September Happenings in Richmond: Festivals, Events and Activities

As summer draws to a close, there’s no shortage of fun things for Richmond residents to do. Below is a list of events taking place throughout the Richmond area in September.

Richmond Festivals – September 2023

Armenian Food Festival
September 8 & 9 – 11:30 AM – 9:30 PM at St. James Armenian Church

The 63rd Annual Armenian Food Festival returns in September. Festival features Armenian delicacies prepared by the St. James Armenian Church members, traditional music, dancing, beer & wine. Be sure to try the Fthe famous & original Hye Burger, which was named one of Richmond’s best burgers.

Virginia Spirits Expo
September 9 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM at The Park RVA

Spend the day sampling Virginia’s best Spirits and custom cocktails. Enjoy live music, great food & more.

Richmond Brunch Weekend
September 9 & 10 7:00 AM – 8 :00 PM

Attend the 6th annual RVA Brunch Weekend.  A portion of proceeds will benefit the Richmond SPCA. Enjoy brunch at any of the participating restaurants:

  • Alchemy Coffee
  • Bar Solita
  • Blue Atlas
  • Brambly Park
  • Bryan Park Bar & Grill
  • Baker’s Crust in Carytown
  • Diablo Doughnuts RVA
  • Eggspectation in Stony Point
  • Ellies RVA
  • Fall Line
  • Home Team Bar Grill
  • Industrial Taphouse
  • The Honey Drizzle at the Riviereva
  • Ipanema
  • Kreggers at Hand
  • Liberty Public House
  • Lolita’s
  • Maple Bourbon
  • Midlothian Chefs Kitchen
  • Napa Kitchen& Wine
  • The Park RVA
  • Pig and Brew
  • Pinky’s
  • Quirk Hotel’s The Lobby Bar
  • River City Roll
  • Sbs Lakeside Love Shack
  • Sbs Mainstreet Love Shack
  • The Speakeasy Grill
  • Sweet Spot Ice Cream Café
  • Tarrant’s Downtown
  • Tarrant’s West
  • Three Notch’d RVA


RVA Music Fest
September 16 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM at Dogwood Dell


This is the biggest independent artist music festival in Richmond that recognizes the influence music has on our community. Instead of admission, please bring school supplies to donate to Richmond Public School. RVA Music Fest will be hosting Pitch RVA – a pitch competition for local business owners to win a $500 grant to support their projects. Competition will take place at 12:00 PM and the winner will be announced during the festival.


St. Benedict’s Oktoberfest
September 15 4:00 PM – 11:00 PM, Sept 16 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM, Sept 17 12:00 PM -6:00 PM  at St. Benedicts Church

St. Benedict’s annual Oktoberfest is back! Enjoy music, dancing, German cuisine, German and local breweries and wineries, and children’s activities! The event will take place rain or shine.


Richmond Taco, Beer, Tequila Festival
September 16 11:00 AM  – 5:00 PM at Kanawha Plaza

Richmond’s best Taquerias and Taco Trucks come together to showcase the city’s best tacos. Over 15 different taco vendors, Guacamole Pavilion, Churros & Chocolate Pavilion, 4 Margarita Bars & over 20 different regional craft beers. Enjoy live music and games. Be sure to cast your vote on Richmond’s Best Taco.


State Fair of Viriginia
September 21 – October 1 at The Meadow Event Park

There’s no shortage of fun at the State Fair! Enjoy tons of activities and attractions, including livestock and agriculture competitions, live music, fine arts & crafts, vendors, and carnival rides!