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Richmond’s distinctive music venues draw crowds from across Virginia, no matter their tastes in music. From intimate nightclubs to large-scale arenas, Richmond has a spot for every genre of music, and every artist, from local musicians to “Top 20” headliners.

For patrons of classical music, Richmond’s prestigious symphony, orchestra, and opera demonstrate the city’s dedication to the arts. The Richmond Symphony is a professional, award-winning symphony that makes performs over 200 times each year around the Richmond area. Founded in 1957, the symphony’s repertoire includes both traditional symphonic music and contemporary gospel, jazz, and classical.

Known for exceptional performances, the Virginia Opera regularly performs in the Richmond area. The Opera has the largest opera education and outreach program in America. The Richmond Philharmonic Orchestra is comprised largely of professionals dedicated to classical music; the Orchestra performs six times per season in the area.


Located inside a historic downtown theater is eclectic concert venue The National. The renovated theater retains the charm of its glory days, while modern updates make it comfortable for a night out dancing. The venue is known for the diversity of its shows. One night, a dance party will rage as a DJ spins the Billboard Top 20; the next night, a Beatles cover band or a seated folk-rock concert steal the stage. The venue has an in-house bar for patrons over 21.


The Richmond CenterStage performing arts complex includes three performance venues and a visual arts gallery in order to bring a variety of acts to the people of Richmond. The renovated and restored Carpenter Theatre combines first-rate acoustics and state-of-the-art lighting with an Old World atmosphere. Four bars make refreshment breaks brief, so patrons at the 1,800 seat theater don’t miss any of the world-class performance. Fiber optic stars are installed on the midnight sky ceiling to enhance the experience.

The intimate, 200-seat Gottwald Playhouse combines the noteworthy acoustics and lighting of the Carpenter Theatre on a smaller scale so that even patrons in the back row feel a connection with the performers. Rhythm Hall is a venue reserved for small, local acts to foster a feeling of community and give Richmond artists the chance to gain exposure.

Innsbrook After Hours is a venue dedicated to providing the Richmond area with outdoor concert events. Many nationally established acts have performed at Innsbrook, from Chicago to Sublime to Earth Wind and Fire. The family-friendly venue is open for shows in the spring and summer.


Known for its acoustics, the Landmark Theater is a venue owned by the City of Richmond which presents a variety of events, from comedians to Broadway to nationally-acclaimed music artists. The Theater has been open for more than 80 years, and is found in a charming, historic building next to the Virginia Commonwealth University campus.


Richmond’s largest venue, the Richmond Coliseum, seats 13,500. The venue has hosted many major-label artists, and during the sports season, hosts home games for the Richmond Raiders. Over the years, the stadium has been a regular stop for professional wrestling promotions. The Richmond Coliseum is the second largest sports arena in Virginia.