July Festivals: Shakespeare at Agecroft, Beer Expo, History Fest

July starts off with lots of bangs and end with lots of other things. Cancel your beach trip, there’s too much to do in Richmond!

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17th Annual Richmond Shakespeare Festival at Agecroft Hall

Shakespeare in the best possible setting. This year, you may have or may have not seen Much Ado About Nothing, but that’s OK, you’ve still got a chance to see Hamlet, starring Molly Hood as a female prince of Denmark!? Excellent.

  • July 9th – August 2nd • 7:30 PM
  • Agecroft Hall, 4305 Sulgrave Road
  • $30 with discounts available

Capital Ale House National Beer Expo

How proud are you that an RVA mainstay is behind one the country’s coolest beer festivals? Your answer is probably a resounding, “Right ho!” This event draws a ton of beer enthusiasts from around this great nation, people who like to sample a plethora of said great nation’s craft beers in one go.

  • Thursday, July 16th – Saturday, July 18th • see site for schedule
  • Various venues, with the majority of the events being held at the Convention Center see that site again
  • $42 general admission, $54 VIP/early admission

2nd Annual Brookland Park Boulevard History Festival

Discover the rich history of the Brookland Park Boulevard on Richmond’s Northside. Last year was an attempt to celebrate the street’s 100th birthday, and the magnificent turnout basically demanded a repeat event this year. Expect food, neighbors, music, and lots of other stuff.

  • Saturday, July 18th • 12:00 – 4:00 PM
  • Brookland Park Boulevard
  • Free to attend!

Summer Moon Music Festival

Center of the Universe hosts an enormous, two-day battle of the bands, where the winning group gets to donate money to their fave charity! I love fave charities! Also: oysters, and lots of them. View the site for the full list of 13 bands. It’s safe to assume there will be plenty of beer, plus the addition of James River Cellars’ wine lineup.

  • Saturday, July 18th – Sunday, July 19th • 1:00 – 10:00 PM (8:00 PM on Sunday)
  • Center of the Universe Brewing Co, 11293 Air Park Road, Ashland
  • Free to attend!

Wizard World Comic Con Richmond

I love, love, love that cosplay exists. I mean, why NOT dress up as your favorite characters? We did it when we were kids, and why should kids get all the fun? They’re so SHORT and contribute SO LITTLE, jeez. Anyway, Comic Con is of course not just about cosplay–there’s a ton of collectibles, famous/important people from the fantasy/sci-fi/comic/horror/videogame worlds. Basically, if you have even a shred of geek in you, you’ll find something to love.

  • Friday, July 31st – Sunday, August 2nd • see site for times
  • Greater Richmond Convention Center, 403 N. 3rd Street
  • $75 for a three-day pass, $35 for Friday, $45 for Saturday, $40 for Sunday

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We’ve taken the liberty (because we love liberty) to recap some of the most popular July 4th events as well, to make sure you get the most bang for your zero bucks (most are free!)

Genworth 32nd Annual Celebrate Freedom Independence Day Concert

A band of Americans–the 29th Infantry Division Band from Virginia Infantry Division National Guard–will play for us all at Genworth’s corporate headquarters. Then, you may view the RVA on the James fireworks…all before Independence Day even dawns! You are ahead of the game, my friend! Like a good American should be!

  • Friday, July 3rd • 6:30 PM
  • Genworth Financial’s World Headquarters, 6620 W. Broad Street
  • Free!

RVA Fireworks on the James — July 3rd

The state’s largest fireworks show (says Venture Richmond), this wizardry is designed by the Gruccis of New York City, home to a highly concentrated number of Americans. It’s designed to be viewed from all 360 degrees, so you can watch it from wherevs and know you’re still getting the Full Effect. There’s also a music simulcast from WRIR FM, 97.3.


Recommended viewing sites

Dogwood Dell 4th of July Celebration — July 4th

This event draws many Americans with its live patriotic music–provided by Richmond Concert Band and Carillon bells–and its beautiful surroundings. And its fireworks of course. We recommend bringing chairs and blankets and picnic baskets full of berry pies.


  • Concert begins at 7:30 PM
  • Fireworks begin at dusk (we’ll say 8:30, just to be on the safe side)

Recommended viewing sites

  • Dogwood Dell, obviously • 1300 Blanton Avenue
  • Anywhere in Byrd Park that has a good view
  • Somewhere on Riverside drive across the river

8th Annual Latin Jazz and Salsa Festival

Founded by “Sweet Lou” Hidalgo of WCLM 1450’s Latin Jazz & Salsa Show, this may just be the most energetic festival you will attend this summer. Instead of slow-moving sweaty Richmonders, trying not to melt, you’ll have sweaty Richmonders who have burst into fiery flames of rhythm! This festival truly needs your help if you want it to succeed, providing free music to Richmonders–who really are SO sweaty. Consider donating to the cause.

  • Saturday, July 11th • 3:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Dogwood Dell, Byrd Park
  • Free!

Arbor Day Benefit Concert

Arbor Day was many weeks ago, but if you’ll remember, the skies decided to open up and rain tree-food down upon its treasured flora. The bands involved graciously agreed to reschedule, and now that day is upon us. The weather forecast will hopefully be good, the bands will hopefully be in tune, and we’ll enjoy Full Moon Fever, Avers, and Ben Shepherd in a beautiful, verdant setting. Here’s Prabir Mehta with some more information.

  • Saturday, July 11th • 12:00 – 4:00 PM
  • 1708 Pump House Drive, next to the Byrd Park Pump House
  • $5 donation to the James River Park System
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