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Parks and Recreation Planning for a Fun Filled Summer Programming to include Festival of Arts,Jubilation in June Festival, and the introduction of Jazz at the Fountain

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!

Parks and Recreation will be introducing Jazz at the Fountain at Fountain Lake in Byrd Park as a new event for 2023. On Sunday, June 4, Jazz at the Fountain will feature Richmond native Chan Hall beginning at 4 p.m. Visitors are invited to bring out their lawn chairs to enjoy the afternoon by the lake. Subsequent performances will take place on July 2, August 6, and September 3.

Starting the Festival of Arts season, PRCF in partnership with the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Engagement, will host the National Immigrant Heritage Month Festival on Saturday, June 10 beginning at 11 a.m. at Dogwood Dell. This event will feature performances from the Panama Traditional Dance Group, Salsa Rueda de Casino representing Cuba, and a traditional performance from Afghanistan with food from Central America, Ukraine, and Argentina.

The department will host the 2nd Annual Jubilation in June, with the kickoff beginning at the 66th annual Festival of Arts. Desiree Roots and Friends will be performing at Dogwood Dell, 600 S. Arthur Ashe Blvd, on Friday, June 16 at 8 p.m. On Saturday, June 17, the Dell will host the R& B cover band Legacy Band beginning at 8 p.m. On Sunday June 19, Jubilation in June will culminate with a festival co-sponsored by Radio One Richmond at Intermediate Terminal (3101 Wharf Street) beginning at 3:30 p.m. This festival will feature performances from the Virginia Union University choir, national recording group WanMor, and DJs from Power 92.1 and Kiss Richmond. The festival will end with a fireworks show beginning at 9:15 p.m.

The full schedule for the 66th Festival of Arts can be found on the Parks and Recreation website.

The department is also hosting summer camps that will begin on Tuesday, June 20. There are still slots available for the Summer Blast Day Camp, Pine Camp Summer Spotlight, Summer Dance Intensive, Theatre Fundamentals camp for teens, Page to Stage Theater Camp, and Nature Film Camp.  More information can be found on our registration site under the “Spring& Summer Camps” tab.

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