Tomorrow, June 18, Slide the City is coming to Richmond, to take over Byrd Street. It’s a 1,000-foot inflatable water slide, set up right there in the middle of the road. A tube (included with some ticket levels, or available for purchase day-of) and a mouthguard (included with all tickets) are required to participate. There are still a few tickets available for purchase, at

Chick-Fil-A is sponsoring the event this year (the first year we’ve seen the event, here in Richmond), and the Special Olympics of Virginia is the charity receiving support from the proceeds. The theme is “the ultimate block party”. In addition to the water slide, there will be music, street entertainers, and (my weakness) foodtrucks. Slide the City recommends you come early and stay late, to enjoy the fun. If you hold onto your wristband for a few days, you’ll be able to find your pictures, at

Let’s talk about parking. I’m not gonna lie, folks; it’ll be cutthroat. I’m planning to take my Vespa. If you’re close enough, walk. Byrd, 4th, and 5th will be closed, even to foot traffic, so try 2nd, 3rd, 7th, and 9th instead. If you absolutely must drive, just wander around looking for a spot along the neighboring streets, or else park in the paid lot at 555 E Canal St.

And just a PSA — this is definitely an opportunity to wear your whackiest swimsuit getup.

Published by Bethany Lansing