Thank you to the more than 150,000 people who shaked, shimmied and boogied the weekend away with us. The occassional drizzle just couldn't dampen our spirits. Thank you, too, to our volunteers and sponsors without whom we just couldn't make it happen. Check out more of the great photos taken by Skip Rowland and Dave Parrish. And to those who made a drop in the bucket, you've helped keep the festival free! Missed your chance to donate? Make a virtual drop in the bucket!
As American society has become increasingly urban, new traditions have emerged that reflect and express experiences of city life. This year the festival showcases several traditions that share common origins in the urban experience. They forcefully demonstrate that what is considered “traditional” changes over time, that living culture is not static. This dynamic process is the result of an irrepressible creativity within communities, and is an affirmation of the human artistic spirit in the face of changing, and sometimes challenging, circumstances. Read more about "Celebrating Urban Traditions" and the Throwdown on Brown.
While we still have 7 stages to bring more than 30 performers to you, we've had to reorganize the site. Download a PDF of the new site map so you can get around quickly.
Start planning your musical journey by checking out our three day schedule packed full of music from merengues to country & western, Pontic Greek to Indian slide guitar, soul to zydeco. Review or print out a schedule, because you're not going to want to miss a thing.
RICHMOND, Va.– The Richmond Folk Festival turns 10 this year. To celebrate the occasion, the festival is bringing back a number of its most popular performers from years past.
“ We’ve seen some amazing artists over the last nine years,” Festival Director Lisa Sims said. “It seemed fitting to work with our local Programming Committee to invite back some of the best-loved performers.”
Coming in to town for the 2014 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 AmtrakVA.com.