The Richmond Folk Festival returns in October | Richmond Free Press


The Richmond Folk Festival, a free annual three-day event celebrating the diversity of American culture through music and dance performances, will take place Oct. 7-9 on Brown’s Island in Richmond.

Now in its 18th year, the festival will feature 30 musicians and dance groups performing on six stages. Several new, never-before-seen artists will present eight cultural traditions that have never been presented at the festival. The music and dance program this year ranges from bluegrass to hip-hop to zydeco. Other features of the festival include demonstrations, an interactive family space produced by the Richmond Children’s Museum, handmade crafts, merchandise for sale and food vendors.

Around 200,000 people are expected to attend the event over the weekend. The schedule is as follows: Oct. 7, 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m., Oct. 8, 12 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. and Oct. 9, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. Parking is available near the festival site and, although shuttles will not be provided this year, several GRTC bus lines will offer free rides to the riverfront.

Presented by Venture Richmond Events, the festival is presented in partnership with the National Council for Traditional Arts (NCTA), the Virginia Folklife Program, the Center for Cultural Vibrancy, the Children’s Museum and the City of Richmond.

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