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Richmond Folk Festival Announces First Group of Artists

The Richmond Folk Festival returns September 27-29, celebrating its 20th anniversary!




The Richmond Folk Festival returns September 27-29, celebrating its 20th anniversary!

Over the past twenty years, the Richmond Folk Festival has become one of Virginia’s largest and most cherished events. It draws fans to Downtown Richmond’s riverfront each year to celebrate the roots, richness, and variety of American culture through music, dance, traditional crafts, storytelling, and food. Over the past two decades, the event’s success has transformed the riverfront’s popularity and growth. 

The Richmond Folk Festival, a free event that welcomes 200,000 people over a three-day weekend, is a testament to the power of diversity and inclusivity. With six stages and over 30 performing groups from around the nation and worldwide, the festival is a vibrant tapestry of cultures and traditions. This year, in honor of the festival’s 20th anniversary, we are bringing back several favorites from past years.

Not only is the Richmond Folk Festival taking place earlier than usual this fall to avoid falling on Yom Kippur, but there are also changes to the festival site. Due to exciting developments underway, two of the six stages will be in new locations. The updated festival site map will be available on our website soon and in the pocket guides distributed at the festival.

“The festival site on Downtown’s riverfront is an ever-changing one, as we see its growth and progress lead to a number of modifications,” said Stephen Lecky, director of events at Venture Richmond. “You’ll still find all your favorite things to see and do, but this year, you may need to look at the festival map to chart your course. We’ll provide you with everything you need to find what you’re looking for!”

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 2024 Richmond Folk Festival include:
(*favorites from past years are indicated with an asterisk) 

*Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino (Southern Italian pizzica tarantata)

Salento, Italy

*John Doyle & the Irish American Music Masters (Irish) 

Chicago; Brooklyn; Bristol, Vermont; Asheville, North Carolina; and County Louth, Ireland

*Junior Sisk Band (bluegrass)

Ferrum, Virginia

 Lonnie Holley (Afro-futuristic jazz, funk, and soul)

Atlanta, Georgia

Mis Blandine (Congolese soukous)

Toronto, Ontario

Peni Candra Rini (Javanese sindhen)

Tulungagung, East Java, Indonesia

Rancho Aparte (Colombian chirimía music)

Quibdó, Colombia

*Trouble Funk (go-go) 

Washington, D.C

Click here for extended artist bios, plus audio and video samples on our website.

Friends of the Festival

Become a Friend of the Festival to help sustain the Richmond Folk Festival for many years to come! Gifts from our Friends ensure the consistency and future of the performances and programs that we all enjoy. Your support is invaluable to us as we work to sustain one of Virginia’s largest artistic and cultural gatherings and the largest folk festival of its kind in the country. 


Benefits of being a Friend of the Festival include two weekend parking passes to the 2024 Richmond Folk Festival, your name/company on four Thank You banners located at the festival, your name/company on our sponsors webpage, a commemorative RFF Friends enameled pin and a limited-edition screen print version of the official festival poster hand-signed and numbered by the artist.


Learn more and sign up here! 


Festival Hours


Friday, September 27 — 6:30pm – 10:00pm 

Saturday, September 28 — 12:00pm – 9:30pm 

Sunday, September 29 — 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 #RVAFolkFest  –  Text to Give! Text FOLK to 44321

The Richmond Folk Festival is sponsored in part by: Altria, Dominion Energy, CoStar Group, CarMax, Pauley Family Foundation, NewMarket Corp., City of Richmond,  Brown Distributing, Community Foundation, Atlantic Union Bank, VPM, 12OnYourSide, Richmond Times-Dispatch, National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA), Virginia Humanities, Center for Cultural Vibrancy, Children’s Museum, American Civil War Museum, National Park Service, National Endowment for the Arts, Virginia is For Lovers, Capital Vacations, JAMinc, Plan 9 Music, RMC Events, Virginia Housing, House of Hayes, TNT Auto Rental, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond and the Virginia War Memorial.

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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.