All the June 2015 Festivals: bacon, veggie, even more food, music and culture

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Broad Appetit draws a huge crowd throughout the day.

RICHMOND, Va. — The festival scene hits a good tempo in June and features some of Richmond’s most favorite food events.

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Dinwiddie Music Fest

Three days of music and camping at the Virginia Motorsports Park.
Ticket prices range from $30 – $90
8018 Boydton Plank Road, Dinwiddie


First Fridays
A year-round artwalk highlighting art, restaurants, shops and organizations in the Art’s District.
Held in various locations around the Art District, which includes Broad, Grace and Marshall Streets, running from Monroe Street down to 6th Street.
5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
See galleries for independent events

Friday Cheers
Future Islands with White Laces
6 to 9:30 p.m.
Brown’s Island
$10, children under 12 are free


Ashland Strawberry Faire

Time to celebrate the strawberry harvest. Vendors, food, live music and a strawberry pageant.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Free, items individually priced.
Adjacent to Randolph Macon College, Ashland

Colonial Hands-On History Festival

Family-friendly events including hearth cooking, sheep shearing, wool spinning, candle dipping and more. See the historic kitchen in action with open hearth cooking demonstrations.
Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown
16120 Chiswell Lane, Beaverdam
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

 Stone Soul Music and Food Festival

The 11th Annual Stone Soul Music and Food Festival will feature Jodeci, Future, Faith Evans, James Fortune, August Alsina, The Migos, TK & Cash, Anthony Lewis, Anthony Brown and Group Therapy.

From 1- 8 p.m.
Richmond Raceway Complex, 600 East Laburnum Ave.
Prices range from $37- $65. Tickets are available at as well as at all 8 DTLR locations and at Radio One Studios. Children two and under are free with adult tickets.
Free parking.


Broad Appetit  — This is the seventh year of Broad Appetit, one of the few times you see Broad Street shut down. There will be over 60 chefs preparing $3 mini-dish favorites for you to sample. There will be Virginia beers and wine available. Free to enter, but food and drink are priced individually.
On Broad Street, between Henry and Adams Streets.
11 a.m. – 6 p.m.


3rd Annual Bacon Festival
From year one this festival ode to bacon has been sizzling. Organizers said this year the space has been expanded to allow for more space, vendors, people and most importantly — more bacon.
17th Street Farmers’ Market
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Free to enter, price varies for individual items

JUNE 19-20

A celebration of the end of slavery, held nationwide.
Friday, June 19 6 -10 p.m.  and Sat., June 20 4 – 11 p.m.
Location is at the Manchester Dock, 1308 Brander St.
On Saturday: $15 for one, $25 for two.


Richmond Vegetarian Festival

More than 30 vendors offer delicious vegetarian and vegan options, with information on hand to educate about vegetarian lifestyles. The rain date is Saturday, July 5,  from Noon to 6:00 pm.
Azalea Gardens at Bryan Park
Noon to 6:00 pm.
Free to enter, items cost money


This is the 12th year of arts and crafts, food vendors, several live bands with a neighboring beer and wine garden, marine display, children’s area, car show, and many other activities for the entire family. Event held in Tappahannock and people travel from all over for this huge event.
Free to enter, but a small charge for children’s rides, and of course for food and drinks.
From 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

RVA Streets Alive 

This event is about closing the streets to cars and opening them to the public. Do what you enjoy: run, walk, bike, roller blade, whatever!
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Broad Street from 6th to Adams Street and Brook Road from Adams to Leigh Street.


Arts & Culture Xpo

An explosion of the arts, history, science, and family fun for the Richmond Region. Performances, education, hands-on activities for the whole family. Food trucks on site.
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Science Museum of Virginia.
Free admission

Ongoing activities throughout June:

Friday Cheers:  June 5, 12, 19, and 26.

Innsbrook After Hours: June 4, 10, and 25. Also July, August, September and October shows planned.

Movies in the Park: Starting June 19, and then every Friday until August 28. 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.

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