Summer in the City: Fun Family Activities Happening in RVA

Summer is officially here! Richmond is an amazing city, full of things to do all summer long. From parks to pools to outdoor concerts, there is something for every interest. Look at all the summer activities we've collected below and start planning your family fun today!


Splash Pads/Parks

Check out our guide here to the best parks, splash pads and playgrounds in RVA.

Maymont Spring/Summer Calendar- Family camp-outs, concerts, hikes and more!

Lewis Ginter Calendar of Events- Drop in and dig, story time, yoga in the garden and crafts for kids, not to mention their splash pad that is now open daily.

Fridays on the Farm at Crump Park and Meadow Farm Museum-Fridays 7/6-8/31 from 9am-11am- Visit the farm for guided animal tours and old-fashioned games. FREE.


Outdoor Concerts

When my kids were toddlers, outdoor concerts were my favorite place to take them in the summer. My husband and I could listen to live music without having to worry about the kids being quiet and staying in their seats. We're lucky to live in a city that has so many different venues to offer.

Rock n' Roll Summer at West Broad Village- Located near the ALOFT hotel, beginning at 7 pm every other Friday this Summer. There will be live music, raffles, games, food, drinks & visit with our tenants! The 1st 100 guests to stop by our booth will receive a goodie bag. Enjoy Beer & Wine for sale as well as food from Chuy’s Tex Mex, Carolina Ale House & Carrabba’s Italian Grill.

Innsbrook After Hours- IAH shows are always a good time, with plenty of food and drink available for purchase and reasonable concert ticket prices. Check out the 2018 concert schedule here. Doors open at 5 pm and shows start at 6 pm.

Festival of the Arts at Dogwood Dell- Varied events througout the summer celebrating theater, music and dance.

Stony Point Summer Concert Series- 1st and 3rd Thursdays, May 24th-September 20th from 6-8 pm in Triangle Park.

Music in the Park at Forest Hill Park- One Sunday a month, usually the second Sunday, from 6-8 pm, come out with a picnic dinner and listen to a free concert at Forest Hill Park. The next event is on July 8th with the jam band Villages.

Jammin’ on the James July 14th and August 11th@ 6:00 pm- 8:00 pm, Wilton House, 215 S. Wilton Rd. 23226 (FREE) Join us this summer for free concerts on the grounds of Wilton. Bring a picnic dinner and your favorite lawn chair for family-friendly music on our scenic terrace overlooking the James River. Enjoy complimentary evening tours of Wilton before the concert as well as face-painting, games, and crafts for kids. Handsome Molly combine the best of traditional Irish, English and Scots dance tunes, airs and songs with musical virtuosity and all around good ‘craic.’

Sundays in the Shade at James River Wineryevery Sunday afternoon from 1-4 pm June-September- Come lounge in the shade with live acoustic music. Bring chairs and a picnic lunch to enjoy. This event has no entry fee! Tastings and wine purchases will be available in the Tasting Room.

Flowers after 5 and Fidos after 5- Thursday nights, June 7th-August 30th 5-9 pm at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens- Enjoy live music, wine, and beer, dining, and shopping. Please note: No outside food and drink are allowed inside the Garden; food and drink are available for purchase and garden admission is required. Leashed dogs are also welcome on select nights, June 14 & 28, July 12 & 26 and water play in the Children's Garden will be open until 8 pm on these nights. Children under 3 are always free.

Short Pump Summer Concert Series- The 15thAnnual FREE concert series offers family-friendly entertainment in the main plaza. Wine tastings will be available from Cooper's Hawk Winery from 5:30-8 pm with the shows beginning at 6 pm. Concerts are scheduled for 6/29: The American Female Country Music Duo, - Maddie & Tae and 7/13 the high energy 80’s show band, The Deloreans.


Library Activities

The library is a great place to wait out a stormy morning or super humid afternoon. They also have great events all summer for kids and families including family dance parties, crafts, and busy hands programs. Find more information on the Henrico County library events calendar here.

Check out the story time schedule here for Henrico County. Session 4 starts from 6/25-8/18.

Parks and Recreation Acitivities

Henrico Parks and Recreation and Chesterfield Parks and Recreation have all kinds of activities including summer movies in the park, concerts, nature programs, music classes for babies, and more. Check out the program guides here for Henrico and here for Chesterfield.


Summer Movies

If you've never brought your kids to the movies before, this is a great time to try it out. Movies are free or cheap so if you need to leave you're not losing much money. Also, the theaters are packed with other loud kids so you don't have to worry about your child being too loud.

Free Summer Kids Series at Bowtie Cinemas- 10 am-12 pm, See FREE family-friendly movies on the big screen every Tuesday and Wednesday all summer long! See the complete schedule here.

Summer Movie Express at Regal Cinemas- Admission to the Summer Movie Express is only $1. Tickets available for purchase at the box office and all movies in most locations start at 10:00 am. Dollar movies are available on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at all RVA area Regal Cinemas. Check with your theatre for exact showtimes. Each week both movies play on both days. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Will Rogers Institute. See the schedule here.



Maymont’s Turtle Races at Hardywood- June 29 @ 5:00 pm- 8:00 pm- And they’re off to the races! Maymont and The Dooley Noted Society are partnering with Hardywood Park Craft Brewery to present exhilarating races between four of the turtles that call Maymont home, with heats at 6:45pm, 7:00pm and 7:15pm. FIT4MOM RVA is even sponsoring one of the turtles!This unique event is open to the public in conjunction with Hardywood’s canned beer release of “But Does It Make Sense?” and features live music by the local band, Night Idea. Come out to support your favorite turtle team! All proceeds to benefit Maymont’s Adopt-an-Animal program.

Rocketts Red Glare- July 3rd-4th at Rocketts' Landing from 7am-10pm- A FREE family-friendly event, open to the public, with activities, vendors, music, food trucks, craft beer offerings and a pro beach volleyball tournament hosted by EVP Tour. Culminating with riverfront FIREWORKS on July 4th at 9 PM!

Carmax Free Fourth of July at Lewis Ginter-9am-5pm. FREE admission to the Garden on this day includes Butterflies LIVE!,Origami in the Garden, live music from the Happy Lucky Combo, a parade, and more. Open rain or shine! Sponsored by CarMax.

Hanover Tomato Festival-Saturday, July 14th from 9am-4pm at Pole Green Park-Enjoy all day live music, yummy tomato delights, over 150 artisan & business vendors, the MaterFUN zone (designed for children 12 & under), Bow-Wow Beach (cooling station for pets) and of course Hanover Tomatoes. What more summer fun could one ask for?!

James River Parade of Lights- Saturday, July 21st- 6-9 pm at Osborne Boat Landing- Celebrate Christmas in July with the lighted boat parade sponsored by the James River Advisory Council in cooperation with Henrico Recreation and Parks. Enjoy entertainment before the parade.

Richmond Jazz Festival- Thursday, August 9th-Sunday, August 12th at Maymont- One of the largest music festivals on the East Coast, this event boasts a lineup of award-winning national talent. Check the website for hours and tickets as the event gets closer.

Filipino Festival- Friday, August 11th from 5-10pm and Saturday, August 12th from 10am-10pm at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. The Filipino Festival is a community event which showcases the richness of the Filipino culture and features delectable cuisine, folk dances and music. They will also be hosting a Race N' Roll 5K and 1 mile fun run on Saturday morning before the festival opens. Admission to the festival is free.

Carytown Watermelon festival- Sunday, August 12th from 10am-6pm- In addition to the delicious watermelon dishes and other yummy food on offer, big bands, jugglers, and folk acts will entertain from 5 outdoor stages and there will be a kid zone in Cary Court.

Labor Day Free Community Day at Lewis Ginter- Monday, September 3rd- Free admission for all from 9 am-5 pmon Labor Day sponsored by Genworth.

Don't forget to also visit the sites below for updated family-friendly events each week:


Hula Frog West End

Richmond Family Magazine

Completely Kids Richmond

And if you're heading to the beach with your kids, don't forget to enjoy every moment!

Happy Summer!

♥ Erin