Several festivals returning to downtown Richmond this summer

Photo: Richmond Main Street Initiative

The Richmond Main Street Initiative, a nonprofit dedicated to revitalizing the city’s downtown corridor, announced this week its series of annual summer events.

The free community events, part of the Celebrate Downtown initiative, includes the Healthy Village Festival on Saturday, June 24; Music on the Main concerts on July 26 and August 23; and the Spirit & Soul Festival on Macdonald Avenue Saturday, Sept. 16.

Healthy Village Festival:

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 24, locals are invited to the Community Green Space at Harbour Way and Macdonald Avenue, and also to the 900 block of Macdonald Avenue, for a one-stop health fair that offers health and wellness resources amid a fun, family-friendly festival atmosphere.

The festival features produce bag giveaways, artisan vendors, fitness demonstrations, information booths, pony rides, farm animals, music, arts and crafts, and hanging out with Richmond firefighters.

Also, cycling advocacy group Rich City Rides will make bike blender smoothies; Kaiser Permanente physicians will host an “Ask the Doc” session; and a mini downtown history hike that departs at 11 a.m.

Food vendors at the event will include delicious meals and treats by Rosemary’s Kitchen and Civil Pops. And the community will have the chance to beautify downtown by helping local artist Daud Abdullah transform trash cans into artwork featuring mosaic panels.

For more information, visit here, call (510) 236-4049, or email here.

Music on the Main

Live music, food and fun for the whole family will come to downtown Richmond from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on two Wednesdays: July 26 and Aug. 23.

The event will occur in the parking lot at Marina Way and Macdonald Avenue.

Details on the free concerts, including the scheduled performers, will be announced soon, organizers said.

Spirit & Soul Festival

This always fun festival includes dancing in the street in order to benefit the Richmond Main Street Initiative’s aim to revitalize the downtown corridor.

The event will take place Saturday, Sept. 16 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. along Macdonald Avenue from Harbour Way to 13th Street.

Further details, including performers, are forthcoming.