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Celebrate Jackson Ward: Past Present and Future

  • Abner Clay Park Brook Road and Clay Street Richmond, VA 23219 (map)

Celebrate Jackson Ward: Past Present and Future will showcase the unique history of Jackson Ward through the stories and performances from various individuals and organizations that continue to make a positive impact on the area. Proceeds from the festival will be used to benefit the Friends Association for Children, The Black History Museum and Cultural Arts Center of Virginia and G.W. Carver Elementary School. The Festival will feature three days of performances and activities. Anchored by a performance by the Richmond Symphony under its new “Big Tent” with Virginia Repertory Theatre, Richmond Jazz Society and Elegba Folklore Society, the festival will also give many professional, community and school groups an opportunity to perform on the Symphony’s new state-of-the-art outdoor stage.  The Festival will also highlight Art 180’s Really Big Show as part of the weekend’s festivities.  Bring your lawn chair and enjoy the music! Festival admittance is free and open to the public.

Read the full press release.


Friday, May 20 | 5 – 7:30pm
Art 180’s Really Big Show

Saturday, May 21 | 12 – 9pm
Friends Association for Children – Choir
Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra
TRAIN – Virginia Repertory Theatre/Cadence Theatre
Drums No Guns
Ezibu Muntu African Dance Company
Daughters and Sons of Muntu
Richmond Youth Jazz Guild
City Dance Theatre
One Voice Chorus Ensemble
Richmond Jazz Society
Johnny Houston, Saxophone
Richmond Symphony with Virginia Repertory Theatre
Elegba Folklore Society
Celebrate Jackson Ward Community Chorus

Sunday, May 22 | 12 – 6pm
Community Celebration
St. Paul’s Baptist Church Male Chorus
Ebenezer Baptist Church Bell Choir
Ebenezer Baptist Church Praise/Liturgical Dance

Thank you to those that have submitted their interest to perform – we are no longer able to accept performance requests.


Guided Tours by Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia
Walking Tours sponsored by Historic Jackson Ward Association
Saturday Beer Garden
Local food trucks
Community and merchandise vendors

Earlier Event: May 20