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Carytown Watermelon Festival

Summer and watermelon are like two peas in a pod, so what better way to begin saying sayonara to summer than with the annual Carytown Watermelon Festival. It’s the perfect place to cool off, enjoy a fantastic summer outing before school gets underway, and support a phenomenal charity all at once.

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This marks the 35th year for the festival and every year over 100,000 people walk to streets of Carytown to enjoy live music, activities, shopping, and all things watermelon! The watermelon has been donated by Publix and will be sold for $1 per bowl, with the proceeds going to benefit an amazing cause, Shriners Hospitals for Children. In previous years, the Shriners have served upwards of 2,000 watermelons and last year they reached a record of almost 3,000! That’s a lot of watermelon and a lot of help for kids in need and their families!
Admission to the festival is free and items are pay as you go. Look forward to some delicious watermelon treats, including cupcakes and cocktails. And there will also be a beer garden-always fun! Local and out-of-state bands, jugglers and folk artists will occupy 5 stages spread throughout the event, and the shops along Cary Street will also be open for shopping (another great way to beat the heat).
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Speaking of shops, in preparation for the festival, merchants have been working on transforming their window displays into watermelon shrines to show their support and make for an extra special day. Over 100 street vendors will also set up booths for visitors to peruse and sample as well. This event is the king of all street festivals in RVA and this year promises to have its biggest turnout yet.

To give you a little background on the Shriners Hospital for Children, they are the only multi-hospital pediatric system in the US that provides care and services for children FREE OF CHARGE! Incredible! They are currently treating hundreds of children from the Richmond area, which is amazing considering the closest hospital is in South Carolina.


Each Shriners Hospital (there are 22 throughout North America) specializes in different treatments, so each child is sent to the one that best suits their needs.

On Sunday, August 12, take the family out to Carytown between 10am and 6pm for some summer fun and refreshment and support a great cause while you’re at it!

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