The Richmond Folk Festival Our Region’s Premier Event


Mississippi Delta bluesman James “Super Chikan” Johnson is among more than 30 acts that will perform at this year’s Folk Festival.


It is Richmond’s premier event celebrating music, culture and art from around the world and in our own backyard. This year’s Folk Festival will be held October 11 through 13, featuring more than 30 different performing groups on seven live music stages. It is three days of sheer joy on the banks of the James River along Brown’s Island and the American Civil War Center at Tredegar. Although it’s free to the public, everyone attending should donate as much as they’re able to the bucket brigades that wander through the grounds. Along with continuous music and dance performances, there is also the Virginia Folklife demonstration area, children’s activities, a folk arts marketplace, regional and ethnic foods, and much more.

For the first three year’s of its life, the Folk Festival was part the National Council for the Traditional Arts’ National Folk Festival. Since then, the city has taken it over. Now in its fifteenth year, the Festival attracts tens of thousands from Richmond, and from across the country. Last year, more than 200,000 people attended the event.

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