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Fall Break in Richmond

The Bonner Center for Civic Engagement encourages University of Richmond students to use their Fall Break to take advantage of the dynamic offerings of the Richmond region and learn about the city in which they study and live.   

Explore Arts and Culture

RVA First Fridays (Friday, October 7)
Richmond's most popular arts and culture program, RVA First Fridays, showcases nearly 40 venues in downtown Richmond. The University and greater Richmond communities are invited to begin each art walk during the academic year at UR Downtown for refreshments and entertainment. This week, join UR Downtown for a special RVA First Friday: a "Fall into the City" excursion to Candela Gallery to see STUMP, a group exhibition featuring photographic artists whose work is politically salient, couched in national issues, or generally steeped in concerns we are all facing. Take the 5 p.m. shuttle from campus, and have the option to continue your night after visiting the gallery by making the short walk over to the Folk Festival.
Shuttles run from Tyler Haynes Commons to UR Downtown on the hour from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and return to campus from UR Downtown at :25 after the hour until 9:25 p.m. Richmond on Broad Café re-opens from 5 to 7:30 p.m. and serves dinner specials.

Richmond Folk Festival (Friday, October 7-Sunday, October 9)
Last year this festival attracted more than 200,000 people to downtown Richmond's riverfront to celebrate the roots, richness and variety of American culture through music, dance traditional crafts, storytelling and food. The Richmond Folk Festival has become one of Virginia’s largest and most-loved events of the year and has been voted as the best musical festival in Richmond several years running. The 2016 Festival will bring a new and similarly amazing list of performers, artists and exhibitors.
Shuttles will leave from the Transportation Hub. For a full schedule of Folk Festival shuttles, click here.

There are opportunities to attend or to volunteer at the Richmond Folk Festival.

Explore Richmond’s Neighborhoods

Saturday, October 8 from 11:00a.m.-12:30p.m. Free Walking Tour of Downtown Richmond (Leaves from 3rd and Marshall)*
Saturday, October 8 from 3:30-5:00p.m. Free Walking Tour of Historic Church Hill (Leaves from 25th and Broad)**
Sunday, October 9 from 2:00p.m.-4:00p.m. Sunday Specialty Tour of Hollywood Cemetery

*Take the Route 16 GRTC bus from campus, get off at Franklin and 4th, and walk 5 minutes down Marshall Street

**Take the Route 16 GRTC bus from campus, get off at Main and 11th, walk 5 minutes to Route 44 GRTC bus (Fairmount), located at Broad and 11th, get off at Marshall and 24th, walk 2 minutes to 25th and Broad.

To get a GRTC bus pass, click here.

Explore Richmond’s Museums

*Take the Route 16 GRTC from the Commons, get off at Grove and Boulevard. Alternatively, take the UR Downtown shuttle to Thompson & Grove, and walk 7 blocks down Grove.

**Take shuttle to UR Downtown; both locations are within a quick 10-15 minute walk.

And if you are already near UR Downtown, be sure to check out: the City Hall Observation Deck, Capitol Square, and Richmond on Broad cafe.


The Virginia Home Fall Festival, Monday, October 10 from 9:30a.m.-12p.m.
The Fall Festival has a variety of fun activity booths which include a petting zoo, caricatures, photo booth, and a variety of interactive games. There will also be performances by local musicians. Volunteers are needed to be Festival Buddies. Volunteers will be pushing and assisting residents as they participate in activities.

John Marshall High School, Monday, October 10 from 11:30a.m.-1p.m.
Volunteers are need to facilitate a workshop with high school juniors to help prepare them for college life. Topics can vary from college application, financial aid, student organizations, and general transition to college information. 

If you are interested in either of these volunteer opportunities, please contact Adrienne Piazza

Additional Activities 

Looking for more activities in Richmond over Fall Break?

Visit the Downtown Ambassadors blog to find even more ways to engage with the city!

Recreation and Wellness Equipment Rentals

Recreation and Wellness has a fall break deal! Outdoor equipment is available for rental at a special weekend rate! Check out the numerous equipment items you can rent. 

OAR desk is open all weekdays from 4-6 p.m. (fall break included).