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1209 Admiral Street 
Richmond, VA
23220 USA

Email: Ask Parks and Recreation

Phone(804) 646-5733

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Summer in Richmond, Virginia is full of activities for outdoor adventurers, art connoisseurs, music enthusiasts, and sports fans of all ages!

Festival of the Arts

The 65th Annual Festival of the Arts takes place this summer. Featuring hundreds of local performers and showcasing a variety of performing artforms, the Festival is a Richmond tradition made possible by the Department of Parks and Recreation and community partners. 

Our newest summer experience, RVA Summer Nights. Join us throughout the city as we bring music to the parks.

Jubilation in June: Legacy Band at Dogwood Dell on Friday, June 17 at 8, Shared History in Stories at 17th Street Market on Saturday, June 18 from 10 to 2, and Festival & Fireworks at Rockets Landing on Sunday, June 19 at 2, with fireworks at 9text on a blue button reads "view all Festival of the Arts offerings"

Below, you can find the schedule of events taking place on the Dogwood Dell Main Stage throughout the summer. 

Date Feature Type Time
June 17 Legacy Band - R&B Music 8 p.m.
June 18 KOS - Pop, Beach Music 8 p.m.
June 25 City Dance Theatre Recital Dance 6 p.m.
June 26 Revenge of the 80s Music 8 p.m.
June 30 Barefoot in the Park Theater 8:30 p.m.
Date Feature Type Time
July 1 Barefoot in the Park Theater 8:30 p.m.
July 2 Barefoot in the Park Theater 8:30 p.m.
July 4 Fourth of July Celebration Festival 6 p.m.
July 8 A Tribute to Prince Music 8 p.m.
July 9 Latin Jazz Conspiracy Music 8 p.m.
July 10 Gospel Fest with the Belles Festival 5 p.m.
July 15 Capitol Opera Richmond Music 8 p.m.
July 16 English Channel Music 8 p.m.
July 22-24 The Addams Family Theater 8:30 p.m.
July 29-31 The Addams Family Theater 8:30 p.m.
Date Feature Type Time
August 5 Plunky - Jazz Fusion Music 8 p.m.
August 6 Yes And - Heart Cover Band Music 8 p.m.
August 12 Mighty Joshua - Reggae Music 8 p.m.
August 14 Summer Theater Intensive Presents Theater 8 p.m.
August 19 Weekend Plans - Jazz, Soul, Hip Hop Music 8 p.m.
August 20 Festival of Virginia Fiddling Festival 3 p.m.
August 27 Latin Jazz Festival Festival 3 p.m.
Date Feature Type Time
September 10 Afro Fest Festival 3 p.m.

RVA Summer Nights

Mark your calendars! Thursday nights throughout summer are filled with the music of Richmond's best local talent. 

All performances start at 6 p.m.

Date Location Performer
June 23 Monroe Park Weekend Plans
June 30 Fonticello Park DJ Janaye Cotman
July 7 Humphrey Calder Community Center Center Stage Band
July 14 Ann Hardy Plaza DJ Rayvonn
July 21 Broad Rock Sports Complex Quimbao
July 28 Jefferson Park Shades of Grey
August 4 Charlie D. Sydnor Playground DJ Tony & Ty Bizzy
August 11 17th Street Market Prince Tribute Night
August 18 Forest Hill Park Joe the Spy Band
August 25 Battery Park Richmond Police Department Band

Summer Camps by Parks and Rec

The city's Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities offers many quality summer camp options for young folks, whether they're interested in sports, the arts, or outdoor activities. The department also offers year-round activities for students in the Richmond area. 

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Summer Meals for Kids

School may be out of session, but daily meals for students are still available to Richmond families. 

Use the USDA Food and Nutrition Service "Meals for Kids" map to find free meals near you. 

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