Richmond Loves a Great Event!

Yes, every city loves their events. They bring the community together and give us a chance to show off ALL THAT GOOD ENERGY. But be forewarned – we love to shake it in the street! It might be a live band at a festival or an evening of Zumba, but we’re out there stepping to the beat together.

Take a look and add these events to your calendar or itinerary – and we’ll see you there!


A Living Rosie Legacy at Visit Richmond

How does a little girl grow up in Richmond without knowing about Rosie the Riveter, and then go on to carry the torch for her hero? Let me share a little bit about Desiree Heveroh, our Office Manager and Rosie, with you.

It’s hard to describe just how much Rosie the Riveter means to Desiree. But I’ve witnessed it in many ways: in how animated she becomes talking about Rosie; in her excitement when she can “dress Rosie” for an event; in her anticipation of ANY Rosie-related event, including the annual Rosie Rally Home Front Festival; or just in how touched she feels when hearing “a Rosie” speak at an event or reading one of the many Rosie Diaries at the Rosie the Riveter Museum /WWII Home Front National Museum & Historic Park.

I’m going to share her story!

Richmond’s Annual Events

Community events ignite Richmond! May was a great month in Richmond. The city celebrated three outstanding annual events: Cinco de Mayo on 23rd St – a fun filled cultural festival, the traditional Mother’s Day Pancake Breakfast at the SS Red Oak Victory Ship and A Taste of Richmond at Rigger’s Loft Wine Co., showcasing Richmond’s great eateries, caterers, and craft beer and wine makers.

A Taste of Richmond always leads us into summer, beginning with our Annual Richmond Rainbow Pride event at Marina Bay Park.

And we know summer is happening when the schedule for summer concerts is posted. The first Pt. Richmond Outdoor Summer Music Festival is slated for Friday, June 14 at the corner of Park Place and Washington Avenue in historic downtown Point Richmond. Concerts are held on the second Friday of each summer month through September, from 5:30 – 7:45pm. It really is a fun street party with lots to eat and drink and a time to hang with your neighbors and friends. Our board vice president Rauly Butler of Mechanics Bank has been a sponsor of these concerts for years and our Mayor Tom Butt created this community festival when he first moved here.  It started in a parking lot and grew to become a street festival!

In June the Members’ Art Show opens at the Richmond Art Center. Each year, members are invited to showcase their work in the Main Gallery. This tradition presents a wide variety of art media, styles and themes by aspiring, emerging and established artists. And it’s one of the oldest and largest non-juried member exhibitions in the Bay Area! Really worth taking a look. It runs through mid August.

Hilda Robinson, ‘Jump So High’ Courtesy of the Richmond Art Center 

On June 29, Richmond Main Street hosts its Annual Healthy Village Festival, a super fun health and wellness celebration! It will be held from 10am – 2pm at the Community Green Space @ Harbour Way & Macdonald Ave. Family-friendly and Free Admission. Health Tips, Fitness Breaks, Music & Dance Performances, Pop-up Farm. Pony Rides, Arts & Crafts, Lawn Chess and much more. Plus the faire signals the start of their Celebrate Downtown summer music event series – Music on the Main summer concerts are July 24 & August 28; and Spirit & Soul Festival is September 21. Great music and great community spirit!

Independence Day in Richmond is unique. We celebrate it on July 3rd – Independence Eve, at the Craneway Pavilion with the Oakland Symphony, at Rigger’s Loft Wine Co. with great bands, wine, cider and food trucks and then aboard the historic SS Red Oak Victory Boat with a BBQ – all watching City of Richmond’s fireworks out over the water from each venue.

During the summer you can also plan to take a walking tour of historic Pt. Richmond and along the waterfront with VRC board member Karen Buchanan. You learn the area history and mystique through all sorts of stories on this fun urban hike.

There’s a lot going on this summer, and Richmond celebrates community with each event!

Desiree has been busy attending Corporate Travel shows with great success and I’ve been going to the Chinese Market shows. We like to tell our story that Richmond is ready to welcome you! Enjoy your summer! And of course, Desiree and I are looking forward to the August 10, 2019  Rosie Rally Home Front Festival! Come join us!

See you at there!

Matt & Desiree (Rosie) and Frangi who looks forward to all of her many dog-friendly events, restaurants and parks!

Matt Lewis,
Executive Director
Visit Richmond CA

Desiree Heveroh
Office Manager
Visit Richmond CA

Frangi, Visit Richmond Mascot

Visit Richmond CA