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Festival of the River

Sunday, June 10, 2018

A unique coalition including The City of Richmond, Venture Richmond, the Richmond Symphony, VCU Institute for Contemporary Art, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, 1708 Gallery, James River Association, Capital Region Collaborative and other partners announces a special three-day event, The Festival of the River, which will take place on Brown’s Island June 8-10, 2018. This one-time festival will showcase the very best of the James River, Chesapeake Bay and the Richmond Region. Festival highlights will include contemporary art installations, performances under the Symphony’s “Big Tent,” cleanups along and around the River and family-friendly environmental education activities including Back to the Bay in celebration of Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week.

The Festival planning committee includes over 30 partner organizations in addition to those listed above (see a full list below).

The current general schedule of activities is as follows:

Friday, June 8, 2018:

  • Friday Cheers with soon-to-be announced guest artists in performances with the Richmond Symphony
  • Special Lighting Installation from 1708 Gallery

Saturday, June 9, 2018:

  • Morning activities including region wide cleanups along the James River and Chesapeake Bay Watershed
  • Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay presents Back to the Bay, family-friendly and educational activities in celebration of Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week
  • Performances by contemporary artists are presented as part of the Institute for Contemporary Art’s opening exhibition Declaration, in collaboration with the Richmond Symphony and Sound Arts Richmond
  • Performances under the “Big Tent” throughout the day including a concert by the Richmond Symphony
  • Day Two of Lighting Installation

Sunday, June 10, 2018:

  • All are invited to a daytime picnic to create a ‘Richmond Community Member Quilt’ on Brown’s Island
  • Family concert by the Richmond Symphony


Brown's Island
12th street


RVA Northside




All ages


Music & Concerts, Outdoor, Festival


Visual Arts


Group & Artist
Studio Two Three

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Heather Bailey

Heather Bailey left a positive review 6/10/2018

This was a family day of the 3 day festival, it was a great venue to see the Richmond Symphony, and to participate in a quilt of blankets photo with art on wheels. I am certainly going to the next Big tent festival. Such a feeling of community in nature and art!