The Complete List of Summer-Specific Activities in RVA

A Must-Have Checklist for Summer in Richmond Virginia | She Saw Style
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A Must-Have Checklist for Summer in Richmond Virginia | She Saw Style

What should we do today? This season is hot, long, and can sometimes feel boring. Luckily for you, I’ve got the must-have checklist for summer in Richmond!

I spent an entire day just scouring Facebook events, Google, and Instagram to find the best of the best things for you to do this summer. From museums to visit, to festivals you won’t want to miss – there’s something for everyone. A lot of these are free, so make sure you click on the links to find out if you need to RSVP or get tickets.

Keep on scrolling to view the master list of summer-specific activities in RVA! I will try to continue updating this as summer goes on.

A Must-Have Checklist for Summer in Richmond Virginia | She Saw Style A Must-Have Checklist for Summer in Richmond Virginia | She Saw Style

Places to Visit

Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens (specifically for their “Butterflies LIVE!” exhibit)

Richmond Flying Squirrels Game

South of the James Farmer’s Market

The Poe Museum

Muse Paintbar

ICA at VCU

Tredegar Iron Works

The VMFA

Goochland Drive-In Theater

COFFEE SHOPS (you know this is a personal favorite of mine, so check out my recommendations right here)

Places to Eat (& Drink)

Breweries

Hardywood Brewery (especially on a “Food Truck Court” day)

Kindred Spirit Brewing

Garden Grove Brewing & Urban Winery

The Circuit – Arcade Bar

Rooftop Bars

Graduate Hotel’s Byrd House

Quirk Hotel

The HofGarden

Kabana

Ice Cream Shops

Coco + Hazel

Charm School

Gelati Celesti

Scoop RVA

Events

July

7/3 – 7/4 Rocketts Red Glare 2019

7/4 4th of July Rooftop Bash at Graduate Hotel

7/4 4th of July Concert & Fireworks at Dogwood Dell

7/4 Fourth of July at Quirk Hotel

7/6 RVA First Fridays

7/11-8/5 2019 Richmond Symphony Summer Recital Series

7/12-7/13 Hanover Tomato Festival

7/13 Yoga With Cats

7/13 Richmond Night Market

7/13 RVA Reggae & Jerk Festival

7/17 BreakoutHunt 2019

7/18 Cupcakes & Cocktails

7/19 Science After Dark: Moon Landing

7/19 Red Jumpsuit Apparatus at Canal Club

7/20 Stony Point Wine Festival

7/20 SouthEast Crab Feast

7/20 Dogtown Beer and Tacos Festival

7/20 Blacklight Run

7/20 Carol Burnett at the Altria

7/22 Nas at The National

August

8/2 RVA First Fridays

8/3 Tim Allen at the Altria

8/3 Friends Trivia Bar Crawl

8/8-8/11 The Richmond Jazz and Music Festival

8/9-8/10 Filipino Festival

8/10 Cider Under the Stars

8/10 Richmond Night Market

8/11 Watermelon Festival

8/17 Eli Young Band at The National

8/22 The Temptations + The Four Tops at the Altria

8/24 Crabs, Beer & Spirits by the James

September

9/6 RVA First Fridays

9/7 Marvel Trivia Bar Crawl

9/14 Richmond Night Market

9/14 VegFest

9/14 Street Festival of the Arts

9/20-9/22 St. Benedict Oktoberfest

9/21 Richmond Dog Festival 2019

9/21 Lauren Alaina at The National

I know I’m looking forward to the Filipino Festival! I went last year and loved every second of it, especially being introduced to all the food by my Filipino husband. I also can’t wait for the Watermelon Festival and Oktoberfest!


Related Posts: Best Cafés and Coffee Shops in Richmond // Most Insta-Worthy Spots in RVA // A Review of Graduate Richmond

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60 Comments

  • Reply
    rachel
    July 1, 2019 at 11:04 AM

    Your guides always have me craving a trip to Richmond to experience these activities for myself! Maybe this fall 😉

    Rachel
    http://www.hello-her.com

    • Reply
      Stephanie Whitman
      July 2, 2019 at 11:16 AM

      Ahh I really hope you visit this fall. I’d love to see you!

  • Reply
    Lina
    July 1, 2019 at 12:41 PM

    Richmond looks amazing! What a nice place to visit. Great guide ❤️

  • Reply
    Carrington Barfield
    July 1, 2019 at 12:46 PM

    These are all such great finds! I’ve been to Virginia Beach in Virginia, but never Richmond. It looks like such a fun place though based on your recommendations of places to go!

    • Reply
      Stephanie Whitman
      July 2, 2019 at 11:19 AM

      I’m constantly telling people how there’s more to Richmond than what most think! It’s got so much going for it!

  • Reply
    Cathy
    July 1, 2019 at 2:12 PM

    So many fun events! If I visit, I will definitely access this list!

    XOXO
    Cathy

    • Reply
      Stephanie Whitman
      July 2, 2019 at 11:19 AM

      You definitely need to have it on your travel bucket list. RVA is just the coolest place!

  • Reply
    Rach
    July 1, 2019 at 3:23 PM

    This summer list is amazing!! I had no idea there’s all this going in Richmond!

    http://www.rdsobsessions.com

    • Reply
      Stephanie Whitman
      July 2, 2019 at 11:20 AM

      Sometimes I think people assume that it’s just a southern honky tonk town. But there’s a TON happening in RVA and it’s really modern and artsy, with lots to do!

  • Reply
    Greta
    July 1, 2019 at 5:39 PM

    I’m saving this for whenever I’m in the area! Such a great checklist.

    • Reply
      Stephanie Whitman
      July 2, 2019 at 11:20 AM

      It’s not that far of a roadtrip from where you are! You should definitely visit at some point.

  • Reply
    Tanvi Rastogi
    July 1, 2019 at 8:56 PM

    Thanks for this post … I am gonna try and plan a roadtrip to RVA this summer. Fingers-crossed.

    ❥ tanvii.com

    • Reply
      Stephanie Whitman
      July 2, 2019 at 11:21 AM

      I’m happy to make suggestions if you end up visiting. I know all the best spots hehe

  • Reply
    Crystal // Dreams, etc.
    July 1, 2019 at 10:41 PM

    Your pictures are so pretty! It looks like there’s a lot to do this summer!

    • Reply
      Stephanie Whitman
      July 2, 2019 at 11:21 AM

      There always is! RVA has so much happening during this season, especially. I can’t wait to enjoy some of the festivals!

  • Reply
    Erin
    July 1, 2019 at 11:26 PM

    You hit so many good ones! We live in the bessssssssst city ❤️🙌🏻

  • Reply
    Kileen
    July 2, 2019 at 12:27 AM

    So many fun things to do there!! Definitely need to plan a trip out there with my family!

    Kileen
    cute & little

    • Reply
      Stephanie Whitman
      July 2, 2019 at 11:22 AM

      You’d love it here. There’s tons to do with kids, also! We have an amazing science museum and such a cool kids museum, plus tons of great parks and places to visit!

  • Reply
    Rowena
    July 2, 2019 at 8:18 AM

    There’s so much going on in Richmond! I definitely want to visit, it sounds amazing! Love your pictures too.

    • Reply
      Stephanie Whitman
      July 2, 2019 at 11:22 AM

      There definitely is. Always always something fun happening in this city, and I love every second of it!

  • Reply
    Kasey @ Days of a Wife
    July 2, 2019 at 8:24 AM

    wow this is so fun! I used to live in Richmond as a kid. Recently when we went back to visit we randomly stumbled upon a lavender field and they were having this huge event it was so cool! I think it was in Glen Allen technically, but if you have never been you should definitely check it out!

    • Reply
      Stephanie Whitman
      July 2, 2019 at 11:24 AM

      No way! That’s so cool. Glen Allen isn’t far at all – was it literally Lavender Fields Farm? Because I haven’t been, but my sister used to go ALL the time, and we purchase products from them constantly!

  • Reply
    Shannon
    July 2, 2019 at 9:12 AM

    This is such an extensive list with so many great ideas! I am so pumped to check out Richmond!

    • Reply
      Stephanie Whitman
      July 2, 2019 at 11:25 AM

      It took me probably 4+ hours just to find all THESE events (and I’m sure there are so many more I’ll end up adding haha). There’s so much going on this summer!

  • Reply
    Lydia
    July 2, 2019 at 10:21 AM

    I’m so impressed at how many amazing events you found to stay busy all summer! I hope you have your best summer ever!
    Chic on the Cheap

    • Reply
      Stephanie Whitman
      July 2, 2019 at 11:29 AM

      Oh YEAH. There’s tons to do in the summer in RVA – it’s the river city, after all – so most people love to keep busy outdoors!

  • Reply
    Denise Kokinis
    July 2, 2019 at 12:05 PM

    Oh so impressed how you found so many awesome activities to share! I love finding things to do in my city, but honestly am a bit lazy when it comes to actually looking for them! Wishing we had you in Chicago to make this list as well!

    Denise | Fashion Love Letters

    • Reply
      Stephanie Whitman
      July 2, 2019 at 10:27 PM

      I’m kinda glad I put this post together, because it forced me to find the activities in the first place. I knew about a handful of them, but now I know there’s PLENTY to do this summer!

  • Reply
    Lauryn Hock
    July 2, 2019 at 12:23 PM

    You had me at Rooftop Bars! Love that you posted all these events!

    • Reply
      Stephanie Whitman
      July 2, 2019 at 10:27 PM

      Rooftop bars are kinda my jam. I super love going to the Graduate, especially, because it’s the highest rooftop bar in the city and has the most SPECTACULAR view!

  • Reply
    Sarah Lindner
    July 2, 2019 at 12:58 PM

    Such a fun post! I love rooftop bars!!

    xoxo Sarah

  • Reply
    Amanda
    July 2, 2019 at 1:48 PM

    wow who knew there was so much to do there!

    • Reply
      Stephanie Whitman
      July 2, 2019 at 10:29 PM

      Yeah, I think people assume Richmond is just a super conservative, southern city with nothing but small-town charm, but in actuality, it’s super modern, artsy, and liberal with TONS to do and see and enjoy!

  • Reply
    Becky
    July 2, 2019 at 3:21 PM

    This is such a great resource! I’ve thought for awhile about starting a second blog that’s more lifestyle and focus on stuff in my hometown, because it’s a really cool place with lots of amazing events and places. I’d love to create something like this… if only I had more time!

    • Reply
      Stephanie Whitman
      July 2, 2019 at 10:29 PM

      I think you could even just get away with a section on your blog designed for it. That would be really neat! I bet there’s so much you could share with your readers!

  • Reply
    Candace Hampton
    July 2, 2019 at 8:56 PM

    I love that a lot of these are free. I’m really interested in the Richmond VegFest! Sounds like an amazing opportunity to know a lot of people with my same perspective of vegan or vegetarian life.

    Candace Hampton

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      Stephanie Whitman
      July 2, 2019 at 10:30 PM

      If I didn’t have so many insane food allergies that prevent me from enjoying most vegan and vegetarian cuisine, I’d definitely be heading to that festival. I bet it’s so cool!

  • Reply
    Lee
    July 2, 2019 at 9:07 PM

    Looks like there are SO many fun things to do there!

    • Reply
      Stephanie Whitman
      July 2, 2019 at 10:30 PM

      Tons! I’m really excited to kinda get reacquainted with my city this summer through all the events!

  • Reply
    Lecy | A Simpler Grace
    July 2, 2019 at 10:31 PM

    Richmond is such a busy and fun city and they always seem to have some great event going on. I need to get back down there for a visit. Thanks for sharing this, Stephanie! <3

    • Reply
      Stephanie Whitman
      July 2, 2019 at 10:31 PM

      You’re right! There’s tons happening here, this summer, and the rest of the year. I love living here! 🙂

  • Reply
    Laura Leigh
    July 3, 2019 at 8:25 AM

    Oh my gosh so fun!!! What a great post to put together for your local ladies. Love it gal!

    xo Laura Leigh
    http://www.louellareese.com

  • Reply
    Taylor Mobley
    July 3, 2019 at 10:51 AM

    I love these local activities! Also now I want to come visit. 😉

  • Reply
    Ashley
    July 3, 2019 at 12:38 PM

    Oh wow. I had no idea there was so much to do! I need to make a trip!

  • Reply
    Taylor Aube
    July 3, 2019 at 2:51 PM

    This is such a great and detailed post! I love a good summer bucket list and all of these places sound so cool. I’m always looking for posts like this when I travel, they are so helpful for planning a fun trip!

  • Reply
    Laura S
    July 3, 2019 at 9:55 PM

    Richmond looks like so much fun! I’ve never been before!

  • Reply
    Jiawun
    July 4, 2019 at 5:59 AM

    Wow, there’s so much to do in Richmond over the Summer! To me, it’s definitely all the food, I gotta say 😛

  • Reply
    Elodie
    July 4, 2019 at 10:21 AM

    Such a cool guide! I’m definitely adding Richmond to the list of places I want to visit in the US!

  • Reply
    Lavenda
    July 5, 2019 at 11:50 AM

    So cute, and such a great guide! Thank you so much for sharing love!

    Xoxo,
    Lavenda

  • Reply
    Deborah
    July 5, 2019 at 12:16 PM

    I LOVE Richmond in the Summer! It’s such a charming city! This guide made me want to go back and visit again!

  • Reply
    Kimberly Burke
    July 5, 2019 at 1:08 PM

    omgosh! I wish you lived in my city so I had an easy cheat sheet like this to look at! Now I want to visit!!

  • Reply
    Laura
    July 6, 2019 at 6:04 PM

    Wow, there are so many event going in in RVA!! Looks like you’ve been able to compile an extensive list of things to do this summer in Richmond! I wish there were that many events happening in our town!

    xo, Laura

  • Reply
    Bryanna
    July 7, 2019 at 10:49 PM

    100% book marking this! If I ever venture over to RVA, this will be so useful. I love how you not only listed out places, but different events going on throughout the summer (and dates)! So helpful and such a great round up!

    xoxo Bryanna

  • Reply
    Em
    July 8, 2019 at 10:12 AM

    Bookmarking this for the future! Have been wanting to visit RVA again soon and this has so many great spots!

  • Reply
    Anna English
    July 8, 2019 at 12:49 PM

    July looks like such a fun and busy month in RVA!

  • Reply
    Kenzi - Life of a Sister
    July 8, 2019 at 1:22 PM

    oh my GOSH. I wish I lived close to RVA to be able to use this amazing list! I love that you put different events, that would be a great weekend getaway to plan around certain things!

  • Reply
    Jessica
    July 8, 2019 at 3:30 PM

    Such a great guide! I live near VA and I’m always looking for things to do! I’m glad you shared this. That is an awesome list of events.

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