April 27th, 2019 | 11 AM to 3 PM | Historic Tredegar, RVA

Thanks to everyone who came out to join us for Richmond’s first Party for the Planet festival. Mother Earth certainly treated us well with the gorgeous weather. We loved celebrating with you, and we hope to see you back next year - mark your calendars for our tentative 2020 date, April 25th!

Taking place just by the river at Historic Tredegar, Party for the Planet is a FREE, non-profit hosted, family-friendly festival dedicated to environmentally-friendly living and sustainability. Honoring Earth Day, environmental groups and businesses will come together with local music, food and drinks to ignite interest in the health and well-being of our bodies, our city, and our earth.

Highlights include: Earth Day 5K Race Without a Trace; live music and entertainment including bands YARN, FREE UNION and LOBO MARINO; craft beer, wine, and local food trucks; kid-friendly activities; local community organizations, non-profits, artists and vendors; educational demos and activities to build interest in sustainability, health, and the environment; well-behaved, leashed dogs welcome!

Hosted by Viridiant, local non-profit committed to advancing sustainable construction


Want to learn more about the festival and 5K?

Scroll down or watch Viridiant Executive Director, KC Bleile, speak with Jessica Knoll of CBS6 and Katie Dupree of ABC8 about all of the great activities, music, and partnerships that will make this Earth Day Celebration the best yet!


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10:45 - 11 AM


11 AM


1 PM


3 PM at The Broadberry

Party for the Planet’s Official After Party!

Tickets: $17 with code partyfortheplanet

Lineup: No Bs! Brass, The Trongone Band, The Congress, Kenneka Cook, Camp Howard, Piranha Rama, Calvin Presents, + DJ Ghozt


Earth Day 5K Race without a trace

Results are posted!

Run, walk or stroll down around Belle and Brown Islands and see the beauty of the James River and its downtown surroundings. Learn easy ways to help the environment along the course and finish at Party for the Planet festival! The race name says it all – our goal is to combine one of the city’s most environmentally friendly races with the most fun possible. Let us show you what the riverfront is all about! Families, children, strollers (no wider than 41 inches) and well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome! 

Kids Zone

Party for the Planet is a festival for the whole family! Bring the kiddos to enjoy an afternoon outside with fun activities including:

  • Bounce house & slide

  • Petting zoo

  • Play with Clay

  • Bubbles

  • Bean bag toss


Throughout the festival, RVA Paddlesports will treat attendees to low-cost ($10) rafting trips down some of the most iconic rapids on the James. As long as river conditions permit, Richmonders ages 8+ will enjoy a short 30-45 min rafting trip and experience the beauty and thrill that makes this the River City.* Come river ready and prepare to get wet!

*Rafting options on April 27th will be dictated by the water level that day



Get great deals on used paddling, hiking, camping, and biking gear, plus clothing and loads of other outdoor stuff. Have gear you’re ready to part with? JROC will sell your items at the festival with 20% of all sales going to JROC to help improve OUR James River Park System.

Pre-Event River Clean Up

Join Keep Virginia Beautiful for a Party for the Planet clean up of the area surrounding Tredegar and Belle Isle. Meet in Tredegar parking lot at 9am. We’ll clean up til 10:15 where we’ll meet back and take a group picture.  We’ll even have some special guests from RVA Goats who will help us tackle invasive weeds and plants!  

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Play with clay

Let the kids get their hands dirty by creating a masterpiece with clay! When kids work with this natural material, they’re improving their self-expression, fine motor skills, self esteem, and problem solving skills. Artists from the Visual Arts Center of Richmond will engage your family with clay, donated by Clayworks Supplies, to create a fun, creative experience for all. 

SOles4souls Shoe Drive

Bring pairs of new or gently-worn shoes to the 5K and/or festival to donate them to Soles4Souls, a non-profit social enterprise that creates sustainable jobs and provides relief through the distribution of shoes and clothing around the world. 

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Join Chrysalis for a 15-minute mindfulness and meditation session. We’ll talk a bit about mindfulness - what it is and how it is of benefit - then be led in a brief mindfulness practice. The meditation will have a focus on awareness of the health of our river and planet. The session will meet on the blue stone patio of the American Civil War Memorial at 12:45 PM.


Outdoor Yoga Session

Join Mobile OM Yoga & Wellness for outdoor yoga overlooking the James River on the patio of the American Civil War Museum at Historic Tredegar at 10 AM. Enjoy the free, restorative session at 10 AM and then stick around for all of the festival fun starting at 11 AM! If you're looking for an even bigger fitness challenge, join us for yoga at 10 AM and then run, jog or walk our Earth Day 5K Race Without a Trace starting at 11 AM!

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Free BIKE valet and repair

What better way to honor the earth than to ditch the car and ride your bike to the festival? Take advantage of a free bike valet from I am RVA. And while you’re down there, get a free bike tune-up from Bike Walk RVA and Groundwork RVA!


Throughout the festival, we’ll have educational workshops on the blue stone patio of the American Civil War Memorial.

10:00 AM: Yoga

12:45 PM: Mindful Meditation

1:00 PM: Gardening 101

1:30 PM: Biking in RVA 101

2:00 PM: Composting 101


Electric VEHicles

Drive Electric RVA is teaming up with Virginia Clean Cities and the Sierra Club Virginia Chapter to bring electric vehicles to the first annual Party for the Planet!

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Richmond cohousing

April 27th is National Cohousing Open House Day! Visit Richmond Cohousing, a group who is working with Viridiant (festival hosts) to have their cohousing development be EarthCraft certified! They are creating a diverse, multigenerational community which is socially and environmentally sustainable.


Celebration of Sustainability

In honor of Earth Day, Viridiant hosts a celebration of Sustainability which includes our Building Sustainability Conference and Awards, the Building Sustainability Tour, and the Party for the Planet. Come check out 1 or all 3!

Partners, Vendors & Sponsors

Come on out on April 27th to join all of these awesome local organizations, artists, food trucks, and businesses!

Partners & vendors

Project Green

Puebla Designs

Recycling Perks

Red Lintu

R. Kaelber Artworks

Richmond Cohousing

RVA Bike Share

RVA Environmental Film Festival

RVA Goats

RVA Paddlesports

Sapphire Ceramics

Sierra Club Virginia Chapter

Sigora Solar


Sprout About Mobile Market

Sweet Heat Candles

The Book Lady

The Passage

Used & Rare

Vegan Action

Virginia Clean Cities at JMU

Virginia League of Conservation Voters

Visual Arts Center of Richmond

Wandering Cow Farm

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Bath Fitter

Bike Walk RVA

Citizens' Climate Lobby and Education

Clayworks Supplies

Delta Temp Geothermal Heating and Cooling

Dominion Energy Green Power

Drive Electric RVA

Earth Day Network

Groundwork RVA

I am RVA

Inka Designs by Diana

James River Association

James River Outdoor Coalition

Keep Virginia Beautiful

Kick the Straw at VCU

Kombi Keg RVA

Kultivate Wellness

L.L. Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools

Lobo Marino

Mansara Architecture

Mobile OM Yoga and Wellness

ModGyrl Cosmetics

Nimbus Massage

Natural Organic Process Enterprises (NOPE)


Office for Human Services/Richmond Public Library


…and MANY more! Check back for updates.



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