virginia
This year the festival features Saturday’s headliner EU (Experience Unlimited) and a Sunday performance by Richmond’s finest, Legacy Band. Many other great artists will be showcased over the two-day event. More details coming soon!
Saturday’s Headliner, EU
EU (Experience Unlimited) is one of the original Washington, DC Go-Go bands. Fronted by founding member Gregory “Sugar Bear” Elliott, the original members all attended Ballou High School in Washington, DC. Their early regional hits included EU Freeze, Lock Your Butt, and Knock ‘Em Out Sugar Ray.
Although they are best known for their Grammy nominated, massive worldwide hit DaButt from Spike Lee’s “School Daze” soundtrack, EU scored hits with Salt & Papa (Shake Your Thang), with rap innovator Kurtis Blow (Party Time), and on their own with Buck Wild and Taste of Your Love. _Da Butt _won Soul Train’s best R&B/Soul Single, Group in 1989.
EU has performed with Teena Marie, Morris Day and The Time, Mint Condition, Cameo and countless others. They performed on a show with Bob Dylan in 1989, one of Sugar Bear’s career highlights. In 2003, EU performed to a national audience on the televised NAACP Awards’ Tribute to Spike Lee. EU has been featured in 2009 in VH1 one hit wonders of the 1980’s. EU is currently in the studio working on a new CD, and they continue to rock the stage night after night.
Sunday’s Closing Performance, Legacy Band
Legacy Band is an adored Richmond favorite, playing all top hits with a mix of soul, R&B, funk and jazz. The band was originally formed by guitarist Jose Pomier and vocalist Kaila Valdez.
The 2nd Street Festival is a FREE event. Food, drink and merchandise are available for sale.
DO NOT BRING PETS (other than service animals) to the festival. We expect very large crowds and your pets will be more comfortable at home.
WHAT CAN’T I BRING WITH ME?
Items that are not permitted include, but are not limited to:
DOWNTOWN RICHMOND PARKING
There isn’t dedicated event parking, but around the festival site there are surface parking lots and available on-street parking, specifically on the south side of E. Broad Street between Foushee Street and N. 5th Street. There is also a parking deck at 5th and Marshall Streets behind the Richmond Marriott.
We advise festival goers to utilize the GRTC Pulse that has a bus stop at 2nd and E. Broad Streets and available rideshare services. Best drop off address for rideshare is: 124 E. Broad St., Richmond, 23219
Be sure to check out our Downtown Richmond Transportation Guide to determine the best way to get to the event and around the city of Richmond during the 2nd Street Festival!
IN THE EVENT OF RAIN
The 2nd Street Festival will go on, rain or shine.
EMERGENCY SERVICES/FIRST AID
Emergency service centers are available at the festival.
Portable restrooms are located throughout the festival.
To submit your band or performance for consideration for future festivals, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The vendor application submission date for 2019 has passed. If you have a question, please email email@example.com
YOUR PRESENCE IS YOUR PERMISSION
Special photographers and videographers have been hired by festival organizers to document the event. Some images may be used in later promotional materials. Your presence at the event is seen as your permission for such promotional use by the nonprofit organizers.
If you're interested in becoming a sponsor for the 2nd Street Festival, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for a full list of sponsorship opportunities.
Always have a great time. Know I will run into friends there. Great food and music.
– Vernon, 2017
It was so many different cultures of people there, I just loved it.
– Vonnda, 2017