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2nd Street Festival Event Details

Date: October 3-4, 2020

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

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2nd Street Festival

The 2nd Street Festival is an Annual Celebration & Homecoming

The 2nd Street Festival in Richmond returns in 2020 for its 32nd 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 FREE walking tours led by Gary Flowers of the Historic Jackson Ward Association.

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

2020 2nd Street Festival Event Schedule

Coming Soon!

2020 2nd Street Festival Vendor Information

The marketplace application is now available! The deadline to submit your application is April 30, 2020.

Complete your 2nd Street Marketplace application here!

2nd Street Festival FAQ's


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.


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.)


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 Street, Richmond, VA 23219

Be sure to check out our Downtown Richmond Parking & Transportation Guide to determine the best way to get to the event and around the city of Richmond during the 2nd Street Festival!


The 2nd Street Festival will go on, rain or shine.


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


If you have a question, please email and check back in March 2020 for info about 2020's 2nd Street Festival.


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.

Festival Sponsors

If you're interested in becoming a sponsor for the 2nd Street Festival, please email for a full list of sponsorship opportunities.

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