RVA East End Festival 2016

_MG_4649The Gift of Music
May 6-8, 2016
Chimborazo Park, 3200 East Broad St. Richmond, VA 23223


The RVA East End Festival 2016 will be an inclusive community celebration highlighting the diverse neighborhoods and unique quality of Richmond’s East End. Proceeds from the festival will be used to support and enhance music education in Richmond Public Schools East End.

Performances by the Richmond Symphony, No BS! Brass Band, vocalist Desiree Roots, the J.O.B., and many more will take place during the three-day neighborhood festival devoted to the arts. Other activities include a variety of performances by local artists and schools, a 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.

NO BS! Brass Band

NO BS! Brass Band

Desiree Roots

Desiree Roots


Read the full press release.



Festival Schedule

Friday, May 6 | 5 – 8:30pm
Opening Ceremony 6:15pm
No BS! Brass Band 6:30 – 8:30pm

Saturday, May 7 | 12 – 9pm
12:00 – 1:00pm
The J.O.B.
Friends Association for Children
Woodville Percussion Ensemble

1:00 –2:00pm
George Mason Recorders and Orchestra
Bellevue Recorders and Scarf Dancers
Franklin Military FM Stereo

2:00 –4:00pm
Chimborazo Elementary Choir
Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra Program/ MLK Boys & Girls Club of Metro Richmond Showcase

4:00 –5:00pm
Stage Write/Armstrong Leadership
Richmond Men’s Chorus
Richmond Urban Dance

5:00 –6:00pm
Uptick Artists
Church Hill Music Co.
Out East

6:00 –7:00pm
Baffa Academy of Irish Dance
804Chubby Baby

New Time!
7:30 – 9:00 pm

Richmond Symphony with Desiree Roots

Sunday, May 8 | 12 – 6pm
12:30 –1:30pm
One Voice Chorus
Linda Clark
Twist of Faith, Mime

1:30 –2:30pm
Switchin Lanes
Writer’s Den
Urban Doxology
Robert Humphrey and 4Life
Marsha Meekins and Friends Jazz Band
Cora Harvey Armstrong and the Harvey Family

4:30 – 6:00pm
Anointed Praise
Zion’s Voice

Thank you to those that have submitted their interest to perform – we are no longer able to accept performance requests.

Don’t miss the Kids Zone featuring activities for children of all ages!

Community Mural Project led by local artists Hamilton Glass and Ed Trask
Face painting
Bubble station
Todd Fox Gardens
RVA Hoopers
Meet and Greet with PBS character Daniel Tiger
Arts and craft activities by WCVE Ready to Learn
Anoshi Kids Dance & Model Program
National Park Service coloring station

Volunteer Opportunties

Volunteers are a vital component to the success of the community festivals. From set-up to tear-down and everything in between there is a volunteer opportunity to fit your skill set!  If interested, please complete the volunteer form through Hands On Greater Richmond.

Food Vendors

Cheezilla’s Gourmet Grilled Cheese
Cherry Hill Ice Cream
Cold Drink Medley
Espresso A Go Go Catering
Four Brothers Food Truck
Inner City Blues Home of Carolina Bar B Que
MacBrand Foods, Inc.
Oscar’s Place Concessions

Community Vendors

Armstrong High School Class of 1976
Armstrong Leadership Program Campaign Cool
Dominion Resources, Inc.
Open Door Resource Center Inc.
Richmond Symphony/Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra Program
The Seventh District Health & Wellness Survey
United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg
Urban Hope
Va Consumer Voices for Healthcare
Virginia Cooperative Extension (VA Tech Richmond Office and VA State University, VSU)
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Richmond Magazine


Connective Health & Wellness Group, LLC
E.R. Face Painting
Mobile Ink POD
Nkae-ade (Keepsake)
Usborne Books and More
Sarah’s Gems and Treasures
Survivors Empowerment Jewelry
The Wood Whisperer

We are no longer able to accept vendor requests.

Community Partners

To date partners include:

31st Street Baptist Church
Ashbury United Methodist Church
Bon Secours Richmond Health System
Boys & Girls Club of Metro Richmond
Church Hill Activities & Tutoring
Church Hill Association
Church Hill Central Civic Association
Church Hill Residents
City of Richmond – Office of Mayor Dwight C. Jones
City of Richmond – Office of Councilwoman Cynthia I. Newbille
City of Richmond – Parks, Recreation, and Community Facilities
Creighton Count Tenant Association
East End Fellowship
EnRichmond Foundation
Friends Association for Children
Friends of Chimborazo Park
Fulton Civic Association, Neighborhood Resource Center
Good Shepherd Baptist Church
Holy Rosary Church
Mosby Court Tenant Association
Mount Olivet Baptist Church
New Light Baptist Church
New Visions
Peter Paul Development Center
Richmond Hill
Richmond Public Schools
Richmond Public Schools Education Foundation
Robinson Theater Community Arts Center
Rotary Club of Church Hill
Rotary Club of Richmond
Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club
St. John’s Church
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
Union Hill Civic Association
Unity Civic League
WCVE Ready to Learn
HandsOn Greater Richmond


Bon Secours     Richmond City









The Richard and Caroline T. Gwathmey Memorial Trust
Bank of America
Rotary Club of Richmond
The Prudential Foundation
Stone Brewery
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery