If you ask any Richmonder to name their favorite outdoor spot in RVA, Brown’s Island is sure to be at the top of many lists. It’s one of the most gorgeous areas of the city and right on the James River, which is why it hosts many festivals and events each year. This weekend (May 18-20) it’ll be the venue for one of Richmond’s most anticipated annual festivals, Riverrock.
If you’ve never attended, Riverrock is the largest outdoor sports and music festival in the U.S. This event, organized by Sports Backers and Venture Richmond Events LLC, celebrates the James River and downtown Richmond with live music, beer, mud pits, bikes, climbing and kayaks, what could be better?! It’s the perfect place for lovers of all things sports, music, and Richmond. Run a race, kayak down the river, watch amazing animals at Ultimate Air Dogs, attend art exhibits, and much more! And after you’ve experienced the intensity and excitement of the activities, check out Richmond’s elite restaurant scene, take in our colorful street art, or stop and grab a beer from one of our dozens of craft breweries and enjoy FREE concerts from entertainers like Chris Jacobs Band, Chris Leggett, DJ Williams’ Shots Fired and many more.
The fun starts tonight (May 17) with a film festival from 5-11pm, sponsored by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and continues through the weekend with loads of events. It’s free for spectators to attend, but participating in events does cost a fee with prices varying. Bring your dog, lawn chairs, and blankets along, but festival coordinators ask that you leave the following at home.
- Large backpacks, bags, coolers, etc.
- Outside food and beverage (*Food and drinks will be for sale on-site)
- Alcohol (*Alcohol will be for sale on site)
- Bottles/glass containers (*One sealed water bottle per attendee is permitted)
- Contraband (drugs and weapons)
- Laser pointers
- Bikes, skateboards, inline skates
- Flying objects (kites, Frisbees, footballs, etc.)
Check out all the happenings, events, and musical performance schedule at riverrockrva.com.