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Richmond Folk Festival Announces First Set of Performers

You’ll notice a well-known local band in the list performing at the best festival in the state of Virginia.




The Richmond Folk Festival returns October 13-15, 2023, and celebrates its 19th 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 event hosts 200,000 people over a three-day weekend. 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 the first eight artists of what will once again make up a culturally diverse and artistically excellent 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 is the 19th year of the festival, and we couldn’t be more proud of its legacy in Richmond and across Virginia.”

The Richmond Folk Festival is presented by Venture Richmond Events in partnership with the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA), Virginia Humanities, Center for Cultural Vibrancy, Children’s Museum, and the City of Richmond.

Artists to be featured at the 2023 Richmond Folk Festival include:

  • Baba Commandant & the Mandingo Band (Mandinka)
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
  • Bio Ritmo (salsa)
    Richmond, Virginia
  • Chuck Mead (rockabilly and honky-tonk)
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Genticorum (Québécois)
    Montreal, Québec
  • Hālau ‘O Lilinoe (traditional Hawai’ian hula)
    Carson, California
  • Kala Ramnath (Hindustani violin)
    San Francisco, California
  • Melody Angel (Chicago blues)
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper (bluegrass)
    Charlestown, Indiana

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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.