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All the 2014 August festivals right here in one guide

Posted at 7:00 PM, Jul 31, 2014
and last updated 2014-08-22 17:31:29-04

RICHMOND, Va. – Our Southern summers certainly have legs, but keep in mind this is the last official month before school starts and the boys of summer start to fade.  Make the most of what remains with these festivals. Augusts starts jazzy, gets fruity and ends with a holiday weekend.


Chesterfield County Fair

Fun and entertainment ranges from rides and games, an RC race car track, fireworks, a new petting zoo, and more!

This event is fun for all ages.

Adult admission is $8 and seniors and children are $5.

Chesterfield County Fairgrounds, located at the corner of Courthouse & Krause Roads. F

or more information call 804-768-0148 or visit online at


Richmond Bluegrass Festival at Hardywood Brewery

The second annual Richmond Bluegrass Festival includes music all day, beer and food trucks (including King Of Pops – RichmondCarytown Burgers & FriesEstes Bar.B.’Que,BonbontruckThe Dog WagonThe Official Gelati Celesti Ice Cream MakersOlio Cart VCU, Paris Creperie rva, Goatocado).

Music starts at 2 p.m.:
Sturgeon City, River City Band, Green Boys, Long Branch Ramblers and closes with the Hot Seats at 7:30 p.m.

Hardywood Park
2408 Ownby Lane

Continuing events throughout August:

Dogwood Dell: Music, Visual Arts throughout the summer.

Innsbrook After Hours:  August 6, 13, 20, 21, and 28. Also, September and October shows.

Movies in the Park: Starting June 20, and then every Friday until August 22. Free.

Music in the Park: All shows take place on Sundays with spring shows beginning at 6:00 p.m. and fall shows beginning at 5:00 p.m.

Quirk Lawn Chair Movie Series: Takes place the fourth Saturday of each month, through October. Bring or pull up a chair in the parking lot beside the gallery. August 23 Mean Girls.

Already passed:

AUGUST 15 – 17


Weekend Schedule:

Friday Aug 15th-
Dave Brockie/Oderus Urungus Memorial
at Hadads Lake
4 p.m.-7 p.m.

Friday Aug 15th
B4BQ at Broadberry
Doors 7 p.m. – Bands 7:30pm

Saturday Aug 16th
GWAR B-Q at Hadads Lake
10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Saturday Aug 16th
GWafter Party
Bandito’s Burrito Lounge – 2905 Patterson Avenue
7:30 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Additional info via GWAR-B-Q Website.
Full list of bands found here.


Down Home Family Reunion

The 24th Annual  Down Home Family Reunion by the Elegba Folklore Society is a downtown weekend festival that celebrates African American folklife with world music and dance, the Heritage Market, special children’s events, interactive site demonstrations and delicious down home food. It is designed to show aspects of West African cultural traditions that are African American and that have been absorbed by the American South.

Free to enter.
4 p.m. to 11 p.m.

The 7th Annual Latin Jazz and Salsa Festival

The place to be for salsa music. With Marlow Rosado, Ismael Rivera, Jr., DJ Eddy Mayorga, Herbie Martinez & Orchestra and more..

3 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Dogwood Dell
1100 Blanton Avenue

AUGUST 7 – 10

Richmond Jazz Festival

Boz Scaggs, Cassandra Wilson, Blind Boys of Alabama,  along with other national acts and a whole plethora of local artists take various stages throughout the city for the 5th Annual Jazz Festival. The main event is held at beautiful Maymont Park but there will be events at Hardywood and the Hippodrome.
See their complete list for what can be brought to the park and other FAQ. No seating provided at this outdoor event.

Some opening events are free, there are weekend passes for sale ($140) ahead of the event only or one-day passes ($75) which can be bought at the gate.

If you aren’t planning on going to the festival, know in advance that Maymont will be open to festival attendees ONLY on August 9 and 10.  The Hampton Street gate serves as the main entrance to the Richmond Jazz Festival and only ticket holders will be admitted.

1700 Hampton Street,
Richmond, VA 23220

* All acts and times are subject to change without notice.*

Saturday August 9
Curv Appeal – 12:00 – 12:45
J.Tucker – 1:00 – 1:45
Pedrito Martinez – 2:00 – 3:15
Down to the Bone – 3:45 – 5:00
Maceo Parker – 5:30 – 6:45
Jazz Attack with Peter White, Rick Braun & Euge Groove – 7:15 – 8:30
Babyface – 9:00 – 10:15

K.G. Experience – 12:30 – 1:30
Waterseed – 1:45 – 3:00
Terri Lynne Carrington – 3:30 – 4:45
Plunky & Oneness – 5:15 – 6:30
Eric Benet – 7:00 – 8:15
Average White Band – 8:45 – 10:00

Victor Haskins Trio – 1:00 – 2:15
Sean Jones Quartet – 2:45 – 4:00
Christian McBride Trio – 4:30 – 5:45
Regina Carter – 6:15 – 7:30
Cassandra Wilson – 8:00 – 9:15

Sunday August 10
Victor Haskins Trio – 12:00 – 12:45
Shonda Davis – 1:00 – 1:45
Forte Jazz Band – 2:00 – 3:15
Waterseed – 3:45 – 5:00
Earl Klugh – 5:30 – 6:45
Mary Mary – 7:15 – 8:30
Boz Scaggs – 9:00 – 10:15

Sharon Rae North – 12:30 – 1:30
Doors Wide Open – 1:45 – 3:00
Fred Wesley & the New Jbs – 3:30 – 4:45
Roy Ayers – 5:15 – 6:30
Cameo – 7:00 – 8:15
Boney James – 8:45 – 10:00

Bop Nation – 1:00 – 2:15
Tierney Sutton – 2:45 – 4:00
Bill Frisell – 4:30 – 5:45
Lou Donaldson – 6:15 – 7:30
Dianne Reeves – 8:00 – 9:15

AUGUST 8 – 9

9th Annual Filipino Festival
Friday and Saturday (different times)

Now in its eighth year, the Filipino Festival is a community event which showcases the richness of the Filipino culture and promotes a respect for and appreciation of the Filipino heritage. Featuring a delectable cuisine, folk dances and music, the Filipino Festival has attracted thousands of attendees from Richmond and surrounding cities and counties who want to experience the best of the Philippine islands without leaving Virginia.

Friday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Race N Roll 5K starts at 9 a.m. Saturday

8200 Woodman Rd, Henrico, VA
Free admission


Hanover Book Festival

Bookworms unite! The festival will include workshops and seminars of interest to writers and the general public. Expect dozens of Virginia authors. Book lovers will enjoy the opportunity to meet authors and buy books. Must pre-register for workshops.

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Liberty Christian School Activity Center,  8094 Liberty Circle, Mechanicsville.
Free to enter.


Carytown Watermelon Festival
Probably one of the most beloved festivals. The epitome of summer. Expect over 115,000 people, over 3000 watermelons, at least 60 musicians, over 100 exhibitors,  and one delicious fruit to worship: the Watermelon.

Carytown, top starts at 3500 Cary Street
Free to enter but bring cash for individual purchases of juicy watermelon
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Richmond Dragon Boat Festival

The fifth annual  Dragon Boat Festival  on the James River at Rocketts Landing. Led by the rhythmic beat of a drum, teams of 20 synchronized paddlers, one drummer and one steersperson race 500 meters up the river in 40-foot canoes rigged with decorative Chinese dragon heads and tails. Cheer on the ornamental boats. Food and beer available for purchase.

Boat races are at 2 p.m.
Head towards 5000 Old Osborne Turnpike, Richmond, VA 23231

Sixth Annual St. Elizabeth’s Jazz & Food Festival
Expect traditional and contemporary jazz with delicious soulful cuisine in a Christian, family oriented atmosphere. There will be local merchants and food vendors.

Chairs and blankets welcome. No coolers or outside food.

Highland Park – 2nd Ave. and Victor Street.
Noon to 7:30 p.m.
$5 donation

Family Fest at Chesterfield Town Center
Family Fest brings families, kids, adults and seniors together with businesses and organizations.
This event coincides with Virginia’s sales tax Free Saturday.

Chesterfield Town Center — 11500 Midlothian Turnpike 23235
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Free to enter, items prices separately