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All demo areas are FREE!


You must get a wristband from the Interactive Village Check-In tent, which is located adjacent to Tredegar Street in between Brown’s Island and Historic Tredegar, before participating in any of the demos.

Try A Kayak

Jackson Kayak and Appomattox River Company are providing recreational kayaks for any festival-goer to paddle around in the canal during Dominion Energy Riverrock free of charge. Being on a kayak is one of the best ways to see some of the excitement on Brown's Island. Come one, come all! The kayak demos are FREE to the public. Kayaks and paddles will be provided. Check in just below the vehicle access bridge to Brown's Island. Appomattox River Company store representatives will be on hand to teach you proper techniques.


A what? A SUP - or a Stand Up Paddleboard. SUP is one of the fastest growing watersports in the world, and you have a chance to experience the fad. In addition to the two competitions (SUP Cross and SUP Enduro) at the festival, we're also offering free SUP demos for anyone interested in giving it a try. All SUP's and paddles are provided by Boardworks Surf and Appomattox River Company. Check in just below the vehicle access bridge to Brown's Island. Appomattox River Company store representatives will be on hand to teach you proper techniques.

Group Hikes

Dominion Energy Riverrock is partnering with Blue Sky FundJames River Association and Andrew McRoberts History Stories to offer group hikes during the festival. Two different hikes will be offered this year with one featuring a trek around Belle Isle, and the other visiting former ironworks, mills, power plants and canals nearby. Both of these hikes will take approximately 40 minutes and will proove to showcase some of Richmond's hidden gems and robust history! The group hikes will leave from the Go RVing Interactive Village check-in off of Tredegar Street. The hikes will start each hour, on the hour beginning at 12:00 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. The final hike will depart at 3:00 p.m. each day, totaling eight opportunities to get your tour on. Hikes are limited to the first 20 people. Want to sign up in advance for a Group Hike?  Click HERE

Saturday, May 20

12pm & 1pm - the Belle Isle Hike
2pm & 3pm - "Hydropower, Mills, and Ironworks: Richmond at the forefront of the Industrial Revolution" hike

Sunday, May 20

12pm, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm - the Belle Isle Hike

Try Bouldering

You've seen the pros scale the caves at the Boulder Bash and thought "I can do that...". PROVE IT! Located in the Tredegar Ironworks parking lot, the Peak Experiences Demo Wall gives everybody a chance to see what it's like to climb inside our one-of-a-kind bouldering cave. Once you give bouldering a try, you'll be hooked. And who knows, we may see you competing with the big boys and girls next year!

Try Slackline

What is slacklining? It's the act of balancing along a narrow strip of flexible webbing, basically a 2-inch wide trampoline. Why? It's a FUN (and FREE) challenge, not to mention a great balance trainer that strengthens the core and lower body. Slackline Industries will have several styles of beginner slacklines set up over a padded area for everyone to try. It's fun for all ages and if you have never tried it, this is the place to do it. Find us in the Historic Tredegar parking lots, with pro athletes on hand giving pointers on the basics and some entry level tricks. Before you know it you'll be hooked and amazed at what you see the pros doing at Dominion Energy Riverrock's Slackline Invitational!

SUP with your Pup

We will have five 30-minute demo sessions throughout the weekend.  The sessions will take place on Saturday, May 20th at Noon, 3:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. and on Sunday, May 21st at 2:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.  In order to sign up for a session you will need to check-in at the Zuke's booth on Brown's Island 15-minutes prior to the start of the session.  There is a maximum of 8 participants plus their dogs so space is limited.


What better way to celebrate the Richmond riverfront than at the nation’s largest outdoor sports and music festival?! Dominion Energy Riverrock, organized by Sports Backers and Venture Richmond Events LLC, puts the James River and downtown Richmond on display. From music to mud pits, bikes to beer, SUPs to pups, and climbing to kayaks, it’s uniquely RVA! Rock the day and night away, watch professional athletes thrill the crowd, and maybe even get a little dirty yourself. This isn’t your typical festival, but we’re not your typical town!