RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A community festival taking place this month that benefits the arts in Richmond Public Schools has announced its lineup.

The RVA East End Festival, on Saturday, Sept. 24, is free and runs from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Henry Marsh Elementary School at 813 North 28th Street with a variety of professional, amateur and student performers.

“Since 2016, the RVA East End Festival has raised over $400,000 to support music, visual arts and performing arts programs at five elementary schools, two middle schools and one high schools in the East End communities of the Richmond Public Schools system,” James “Saxsmo” Gates, festival co-chair said in a press release.

East End Festival benefits RPS' cultural arts programs
The last time the RVA East End Festival was held was in 2019 (Photo: 8News).

“We invite the entire Richmond region to join us on Sept. 24 for an exciting and inspirational event to support our amazing students in the East End,” Rev. Marilyn Heckstall, festival co-chair said in an announcement. “The festival kicks off at noon with a rousing intro by the RPS All City Marching Band followed by a spectacular lineup of some of the best national and local artists in the Richmond music scene.”

The East End Festival lineup includes:

  • Richmond Public Schools All City Marching Band
  • Woodville, Fairfield, Redd, and Overby-Sheppard combined bands
  • Musicians from the Richmond Symphony
  • Mr. Chubby and Sugarfoot
  • James “Saxsmo” Gates
  • Dap Mallory Band
  • Johnny Lee Long Band
  • Tre Charles
  • Richmond Urban Dance
  • Artistry in Motion/Performing Arts Center
  • Decori and NXD
  • BlackLiq
  • Ban Caribe
  • Legacy Band

Ten food trucks and about 20 vendors will also be on-site at the event.

More information is available at the RVA East End Festival website. People can donate to support the festival online or at the event.