If you’ve lived in Richmond for more than two weeks, you’ve probably figured out a couple of things (though hopefully more): We can’t get enough craft beer, and we can’t get enough festivals.
And as far as I can tell that’s especially true of RVA’s outdoors lovers. If I know one thing about the car with a boat or bike rack on it driving around town, it’s that the people inside love them some beer, preferably served at a live event featuring music.
That’s why we’re excited to promote Richmond’s first Know Good Beer and Music Festival to be held September 19 on Brown’s Island from 2-9 p.m. The Proceeds from the festival benefit WNRN, a listener-supported, independent radio station broadcasting on 103.1 FM in Richmond. The first Know Good Beer and Music Festival was held two years ago in Charlottesville, where the WNRN station is located. Since an ever-increasing number of members and supporters of the station are from the Richmond area, organizers decided to bring a fall beer and music festival to Richmond.
This festival can be distinguished from other beer festivals by the musical lineup and the inclusion of Richmond breweries. “We take the music just as seriously as the beer. Great music and great beer go hand in hand,” says Jeremiah Jenkins of Black Bear Productions, which manages production for the festival.
Bands Blitzen Trapper, Kopecky, Those Darlins and Sleepwalkers are the four acts. The first three tour regularly through Richmond, and Sleepwalkers are based here. On the beer front, over sixty beers will be available to sample — from Richmond-based to Mid-Atlantic and national craft breweries.
While some folks might be concerned that September 19 is the opening weekend of the UCI World Cycling Championships, organizers are confident that traffic will not be much of an issue.
“Since there are only two time trials that day, we don’t have to worry much about the street closures. The downtown expressway will be wide open, and those close enough to walk or bike can just ride down to the canal walk,” according to festival organizer, Andrew Craft.
Street closure information is available at Richmond2015.com. Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at the gate. But you can also win a pair of tickets this Friday and next (both at 2:30 p.m) by sharing our Facebook post about the event and sending your name and email address to Andy@richmondoutside.
(And while you’re down there, look for the James River Association tent, where we’ll be selling our crazy-popular vintage-style James River Park posters.)