Celebrating the Elegance of a Bygone Era

We hope to expand the community’s knowledge and awareness of Art Deco by offering educational programs, lectures and museum and walking tours. We also will keep the public abreast of preservation issues through public meetings and announcements via various media outlets.

Re-creating and celebrating the elegance of this glamorous era is another important step in the preservation process. To bring the community together to celebrate the social aspects of the era, the Art Deco Society of Virginia plans to host and sponsor numerous era-appropriate events such as social gatherings, dance events, film series, lawn and garden parties and galas. We want to encourage enthusiasts to dress the part and to have a good old fashioned time!


Upcoming Events


Welcome to the third annual Richmond Art Deco Weekend!
Sept. 9-11, 2016



Photo by Rosemary Tufaro.

Photo by Rosemary Tufaro.

Why let the fun and frivolity last only one short day when you can fill an entire weekend?



Richmond Art Deco Weekend Kick-Off Cocktail Party

To celebrate the start of our Art Deco Weekend and to welcome our out of town guests, we will gather at the beautiful Jefferson Hotel for great conversation and sophisticated cocktails. This will give us a chance to greet old friends and meet some new Deco enthusiasts.

Friday, September 9, 2016
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The Lounge at Lemaire
The Jefferson Hotel
101 W. Franklin St.
Richmond, VA 23220

The Fifth Annual Gatsby Afternoon Picnic


Grab your boater, your garden party finest and your picnic basket and join the Art Deco Society of Virginia as we journey back in time to the 1920s, where afternoons on the lawn consisted of friends, food and frivolity!
The 5th Annual Gatsby Afternoon Picnic will take place on the lush lawns of the Wilton House Museum. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon dining with friends, both new and old, while overlooking the beautiful James River.

The 5th Annual Gatsby Afternoon Picnic

Saturday, Sept. 10
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Wilton House Museum

215 S. Wilton Road, Richmond, 23226

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Tickets may be purchased at the gate

General Admission – $20
Kids 12 and younger – Free

Early Entry Pass – $25

Want to beat the crowd and pick out the best picnic location? Or be the first in line for a paper moon photo? With the Early Entry Pass, you can gain access to the grounds at 10:30 a.m.


We are bringing back the dance floor this year so get ready to kick up your heels to live 1920s gypsy jazz by Richmond’s own Gypsy Roots
We also are pleased to welcome James River Distillers this year!

This year’s event will feature…

Charleston Dance Lessons
Croquet and Badminton Tournaments
Vintage Fashion Contest (Dress to impress!!)
Tin Type Photos
1920s Knee Painting
Paper Moon Photo Booth
Charleston Dance Competition
Vintage Retail Vendors
Food Vendors and more!

Awards for Best Picnic Display, Best Fashion Ensemble, Charleston Dance Winner

Bring Your Own Blanket and Picnic Lunch
Alcohol Permitted
No Pets
For additional information, please e-mail


Gatsby Afternoon Picnic After (Dance) Party!

Dance ’til you drop!

If you want to stay immersed in the music of the Deco Era and learn the dances of the day, you can attend a long running swing dance in town. There will be a beginner lesson prior to the dance and you do not have to have a partner or any previous dance experience. The dance is brought to you in partnership with the Usual Lindy Suspects, Richmond Area Swing Society (RASS) and RVA Swing.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

7:30 – 8:30 pm Beginner Lesson
8:30 – 11:30 pm Dance
The Dance Space
6004-A West Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23230
Admission $7
Students $5
Beginner Lesson is included in the price of admission

(Above Mekong Restaurant)


Tour the Historic Central National Bank


Complete in 1929, the Central National Bank building was one of the first skyscrapers in Richmond. This 23-story landmark is one of two skyscrapers in the capital city to utilize the iconic Art Deco ziggurat-inspired setback. The building has recently been restored and renovated into luxury apartments. However, the bank’s beautiful lobby has been restored to its glory day and is a sight to behold.

We will be concluding our Art Deco Weekend with a special tour of this historic landmark.

Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016
1:30 p.m.

Central National Bank Building
219 E. Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23219

Please meet in front of the building.




Please refer to our calendar for future events: