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You must get a wristband from the Interactive Village Check-In tent, one located on Brown’s Island and the other in 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 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.

SUP Yoga

Black Dog Paddle, Richmond's Source for Stand Up Paddleboarding, is excited to introduce Yoga on a stand up paddleboard. Water Dog Yoga invites you to expand your practice and join us in SUP Yoga classes where your mat is a stand up paddleboard (SUP) and nature is your studio. You will find a new element of core strength and intense focus while adapting to the motion of the board. Strengthen your body and quiet a busy mind while you flow into Water Salutations, lengthening positions, and seated or standing balance poses. Follow the natural breath wave on your board; it's truly bliss on the water.

Our SUP yoga classes are open to all levels of yoga practitioners; every pose can be modified to your ability and confidence level. During Riverrock we will do a brief 20 minute demo of our Yoga Class, flowing through a series of standing and modified "Water Salutations". You will discover it's an amazing way to explore your balance, strength and flexibility while connecting with the natural beauty that surrounds us. All classes are led by E-RYT and ACA SUP Certified Instructors. SUP Yoga sessions are limited to the first 10 people that sign up. Visit the Black Dog Paddle tent near the Haxall Canal, to sign up for a demo time.  Demos are on Saturday at 12:15 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. and on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. and 3:45 p.m.

Group Hikes

Dominion Riverrock is partnering with Central Virginia Trailblazers, an outdoor adventure group that plans hiking, backpacking, camping, paddling, and biking events throughout the year, to offer group hikes around Belle Isle during the festival. Belle Isle is one of Richmond's gems - a haven for nature lovers and fitness junkies - and you can catch a glimpse of its beauty by participating in a quick and easy 30-40 minute hike around the island. The group hikes will leave from the Central Virginia Trailblazers booth in Historic Tredegar and 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. Click here to sign up.

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 Riverrock's Slackline Invitational!

SUP with your Pup

We will have two, 30-minute demo sessions.  The first session will take place on Saturday, May 17th from 1:30-2:00 p.m. and the second on Sunday, May 18th from 3:00 - 3:30 p.m.  In order to sign up for a session you will need to check-in at the Ruffwear booth on Brown's Island.  There is a maximum of 8 participants plus their dogs so space is limited.


Dominion Riverrock, organized by Venture Richmond and the Sports Backers, is the nation's premier outdoor lifestyle festival, bringing athletes, spectators, musicians, and even dogs to Brown’s Island for a three-day festival against the backdrop of downtown Richmond’s urban riverfront. The festival features a variety of outdoor sports including trail running, kayaking, biking, bouldering, slacklining, stand up paddleboarding, and dog jumping. The event was designed to promote Richmond’s unique riverfront, downtown trails and whitewater rapids to outdoor enthusiasts. As a result of the creation of Dominion Riverrock, there is a stronger appreciation for the value of outdoor recreation throughout the entire Richmond region.