Richmond is known for its artistic locals and creative culture, so when it comes to events that revolve around showcasing that you know it’s a) going to be good and b) a really big deal. Arts in the Park is RVA’s annual festival where local artisans and craftspeople display their work for art lovers to admire and purchase. This nationally recognized event always a large turnout because of its popularity and tradition, and homes surrounding the festival even hang event specific flags to show their support.
Sponsored by the Carillon Civic Association, Arts in the Park sets up at Byrd Park and surrounds the iconic Carillon, giving visitors a true Richmond experience. This year is the event’s 48th year and it will take place on Saturday, May 4 from 11am-6pm and Sunday, May 5 from 11am-5pm.
Since it’s inaugural year, the festival has been a celebration of art and creativity and has grown from just a few vendors to more than 450 artists from Virginia and all over the U.S. Everything from fine paintings to jewelry, photography, pottery and everything in between are available to admire and purchase. This event is free for attendees and stays this way because of the support of the patrons. Parking is also free and there are shuttles available at the City Stadium parking lot to take visitors to and from the festival.
Arts in the Park is a juried show, meaning artists are hand picked by a small panel of judges to make sure only those who create original works can be part of the event. So you can be sure that anything you purchase is unique and special, not mass-produced. And not only is it a great event because it supports the arts, but because it gives back to the city of Richmond. A portion of the booth rentals are invested back into the area and in the past has paid for the playground behind the Carillon as well as other needed updates. And beautifying our precious RVA is something we can all get behind!
Make a day of it and bring the family to stroll the park while supporting small business and buying some amazing art for yourself. There will also be food and drink vendors available so that you can grab a bite while you browse.
I’ve purchased pottery, jewelry, and several other pieces throughout my years of attending Arts in the Park and still cherish each one to this day. I can’t wait to see what I’ll find at this year’s event! Come on out and join me in supporting Richmond and the arts!!
To learn more, go to richmondartsinthepark.com