Are your taste buds ready? Announcing the Folk Feast chefs and restaurants.

Richmond Folk Feast 2015

It’s the middle of summer, but Richmond’s culinary community is already planning to gather once again this fall to support the Richmond Folk Festival.

The fourth annual Folk Feast is scheduled for Tuesday, October 4, from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m., and will feature a line-up of RVA’s nationally-acclaimed chefs, as well as a few rising stars. More than 16 chefs from the region have committed to the event and organizers anticipate more will be announced later this summer.

“The Folk Feast continues to delight crowds with samplings of the best Richmond’s dining scene has to offer,” said Richmond Folk Festival director Lisa Sims. “We are extremely grateful to our restaurant partners who donate so much of their time, effort and talent to put on such an extraordinary event that, in turn, benefits the Festival – and helps us to keep it free. We look forward to it every year.” Read more and order your tickets. A limited number of tickets is available

8 things only Richmond Folk Festival volunteers know

Richmond Folk Feast 2015

1. You get rock star parking. While your buds are hunting for a space downtown or waiting for a shuttle bus, you flash your volunteer pass and drive right up and park in a designated lot.

2. It’s a solid strategy for making sure you get the full experience. One of the biggest challenges of the festival is that there is so much happening, it’s hard to see it all. If you are working the festival, rest-assured, you will be ALL. OVER. IT. Read More

Folk Fest Insider: Remembering Ralph Stanley, Father of Bluegrass

Richmond Folk Feast 2015

June 23 was a difficult day for the bluegrass community. Ralph Stanley, the Virginia native and bluegrass pioneer, died at 89 years old.

Stanley and his long-time band, the Clinch Mountain Boys, made a memorable appearance in 2012 at the Richmond Folk Festival. Fans also were able to experience the legend alongside Joe Wilson and Frank Newsome on the Virginia Folklife Stage.

“We are truly saddened by this huge loss to the music world, but also grateful for the amazing performances we were treated to by Dr. Ralph,” Tim Timberlake, a longtime member of the Richmond Folk Festival programming committee said. “He was a consummate professional and had the type of voice that would send shivers down your spine, and goosebumps down your arms. He will be greatly missed.” Read More

Richmond Folk Festival announces the first set of artists
for 2016

Richmond Folk Feast 2015

There's nowhere else you can find both Sri Lankan dancers and rockabilly! For the first time we'll also feature the sounds of Afganistan and after many years of trying, Gary U.S. Bonds with Gene "Daddy G" Barge will bring the Norfolk Sound, a unique brand of rock 'n' roll. Read bios and listen to samples from the first of many great artists that will grace our stages this October.

Pictured at left, Homayoun Sakhi & Salar Nader

Time to register to volunteer
at the 2016 Richmond Folk Festival!

Volunteers collecting donations

We rely on more than 1,300 volunteers to keep this festival going each year. And for many of those who do volunteer, it's a way to give back to the festival and enjoy it from an "insider's" point of view. Whether you sign up as an individual, or want to sign up a group, we have lots of great opportunities! Read the job descriptions, and sign up!"

That's a Wrap! Thanks to all!

Richmond Folk Feast 2015

Three beautiful days of music, dance, food and fun brought more than 200,000 to the Richmond Riverfront. We are so thankful to our sponsors and volunteers, and to EVERYONE who made a drop in the bucket. Our bucket brigade brought in a record $118,000, helping us keep the festival free for ALL.

Photo by Skip Rowland

The 2015 Richmond Folk Festival Begins

Skip Traffic, Take Amtrak to the 2015 Richmond Folk Festival


Coming in to town for the 2015 Richmond Folk Festival? Take the train! Railroads came first, long before the interstate and the airplane, making Amtrak the perfect official travel sponsor for the Festival. Amtrak is a convenient way for families and leisure travelers to visit Richmond, its cultural amenities and this top-rated destination city without worrying about traffic or hassles. Plan your trip to the Folk Festival 14 days in advance to save 25% on fares at Amtrak's website.

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