October 5th, 2019 -
October 6th, 2019

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@ Jackson Ward Neighborhood

The 2nd Street Festival is an Annual Celebration & Homecoming

The 2nd Street Festival 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 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 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, Artists Row and the Richmond Metropolitan Antique Car Club.

The 2nd Street Festival is produced by Venture Richmond Events, LLC, a subsidiary of Venture Richmond, Inc.

Event Details

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

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2019 Festival Event Schedule

Check back in September 2019!

Festival FAQ's

ADMISSION

The 2nd Street Festival is a FREE event. Food, drink and merchandise are available for sale.

NO PETS

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:

  • Pets (service animals are permitted)
  • Coolers, Large Backpacks
  • Alcohol
  • Bottles/glass containers
  • Contraband (drugs and weapons)
  • Laser pointers
  • Flying objects (drones, kites, Frisbees, footballs, etc.)

DOWNTOWN 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

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.

RESTROOMS

Portable restrooms are located throughout the festival.

VENDOR OPPORTUNITIES

If you are interested in being a vendor at the festival, please email vendor@venturerichmond.com

PERFORMERS

To submit your band or performance for consideration for future festivals, please email music@venturerichmond.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.

2018 Festival Sponsors

If you're interested in becoming a sponsor for the festival, please email contactus@venturerichmond.com for a full list of sponsorship opportunities.

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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