Arts and Culture (Best of Richmond) 

click to enlarge The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts - SCOTT ELMQUIST
  • Scott Elmquist
  • The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Best local museum

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA)

200 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd.

804-340-1400

Best local film festival

Richmond International Film Festival

Rvafilmfestival.com (various locations)

click to enlarge The Byrd Theatre is one of the most beautiful movie palaces on the East Coast. In addition to hosting diverse local film festivals, it has hosted artists ranging from John Waters and Crispin Glover to comedians Margaret Cho and Harry Shearer, even Hollywood stars such as Tom Hanks and more recently, Ethan Hawke. - SCOTT ELMQUIST
  • Scott Elmquist
  • The Byrd Theatre is one of the most beautiful movie palaces on the East Coast. In addition to hosting diverse local film festivals, it has hosted artists ranging from John Waters and Crispin Glover to comedians Margaret Cho and Harry Shearer, even Hollywood stars such as Tom Hanks and more recently, Ethan Hawke.

Best local theater

The Byrd Theatre

2908 W. Cary St.

804-358-3056

click to enlarge Virginia Repertory Theatre hosts theatrical productions at the Sara Belle and Neil November Theatre on Broad Street. - SCOTT ELMQUIST
  • Scott Elmquist
  • Virginia Repertory Theatre hosts theatrical productions at the Sara Belle and Neil November Theatre on Broad Street.

Best local theater company

Virginia Repertory Theatre

114 W Broad St.

804-282-2620

Best outdoor festival

Daydream Fest, held at Main Line Brewery (May 30, 2022)

click to enlarge Cris Jacobs band performs at Friday Cheers in 2021 at Brown's Island. - SCOTT ELMQUIST
  • Scott Elmquist
  • Cris Jacobs band performs at Friday Cheers in 2021 at Brown's Island.

Best concert series

Friday Cheers at Brown's Island

venturerichmond.com

Best dance company

Richmond Urban Dance

900 Catherine St.

804-833-5466

click to enlarge Independent art gallery Gallery5 in Jackson Ward plays host to a number of concerts, art shows, and community events. - SCOTT ELMQUIST
  • Scott Elmquist
  • Independent art gallery Gallery5 in Jackson Ward plays host to a number of concerts, art shows, and community events.

Best independent gallery

Gallery5

200 W. Marshall St.

gallery5arts.org

click to enlarge The Shins perform to a packed house at The National on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2022. - BRENT BALDWIN
  • Brent Baldwin
  • The Shins perform to a packed house at The National on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2022.

Best concert venue

The National

708 E. Broad St.

804-612-1900

click to enlarge Los Angeles-raised artist Kehinde Wiley's "Rumors of War" (2019) in front of VMFA. - SCOTT ELMQUIST
  • Scott Elmquist
  • Los Angeles-raised artist Kehinde Wiley's "Rumors of War" (2019) in front of VMFA.

Best public art

Kehinde Wiley’s “Rumors of War” (2019), located in front of VMFA at 200 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd.

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