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We hope to see you October 10-12, 2008 at the Richmond Folk Festival

Bucket Brigade

Did the rain keep you away?

More than 100,000 people had a ball at the festival this year, despite the drizzle! But if the rain kept you away we hope you'll still be able to help us reach our $130,000 fundraising goal.Make a drop in the bucket, from home — it's easy, secure, and will go a long way toward helping us pay for this year's event. Thank you!

Richmond Folk Feast2013 T-shirts, caps and posters still available!

Did you forget to pickup your 2013 RFF swag?You can still buy this year's t-shirt or any of the past Richmond or National Folk Festival posters. Check it out!


Performers on the Richmond Times-Dispatch Folklife stage announced

Holmes BrothersWhether sung or told, hand-crafted or performed, a group’s Folklife refers to those “arts of everyday life” that signify a tangible sense of traditional knowledge, shared identity, and connection to community.  In this year’s Folklife Area, we celebrate our closest and most cherished of communities—the family.

Often from within families we pass down work skills, musical styles, crafts, recipes, and shared stories from one generation to the next. Virginia KinFolk: A Celebration of Family Folklifewill feature family bands from a variety of different musical styles on the Virginia Folklife Stage and some of Virginia’s most prominent family businesses and artisans in the Virginia Folklife Crafts Area.

The Virginia Folklife Stage and Crafts Area, sponsored by the Richmond Times-Dispatch, are once again produced by the Virginia Folklife Program at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. The Virginia Folklife Program is the state center for the documentation, presentation, and support of Virginia’s rich cultural heritage.

More artists announced

Fans of the Richmond Folk Festival have come to expect a wide variety of musicians from around the globe and this year is no different. Alash brings Tuvan throat-singing traditions while Abdoulaye "Djoss" Diabate brings the music of Mali. For sounds closer to home, Jesse Lége and Joel Savoy will get the dance floor going with their Cajun dance hall music and Lurrie Bell brings Chicago blues.

Abdoulaye "Djoss" DIabate
Jesse Lége and Joel Savoy
Jesse Lége and Joel Savoy
Lurrie Bell
Lurrie Bell

Check out the list of 23 artists announced so far and stay tuned, Richmond Times-Dispatch Virginia Folklife performers and demonstrations and the Genworth Financial Family Area activities and performers will be announced soon!

We Need Your Support

You know the Richmond Folk Festival (RFF) is Richmond's most popular annual outdoor festival, drawing over 200,000 fans to our beautiful downtown riverfront. You also know the festival is a unifying force, bringing people together from every corner of our great city and region. We come for the music, and to celebrate our shared passion for the arts, our cultural diversity, and our love of community.

But what you may not know is that the Richmond Folk Festival faces a big challenge that will determine whether it can continue beyond 2013. The site is being squeezed at a time when the crowds are growing. Venture Richmond cannot continue to invite crowds to a site that may no longer be able to handle them.

Take a minute to understand our proposal to enhance our site and to restore a portion of the historic canal. We hope that you'll agree to support our plan, and show your support publicly.

Sponsors and Volunteers

As always, we are very thankful to all of our great sponsors who make this festival a reality. And we are very grateful for the volunteers that have already started signing up. Whether you're an invidual or a group looking for ways to contribute to this fabulous community event, check out the volunteer opportunities and sign up!

Produced by

The Richmond Folk Festival in 2012 drew more than 200,000 people to downtown Richmond's historic riverfront, making it the largest folk festival in the country.

SPONSORS: Altria | Dominion | MWV | The Community Foundation | Union First Market Bank | University of Richmond | Richmond Times-Dispatch | Genworth Financial | NewMarket | | Loveland Distributing Co | CarMax | City of Richmond | Children's Museum of Richmond | Virginia Commonwealth University | VCU Medical Center | Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU | National Council for the Traditional Arts | Virginia Folklife Program | Wells Fargo | WCVE | Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH) | J H I | JAMinc. | House of Hayes | SIR | Hot 100.9 | NBC 12 | K95 | 96.5 KLR | 103.7 the River | Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield | Spring Rock Green | Bond Companies | Hilton Garden Inn | Plan 9 Music | Martin's | GRTC Transit System | Virginia Waste Services | R.M.C. Events Staff | City Ice | VHDA | CW Richmond | National Park Service | Winn Transportation | Usry, Inc. | Precision Recycling Industries of Virginia | Virginia War Memorial | Smartbox | The American Civil War Center | RMA


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Latest News

October 14, 2013
Richmond Folk Festival rocks through rain (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

October 11, 2013
Possible showers not changing Folk Festival plans (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

October 10, 2013
Folk Festival in town this weekend (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

October 9, 2013
Photos: RVA Folks Feast (

October 9, 2013
Richmond Folk Fest: Kids! (

October 9, 2013
Top 5 Weekend Events (

October 9, 2013
Photos: Improvements to Richmond Folk Festival (

October 9, 2013
Folk Festival may have rainy start (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

October 9, 2013
Five not-to-miss acts at the Folk Festival (RVA News)

October 8, 2013
Richmomd Folk Fest: Beer & Booze (

October 8, 2013
How to make the most of the biggest music festival of the year (Style Weekly)

October 8, 2013
Richmond Folk Festival Returns (WRIC)

October 8, 2013
5 Things For Families (RVA News)

October 7, 2013
Richmond Folk Fest: Five to Try Music Pics

October 7, 2013
Richmond Folk Festival performers share love of music (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

October 7, 2013
A festival volunteer with a lot of heart (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

October 6, 2013
Folk Festival adds special beer to its lineup (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

October 6, 2013
Nathalie Pires to bring Portuguese fado to Richmond Festival (

October 6, 2013
Q&A with Volunteer Coordinator Jamie Thomas (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

October 6, 2013
Abdoulaye 'Djoss' Diabaté Shares the wisdom of the ages (Richmond TImes-Dispatch)

October 6, 2013
'The music tells me what to do,' Maupin says of buck dancing (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

October 3, 2013
What's new at this year's Richmond Folk Festival (

October 3, 2013
Table Talk (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

October 3, 2013
Arts & Entertainment Calendar for Oct. 3 (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

October 3, 2013
Mention in The Scoop (Style Weekly's The Scoop)

October 2, 2013
Richmond Folk Festival Goes Fine Dining With Folk Feast (republished with menu)(

October 1, 2013
Richmond With Children: Four Fall Fests for Families (

September 28, 2013
Richmond Folk Festival reveals offical poster (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

September 20, 2013
Food, music, and traditions from around the world

September 17, 2013
Richmond Panel OKs plan for ampitheater (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

September 10, 2013
Michael Paul Williams: Folk festival, restored canal can co-exist (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

August 28, 2013
All You Can Eat: Whet your appetite for Folk Festival with new chef's dining event (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

August 25, 2013
Richmond Folk Festival lineup covers the spectrum of music (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

August 25, 2013
Q&A with Festival Manager, Stephen Lecky (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

August 21, 2013
Press Release: Richmond Folk Festival Announces Artists

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