The festival will soon be here! Sweet smells of coconut-scented sunscreen and deep-fried elephant ears will soon waft across the stages and past the crowds that come annually to experience the Watermelon Festival. The streets will teem with people seemingly enchanted by the music, fanfare and sweet aromas.
Big bands, jugglers, and folk acts will entertain from six outdoor stages. This year’s Carytown Watermelon Festival is an experience no one should forgo; this is the jubilant peak of summer in Richmond. last year, 118,000 people made their way to the celebration, buzzing like bees to the hive. The Shriners sliced through a record number of watermelons, feeding the swarms of visitors over twenty-six hundred juicy melons.
The festival will be just as lively this summer, with expectations of even more attendees than last year. there are nearly 50 performances scheduled and more than one hundred street vendors planning to transform Cary Street into the granddaddy of street festivals. Merchants are already decorating their windows with watermelon motifs, while the real watermelons are ripe for the picking and will soon be given a royal welcome in Carytown.
For 25 years and two generations of customers, Mongrel has served as Richmond’s uncommon card and gift store. From the irreverent card to the perfect gift, Mongrel is filled with life choices-for home, body, mind and soul. While at Mongrel, laughing out loud is a must and running into old friends is assured. Whether you have hours to spend or are on the run, Mongrel is a Carytown destination... voted “The Best” in shopping year after year.