Summertime in Downtown means one thing: Music, Food, and Fun for the Entire Family!
Music on the Main
is our longest running event series. Since 2001, this concert series has brought thousands of people Downtown to enjoy a night on the town filled with music, food, and family fun. 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, provide business opportunities to local entrepreneurs and district merchants, and build a strong arts and entertainment district.
Due to the COVID19 pandemic and in order to ensure the health and safety of everyone who participates in our Celebrate Downtown events — guests, residents, visitors, performers, vendors, businesses, volunteers, and staff — we have made the difficult decision to forego all in-person summer events for the 2021 season.
We hope to host Music on the Main in July & August 2022.
Music on the Main 2019 ~ A Concert Series for the Record Books
Our 2019 Music on the Main summer concert series marked 18 seasons of activating spaces and building community in Downtown Richmond with music, food, and family fun.
Councilmember Jael Myrick made a special appearance serving as our first ever Music on the Main grand marshal at the July 24 concert. Rising vocalists of the RPAL music program-based trio KLM started us off with soulful songs, followed by BeaufunK with Michael Jeffries, and an invigorating Zumba break. Richmond’s own “King of Zydeco” Andre Thierry took us home with an incredible set that had everyone on the dance floor. Check out this Richmond Standard article and video for highlights.
We kept the fun summertime feeling going with the second and final concert of the series on August 28. For two and a half hours, the Marina Way parking lot was packed with vendors, activities, and residents. Music emanated from the stage, bringing people of all ages to the dance floor: we grooved to old school favorites by GTS Band, we joined the SAMBAFUNK! drumline, and got our Zumba on with Grand Marshal Melvin Willis. We got creative with Stonyfield Organics, had fun with vegetables with Fresh Approach, and made new friends.
We offer huge thanks to our volunteers (36 individuals contributing 131 hours of service!), community partners and vendors (56!), and sponsors without whom these events would not be possible.