Each year the James River Association holds a few signature events to raise funds and awareness in support of the James River. Below are our signature events - you don't want to miss them! Check out the JRA calendar for a complete list of upcoming James River events and activities.
The James RiverFest
The James RiverFest is an annual artisan festival highlighting environmental education at the Eco Discovery Park in Williamsburg. This festival included on the water activities, fun and educational activities for children, food vendors, live music and performers, kayaking, free boat tours, and a wide variety of vendors and environmental booths. April 30, 2016 www.jamesriverfest.org
A Taste of the James - April 10, 2016
Come out to get a taste of great food, including a delicious seafood bar, cocktails, music, a live and silent auction plus lots of children’s activities at Two Rivers Country Club in Williamsburg. Purchase your tickets here.
26th Annual Westover Lawn Party - June 4, 2016
This fun-filled day is our primary fundraiser and is held on the banks of the James River in Charles City County each year in June. Hundreds of attendees, both volunteers and guests, help us enjoy this annual event with great food and music, live and silent auctions and a variety of children's activities.
James River Rundown - June 11 - 12, 2016
Ready to test your grit?
The James River Rundown is a 140 mile, 100 mile, and 20 mile paddling races that run straight through the heart of Virginia, on the historic James River. This isn't a relaxing float to enjoy, competitors will fight through wind, natural obstacles and fatigue to claim victory. Grab your gear and join us for a wild ride! Join us, with your friends and family, for an after event party featuring music, Hardywood Park Craft Brewery beer and food sales at the American Legion. www.jamesriverrundown.org
Lynchburg James River Splash & Dash - August 9, 2016
Richmond James River Splash & Dash - July 16, 2016
The James River Splash & Dash is a fun run and flat water tube. Participants run a trail course, grab a tube, paddle (with their hands) across a stretch of the James, and run their tube to the finish line. After the race, JRA hosts an after party that includes a band, food, beer and more! We host two events, one in Richmond and one in Lynchburg each July. For more information visit www.jrsplashanddash.org.
Interpretive Paddle Series
Explore the James River and its tributaries all summer. Free to the public. Find out more, and register here.
The Tire-Less James - September 19, October 3, 2015
Volunteers are needed to remove tires -- and only tires -- from the James River during the second annual Tire-less James event. JRA is partnering with Virginia Canals & Navigations Society and the Heart of Virginia Council Boy Scouts of America in The Tire-less James project on September 19, October 3, 2015 . Register your team here.
"What a Healthy River Means to Me" Poster Contest
JRA conducted a poster contest, "What a Healthy River Means to Me" for public middle school science students in the City of Richmond, City of Lynchburg, City of Williamsburg/James City and in the counties of Henrico and Chesterfield that lie within 5 miles of the James River. The poster contest was designed for students to apply what they have learned about a healthy river ecosystem. They illustrated the impact of clean water on their community; on the way in which people use the river; the benefits to wildlife; and the student’s life. View our Blog to see the winners!
Wednesday, November 18, 2015; cocktails and hors D'oeuvres from 6-7; program at 7
The James River Association's Annual Meeting and Oyster Roast will be held on Wednesday, November 18 at Willow Oaks Country Club. The evening will begin with cocktails and an oyster roast at 6:00 pm followed by a short program highlighting our 2015 State of the James report and an update on our programs.
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