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​The Best Things to Do in Richmond This Summer

It’s Memorial Day Weekend, aka the unofficial start of summer! The days are longer, the weather is warmer, school is out, and everyone is ready for some fun in the sun. Named one of the best places to travel in June by Conde Nast Traveler, Richmond is the place to be this summer! From music festivals to baseball games, here are 12 of the best ways to spend your summer in and around Richmond. So, lather up that sunscreen and make this a summer to remember!

1.     Attend A Festival 

Richmond’s summer festival lineup is sizzling! With parties to celebrate everything from watermelon to  Shakespeare, from foreign film to one-of-a-kind tomatoes, there’s bound to be a summer festival that’s right for you! 

2.     Have a Picnic at One of Richmond’s Scenic Overlooks
Photo: Ron Cogswell

Have your lunch al fresco while enjoying the summer sun and gorgeous views at one of Richmond’s scenic overlooks. Bring your own lunch from home or support a local restaurant and grab some takeout for your meal!

3.     Go Whitewater Rafting

Photo: Bobby Gray
Among the many reasons to love Richmond is the fact that it’s the only city in America where you can kayak and raft class III and IV rapids in an urban setting. Spend some time cooling off on a rafting excursion of James River this summer

4.     Attend an Outdoor Concert

Photo: Will Fisher
Summer concert series offer a great option for live and often-free entertainment! Richmond’s longest running concert series, Friday Cheers, returns to Brown's Island for its 37th season this summer. And of course, there’s the After Hours Concert Series – which will feature shows from acts like Lady A, Dashboard Confessional, Boyz II Men and more!

5.     Attend A Squirrels Game

Photo: Richmond Flying Squirrels

The Richmond Flying Squirrels play host to 71 home games each year, and game day at The Diamond is about more than just baseball! From ‘Glow in the Dark Night’ to ‘Marvel Superheroes Night’, part of the fun of attending a Squirrels same are the promotions. And the fireworks, of course.

6.     Go Thrill Seeking at an Amusement Park

Photo: King’s Dominion

No summer would be complete without a day at an amusement park. Luckily, several major amusement and water parks are just a short drive from Richmond, making them the perfect summer day trip destination.

7.     Catch A Movie at The Drive-In

Photo: Goochland Drive-In Theater

There aren’t many drive-in movie theaters left, which makes a summer night spent watching movies at the Goochland Drive-In Theater even more special. Catch this summer’s new releases from the comfort of your own vehicle or while lounging on a blanket under the stars.

8.     Learn About Butterflies

Photo: Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

The North Wing of the Conservatory at Lewis Ginter is transformed into a wonderland of vibrant colors every April – October during Butterflies LIVE! Each day, new butterflies are released into the exhibit and you may even see newly emerged butterflies take their first flight. It’s a great option for some family-friendly fun this summer.

9.     Peruse a Vendor Market

Photo: PopUp RVA

PopUp RVA is Richmond’s newest and largest weekly vendors market featuring dozens of artisans, food trucks, distilleries and more! Every week has a different lineup, so you can support different local businesses each Saturday this summer!

10.     Celebrate Juneteenth 

Join Henrico Recreation & Parks at Dorey Park this Juneteenth for a vendor fair, kids zone, fireworks and more in celebration of our country’s second Independence Day. The RVA Black Farmers Market also kicks off this Juneteenth!

11.     Show Your Pride 

Endless Summer of Pride kicks off pride month with a series of more than 20 events, extending through the end of September and culminating with VA Pridefest! Celebrate at one or all the events, which include drag bingo, happy hours, live music and more.

12.     Celebrate the 4th of July 

Enjoy a post-game Super Blast fireworks display at The Diamond, free admission to Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, or catch the fireworks from a deserted island on the James River! However you choose to spend your Independence Day in Richmond, it's sure to be a blast.

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