Event info: History

The Richmond Folk Festival continues in 2017, carrying on the 13-year tradition established by the hugely successful National Folk Festival in Richmond, Virginia, celebrating the roots, richness and variety of American culture through music, dance, traditional craft and food.  

The Richmond Folk Festival takes place Oct 13-15, 2017. The Richmond Folk Festival features more than 30 performing groups on seven live music stages with continuous music and dance performances, along with a Virginia Folklife demonstration area, children's activities, a folk arts marketplace, regional and ethnic foods and more. The FREE three-day festival is expected to be one of the largest events in Virginia, drawing visitors from across the country.

The Richmond Folk Festival is an offshoot of The National Folk Festival which has been held in 28 communities around the country and spent three years on downtown Richmond’s riverfront from 2005 through 2007.

The Richmond Folk Festival is produced by Venture Richmond in partnership with the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA), the same organization that produces the National Folk Festival. Other producing partners include the City of Richmond, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, the National Park Service, the Library of Virginia and the Children’s Museum of Richmond.