The Richmond Folk Festival returns October 7-9, 2022, and celebrates its 18th anniversary, having become one of Virginia’s largest events. The beloved festival draws fans each year 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 event hosts 200,000 people over the weekend and is presented by Venture Richmond Events in partnership with the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA), the Virginia Folklife Program, the Center for Cultural Vibrancy, Children’s Museum, and the City of Richmond.
Featuring six stages and showcasing music and dance from more than 30 performing groups from around the nation and the world, the Richmond Folk Festival today announces eight artists of what will once again be a culturally diverse and impressive program.
“We are looking forward to showcasing downtown Richmond’s ever-changing riverfront once again for a beautiful weekend of music, dance, food, and crafts with the James River and our city skyline as the perfect backdrop,” said Stephen Lecky, director of events at Venture Richmond. “This event holds a special place in the hearts of so many, and year 18 is shaping up to be one of the best.”
Artists to be featured at the 2022 Richmond Folk Festival include:
Beòloach (Cape Breton)
Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia
Black Umfolosi (a cappella imbube singing)
Bnat el Houariyat & Esraa Warda (Moroccan chaabi women’s ensemble)
Marrakech, Morocco, and New York, New York
Cedric Burnside (hill country blues)
Holly Springs, Mississippi
Fran Grace (sacred steel guitar)
Korean Performing Arts Institute of Chicago (pungmul and samulnori)
Raleigh, North Carolina
Son Rompe Pera (Mexican marimba)
Naucalpan de Juárez, Mexico
- Friday, October 7 — 6:30pm – 10:00pm
- Saturday, October 8 — 12:00pm – 9:30pm
- Sunday, October 9 — 12:00pm – 6:00pm
More information on the festival and additional artists performing will follow later this summer.
For more information about the Richmond Folk Festival, visit www.richmondfolkfestival.org.
Photos: Juneteenth Reggae at Hardywood and Diamond Flea Market
On Sunday we took our camera to check out Mighty Joshua performing at the Hardywood Juneteenth Celebration and then walked around the Diamond Flea Market.
Friday Cheers Becomes Friday Tears as Weather Postpones the Show
For the second time this year weather has stopped the Friday concert from taking place.
Message from Venture Richmond
Friday Cheers, RVA Music Night, is postponed due to severe weather concerns.New date announced soon.For the safety of our patrons, artists, and staff we must unfortunately postpone Friday Cheers on May 27, RVA Music Night, with Matthew E. White, Benét, and The Last Real Circus. We are working to reschedule the local bands to play later in the summer and will keep you informed as to the new date.For Friday Cheers ticket holders, tickets will be valid for the rescheduled event, or contact Tickets-to-Buy for the face value within 14 business days.Thank you for understanding this difficult decision.
2nd Street Festival and the Richmond Folk Festival Dates Announced
Two of Virginia’s largest and most beloved events return this fall to Downtown Richmond.
The 2nd Street Festival, in partnership with the City of Richmond, is October 1-2, in the historic Jackson Ward neighborhood.
The Richmond Folk Festival, in partnership with the National Council for the Traditional Arts and the City of Richmond, is October 7-9, along Downtown Richmond’s riverfront.
“Venture Richmond Events is proud to produce these two festivals that have brought so much attention to two Downtown neighborhoods – Jackson Ward and the Riverfront,” said Stephen Lecky, director of events for Venture Richmond. “Both the 2nd Street Festival and the Richmond Folk Festival are economic drivers bringing a combined 200,000+ people Downtown and generating $39.5 million in economic impact annually. With six stages along the Riverfront and four stages in Jackson Ward, these two events that are only a week apart, showcase world class entertainment, food, arts and culture in Downtown.”
The 2nd Street Festival is sponsored in part by: City of Richmond, Dominion Energy, Altria, NewMarket Corp., Atlantic Union Bank, Virginia Union University, Brown Distributing, CoStar Group, and Community Foundation for a greater Richmond.
The Richmond Folk Festival is sponsored in part by: City of Richmond, Dominion Energy, Altria, NewMarket Corp., CarMax, CoStar Group, Brown Distributing, Community Foundation for a greater Richmond, Atlantic Union Bank, Virginia is for Lovers, National Council for the Traditional Arts, Center for Cultural Vibrancy, and the Children’s Museum.
Check out pictures from last year’s Folk Festival here.