Everything you need to know: 36th annual Carytown Watermelon Festival


RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — More than 100,000 people are expected to hit Carytown this Sunday for the 36th Annual Watermelon Festival. The festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. along W. Cary Street.

During those hours, expect road closures with detours on Routes 5 Cary/Main/Whitcomb, 20 Orbital and 78 Cary/Maymont. GRTC provided the details for the detours on its site, which you can find below:

Routes 5 and 78
Westbound: Via Main St. (Ellwood Ave.) buses continue to Nansemond Ave. to bus stop #864 (temporary end-of-line).
Eastbound: Via Ellwood Ave. leaving bus stop #864, buses turn right on Thompson St., right on Grove Ave., right on Arthur Ashe Blvd., left on Cary St. and resume regular routing.

Route 20
Southbound: Via Main St. (Ellwood Ave.) buses turn left on Thompson St., right on Cary St., left onto the Downtown Expressway, take the exit at Rosewood Ave., turn left on McCloy St. and resume regular routing.
Northbound: Via Idlewood Ave., buses continue to Robinson St., turn left on Robinson St. and continue onto regular routing.

Parking for the festival is allowed at:

  • City stadiums
  • Side streets surrounding Carytown
  • Parking decks in the area

Parking is prohibited at the Kroger and old Martin’s parking lots near the entrance of Carytown. Be aware of any other “no parking” signs. Towing will be enforced.

Road closures will be in effect all day Sunday until 9 p.m. If you’re taking GRTC to the festival, you’re encouraged to exit anywhere on Main/Ellwood and continue south.

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