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The Quintessential RVA Summer

It’s officially summer!  In RVA, that means “hello” to heat and humidity, but it’s also one of the best times to get out and enjoy our city. What makes a quintessentially Richmond summer? It’s our time at home – cookouts, watermelon in the back yard, and refreshing iced tea on the porch.  And our time in the community – enjoying sports, music,  food, and more.  Here are 10 ways to make the most of your RVA summer!

10 Things to Do in Richmond this Summer

  • Cheer on the Home Team – RVA is home to the Richmond Flying Squirrels, the Double-A Affiliate to the San Francisco Giants baseball team. Check their website for a game schedule, giveaways, and fireworks. The Diamond is a go-to spot for fireworks on July 4th and other times throughout the summer.  
  • Cool off with Local Ice Cream – There’s nothing like ice cream on a hot day.  We have some great local options around the city, like Coco + Hazel and Gelati Celesti.  Visit their websites Coco + Hazel and Gelati Celesti and get ready to crave some ice cream!
  • Listen to Live Music – There’s no shortage of live music around Richmond during the summer. Take in the music scene at bars and restaurants around Richmond or at these venues:
    • Innsbrook AfterHours: Now in its 29th year, the concert season runs from May to October, with at least 22 concerts every year. See there schedule here.
    • Music at Maymont: The perfect blend of the present, the past, and nature. Located on the Carriage House Lawn, enjoy a picturesque setting, live music, food and drinks from June to September.  Visit their website for details.
    • Richmond Jazz and Music Festival: Four days of live music begins on August 8 and runs until August 11, with performances at venues around the city.  See the schedule and purchase tickets here.
  • Wind Down with Rooftop Drinks – Take in RVA’s views and social scene at a rooftop bar.  Food and drinks with a skyline, sunset view? Yes, please! Find your favorite spot among some of the best rooftop bars in the city – Quirk Hotel, the Graduate Richmond, Kabana Rooftop, or The Hof (just to name a few)!
  • Attend a Local FestivalWatermelon and Tomatoes: RVA celebrates them both with festivals.
    • Hanover Tomato Festival: July 12-13 – Hanover takes pride in its tomatoes, and it shows at its annual Tomato festival.  Fresh, fried, and in pies – you’ll see tomatoes in all forms.  It’s not tomatoes; there are also local artisans and live music.
    • Carytown Watermelon Festival: August 11 – Local vendors, food, music, and watermelon fill the streets of Carytown for this popular annual festival.
  • Explore the James RiverWhether you’re looking for adventure or leisure, there’s plenty to do on the James River.  So, get your kayak, meet up with a local outfitter, or lace up your walking shoes.  One of the most popular attractions on The James is Pony Pasture, a well-loved spot for swimming, lounging, and whitewater rafting.  Other notable attractions include the Buttermilk Trail, Belle Isle, the Virginia Capital Trail, and Pumphouse Park.  The opportunities for summer fun are endless!
  • Sample Local FlavorsPick up locally harvested produce and feast on locally prepared foods at one of the area’s many farmers market.  The South of the James Market is a must do, opening at 8am on Saturday mornings through October.  Other markets include Lakeside Farmers Market (Henrico), Manakin Market (Goochland), Brandermill Green Market (Chesterfield), and the Ashland Farmers Market (Hanover).  Take a drive around, and you’ll likely find a local farm or produce stand as well.
  • Support the Local Arts Community The Festival of the Arts at Dogwood Dell showcases local talent throughout the summer.  Art exhibits, concerts, dances, and theatrical productions all take the stage at Dogwood Dell, a 2400 seat amphitheater in Byrd Park.  View the full schedule online.
  • Score a TouchdownEach year, the Washington Redskins call RVA “home” for a few weeks during training camp.  Watch them gear up for the new season July 25 – August 11. Get a pass and view the schedule at the training camp website.
  • Go to the County Fair – The Chesterfield County Fair has been a local tradition for the past 106 years! Running from August 23-31, it’s the perfect way to end the summer.  Get ready for midway rides, fried oreos, tractor pulls, and music. View all the details here.

Here’s to a Happy Summer!