The Richmond Spirit is strong in the streets! …and the park, and along the shoreline — Richmond Celebrates!
Richmond thrives on coming together as a community and celebrating each other with food & drink, best local artisan fare, live music, dancing, art exhibits and so much more. Check out events that may be happening while you are here. You will love meeting the people of Richmond!
3rd of July Festival
Richmond’s 3rd of July Festival has fireworks, food and fun at this annual event. Celebrate with your friends and family at Marina Bay Park and Craneway Pavilion from 5:30-9:30pm. Great music, including the Oakland Symphony, plenty of sitting area for picnics and child play area (fee included). The night sky will explode with astonishing glimmering fireworks that start at 9:15 pm.
A Taste of Richmond
A Taste of Richmond brings the Richmond community together to celebrate all the fabulous local food artisans, caterers, craft breweries, wineries and more. Music, so intrinsic to the soul of Richmond, keeps the pulse going on the deck of Riggers Loft Wine Co. as sailboats cruise by and people start kicking up their heels. Presented by the City of Richmond Economic Development Commission with host Riggers Loft Wine Co., 1325 Canal Blvd in the Historic Point Richmond Ship Building District. Event happens currently in June.
CInco de Mayo Parade
Celebrate the Mexican Culture in Richmond Event happens first week in May. The fun begins on the first Saturday in May with the Annual Peace & Unity Parade. The parade features elaborate floats, horses, bands, clowns, classic cars, dancers and community organizations and ends with a festival in San Pablo. The festival that follows the parade is free and includes two stages of live music and entertainment and opportunities to dance all day. A variety of ethnic foods will be offered along with children’s activities, artisan vendors and community resource booths.
The Cinco de Mayo Festival continues on Sunday from 10am-5pm when thousands of people descend upon 23rd Street in Richmond for the annual Cinco de Mayo Festival. This free festival features a wide range of live entertainment and family fun, with three music stages, dancing horses, jumpers, giveaways, incredible food, car shows, exhibits and much more! 23rd Street merchants and restaurants often bring their food and goods out onto the sidewalk during the festival, adding Richmond’s local flavor. More information at 510-221-9006
Downtown Holiday Event
Downtown’s annual holiday festival is one of Main Street Initiative’s long running traditions. Richmond Man Street partners with the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts to bring yuletide cheer to the community. Along with countless volunteers the historic Winters Building is transformed into a beautiful winter wonderland. Festive music, seasonal family-friendly performances, tasty snacks, group caroling and the magical illumination of Macdonald Ave and the performance of the Richmond Nutcracker brings hundreds of residents from nearby neighborhoods together. And of course, Santa Claus makes an appearance to hand out bags of goodies. Happens in December. 339 11th St in Downtown Richmond. http://www.eastbaycenter.org
Fall Gala Event
Join the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts for an unforgettable night that marks East Bay Center history! Their annual Gala is a night of captivating performances that in the past has included traditions ranging from aerial dance to classical West African dance and drumming. Every year performances change and always provide another surprise for you to enjoy! The Gala is an opportunity to talk with students immersed in cross-disciplinary training, Center friends, staff and faculty, while enjoying a Chez Panisse inspired multi-course dinner. They invite you to walk down the red carpet into the historical Winters Building and discover the magic of East Bay Center. Happens in October. 339 11th St in Downtown Richmond.
Juneteenth Parade & Festival
Watch the parade move through four Richmond Neighborhood Communities. The Family Festival is located at Nicholl Park with entertainment, food, contests, and children’s activities. This event is sponsored by the National Brotherhood Alliance and the City of Richmond. Happens in June.
Music on Main Concert Series
Main Street Initiative’s longest running event, Music on Main brings thousands of people Downtown to enjoy music, food and family fun. And yes, there is dancing in the streets! Each concert features a variety of musical performances, arts and crafts for children, fun zone, local entrepreneurs, nonprofit organizations and great local food & beverage vendors, including Main Street Margaritas. Definitely a landmark event in this arts and entertainment district. Summer events.
Pt. Richmond Summer Music Festival
Pt. Richmond Summer Music Festival concerts offer a gathering place for people of all ages, ethnicities and walks of life, who come together to enjoy musical talent of many genres from Richmond, the Bay Area and beyond. In addition to producing its free summer concert series, the group is proud to help support year-round music in Point Richmond through its sponsorship of the Point Richmond Acoustic series and the Point Richmond Jazz series, which run October through May at the First United Methodist Church, and to foster the development of the next generation of musicians through contributions to Washington Elementary School’s music program. Fourteen years of this collaborative effort have been made possible through donations of time and money from local businesses and volunteers. Summer events.
Each year Rosie the River Trust hosts the Rosie Rally to honor the women across the country and in Richmond who took on work that had mostly been the exclusive realm of men – that was, until women were needed to support the war efforts. Women rallied to the cause working in factories, the shipyards and more. This rally honors them as Richmond defends its World Record for the Largest Gathering of People Dressed like the Icon, Rosie the Riveter. Thousands of people don the appropriate garb of red and white polka dotted bandanas, blue work shirts and blue jeans rolled up over red socks with black work boots. The rally usually happens in August.
Spirit & Soul
Spirit & Soul is a Main Street Initiative event that brings over 1,000 people out into the streets. A true celebration of Downtown Richmond, transforming historic Main Street into an outdoor bazaar filled with food and artisan vendors. Live music on two stages (at least 10 bands), dancing in the street, a beverage pavilion and a youth fun zone. A September event.