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Black History Month in the River District

Join us for a walking tour with Karice Luck - Brimmer of Our History Matters and local historian and genealogist. Tour will meet at 515 Spring Street on February 25th at 1 pm. You can register at: https://tinyurl.com/2023BlackHistoryTour

Valentine's Day in the River District

FEBRUARY 6th, 2023

"Love is in the Trees" Paint and Sip ~ 6pm - 8pm ~ Funky's Arcade Bar ~ 315 Lynn Street

FEBRUARY 8th, 2023

"Singles Game Night" ~ Culture Restaurant and Grill ~ 510 Spring Street

FEBRUARY 9th, 2023

"RnB Karaoke" ~ Culture Restaurant and Grill ~ 510 Spring Street

FEBRUARY 11th, 2023

"Valentine's Celebration" ~ FEB 10 &11 ~ Culture Restaurant and Grill ~ 510 Spring Street

"Make a Noodle Soup Bowl" ~ 10am ~ IMpotters ~ 406 Lynn Street

"Make a Wax Warmer" ~ 2pm ~ IMpotters ~ 406 Lynn Street

"Love Me, Love Me Not" ~ 5pm - 10pm ~ Ballad Brewing ~ 600 Craghead Street

"Brunch and Bloody Marys" ~ 10 am - 3pm ~ Golden Leaf Bistro ~ 215 Craghead Street

"Galentine's Day Event" ~ 11 am - 4 pm ~ River District Golf and Social ~ 680 Lynn Street, Suite C ~ Facials, massages, drink specials, goodie bags!  

FEBRUARY 12th, 2023

"GALentine's Day Bash" ~ 2 pm ~ Main Street Art Collective ~ 326 Main Street, St. 100

FEBRUARY 14th, 2023

"New Location Celebration" - 11 am - Revitalization Station - 308 Craghead Street

Doing specials all throughout the event.

"Pal-entine's Day" ~ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm ~ Ruby B. Archie Public Library ~ 511 Patton Street

"Valentine's Day Dinner" ~ Culture Restaurant and Grill ~ 510 Spring Street ~ Four Course Dinner for Two $150 ~ Call, Phone, Email or Eventbrite for Reservations.

FEBRUARY 15th, 2023

"Speed Date" ~ Culture Restaurant and Grill ~ 510 Spring Street ~ Details on Facebook

FEBRUARY 17th, 2023

"Valentine's Drag Show" ~ 7 pm ~ Ballad Brewing ~ 600 Craghead Street

FEBRUARY 19th, 2023

"A Love Affair Wedding Expo" ~ 1 pm - 5 pm ~ Cottontail Weddings and Events ~ 600 Craghead Street

RDA Start-Up Slam

Come share your good idea, or just enjoy an evening of community. The cost to attend is $10 cash at the door. A light meal is included.

More info at: https://www.riverdistrictassociation.com/do-business/rda-programs/start-up-slam

136 S. Ridge Street

Thursday, FEBRUARY 23rd, 2023

6pm - 8pm

Register by calling 434-710-1405 or emailing Alyssa@riverdistrictassociation.com

Mornings on Main

Mornings on Main

February 27th, 2023 at 10 am

208 N. Union Street, Suite 101

Topic: Danville Arts and Culture Master Plan & Riverfront Park Update

Special Guest: Bill Sgrinia, Director, Danville Parks and Recreation

Mr. Sgrinia will speak about the status of the Riverfront Park Construction, and the Arts and Culture Masterplan.

Register Here!

Watch a recap of the February Mornings on Main

February River District Spotlight

Check out our new monthly video series highlighting River District Businesses, Food, Music, Arts and Entertainment and more!

Did you watch? Tell us what you think!

River District Event Planning Guide

Have you been wanting to hold an event in the River District, but aren't quite sure where to start? Check out our new Event Planning Guide!

It will help you think through permitting, planning, etc. It also lists important contacts, and lists private event spaces as well.

If you do plan a community event in the River District, let us know and we will help promote it!

Download the Guide

Enterprise Zone Workshop

FEB. 23, 2023, | Enterprise Zone Workshop | 8:30AM

Must register to attend: https://forms.gle/zTs5T2YfDPczEbSq5

For more details about the enterprise zone visit our website at www.discoverdanville.com


Is your business in the Enterprise Zone?

Go to https://danvillegis.timmons.com/#/

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Turn on layer for Enterprise Zones

Type in address

Confirm by map view or in the parcel details

Visit the River District Event Calendar to find community events, art classes, live music shows, and more...

Know of something not listed? submit an event.

(RDA may still make decisions about which events can be included in the calendar - thank you for understanding!)

View the Calendar

River District News

Sharing your Story Through Video

Presented by The Dan River Nonprofit Network, Smokestack Theatre Company, and Lucia Video

February 15th, 10am - 11:15am

319 Lynn Street

You're invited to the first of two sessions all about video for nonprofits, hosted by Josh Lucia!

Are you applying for a grant that requires you to make a video about your nonprofit? Do you need to create a video to tell your story for grant reporting? Looking to make a sharp video to efficiently tell your story to post on your website? How do you even start?

Join Josh Lucia of Lucia Video and Smokestack Theatre Company for a free session on how to use video to tell your nonprofit's story. This class will introduce participants of any experience level to video techniques. And be sure to join us again next month for a session focusing on video for social media: unedited, edited, and live content!

Participants will walk away with knowledge of:

  • Basic video techniques
  • What equipment, including hardware and software, is best for your organization
  • Common mistakes to avoid
  • This event is free for all members of the nonprofit community looking to learn more about video production of any experience level! 

Revitalization Station is moving to 308 Craghead Street!

Join them for a celebration of the new space on February 14th at 11am. Specials will be running throughout the event.

Valentine's Week at Culture Restaurant and Grill! 510 Spring Street. And also check out their new quarterly menu!

Smokestack Theatre Company Volunteer Training Day- February 4th @ 9 am

Have you signed up to volunteer or are you interested in helping our volunteer run nonprofit?

If you are interested in volunteering with Smokestack Theatre Company you don't want to miss this event!

Register for Volunteer Training

Rippe's Winter Clearance Sale

10-6 M-F, 10-5 Sat or shop online 24/7 at rippes.com

SPARX Board Co, is hiring for multiple positions.

Located at 326 Main Street, Suite 101, SPARX is a skateboard inspired lifestyle-brand created in memory of Austin Sparks.


Sales Associates

Content Creators

Learn more!

Danville's Winter Farmers' Market

Located at 629 Craghead Street, Danville's Winter Farmers' Market will be open on Saturdays, January - March, from 9 am - 1 pm.

Come get baked goods, crafts, soaps, jellies, meats, eggs, honey and seasonal produce.

Apex Bail Bonds is hiring an Executive Assistant

For information on how to apply, contact the company: https://www.apexbailbond.com/contact

What is the River District Association?
Do you want to be a part of a thriving River District? RDA takes Board of Directors applications all year long. Fill out an interest form to be considered for the next board opening!


RDA's mission is to ensure the long term viability of Danville's River District as a center of business and civic life, and a source of community pride.


Danville's River District will be a vibrant place to live, work, and visit for the diverse population of Danville and the greater Dan River region.

Board of Directors:

Rachel Covington

Hawthorne and Jade Design Co. LLC


Stuart Smith

FCS, Inc

Vice President

Kunal Patel

Caesars Virginia


William Crumpton

Compassion Healthcare


Kelvin Perry

CoD Economic Development

Immediate Past President

Steven Osborne

International Mission Board

Christy Harper

Danville Pittsylvania Chamber of Commerce

Drew Herring

West Main Baptist Church

Emma Sellers

Averett University

Shani Gaylord - Hunter

Goodwill Industries of Central North Carolina, Inc. 

Dr. Andrew Hessler

Danville Dental Associates

Irving M. Perez

American National Bank and Trust Company

Sandra Chinn-Gilstrap


Rachel Timm

Smokestack Theatre Company

Who We Are

The River District Association (RDA) is comprised of a volunteer Board of Directors which includes representatives from River District businesses and property owners, the City of Danville, and other community stakeholders.

What We Do

RDA follows the Main Street model to coordinate the public-private partnerships required to revive the River District. We work with the City of Danville, area businesses, and institutions to develop programs and events to get the community working together to market the area's unique assets, to get the district in top physical shape, and to attract and retain businesses.

Why We Do It

As our City Council and City Manager have publicly stated, the economic health of the city is impacted by the River District. A downtown with empty buildings and blight conveys a negative image. A prosperous downtown tells the world that the business sector can work well with the City to bring about positive change. With a number of development projects taking place, the River District has reclaimed its role as a vital, important and pleasant place to work, shop, and have fun.

What You Can Do

We need YOU! Would like to play an active role in the revival of the River District? Do you have any special ideas or talents, or simply want to volunteer with a project, please contact us by phone at 434-791-0210 or by email. One of our dedicated volunteer board members will respond.

River District Association Staff

Diana Schwartz: Executive Director

Lashawn Farmer: Programs and Services Director

Kirsten Aherron: Communication and Events Manager

Will Mackaman: Programs and Services Manager

Alyssa Turner: Bookkeeper and Office Manager

River District Association | www.riverdistrictassociation.com
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