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

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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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Dominion Energy Riverrock Announces Music Lineup for 2022 Festival

The big day is Saturday, May 21st, which features performances from well-known and critically acclaimed artists such as the Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio, Sierra Ferrell, and the Futurebirds.

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Dominion Energy Riverrock announced today the full list of music acts performing at this year’s festival. The 2022 lineup features national and regional talent taking the stage the weekend of May 20-22, as Dominion Energy Riverrock celebrates a return to its in-person festival format. The complete music and event schedule is now available at www.RiverrockRVA.com, and registration for sporting events is open as well.

Kicking things off on stage at 6:30 p.m. Friday evening, May 20, will be Richmond’s own Suggesting Rhythm, a six-piece band who recreates the music of The Grateful Dead with their own charm and style. The slate on Saturday, May 21, features performances from well-known and critically acclaimed artists such as the Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio, Sierra Ferrell, and the Futurebirds.

The Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio brings their unique blend of soul, jazz, rhythm and blues, and rock and roll to the stage at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, followed by Sierra Ferrell’s spellbinding voice at 6:15 p.m., and the Futurebirds’ captivating rock sound at 8:00 p.m. The lineup also includes Dead Billionaires, E 33rd, and Devil’s Coattails on May 21, and Tre. Charles, Mekong Xpress, and Leon III on May 22. All performances at Dominion Energy Riverrock are free and open to the public.

“We are very excited to present another weekend of diverse musical offerings and look forward to returning in person with three days of great performances during Dominion Energy Riverrock,” said Stephen Lecky, Director of Events for Venture Richmond. “The festival highlights Richmond’s vibrant downtown riverfront and outdoor lifestyle and this year’s bands will add even more energy for fans and spectators.”

Dominion Energy Riverrock, organized by Sports Backers and Venture Richmond, takes place on Brown’s Island, the 5th Street Hillside, and the trails around the James River Park System on the weekend of May 20-22. More information on the band lineup and schedule of events can be found at www.RiverrockRVA.com.

Dominion Energy Riverrock is open to the public and is free to all spectators. For event registration and further information about Dominion Energy Riverrock 2022, please visit www.riverrockrva.com.

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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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