JRA Events

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.

James RiverFestThe 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 25, 2015 www.jamesriverfest.org


Westover Lawn party 2009

Annual Westover Lawn Party

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.

2015 Westover Lawn Party

James River Batteau RodeoJames River Rundown

Ready to test your grit? 

The James River Rundown is a 100 mile paddling race that runs 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

James River Splash and DashJames River Splash & Dash

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.

James River Batteau RodeoInterpretive Paddle Series

Explore the James River and its tributaries all summer. Free to the public. Find out more, and register here.


The Tire-Less JamesThe Tire-Less James

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.


Train Derailment in Lynchburg A Taste of the James

Come out to get a taste of delicious seafood and other great food, wine from the Williamsburg Winery, local craft beer, live music, local artists, a live and silent auction and lots of great children’s activities. Enjoy our Plein Aire Art of the James River. Meet the artists and buy a piece in support of the James. Purchase your tickets here.


Annual Meeting Oyster Roast

Thursday, October 16, 20146:00 - 7:00 pm; Program 7:00 pm, Rockett's Landing in Richmond. Directions.

Special Thanks to:

James River Splash and Dash Sponsor 
Estes HardywoodJames River Splash and Dash Sponsor JRA Annual Meeting Sponsor

2013 JRA River Hero Awards

2012 JRA River Hero Award Recepients.

2014 "What a Healthy River Means to Me""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!

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