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.”

The Richmond Folk Festival Announces More Artists for 2017

CJ ChenierAn eclectic mix of musicians, artisans, dancers, and more from all over the world bring their unique cultural traditions to Richmond; nine of these traditions have never before been presented at the festival, the largest folk festival of its kind in the nation. Despite record amounts of rain from Tropical Storm Matthew in 2016, more than 125,000 people came out to experience one of Richmond’s most beloved traditions.

Check out bios, music samples and photos of all of the artists announced so far!

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!

Relive the 2016 Festival

Bucket Brigade VolunteersWCVE 88.9 will be replaying select performances from the 2016 Richmond Folk Festival on Saturdays at 1:00pm. Enjoy these stellar artists.

July 29 - L’Orchestre Afrisa International (Congolese soukous)
August 5 - Sheila Kay Adams (Appalachian songs, stories, and ballads)
August 12 - Homayoun Sakhi & Salar Nader (Afghan rubâb and tabla)
August 19 - Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers (bluegrass)
August 26 - Adonis Puentes & the Voice of Cuba Orchestra (Cuban son)
September 2 - The Fairfield Four (African American gospel quartet singing)
September 9 - The Branchettes (traditional African American gospel)
September 16 - Paddy Keenan & Jimmy Noonan (Irish)
September 23 - Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino (Southern Italian pizzica tarantata)
September 30 - Jason D. Williams (rockabilly)
September 7 - Marquise Knox (blues)

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.

The first 10 artists playing the 2017 Richmond Folk Festival have been announced

Eddie Cotton, Jr.The Richmond Folk Festival is excited to announce the first of more than 40 artists that will grace our stages the weekend of October 13-15.

For more than 12 years, you've come to expect a wide range of musical styles at the Richmond Folk Festival, and this year will be no different, offering music as diverse as New Orleans brass band, Moroccan Gnawa, Irish, blues and western swing. 

Read about the first 10 artists announced!


Get a sneak peek at one of our 2017 artists!

Betsayda Machado

Hailing from an isolated village in rural Venezuela, Betsayda Machado is on the cusp of international stardom. A few minutes online – watching videos on YouTube, reading articles that detail her fascinating story – and a long Skype conversation with Betsayda make this assertion abundantly clear.

And, as part of her first world tour, she’s about to appear at the 2017 Richmond Folk Festival; Richmond audiences will have the good fortune to catch her as her name is on the rise. Read more about this amazing artist!

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