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Richmond, VA
23220 USA

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Dogwood Dell

Byrd Park
600 South Arthur Ashe, Jr Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23220

Dogwood Dell is a 2,400 seat amphitheatre owned and operated by the Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Facilities and located in Byrd Park.

Since 1956, it has been home to the Festival of Arts; a summer long celebration of the arts featuring art exhibits, concerts, dance and theatre.

For more information, call the Dell hotline at (804)646-1031.


Festival of Arts --  

View the 2024 schedule here!

With its eclectic mix of old and new, the Festival of Arts has become one of Richmond's cultural treasures. Through our programming, the Festival of Arts strives to bring the Richmond community some of the most innovative and avant-garde performers, while also respecting the value and importance of traditional and classical works.

Throughout June, July, and August, a variety of shows can be enjoyed at the "Dell" including classical music and dance; drama, comedy, and musical theatre; reggae, pop, swing, rhythm and blues, rock, jazz and contemporary music concerts. The Festival of Arts is flavored for every taste. Come early for a seat in the amphitheatre or bring a blanket to sit in the surrounding park.

Although the dance concerts and programs presented at Dogwood Dell are normally purchased packaged shows for which we provide technical assistance, our three theatre productions are produced fully in-house. While many of our theatre productions are Richmond premieres, we also stage contemporary favorites. These productions continually prove to be some of Richmond's favorites and have even won awards.

Past Festivals

Past Festivals have included performances by The Richmond Symphony, The Lyric Ensemble, Bio Ritmo, 80th Division Army Band, Fat Ammon's, BS&M, Chuck Davis African Dance Ensemble productions, Blue Ridge Theatre Festival, Theatre IV, SPARC and the University of Richmond among many, many others.

Departmental Productions

Departmental produced productions included shows as Camelot, Evita, Steel Magnolias, Raisin in the Sun, Barnum, Jesus Christ Superstar, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Will, The Scarlet Letter, Teahouse of the August Moon, The Shadowbox, The Piano Lesson and many more!

Dogwood Dell Volunteer Opportunities

Opportunities also exist for volunteers to participate in theatre instruction and production. Theatre lovers and volunteers experience behind the scenes activity participate in theatre trips at special rates and attend special appearances of well-known guest actors

For more information about volunteering call (804)646-1031.


The Dogwood Dell does not cancel performances until show time (unless drastic weather conditions exist). Check out our social media channels during the summer for schedule updates.