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49th Richmond Oktoberfest bringing the brezel and bier to Richmond Raceway

Plenty of music, beer, food, and steins at the Raceway this weekend.

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Hosted by Gesangverein Virginia and Loveland Distributing the 49th Richmond Oktoberfest offer two days of a Genuine German Oktoberfest experience on October 20th and 21st at the Richmond Raceway Complex.

Traditional and modern German and American dance music, Bavarian folk dancing by the SGTEV Hirschjaeger dancers, beer stein hoisting contests each night for both men and women for entertainment.

For your dining pleasure Bratwurst straight from the grill, Knackwurst, Weisswurst, pork loin, roast chicken (Brathun), potato salad (Kartoffelsalat), our famous potato pancakes (Reibekuchen), Sauerkraut, spiced red cabbage (Rotkraut) and Landjaeger (a smoked sausage for nibbling with your beer).

Oktoberfest without beer is not an Oktoberfest at all. They’ve got you covered.

Our beer comes from two great family owned breweries. We are again importing the very popular Pilsner, Oktoberfest and Dunkel (dark) Warsteiner beers from the Cramer family brewery in Warstein, Germany. This brewery has been operated by the Cramers since 1753. Not quite as old is the Yuengling Brewery in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, which is now in the fifth generation of Yuengling family ownership, since it was opened by David Gottlieb Yuengling, a German immigrant, in 1829. We are proud to offer Yuengling Lager, and Yuengling Oktoberfest, from the oldest brewery in the USA. Just for you wheat beer lovers, we are also importing König Ludwig Weissbier Hell (also known as “Royal Bavarian Hefe-Weizen”) from the König Ludwig Schlossbrauerei (castle brewery) in Bavaria. By the way, in German “hell” means “clear,” “bright” or “shining.”

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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Photos: Folk Fest Sunday

See you next year Richmond Folk Festival it was great having you back.

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Photos: Folk Fest Saturday

The rain kept crowds down but that didn’t stop the performers from blowing it out of the park, again. You’ve got one more day to enjoy the festival.

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Essential Info for Your Folk Festival Weekend

The 17th Folk Festival kicks off on Friday here is what you need to know to make the most of the weekend.

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The 17th Richmond Folk Festival begins tomorrow, Friday, October 8, and runs for three days full of more music, food and fun than you can imagine. 

With five stages and nearly 70 performances over three days many people plan to spend more than one day at the festival. Add in more than 30 food vendors, a crafts marketplace, a Virginia Folklife demonstration area, and one of the most beautiful festival sites in Richmond, and we think you’ll want to go for multiple days to experience as much as possible

Here are a few essentials to enhance your visit:

Festival Hours

  • Friday, October 8, 6:30-10 pm
  • Saturday, October 9, 1-9:30 pm
  • Sunday, October 10, 1-6 pm

Performers
Read up on all of the fantastic artists who will perform. With styles ranging from jazz to gospel, Irish, rockabilly, salsa and more, there’s something for everyone to love or learn about.

Performance Schedule: Take a peek now so you can plan ahead!

Easy ways to get to the festival

  • Use a rideshare service like Lyft or Uber and get dropped off at 690 Byrd Street
  • Ride your bike and park at 2nd and Byrd Streets or 5th and Tredegar Streets
  • Walk across the T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge (or the T Pot, if you’re a local!)
  • Paid parking is available in nearby surface parking lots and street parking in the area 
  • GRTC offers FREE and easy public bus transportation options for Downtown’s riverfront. Plan your trip here.

Maps and directions
The Richmond Folk Festival takes place on downtown Richmond’s historic riverfront, from 2nd to 7th streets and from Byrd Street to the river – including Brown’s Island, the American Civil War Center at Tredegar, portions of Federal Reserve parking lots, and Tredegar Street.

Admission
FREE! Enjoy all of the performances on all 5 stages at no cost. Food, drink and merchandise are available for sale.

Donations
This is a LARGE festival with a hefty budget that is supported largely by generous sponsors. However, the festival needs your help to remain FREE and sustainable! There is a suggested donation of $10 per person per day that can be made online HERE, or by finding a volunteer in a bright orange shirt carrying a bright orange bucket at the festival and making a “Drop in the Bucket!” Or, you can text FOLK to 44321 to give from your mobile phone. Thanks for your help in keeping the festival FREE!

Purchasing beer and festival merchandise
There are NO CASH SALES on site for beverages or festival merchandise. Debit and Credit cards are accepted.

Beverages are also available for online ordering – either before you leave home or once you’re on the festival grounds. Pre-ordering through the Noble App allows for drinks to be ready when you get there! Please be sure to download the Noble App and create an account/password in preparation for beverage purchasing – and be sure to remember your password! But you can also simply purchase in person with a debit or credit card.

Please do NOT bring 
Dogs (except for service animals), coolers/large backpacks, alcohol, bottles or glass of any kind, drugs, weapons, laser pointers, bikes on site (they may be parked outside the festival grounds), skateboards, inline skates, or flying objects (drones, kites, frisbees, footballs).

CarMax Family Area reminder
Due to the highly interactive nature of the activities planned for the CarMax Family Area, we will not host a family area this year. Because of the lack of an approved Covid 19 vaccine for children under 12, we believe canceling the Family Area activities is best for the safety of our littlest patrons. The Children’s Museum will be back to host the much-loved CarMax Family Area in 2022!

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