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. Go to urban intersections, parks, rivers, farms, church yards, hunt clubs and breweries to take in the sights and enjoy the balmy, and sometimes steamy, weather. Enjoy!
September 2019 (Check back for updates as other festivals and events are announced.)
27September – 6 October – Virginia State Fair, 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.
27-29 September – Alexander Paley Music Festival – The 2019 Festival will celebrate French chamber music with works from Debussy, Ravel, Saint-Saens and Chaninade. St. Luke Evangelical Lutheran Church, 7757 Chippenham Parkway Richmond, VA 23225
28 September – Pride Fest – Brown’s Island
28 September – ChesterFest 2019 200 vendors, a huge KidZone and live entertainment on September 28 in the heart of Chester. Parking available at Thomas Dale High School Main Campus and Chester Baptist Church. ChesterFest is hosted by Chester Community Association. 11801 Centre St. Chester, VA 238831-1781
29 & 30 September – Gallmeyer Farms Fall Festival and Pumpkin Patch, 4506 Millers Lane, Richmond VA 23231 FREE VISITS TO JUMPING BUNNY BOUNCE HOUSE, FREE admission. Free Parking with free hayride shuttle. Fresh fall vegetables and mums for sale at The Veggie Stand. Live music. Craft vendors & local businesses. Hay rides & pony rides. Activities for all ages. Food vendors. Coolers, chairs & picnics welcome
29 SEPTEMBER— 12 PM – 6 PM, Party on the Avenues (libbie & Grove) Party on the Avenues is an annual, top-shelf street festival in the heart of Westhampton on Libbie Avenue at Patterson. Great food, craft beverages, local vendors, & fun, family-friendly entertainment
Check back for updates as other festivals and events are announced.
Earlier in September we enjoyed:
6-8 September – 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.
7 September – World Heritage Festival & Festival of Kites ~ Brown’s Island, Richmond, VA
8 September – Family Fest RVA – Abner Clay Park, Jackson Ward, 2-6pm
13-15 September – Richmond Tattoo Art & Music Festival a spectacular lineup of tattoo artists including local artists and internationally recognized artists. Featuring many of the Ink Master contestants! Plenty of tattoo industry vendors. We are also proud to have in attendance many local RVA vendors. Entertainment includes Tattoo Competitions, Live Music, Fire Performances, Live DJ, Kids Competitions, Live painting going on all weekend, a Live Art Charity Auction, Airsex Championships in the evening, After Parties, and much more!
14 September – Richmond Symphony Community Big Tent Community Festival – Bandy Field Nature Park, 6801 Three Chopt Rd., Richmond, VA 23226 – The Three Chopt Festival is an inclusive community celebration highlighting the diverse neighborhoods and unique quality of Richmond’s West End. Proceeds from the festival will be used to support and enhance music and art education in Richmond Public Schools. Performances by the Richmond Symphony and many more will take place during this neighborhood festival devoted to the arts. Other activities include a variety of performances by local artists and schools, kids zone, food trucks, beer garden and vendor booths. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy the music! Festival admittance is FREE and open to the public.
14 September – 43rd Street Festival of the Arts 1412 W. 43rd St. Richmond. 10am-5pm. From street art to fine art, the 28th annual 43rd Street Festival of the Arts has something for everyone. Local and regional artisans show and sell their fine work. A juried RVA neighborhood art festival with music and food. Fundraiser for CARITAS.
14 September – 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.
15 September – Hispanic Parade and Festival, Hispanic American School for Advancement HASA,brings the community together as part of celebrating Latino Heritage month. Entertainment, games, live music and food. Broad Rock Park. 1pm Parade, Festival 1-7pm
20-22 September – Field Day of the Past – (1741 Ashland Rd. Goochland, 23146) Family fun, truck pulls, tractor pulls, historic buildings re-enactments, arts and crafts, carnival rides and games, antique vehicles, small engines, much more
20 September – 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. Check out our website for more information, including music schedule, events and more!
21 September – Richmond Bluegrass Festival – lineup includes Nobody’s Business, Ragged Mountain String Band, Gallatin Canyon, Slack Family Bluegrass Band, Hogweed, and The Hot Seats. Hardywood Craft Brewery, 2408-2410 Ownby Ln., Richmond, Virginia 23220
21 September – The Nottoway Indian Tribe of Virginia Annual Pow Wow in Surry,Va
21 September – Heritage Harvest Festival at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, Charlottesville, VA.
21 September – Richmond Dog Festival – Chimborazo Park, Richmond
21- 22 September – 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.
22 September – Book Fair Brunch – at Blue Bee Cider (1320 Summit Ave. Richmond) – Celebrate Richmond’s independent book stores at our third annual Book Fair & Brunch! Peruse reading selections and chat with our friends from Black Swan Books, Book People Richmond, Chop Suey Books, and Fountain Bookstore, Inc. Learn about local adult literacy efforts by The READ Center, and discuss Banned Books Week with the ACLU of Virginia. Enjoy live readings by James River Writers (1 p.m.) and River City Poets (3 p.m.), with brunch fare from Cafe Zata. Cheers!
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