CarMax Family Area

Produced by the Children’s Museum of Richmond

Aquatic Adventures

Jump on in and into the fun, under the sea and out in the sun of the CarMax Family Area for Aquatic Adventures. Children can create under the sea art projects and learn about all things aquatic! Your family can transform paper bag hats into jellyfish and whales, experiment with Gyotaku fish printing, soak up the sun with beach games, learn all about animal habitats, put your mark on a collaborative larger-than-life paper mache fish, and so much more!


CarMax Family Stage

Northern Neck Chantey Singers

menhaden sea chanteys
Northern Neck of Virginia

Hailing from the Northern Neck of Virginia, a peninsula lying between the Rappahannock and Potomac Rivers in the Chesapeake Bay, the Northern Neck Chantey Singers are a group of men in their 70s, 80s and 90s. They are last of their generation to perform the work songs unique to the African American menhaden fishermen who once worked the coastal waters from New Jersey to the Carolinas. Today, the group’s longstanding members carry on this one-time occupational tradition alongside several apprentices who are eager to keep alive the songs of black menhaden fishermen. 




12:00 – 12:45 Crooked Road Ramblers (old-time)
1:00 – 1:45 Northern Neck Chantey Singers (Menhaden sea chanteys)
2:00 – 2:45 Claire Hitchins (presented by JAMinc)
3:00 – 3:45 Northern Neck Chantey Singers (Menhaden sea chanteys)
3:45 – 3:55 Junior Ranger Swearing-In
4:00 – 5:00 The Scott Street Five-String Finals (youth banjo contest presented by JAMinc)


12:00 – 12:45 Angelica Garcia (presented by JAMinc)
1:00 – 1:45 Northern Neck Chantey Singers (Menhaden sea chanteys)
2:00 – 2:30 Paulin Brothers’ Brass Band (New Orleans brass band)
2:45 – 3:15 Free Rangers (presented by JAMinc)
3:30 – 4:15 Patti Kusturok (Métis fiddle and dance)
4:15 – 4:25 Junior Ranger Swearing-In
4:30 – 5:00 Northern Neck Chantey Singers (Menhaden sea chanteys)



American Civil War Museum

Join the American Civil War Museum and dive into the lives of real people who lived and worked around Richmond during its history. Explore the workings of Tredegar Iron Works—former factory, current site of Richmond Folk Fest—and try your hand at engineering a machine run the way machines at Tredegar always ran: water power. Examine the complex legacies of the Civil War in modern Richmond, including how people choose to remember the past in the public landscape.

Folk Festival of Richmond Junior Ranger Program

Calling all kids! A child's visit to a National Park wouldn't be complete without earning a Junior Ranger patch. The Folk Festival of Richmond takes place in the backyard of Richmond National Battlefield Park’s main visitor center at Historic Tredegar. Explore the festival and Historic Tredegar through a one-of-a-kind Junior Ranger booklet created just for this event. Pick up your Richmond Folk Festival Junior Ranger booklet at the Richmond National Battlefield Park's tent in the CarMax Family Area on Saturday or Sunday, complete the activities, then bring it to the Junior Ranger Swearing In Ceremony at the CarMax Family Area Stage to earn a limited edition Folk Festival Junior Ranger patch.
Swearing In Ceremony Times:
Saturday, Oct. 14th at 3:45pm
Sunday, Oct. 15th 4:15pm

Every Kid In a Park Pass Station

Calling all fourth grade students and parents! Richmond National Battlefield Park will host an Every Kid In a Park pass station in the CarMax Family Area of the Richmond Folk Festival on Saturday and Sunday, October 14 and 15 . This free National Park pass is exclusively for fourth graders. Studies have shown that after the age of ten children lose a connection with the outdoors; to maintain a lasting connection Former- President Obama started the Every Kid In a Park program in 2015 during his administration. By obtaining a free National Park pass, fourth graders and their families will have free admission to National Parks and other federal lands and waters across the country for one school year. The Every Kid In a Park program was designed to spark a passion for nature, history and culture and a lifelong commitment to protecting federal lands and waters. For more information please visit