The Richmond Folk Festival
October 12-14, 2018!

Stay tuned for our first announcement of artists

Behind the scenes, were busy working on this year's festival to ensure it lives up to everyone's high standards! We'll start announcing artists in early June, so watch this space or follow us on Facebook for all the info!

Thank you, Richmond!

Cora Harvey ArmstrongMore than 200,000 of you came down to the festival this weekend, many long-time Folk Fest-goers as well as many more discovering the diverse talent the event’s famous community spirit for the first time.

Thanks to all of you who donated your time and money to keep the festival free for all to enjoy. The bucket brigade alone raised a record-breaking $120,000 ensuring the tradition will continue for years to come.

Read some of your stories from this year's festival here.

The 2017 Schedule has been released!

Cora Harvey ArmstrongStart planning your musical journey now!

The Richmond Folk Festival have just released the schedule for the festival happening October 13-15, 2017.

Check out the schedule now!

“Feed Your Soul” at the 13th Annual Richmond Folk Festival

Cora Harvey ArmstrongThe Virginia Folklife Area to Serve Up Another Delicious Combination of Sound and Spice

The combination of regional performers and Virginia-based home cooks made for a delicious “Tasty Licks” theme at last year’s Virginia Folklife Area. This year, the Virginia Folklife Program will again bring taste and sound together with “Feed Your Soul.”

The Virginia Folklife Stage and Area is sponsored by Union Bank & Trust and the Richmond Times-Dispatch. With performances from some of the most soulful singers from Richmond in the world alongside some of Virginia’s traditional soul-rich foodways, Feed Your Soul promises to leave you with a full heart.

As State Folklorist Jon Lohman explains, “When we describe a musical performance as soulful, we are speaking about that almost indescribable moment when a singer becomes the song, when a teller becomes the tale—when artifice and inhibitions recede and we know we are witnessing something profoundly real. When we speak of Soul Food, we mean something that provides a deeper level of nourishment than can be measured in nutrients or calories alone.”

Know a young banjo player?

Bucket Brigade VolunteersAnnouncing the third annual Scott Street Five String Finals!

The 3rd Annual Scott Street Five String Finals will be held the afternoon of Saturday, October 14th during the Richmond Folk Festival, and we're now accepting entrants in both bluegrass and clawhammer divisions for all young players 18 years of age and younger at the time of the finals. Read more about this contest, and apply now!

What volunteer job is right for you?

Bucket Brigade VolunteersEach year, approximately 1,300 volunteers form the central nervous system of the Richmond Folk Festival. From setup, takedown, logistics, fundraising, merch selling, transportation, and so much more, the volunteers keep the festival running smoothly.

“We are very, very good at getting people into the right spot,” says lead Volunteer Coordinator Jamie Thomas. He encourages interested parties to sign up for the 2017 festival and join the family.

Think you might want to take the plunge and join the volunteer crew at the Richmond Folk Festival this year? If one of these personality types seems to describe you to a T, sign up on our volunteer registration site and we’ll get you started.

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