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Summertime in Richmond

Festivals and summertime activities abound in RVA

As a Richmond native, summertime is hands-down my favorite season to experience the city. It’s a perfect time of year when Richmond’s diverse culture really comes alive. Between having festivals or concerts nearly every weekend, enjoying the vibrant outdoor river scene, and choosing between so many awesome new restaurants (with patios!), it’s really hard to stay bored in this booming, progressive city.

If you’re into going to festivals that draw in Richmonders from all walks of life, the city hosts several events throughout the summer. Some notable ones that I think shouldn’t be missed include: 

Richmond Bacon Festival (June 23rd, 11am-4pm)
A vegetarian’s nightmare. A meat-lovers dream. This festival is hosted at the 17th Street Farmers Market in the historic Shockoe Bottom neighborhood and features a surprisingly wide array of bacon-inspired dishes. To wash it all down, the festival also features and extensive local beer and cider selection.

Jazz Festival (August 9th-12)
Hosted in the beautiful Maymont Gardens, the Jazz Festival has historically brought out very impressive acts to Richmond like Common and Erykah Badu. This year, the festival has legends Gladys Knight and The O’Jays are headlining the show. Need I say more?

Watermelon Festival (August 12, 10am-6pm)
A long-time Richmond favorite, the Carytown Watermelon Festival is a great way to cool down in the hot August heat. This family-friendly festival features several watermelon inspired dishes, face painting, and local artisans.

Down Home Family Reunion (Date TBD)
Hosted in one of Richmond’s most beautiful historically black neighborhoods, Jackson Ward, the Down Home Family Reunion is only a hop, skip, and a jump away from Quirk. Celebrating African American life, music, and food this festival is fun for the whole family.

If you happen to miss any of these festivals, fear not! There are countless places to explore on your own to get a true feel of the real Richmond.

The James River
Aptly nicknamed the “River City”, Richmond doesn’t let you down when it comes to river-related activities. Each river access point gives you a different perspective of the city with different things to explore. Whether you’re hiking around Belle Isle, going to a concert near Brown’s Island, tubing from Pony Pasture, eating at a restaurant on the Canal Walk, or admiring the street art near Pipeline, the James has so much to discover.

Biking Historical Neighborhoods
Luckily at Quirk, we offer complimentary bikes to rent for our guests. Even luckier, Richmond is super easy and fun to bike around. The terrain is mostly flat and there are several bike lanes that allow you to navigate around safely. Two of my favorite neighborhoods to roll through are Church Hill and The Fan. 
While it’s a little bit of a longer, challenging ride, Church Hill features some of the oldest homes in Richmond. While you’re there, there are several nice restaurants and coffee shops to reward yourself for the tough trek including Proper Pie Co., WPA Bakery, and Union Market.
The Fan is more of a beginners ride, with a cute stretch of cookie-cutter homes and fun neighborhood restaurants like Garnett’s Café, Joe’s Inn, and Strawberry Street Café. 

Restaurants and Breweries Galore
In the past few years, Richmond’s culinary and craft beer scene has grown tremendously. If you’re trying to enjoy the beautiful summer heat while grabbing a bite, there are several spots that have spacious, fun patios. Places like The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing and Legend Brewing have some of the best views of the river, but if you’re more into people-watching, The Daily Restaurant and Bar and Can Can Brasserie in Carytown are the place to be.

However, nothing tops the view from our very own Q Rooftop Bar! The experience is truly unique from anywhere else in Richmond. From our list of refreshing craft cocktails, to our delectable food selections, to the breathtaking and expansive view of Richmond, you’re bound to be in for an unforgettable night no matter the occasion. 

This summer, we’ll be hosting a National BBQ Day and Independence Day on July 4th from 5pm-11pm. Because what’s more American than that? Tickets are $10 on
Throughout the summer, we also feature Rooftop Yoga every Saturday and Sunday morning from 10:30am-11:30am! To register, visit
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