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Richmond is for Riverrock!


Richmond’s beloved outdoor sports and music festival is back and better than ever!

Dominion Energy Riverrock will be taking place on Brown’s Island May 17-19. Richmond natives and tourists alike can experience all the city has to offer in outdoor adventures with everything from beginner kayaking classes to professional rock climbing competitions.

There’s something for everyone at this nationally known festival that lets you celebrate and discover Richmond’s breathtaking and exhilarating outdoor scene.

CityParking Inc. will get you there with our prime location lots that are right by all the festivities. Take a look at all there is to partake in this weekend. Join us as we #RockTheOutdoors!


For the Sporty Amateurs

Whether this is your first time experiencing Riverrock or your 20th, anyone can get in on the action. If there’s any outdoor sport you’ve been dying to try but are too nervous to do on your own, there are beginner lessons that let you test the waters, no experience required.

You can try:

  • Bouldering
  • Kayaking
  • Slackline
  • Stand-up paddleboard
  • Yoga
  • And more!

For the Athletic Experts

Riverrock attracts professionals of all types of outdoor sports with challenging competitions that encourage them to prove their skills. These masterful athletes compete against one another in tiered tournaments that find the best of the best. These events are not for the weak-hearted – only pros in the sport are recommended to register. Competitions include:

  • Mountain Bike Time Trial
  • Mountain Bike Enduro
  • Monsters of James Fishing Tournament
  • James River Scramble (10k)
  • Kayak Boatercross
  • SUP Cross
  • Boulder Bash
  • Speed Comp
  • Bust the Banks Half Marathon
  • And more!

Just a Spectator?

As thrilling as these competitions are, some outdoor sports are better left to the professionals. It’s better to stand on the sidelines and cheer than take on a sport you barely know for the clout.

That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy them though!

All of these events are open to spectators who want to watch ranked athletes compete and show off their crazy-impossible skills. See how the professionals do it and get inspired to try it for yourself, with the beginners classes of course. Or just watch for the love of the sport – whatever floats your boat.

For Those Just Looking to Have a Good Time

Are the outdoors not really your thing? Riverrock has plenty of entertainment for those who like to avoid physical activity if they can help it. From live music to effortless yet engaging pop-up events, you can enjoy just about everything.

As a premier music festival, Riverrock takes summer concerts to the next level with tons of local and well-known bands. You can relax on Brown Island’s field with your friends and listen to a range of genres all day long. The lineup for this year has it all – bluegrass, rock, indie, and even a tribute to the great Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings.

Got an eye for nature? Or a furry friend with lots of talent? Riverrock has separate competitions for the non-sporty outdoor enthusiasts including photo and video contests for budding and professional photographers. The Ultimate Air Dogs competition is for all fidos who are ready to take the leap.

Pop-up Events

For more go-with-the-flow people that are just looking to have some fun, there are various different pop-up events happening all weekend long. From yoga classes and trail runs to group art installations, bike exhibitions and more, there are plenty of activities available to help you explore the outdoors.

With so much happening, it’s hard to keep track of it all! For more events and information, check out their festival schedule.

Plan Your Trip

Riverrock isn’t just for Richmond natives – this nationally known festival is visited by many people from across the coast! If you’re just visiting for the weekend, or you’ve got relatives coming down for the festivities, make sure you have a good plan for lodging and parking.

This festival draws crowds from everywhere, which means the city’s about to be jam-packed!


Hate parallel parking? Large crowds make you nervous? We get it.

CityParking has several locations right by Brown’s Island, so you can be right by all the action and not have to park miles away. Whether you’re only planning to attend one class or intend to be there from dawn to dusk, you can pay by the hour or reserve for the day – whichever works best!

Find your spot today and get your gear ready to celebrate Richmond’s outdoor scene at one of our largest outdoor festivals!