On Wednesday, December 12, hundreds of families visited the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts to experience this unique holiday event filled with gift giving, refreshments, fun activities for kids, holiday shopping, and stellar performances by the Center’s resident youth companies. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and dedication of our volunteers, every child (over 500!) had the opportunity to visit with Santa and return home with a wrapped present and a gift bag filled with small toys and fresh fruit. The evening ended with a magical dedication ceremony for the holiday street lights along Macdonald Avenue—a tradition that we look forward to continuing for years to come.
The 4th annual Spirit & Soul Festival--downtown Richmond's premiere event and fundraiser for Richmond Main Street--took place on Saturday, September 29, 2012. On that day the community gathered on Macdonald Avenue for spectacular performances by Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic, Tia Carroll, Claning' & Bangin', and C U Next Weekend. Guests also enjoyed walking through an elegant bazaar featuring delicious food by local restaurants, delectable wines and beverages, an open air market featuring local artisans, and entering to win a number of fabulous raffle and silent auction prizes. We also honored downtown champions Jordan Simmons, Arnold Kasendorf, Jerrold Hatchett, and Mary Lavergne for their commitment to improving downtown. The celebration on September 29th continued beyond Spirit & Soul with Richmond Arts in Motion, a special event hosted by the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts, highlighting the arts in Downtown with activities, performances, and a dedication of a new, interactive window display by acclaimed Bay Area-based digital artist Scott Snibbe.
Music on the Main is an annual concert series that takes place every 4th Wednesday of the month between June and August. Each concert features a variety of musical performances, arts and crafts activities for children, local entrepreneurs and nonprofit organizations, and food. Music on the Main is a critical tool that Richmond Main Street uses to engage the community and build a strong arts and entertainment district.
Healthy Village Farm Stand is an annual summer event series that brings healthy eating and active living resources to the Downtown Richmond community. Every first Friday of the month, May - August, we welcome residents, workers, and visitors to the Community Green Space to sample healthy foods, take home free fresh produce and healthy meal recipes, visit with local vendors and our community partners to learn about their programs and activities, and support small entrepreneurs.
The Richmond Main Street Farmers' Market is produced by the Pacific Coast Farmers' Market and brings the freshest seasonal, California-grown produce to the Nevin Plaza in downtown Richmond every Wednesday from 10am-2pm between May and October. Nowhere is the change in season more visible than at your local farmers’ market. Visit the Richmond Main Street Farmers' Market to taste the best of what California farmers have to offer and so much more: a variety of fresh fruits and veggies, live music, local honey, artisan wares, baked goods, kettle corn, foodie treats, and delicious lunch options.
Zumba is a fun, high-energy fitness program that blends red-hot international music with Latin-inspired dance steps. And we’re bringing it to downtown Richmond free of charge! All classes are taught by certified Zumba instructor Willa “Bonte” Willis, who is an expert at leading Zumba sessions full of exotic rhythms set to energizing Latin beats. Participants are sure to leave feeling fit and invigorated!