Freedom Classic Festival

2018 Freedom Classic Festival

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JANUARY 8-14, 2018 AT THE RICHMOND COLISEUM

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The 22nd annual Freedom Classic Festival returns to Richmond from January 8th – 14th! Join us in commemorating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement with a week of programming highlighted by the marquee matchup between Virginia State University and Virginia Union University men’s basketball teams.

In addition to the basketball game, Sunday is packed with tons of activities for the entire family, including a high school drumline competition, a gospel showcase, a college fair, and a special halftime performance.

Throughout the week the festival features events designed to help uplift and enrich area youth including STEM–ED Connects, MEGA Mentors Fine Art Benefit & Sale, and the Freedom Classic Festival Leadership Summit.

This year, the Freedom Classic Festival is encouraging everyone to “Get Active” about their future by making investments in education, careers, finances, health and social causes. 

2018 Freedom Classic Schedule


Monday, January 8 – Thursday, January 11:  STEM – ED Connects

STEM-ED Connects brings industry professionals to middle and high school classrooms. Professionals working in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, entrepreneurship and design volunteer their time to speak with students to provide a glimpse into their careers and the path it took to get them there.

Friday, January 12, 2018: MEGA Mentors Fine Art Benefit and Sale

MEGA Mentors is an organization dedicated to making a positive, measurable difference in the lives of underrepresented students in Chesterfield County. MEGA Mentors hosts its annual fundraiser, the Fine Art Benefit and Sale, as part of the Freedom Classic Festival weekend. Money raised through fine art purchases and silent auction bidding supports the efforts of the organization.

Saturday, January 13, 2018: 2018 FCF Leadership Summit

Today’s local leaders and influencers will share their experiences and break down what it takes to excel with emerging leaders. The Freedom Classic Festival Leadership Summit will feature dynamic presentations and panel Q&A sessions surrounding the topics of health, financial literacy, business, entrepreneurship and community activism. The Summit is designed to inform, empower and motivate high school students to get active about their future.

Sunday, January 14, 2018: FCF Game and Festivities *Ticket Prices Start at $20*

The Freedom Classic Festival finale is the marquee matchup between CIAA rivals Virginia State University (VSU) and Virginia Union University (VUU) in a showdown basketball game. In addition to the basketball game, there will be gospel showcase highlighting acclaimed HBCU choirs. As well as a drumline competition with the region’s best high school drumlines facing off. Finally, a special halftime performance by VSU’s and VUU’s marching bands.

Additionally, patrons can visit our “Get Active” concourse to learn from various organizations about ways to invest in their future.

*Schedule is subject to change*