CarMax Family Area

Produced by the Children’s Museum of Richmond

This year’s theme is “out of this world”


Grab your space gear and blast off with the Children’s Museum to the Folk Festival’s CarMax Family Area! Families can discover the wonders of all things “Out of this World!” through crafts, games, and activities designed by the Children’s Museum. Kids (and grown-ups too!) can design their own astronaut helmet, engineer and launch a rocket, search for constellations, and even create a crater! Make sure to have your CarMax Family Area lanyard stamped at each station so that you can collect a prize at the end of your adventure!

Don’t forget to check out the City Singer’s tent for a music making adventure and Belton Entertainment’s otherworldly balloon creations!

About the Children’s Museum: 

The Children's Museum is more than a fun place for children to play, indoors and outdoors (though it's definitely that!)—it's an active, involved opportunity for the whole family to grow and learn together. 

All four locations of the Children’s Museum inspire growth by engaging families in the power of play, knowing that everyone can learn more—and learn better—when they play together. For more information please visit www.ChildrensMuseumOfRichmond.org  

Every Kids Outdoors

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Calling all fourth grade students and parents! Richmond National Battlefield Park will host an Every Kid Outdoors pass station in the CarMax Family Area of the Richmond Folk Festival on Saturday and Sunday, October 12 and 13.

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 program in 2015 and continues today as Every Kid Outdoors. 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 Outdoors 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 everykidoutdoors.gov.

Performers at the CarMax Family Stage 


Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Photo: Alex Boerner Photography

Photo: Alex Boerner Photography

After working for years as a poet, visual artist, and barber, Tarish Pipkins was inspired to take up the art of puppetry after a conversation with Fred Rogers of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood. He chose the stage name “Jeghetto,” a portmanteau of Geppetto and ghetto, to reflect his childhood in the projects of Pittsburgh, and their influence on his artistic vision. Using only recycled materials, he has created a world of astonishing 21st-century puppets, which include a dinosaur, a dreadlocked cellist, the Beast, and an Afro-futurist breakdancing android who wants to be a real boy.

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Josh Bearman

Josh Bearman is a multi-instrumentalist (banjo, mandolin, guitar, bass) residing in Richmond, VA. Born in western Loudoun County (when that meant rural), Josh has been playing old time and bluegrass music since he was 14 years old, joining the open bands at square and contra dances called by his father. Moving to Richmond in 2001, he joined The Hot Seats (formerly a band with an unprintable name) – a smorgasbord stringband that specializes in unearthing the weirder sides of hillbilly music and writing original music featuring silly, sardonic, and cynical lyrics. Josh has won ribbons at multiple fiddlers conventions, both as a band member and for solo instrumental playing, as well as for original songwriting. He spends his non-music hours working as a science specialist for the VA Department of Education, hosting the Edge of Americana on WRIR, and acting as a personal jukebox for his daughter. Josh’s set at the 2019 RFF will feature a combination of original music, traditional songs suitable for kids, and a special appearance from Rachel Dunaway, one of Josh’s banjo students and the 3rd place winner of the 2016 Scott Street banjo Competition.

Deau Eyes

Deau Eyes

Deau Eyes

Deau Eyes is an indie rock artist based in Richmond With soulful siren-like melodies and cleverly crafted lyrics. Ali Thibodeau takes you on a sonic romp laced with courage and confidence through loss and leaving.  You may recognize her from WhateverHoney [Angelica Garcia, Hannah Goad] and local cover band Trunk Show, but if she hasn’t been on your radar, she should be. The girl has some serious pipes.

Harry Gore

Harry Gore

Harry Gore

Guitarist extraordinaire and passionate purveyor of the great rock and roll songbook, Harry Gore is a veritable Richmond music icon. Having delighted local audiences for decades through groups such as the Good Guys, the Measles, the Big Guys, and currently the Hullabaloos, Gore is perhaps equally well known for his solo busking efforts in Carytown and other places. As a busker, an American folk tradition which goes back to the Great Depression when musicians like Woody Guthrie would perform for tips, Gore entrances with his gentle persona, soulful vocals and quietly dazzling guitar runs. Expect anything from the Monkeys to the Byrds, the Lovin’ Spoonful to the Beatles, the Beach Boys to Bob Dylan, Chuck Berry to Johnny Cash, any of which may be sprinkled with occasional accents of blues and gospel.

Endah Laras & Danis Sugiyanto feat. Rumput

Enda Laras

Enda Laras

Indonesian music stars Endah Laras (vocals) and Danis Sugiyanto (violin) join the American keroncong ensemble Rumput for an evening of traditional Indonesian string band music that traces its roots to the arrival of Portuguese sailors and freed slaves to the archipelago in the sixteenth century. Keroncong’s mellow, jaunty tunes feature vocals, violin, flute, guitar, cello, string bass, and the ukulele-like instruments called cak and cuk. The Rumput band toured Indonesia in 2017 and 2018.

CarMax Family Stage Schedule


  • 12:00 – 12:30           Josh Bearman (presented by JAMinc)

  • 12:45 – 1:15             Jeghetto (puppetry)

  • 1:30 – 2:15                Saraswathi Ranganathan (Carnatic veena)

  • 2:30 – 3:15                Irish Step Dance 101 with Kevin Doyle & Friends

  • 3:30 – 4:15                Deau Eyes (presented by JAMinc)

  • 4:15 – 4:25                Junior Ranger Swearing-In

  • 4:30 – 5:00                Jeghetto (puppetry)


  • 12:30 – 1:15             Harry Gore (presented by JAMinc)

  • 1:30 – 2:00                Jeghetto (puppetry)

  • 2:15 – 3:00                Powwow Dance with Native Pride Dancers (powwow dance traditions)

  • 3:15 – 4:00                Endah Laras & Danis Sugiyanto feat. Rumput (presented by JAMinc)

  • 4:00 – 4:10                Junior Ranger Swearing-In

  • 4:15 – 4:45                Jeghetto (puppetry)