Stroll through the gardens; enjoy live music, wine, and beer and dining and shopping at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden for Flowers After 5 beginning August 6th.
Tickets for Flowers After 5 will be limited and timed tickets will be required for all guests, including members. Tickets will be available online ONLY (no walk-ups). The event is rain or shine; no refunds. Cost is $14 adults; $11 senior citizens (65+); $8 children age 3-12; free for children under 3 and members. Included is the brand-new, nationally traveling exhibit M&T Bank: Wind, Waves and Light, featuring large-scale, stainless steel kinetic sculptures that move and change with the wind.
With more than 50 acres, guests can socially distance while exploring the gardens. Instead of one band at one location, the performers are splitting into soloists or duos into two locations, allowing for social distancing and providing background music for evening strolls and dining. The second and fourth Thursday nights are also Fido’s Nights when the Garden partners with the Richmond SPCA and leashed dogs are allowed.
Guests are invited to bring their own blankets and chairs. Food is not allowed to be brought into the Garden, but there is an option to purchase food online to eat outside in the Garden. The menu includes sandwiches, salads, snacks, desserts, drinks, and kids’ meals, as well as “Family Bistro Boxes” with choices of chicken tacos, salmon, and pork BBQ, all available via online ordering. Beer, wine, and hard seltzers will also be available for purchase in several spots throughout the Garden.
Fidos dates: August 13 & 27, September 10 & 24, 2020.
Flowers After 5 Dates:
August 6: The Whiskey Rebellion — Bluegrass, jazz, and rock and roll.
August 13:Paul Urban & Friends — Tidewater roots and blues band. (Fidos night)
August 20: Triple Crossing Jazz Project — Specializing in swingin’ classic jazz from the 1930s through the 1960s.
August 27: TBD. (Fidos night)
September 3: U & I Plus Latin Band — Cover band performing a mix of Afro Caribbean Salsa infused with a bit of old school R&B.
September 10: TBD. (Fidos night)
September 17: TBD
September 24: TBD (Fidos night)
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.
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:
- Friday, October 8, 6:30-10 pm
- Saturday, October 9, 1-9:30 pm
- Sunday, October 10, 1-6 pm
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.
FREE! Enjoy all of the performances on all 5 stages at no cost. Food, drink and merchandise are available for sale.
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!
2nd Street Festival Announces Full Schedule
The 2nd Street Festival will return this fall, live and in person, Saturday – Sunday, October 2-3. Marking its 33rd year, the festival celebrates the rich culture of the historic Jackson Ward neighborhood in Downtown Richmond. This FREE event is produced by Venture Richmond Events.
Over the years, it has grown to be one of the Mid-Atlantic’s largest street festivals. Thousands visit historic Jackson Ward to reminisce about the days when 2nd Street was the heart and soul of Richmond’s African-American community and was known as “the Harlem of the South.” Today, Jackson Ward continues to be a thriving neighborhood and community.
The 2nd Street Festival is an annual celebration and homecoming over two days that features three stages of live musical entertainment along with popular food vendors, a marketplace and Artists Row to shop, and the Richmond Metropolitan Antique Car Club.
We’re really excited to be back in the Jackson Ward neighborhood,” said Sharon Bassard, Booking and Festival Manager at Venture Richmond. “This year’s lineup features Richmond favorites and up-and-coming artists. From Jazz to Reggae and Gospel to R&B, you’ll be able to find a stage over the weekend with your favorite music – all for free! We ask everyone to be a “good neighbor” and show kindness to one another by following our health and safety guidelines, encouraging you to be vaccinated, wear a mask, and maintain distancing while attending the festival.”
Venture Richmond Events continues to closely monitor CDC and VDH guidelines for COVID-19 protocols for large, in-person outdoor events. A commitment to safety and adherence to local, state, and federal ordinances and recommendations will guide all decisions regarding in-person events. (see COVID-19 guidelines)
2nd Street Festival 2021 Stage Schedule
(Subject to change)
WAVERLY R. CRAWLEY MAIN STAGE (sponsored by Virginia Union University)
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2
- 11:50 – 12:35pm N.F.U.S.I.O.N.Z.
- 1:10 – 2:10pm I Would Die 4 U; A Musical Tribute to PRINCE
- 2:30 – 3:00pm Dancing with Mama D
- 3:30 – 4:30pm DJ Drake and MC Choco
- 5:30 – 7:00pm Plunky & Oneness
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3
- 1:00 – 1:30pm James Johnson Jr
- 2:00 – 2:30pm Virginia Union University Gospel Choir
- 3:00 – 4:00pm J Tucker and The Krewe
- 4:45 – 6:00pm Mighty Joshua
JOE KENNEDY JR. JAZZ STAGE
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2
- 12:00 – 1:15pm Joe Kennedy, Jr. Scholarship Recipient Chet Frierson
- 1:45 – 2:45pm Debra Dean & The Key West Band
- 3:15 – 4:15pm Saxsmo “Stepping Out”
- 4:45 – 6:00pm Nathan Mitchell
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3
- 1:00 – 1:50pm Ashby Anderson’s Vibe
- 2:10 – 3:10pm Larri Branch Agenda
- 3:30 – 4:30pm Jazz In The Spirit
- 5:00 – 6:00pm Curv Appeal
EGGLESTON HOTEL COMMUNITY STAGE
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2
- 12:00 – 12:10pm Welcome – Historic Jackson Ward Association- Janis Allen
- 12:30 – 1:10pm Young Prince Charles
- 1:40 – 2:00pm Richmond Urban Dance Company
- 2:30 – 3:30pm Bak N Da Day
- 4:00 – 5:00pm Drew Miles and Company
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3
- 1:30 – 2:00pm Chiquita Cross
- 2:30 – 3:15pm DJ Milk D
- 3:50- 4:30pm Glennroy & Company
- 5:00 –6:00pm Testiphy Band
Saturday’s Headliner, Plunky & Oneness
For over 50 years, Richmond saxophonist, songwriter and producer J. Plunky Branch has been at the vanguard of Afro-centric jazz, funk, R&B, house music, and go-go, weaving these interrelated musical forms into a forward-looking message of empowerment, positivity, and cultural awareness. Along with his band, Plunky & Oneness, he has appeared in concert with some of the biggest names in Black music, including Patti Labelle, Ray Charles, Earth Wind & Fire, Frankie Beverly & Maze, LL Cool J, Chuck Brown, and more. His song “Every Way But Loose” was a top-ten soul music chart hit in London in the 1980’s and his hit single, “Drop,” was released in 2007. He also wrote “2nd Street Jaunt,” a song that Venture Richmond used in TV commercials promoting the 2019 festival. He will be performing at the festival on Saturday, October 2 from 5:30 – 7:00pm at the Waverly R. Crawley Main Stage.
Saturday’s Featured Jazz Stage Artist, Nathan Mitchell
Nathan Mitchell was recently named one of the final nominees for a 2021 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Jazz Album for his newest release Donny, Duke and Wonder. He will be featured on the Jazz Stage Saturday, October 2 from 4:45 – 6:00pm.
Sunday’s Closing Performance, Mighty Joshua
Closing out the festival on Sunday, October 3 from 4:45 – 6:00pm is reggae artist, Mighty Joshua, whose soulful exploration in the evolution of sound creates an expression of reggae for the modern day.
Official Festival Poster Artist, Unicia Buster
Purchase an official 2021 2nd Street Festival poster designed by local quilter and artist, Unicia Buster. The new poster will be unveiled on September 23, watch on Facebook Live! Posters will be available for sale at the festival, or at Plan 9 Music in Carytown and online at Plan9Music.com starting on Monday, October 4.
Jackson Project Weekend Activities
The JXN Project is a historic preservation project that celebrates the 150th anniversary of Jackson Ward by properly contextualizing the origin story of the nation’s first historically registered Black urban neighborhood. JXN is designed to excavate, elevate and educate the hidden histories of the city’s sixth ward, which inspired an effort to erect honorary street designations in honor of notable Jackson Wardians, also known as “Unveiling The Vanguard.” The 2nd Street Festival is partnering with JXN as they virtually unveil the vanguard by video released across their social media and website on October 2. Also, on October 2, festival-goers are invited to engage in a socially distanced, self-guided tour of the honorary street signs. For all details, visit www.thejxnproject.com and follow @TheJXNProject on all social media platforms.
Radio One’s “2nd Street MIX” Weekend
Back again for another year, 2nd Street Festival partner Radio One’s “2nd Street MIX” weekend will get you ready for the festival by bringing you mixes from the hottest DJs in the city! Tune into 99.3/105.7 KISS FM on Saturday, October 2 from 4:00pm-midnight and Sunday, October 3 from noon-7:00pm. Hear mixes from DJ King Tutt, DJ Drake, and DJ Lonnie B playing all your favorite 2nd Street Festival hits!
FREE Walking Tours, guided by Gary Flowers
Venture Richmond Events will provide FREE guided walking tours led by Gary Flowers who has a four-generation family connection to Historic Jackson Ward. “Educating the public to the place Historic Jackson Ward holds in commerce, education, and dismantling racial segregation in the United States of America is critically important to me,” Mr. Flowers said. These 60-minute tours leave at 1:00pm on Saturday and at 1:00pm on Sunday. Tour groups meet on the sidewalk at the Maggie Walker National Historic Site, 2nd & E. Leigh Streets.
Update on the Kidz Zone
Due to the highly interactive nature of the activities planned for the Kidz Zone, the 2nd Street Festival will not host a family area this year. The Kidz Zone, produced by the Children’s Museum, is a robust and engaging, much-loved, part of the Festival. However, due to the close proximity required for those activities and the lack of an approved COVID-19 vaccine for children under 12, we believe cancelling the activities is best for the safety of our littlest patrons. The Children’s Museum will be back to produce the much-loved Kidz Zone in 2022.
For information about the 2nd Street Festival, please visit: https://venturerichmond.com/our-events/2nd-street-festival-2021/
Richmond Folk Festival Announces More Artists
Richmond Folk Festival has nine new artists for you to check out as we wait, with fingers crossed for the return of Folk Fest.
The Richmond Folk Festival celebrates its 17th anniversary October 8-10, 2021 inviting fans to downtown Richmond’s riverfront to celebrate the roots, richness, and variety of American culture through music, dance, traditional crafts, storytelling, and food.
The free, three-day, outdoor event is presented by Venture Richmond Events in partnership with the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA), the Center for Cultural Vibrancy, the Children’s Museum, and the City of Richmond.
Featuring six stages and showcasing music and dance from more than 30 artists from around the nation and the world, the Richmond Folk Festival today announces a second group of artists performing at this year’s festival—a program that will again be culturally diverse and artistically excellent, with some of the finest traditional artists performing throughout the weekend.
“We are proud to be back this year on Richmond’s beautiful downtown riverfront,” said Blaine Waide, associate director of the National Council for the Traditional Arts. “From returning favorites to up-and-coming artists making their Richmond debut to traditions like Sicilian traditional music
that we have never presented before, this year’s program lives up to the festival’s reputation for offering a dizzying variety of artistic expressions and experiences—all for free!”
Venture Richmond Events continues to closely monitor CDC and Virginia guidelines for COVID-19 protocols for large outdoor events. A commitment to safety and adherence to local, state, and federal ordinances and recommendations will guide all decisions regarding the festival.(see COVID-19 guidelines)
The nine newly announced artists to be featured at the 2021 Richmond Folk Festival include:
The Brotherhood Singers (African American a cappella gospel quartet singing)
Donny Broussard & the Louisiana Stars (Cajun)
Jasmine Bell & North Bear (Lakota hoop dance and Northern Plains drum)
The Pedro Giraudo Tango Ensemble (Argentine tango)
New York, New York
Rosa Tatuata with Michela Musolino (Sicilian traditional music)
Clifton, New Jersey
Sugaray Rayford (blues)
Los Angeles, California
Taj Weekes (reggae)
St. Lucia by way of New York, New York
Tres en Punto (trío romántico)
The Western Flyers (western swing)
The festival’s previously announced artists include:
Joanie Madden & Cherish the Ladies (Irish)
Yonkers, New York
Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper (bluegrass)
Nava Persian Trio (Persian santour)
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Plena Es (bomba y plena)
Rare Essence (go-go)
Sean Jones “Dizzy Spellz” feat. Brinae Ali (jazz, hip hop, and tap dance)
Encore Performances on VPM
Every Saturday at 5:00pm, catch VPM broadcasts of favorite performances from the past 13 years of the Richmond Folk Festival, as well as the three years the city hosted the National Folk Festival (2005-07). Tune in to Richmond public radio VPM stations 107.3 FM & 93.1 FM for great musical memories. Add these shows to your calendar today:
Aug 28 Dale Ann Bradley
Sep 4 Lurie Bell, Andes Manta
Sept 11 Amargue Bachata Quintet with Andre Veloz
Sept 18 Ahava Raba with Yanky Lemmer
Sept 25 Sona Jobarteh
Oct 2 Maggie Ingram, Frank Newsome, The Paschall Brothers, Clinton Fearon
Interactive Scavenger Hunt
From now through Labor Day weekend, the Richmond Folk Festival is offering an interactive scavenger hunt. It takes about an hour or two to complete, and there are two routes from which to choose. The scavenger hunt presents opportunities to notice often-missed public art, learn about history and different cultures, and listen to relevant musical links along the way. Like the festival, both routes include hills, steps, and uneven ground. Those who successfully complete the festival’s scavenger hunt will be entered in drawings for prizes, with winners selected all summer long! The scavenger hunt runs through September 7.
For all details, please visit our website: https://www.richmondfolkfestival.org/scavhuntintro
More information on the festival and additional artists performing this year will follow soon. For
updates, visit www.richmondfolkfestival.org. #RVAFolkFest
To make a donation to the Richmond Folk Festival today, Text to Give! Text FOLK to 44321.
The Richmond Folk Festival is produced by Venture Richmond Events, in partnership with the
National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA), the Center for Cultural Vibrancy, the Children’s
Museum, and the City of Richmond.
The Richmond Folk Festival is sponsored by Altria, Dominion Energy, CoStar Group, CarMax,
NewMarket Corp., City of Richmond, WestRock, Brown Distributing, Community Foundation,
Amtrak, LIDL, Virginia Lottery, Atlantic Union Bank, NBC12 & CW Richmond, VPM,
SummitMedia, Hilton Downtown Richmond, ONE Casino + Resort, American Civil War Museum,
National Park Service, Virginia Humanities, JAMinc., Plan 9 Music, RMC Events, PD Brooks,
SmartBox, Virginia Housing, Wells Fargo, Winn Transportation, House of Hayes, TNT Auto
Rental, Federal Reserve Bank, and Virginia War Memorial