Brown's Island is an amazing, six acre waterfront space that accommodates up to 16,000 people and provides a beautiful backdrop for a variety of events. The venue has been home to events like the Richmond Marathon, Virginia Pride, Stone's Throwdown in RVA and Festival of the River!
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Did you know that our organization supports downtown events that draw more than 1 million people each year? We champion the downtown area in all that we do, and strive to bring events to the city that will showcase Richmond’s beautiful downtown riverfront. However, while we handle the rental of some beautiful and unique downtown spaces, we do not serve as an event production company.
To have your application processed, your event date must be at least 90 days from the submission of your application.
As you prepare to rent Brown’s Island for a special event, we want to share with you all of the things you should consider before deciding to hold an event on our public space. Putting on an event usually takes months of preparation because of the need to consider the following:
In order to conduct any event on Brown’s Island, you will need to acquire several permits and/or licenses, including:
Each one of these licenses has an application and approval process that can take several weeks to several months. There are also fees associated with acquiring each of these permits.
In order for event staff, volunteers, VIPs and general event attendees to get to the event, they need to have a place to park. Several different parking areas accommodate varying numbers of vehicles. We will gladly provide you with information about who to contact for each of these needs.
We can help you arrange basic security for the event. However, you are required to contact RMC Events three to six weeks before the event to ensure adequate security staffing for the number of attendees expected at the event. The cost of additional security is your responsibility.
In order to hold an event, you must provide a copy of a site plan or event map of exactly where everything will be positioned on Brown’s Island.
This site plan must be presented to us three weeks prior to the date of the event. Failure to do so will mean cancellation of the event.
The following is a list of things that many events held on Brown’s Island and the Turning Basin require:
We can provide you with a comprehensive list of local companies who can help set up particular needs for the event. However, these and many other aspects of the event coordination and set-up are the sole responsibility of the Brown’s Island renter.
Rental fees* for events include:
*These fees are current and are subject to change without notice.