The Richmond Folk Festival returns Friday-Sunday, October 7-9, and celebrates its 18th anniversary, having become one of Virginia’s largest and most beloved events. The festival draws attendees to downtown Richmond’s riverfront each year to celebrate the roots, richness and variety of American culture through music, dance, traditional crafts, storytelling and food .
The free three-day event hosts 200,000 people over the weekend and is produced by Venture Richmond Events in partnership with the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA), Virginia Folklife Program of Virginia Humanities, Center for Cultural Vibrancy , Children’s Museum , and the City of Richmond.
Featuring six stages and featuring music and dance from more than 30 performing groups from Virginia, the nation and the world, the Richmond Folk Festival today announces the full performance schedule along with the Virginia Folklife Area and Stage and the Family Area. Again featuring a new arts program and the country’s top traditional artists, this year’s festival offers something for everyone.
Full performance schedule
Read all about the artists at each stage and check out the full schedule of events for the weekend.
Read all about each artist’s performance, plus audio and video clips.
Area and scene of Virginia folk life
For the first time, the Virginia Folklife Area is produced through a partnership between the Virginia Folklife Program of Virginia Humanities and the new Center for Cultural Vibrancy. Along with this newly formed partnership, this year offers many reasons to celebrate. 2022 marks the twentieth anniversary of the founding of the Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Program, which supports the continuation of living traditions by providing direct support and a public platform for artists.
Along with an interactive exhibit to celebrate this milestone, there will be an Instrument Makers Workshop featuring several current and past apprentice artists. Eleven luthiers who build and repair guitars, banjos, mandolins, fiddles, dulcimers and more will travel from across the state to showcase the many skills required to make string instruments. In addition to their craft demonstrations, there will be a
Instrument Makers Jam on the Virginia folk scene with a unique special performance uniting Tata Cepeda, one of Puerto Rico’s top bomba dancers, with Fredericksburg’s non-profit organization Semilla Cultural, led by Isha M Renta Lopez. Lopez and Cepeda are currently apprentice artists in the Virginia Folklife Program.
The Traditional Crafts Area is produced by the Virginia Folklife Program of Virginia Humanities, the state center for documenting, presenting, supporting, and celebrating Virginia’s rich cultural heritage. For more than thirty years, the program has documented the musical and material traditions of the Commonwealth and shared those stories through hands-on workshops, performances, exhibits, audio and video recordings, and learnings across Virginia.
Read all about the artists at the Virginia Folklife Area and Stage.
Family Space, Produced by the Children’s Museum
Superheroes of all sizes will enjoy themed areas ranging from iconic sack hats, hand paint and balloon artists, to the creative zone where everyone can contribute to a joint art project recognizing “superheroes.” of our own community. Kids can test their superpowers in the obstacle course or show off other amazing skills in the activity area. Guests can visit each area and fill out a passport for a prize! The City Singers and the Autism Society of Virginia will bring an extra “super” dimension to the family space with instruments and sensory exploration. It’s a POWERFUL experience for the whole family!
The Family Zone is in its new location this year just up the hill in the grassy field at 2nd Street and Brown’s Island Way.
Friday, October 7 — 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 8 — 12:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 9 — 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Friends of the Festival
Become a Festival Friend to help support the Richmond Folk Festival for many years to come! Donations from our friends ensure the consistency and future of the shows and programs we all enjoy the most. Your support is invaluable as we work to support Richmond’s largest arts and culture gathering. Benefits include: weekend parking passes, name featured on festival banners and website, Richmond Folk Festival commemorative enamel pin, friend of the festival, and limited edition poster, screen printed, hand signed and numbered by the official 2022 poster designer.
Learn more here! https://www.richmondfolkfestival.org/donations
For more information on the Richmond Folk Festival, visit www.richmondfolkfestival.org.
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