Back to the Bay

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Back to the Bay is Virginia's signature event of Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week. It is held annually on the second Saturday in June.

This year, Back to the Bay will be held Saturday, June 9 on Brown's Island in Richmond, VA. It is a special year because Back to the Bay will come to life at Festival of the River: Three Days of Music, Art and Environment.

Festival of the River is a one-time festival that will showcase the very best of the James River, Chesapeake Bay and Richmond Region. Follow the festival on Facebook to see the schedule of events and to stay up-to-date on festival news.

Back to the Bay 2018

Saturday, June 9
2 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Brown's Island, Richmond, VA

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Registration for pre-festival river cleanup activities will start at 11:00am, and cleanups will run from 11:30am to 1:30pm. Participants will meet at Tredegar Ramp and then disperse to three cleanup sites: Belle Isle, across the T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge, and east to Pipeline & 14 St. Bridge. A sign-up will go live via HandsOn Greater Richmond one month before the event. Learn more at:

For a full list of weekend activities, click here

Back to the Bay is presented by the Chesapeake Bay Commission, the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, and the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay. Back to the Bay is made possible by generous sponsorship from Altria and Smithfield. Thank you to all of our 2018 sponsors.

Altria Smithfield
McGuire Woods Dominion Troutman Sanders Virginia Environmental Endowment Watkins Westrock

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