September festivals in Richmond, Virginia continue to take advantage of the warm, mild weather. Congregating in a festive way give us a chance to get to know another culture, eat delicious food, hear live music and see our fellow Richmond residents in all their diversity. Many take place at urban intersections, parks, rivers, farms, church yards, hunt clubs and breweries to take in the sights and enjoy the balmy, and sometimes steamy, weather. 2021 remains an unusual year with many festivals cancelled or postponed.
Keep checking back as we update dates and locations of September festivals. And be sure to subscribe to email updates, follow @rvacheap on Twitter or like RVA (Richmond) on the Cheap on Facebook to stay in the know about the latest freebies & deals.
•43rd Street Festival of the Arts – Richmond’s coolest art festival on Sat., Sept. 11, 2021 from 10 am to 4 pm. Great selection of contemporary artisans, and great food in the Forest Hill neighborhood. Benefits CARITAS
•Sept. 7-12, 2021 – Richmond International Film Festival
Sept. 11 – 18, 2021 – James River Week is a week long celebration of Virginia’s most incredible natural asset. This week is the culmination of many like-minded groups coming together to offer recreational, environmental, and educational activities in, on and around the James River. James River Week not only encourages participants to enjoy the James’ many benefits, but also brings awareness to the critical issues it faces. Whether volunteering, experiencing your first batteau trip, participating in a paddle adventure, or devouring delicious oysters, we encourage you to spend some time this week connecting with the James and your fellow river-lovers. Learn more at: https://thejamesriver.org/james-river-week/
•Sat., Sept. 18, 2021 from 12 – 5 pm “BEYOND POW WOW” With The Nottoway Indian Tribe of Virginia FREE Facebook Live in Surry, Virginia
•Sept. 16-19, 2021 – Afrikana Independent Film Festival is an independent film festival that showcases cinematic works from emerging and established filmmakers throughout the African diaspora.
•September 17, 18 and 19th St. Benedict Oktoberfest Hanover & Belmont, Museum District, Richmond, Virginia 23221- A German-themed celebration allows attendees the opportunity to enjoy German music, dancing, food, and their beverage of choice. All proceeds from Oktoberfest are used to support Catholic education at the Catholic Schools historically associated with Saint Benedict Parish. Wilkommen! The 16th Annual St. Benedict Oktoberfest will again be three days! So, get your dirndls and lederhosen ready and mark your calendars for September 17, 18 and 19th. This annual parish-sponsored event was initiated in 2005 and has grown into a much-anticipated Richmond festival every September. The festival reflects the strong German roots of the parish, this German-themed celebration allows attendees the opportunity to enjoy German music, dancing, food, and their beverage of choice. All proceeds from Oktoberfest are used to support Catholic education at the Catholic Schools historically associated with Saint Benedict Parish. Check the website for more information, including music schedule, events and more: http://stbenedictoktoberfest.com/
⭐️17, 18 & 19 Sept. 2021 – Field Day of the Past at Redfield Farm in Amelia County
🍁 Fall Festival at Deep Roots Home & Garden Center, 28284 Constitution Hwy, Rhoadesville, VA 22542-8842. Food trucks, plants sales, 30+ Vendors and MORE
🍎 Sat., Sept. 18, 2021 AT 11 AM – 4 PM – Virginia Cider Festival – 2021, $30 Fredericksburg Agricultural Fair
Sept. 24 – Oct 3 – 2021 State Fair of Virginia Doswell, Virginia – The State Fair of Virginia is a multi-day event at the beautiful rural setting of The Meadow Event Park, which opened in 2009. You can enjoy rides, pet animals, see amazing shows, play games, see a concert or enjoy delicious food. With different events happening every day, no two visits are ever the same. POSTPONED UNTIL 2021
•Alexander Paley Music Festival – 2021 CANCELLED
•Pridefest – CANCELLED
TBD – Festival of India at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, 403 N. 3rd St. Richmond, At the Festival of India, one can enjoy a renowned cultural program, consisting of classical and modern Indian live performances, as well as East-West fusion dance and music. One can also sample many different varieties of Indian cuisine, including vegetarian and non-vegetarian delicacies, such as dosa, kachori, samosas, tandoori chicken and sweets, all of which are supplied by local Indian restaurants and families, and prepared fresh in front of patrons.
Check back next year for the – Armenian Food Festival, 834 Pepper Ave, Richmond, VA 23226. Join St. James Armenian Church for the 59th annual Armenian Food Festival. Experience one of Richmond’s oldest cultural festivals. Delicious food, wine and beer, Armenian music, and dancers. Gift shop of items straight from Armenia. Tour the beautiful church and learn more about the Armenian Orthodox religion.
(Check back for exact dates as they are announced.)
•Sat., Oct. 2, 2021 at 12 PM – 6 PM – Free Byrd Park Richmond Veg Fest Byrd Park The main objective of this event is to educate the public on the many healthful and humane aspects of a vegan lifestyle.
2-3 October – 2nd Street Festival, The 2nd Street Festival in historic Jackson Ward neighborhood features four stages of live music over two days. Over the years, it has grown to be one of the Mid-Atlantic’s largest street festivals.
8-10 October – The Richmond Folk Festival embraces the heritage and traditions of all Americans. Legendary masters and the next generation of dynamic young artists will celebrate the musical soul and cultural roots of America on many stages of continuous music and dance. World-class artisans, countless varieties of ethnic foods and a Family Area ensures there’s something for every taste and every age! The Richmond Folk Festival will engage the entire community, bringing together diverse groups and drawing visitors from across the country.
More things to do in and around Richmond:
- Richmond’s Museums Highlight History, Art, Science and More
- The Ultimate List of RVA Parks and Playgrounds
- Richmond’s Public Pools & Splash Pads
- RVA Dog-Friendly Parks
- 12+ Free Things to do in Colonial Williamsburg
- RVA Historic Sites
- Free Art Galleries in RVA
- RVA’s Nearby Ski Resorts
- 50+ Things to Do in Richmond
- Orchards and Berry Farms
- Things to Do: RVA
- 50+ Events & Festivals
- Special Resources
- Military Discounts
- FREE for Kids (or really cheap)
- Garage, Moving, Estate Sales and more
- Metro Richmond Zoo
- Richmond boat launches and marinas
- Fairs in RVA and Virginia
- Richmond Museums: Some Admission Free
- Discount Tickets: D.C. & NoVA Shows & Events