Spirit & Soul Festival returns to downtown Richmond Saturday

Spirit & Soul Festival returns to downtown Richmond Saturday
Image from a past Richmond Main Street Spirit & Soul Festival. (Photo credit: Ellen Gailing)

By Kathy Chouteau

Main Street Margaritas, music and more will be part of the mix when Richmond Main Street Initiative’s (RMSI) “14th Annual Spirit & Soul Festival” returns Sat., Oct. 22 from 1-5 p.m. to the downtown area of Macdonald Ave., Marina Way and 16th St. The festival is free-admission; tickets to the VIP Experience are sold out.

Touted as “downtown Richmond’s premier event” and with the theme of “reconnecting Richmond,” the festival’s Outdoor Bazaar will feature a cornucopia of offerings including food trucks and booths; artisan vendors; a Youth Zone; resource booths with helpful info; and a Beverage Pavilion with beer, wine, chilled tea and RMSI’s “famous Main Street Margaritas,” per organizers.

Live musical entertainment will include Soul Mechanix, Los Cenzontles with Los Originarios and DJ Nash. Other performers will include Top Shelf and Richmond artist Wanda Gonzalez.

An Art Gallery spotlighting the work of Zoe Boston, Olubori Babaoye and Akeem Raheem will be on display during the festival at CoBiz, with Marva Reed as curator. CoBiz is located at 1503 Macdonald Ave. Suite A, in downtown Richmond, within the perimeters of the festival.

According to organizers from RMSI, the festival can be viewed via virtual broadcast through livestream on KOFY TV20Facebook LiveYouTube Live and Instagram Live.  

RMSI is a community nonprofit that aims to revitalizing historic downtown Richmond “as a pedestrian-friendly urban village, offering products, services, arts and entertainment that reflect the community’s rich and diverse heritage,” per its mission.

For more info about RMSI’s Spirit & Soul Festival, click here. Questions? Call RMSI at (510) 236-4049.