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35th Annual Second Street Festival in Richmond, Virginia


Second Street Festival 2023: A colorful crowd enjoying music, art, food, and community spirit in Richmond's Jackson Ward. Attorney Holly Ortiz and Attorney Porscha Brown are featured under the 2nd Street Festival Banner smiling.

Last weekend, our attorneys and staff were grateful to have the opportunity to represent the Pendleton Law Team at the 35th Anniversary of the Second Street Festival in Richmond, Virginia. This FREE two-day extravaganza, organized by Venture Richmond, showcased the heart and soul of the city’s Jackson Ward neighborhood, a historically African-American district known for its significant contributions to Richmond’s culture and history.

Celebrating Jackson Ward in Richmond, Virginia

The festival combines music, art, food, and history to create a unique and memorable experience for attendees. One of the festival’s main draws is its exceptional musical lineup. This year, the organizers outdid themselves with a mix of local, national, and international talent. The stages were graced with a diverse array of music genres, including jazz, blues, R&B, gospel, and hip-hop. From the soulful melodies of local jazz artists to the infectious rhythms of international percussion ensembles, there was something for everyone. 

The art scene at the Second Street Festival was equally impressive. Local artists displayed their work, from vibrant paintings to intricate sculptures, providing a platform to share their talent with the community. Artisans and craft vendors offered unique, handcrafted goods, making it a great place to find one-of-a-kind gifts.

The culinary offerings at the festival were a mouthwatering journey through Southern cuisine. Food vendors served up a variety of delicious dishes, from classic Southern comfort food to international flavors. Our team REALLY enjoyed a wide variety of cuisine from Mama J’s, Big Herm’s Kitchen, and Buna Kurs Ethiopian Cafe.

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“Harlem of the South”

The Second Street Festival also provided a chance to delve into Richmond’s history. Jackson Ward, known as the “Harlem of the South” during the early 20th century, has a rich African-American cultural heritage. Festival-goers had the opportunity to explore the neighborhood’s historical landmarks and learn about its role in the Civil Rights Movement.

Beyond the music, art, food, and history, the Second Street Festival is an embodiment of community spirit. It’s a time when residents and visitors come together to celebrate the city’s cultural diversity, fostering a sense of unity and belonging.

As the sun set on the Second Street Festival in Richmond, Virginia, it left behind memories of a weekend filled with fantastic music, inspiring art, delicious food, dancing, Double Dutch, and a profound connection to the city’s rich history. The festival served as a reminder of the power of culture and community to bring people together. We look forward to next year’s festival!

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