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Save the Date for the Festival of the River: Three Days of Music, Art and Environment Under the Big Tent and on Brown’s Island June 8-10, 2018

(February 1, 2018 – Richmond, Virginia) A unique coalition including The City of Richmond, Venture Richmond, the Richmond Symphony, VCU Institute for Contemporary Art, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, 1708 Gallery, James River Association, Capital Region Collaborative and other partners announces a special three-day event, The Festival of the River, which will take place on Brown’s Island June 8-10, 2018. This one-time festival will showcase the very best of the James River, Chesapeake Bay and the Richmond Region. Festival highlights will include contemporary art installations, performances under the Symphony’s “Big Tent,” cleanups along and around the River and family-friendly environmental education activities including Back to the Bay in celebration of Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week.

The Festival planning committee includes over 30 partner organizations in addition to those listed above (see a full list below).

The current general schedule of activities is as follows:

Friday, June 8, 2018:

  • Friday Cheers with soon-to-be announced guest artists in performances with the Richmond Symphony
  • Special Lighting Installation from 1708 Gallery

Saturday, June 9, 2018:

  • Morning activities including region wide cleanups along the James River and Chesapeake Bay Watershed
  • Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay presents Back to the Bay, family-friendly and educational activities in celebration of Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week
  • Performances by contemporary artists are presented as part of the Institute for Contemporary Art’s opening exhibition Declaration, in collaboration with the Richmond Symphony and Sound Arts Richmond
  • Performances under the “Big Tent” throughout the day including a concert by the Richmond Symphony
  • Day Two of Lighting Installation


Sunday, June 10, 2018:

  • All are invited to a daytime picnic to create a ‘Richmond Community Member Quilt’ on Brown’s Island
  • Family concert by the Richmond Symphony

 Other activities and artists to be announced. Stay Tuned!


Current Festival of the River Partners Include:

1708 Gallery

Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay

American Civil War Museum

Art on Wheels


Capital Region Collaborative

City of Richmond – Department of Public Utilities

City of Richmond – Department of Public Works

City of Richmond – Public Art Commission

Chesapeake Bay Commission

Children’s Museum of Richmond

James River Advisory Council

James River Outdoor Coalition

James River Parks System

Junior League of Richmond

Keep Virginia Beautiful

Pamunkey Indian Museum and Cultural Center

Richmond Region Tourism

Richmond Riverfront Plan

Richmond Symphony

Sound Arts Richmond

Studio Two Three

The Valentine

Venture Richmond

Virginia Canals and Navigation Society

VCU – Department of Dance

VCU– Institute for Contemporary Art

VCU– Life Sciences Outreach

Virginia Conservation Network

Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts



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Erin Frye

Marketing and PR Manager

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Scott Dodson

Director of Advancement and Patron Communications\

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