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Parks and Recreation Planning for a Fun Filled Summer

Looking for something to do this summer? The City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities (PRCF) is sure to have an event or program to kick start your summer along with great, free activities for everyone in your family!

This year, the department will host the inaugural Jubilation in June Festival, with the kickoff beginning at the 65th annual Festival of Arts on Friday, June 17 at 8 p.m. with a performance from the R&B cover band Legacy Band at Dogwood Dell, 600 S. Arthur Ashe Blvd. For those not able to make it to the amphitheater, the department will also have a live stream on Facebook. On Saturday, June 18, the department will host “Shared History in Stories” at 17th Street Market beginning at 10 a.m. as part of the Jubilation in June weekend celebration. “Shared History in Stories” will have a theater production titled “Journey to Freedom” performed by students from the Journey- Mapping Your Career program from the Cultural Arts division. On Sunday June 19, Jubilation in June will culminate with a festival on at Deepwater Terminal (3101 Wharf Street) beginning at 4 p.m. This festival will feature performances from local artist Bee Bouiseou and national recording artists The Hamiltones performing from their album “1964”. The festival will end with a fireworks show beginning at 9:15 p.m.

Saturday night for the Festival of Arts brings out the Kings of Swing (better known as KOS) to the Dell stage playing pop and beach music. The full season schedule can be found on the Parks and Recreation website.

On Thursday, June 23, residents are invited to join PRCF for the introduction of RVA Summer Nights starting at Monroe Park. Local band, Weekend Plans will kick off this new addition to our summer line up. The full schedule is listed on the full Festival of Arts schedule on the department website.

The department is also hosting summer camps that are slated to begin on July 5. There are still slots available for the Great Summer Escape, Hickory Hill Theater Intensive, Summer Dance Intensive, Summer Quest for Teens, and Nature Film Camp.  More information can be found on our registration site under the “Summer Camp” tab.

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