From October 11-13, 2013, the Richmond Folk Festival will take place on Richmond’s historic riverfront. There’s so much to do at the free festival that you really may need three days to do it.
At the Folklife Traditional Crafts Area, you can watch demonstrations by Irish flute makers, oyster shuckers, basket-makers, moonshiners, & more. Plus, you can shop the Crafts Marketplace for everything from tie-dyed clothing & Mesoamerican jewelry to handmade fishing lures & vintage clothing.
The entertainment lineup runs the gamut. There’ll be Cajun dance hall music by Jesse Lége and Joel Savoy, Chicago blues by Lurrie Bell, music of Mali by Abdoulaye “Djoss” Diabate, performances of Bow Out by the Richmond Ballet (October 12), & more.
The Richmond Folk Festival spans from 2nd to 7th streets and from Byrd Street to the river, including Brown’s Island, the American Civil War Center at Tredegar, the lawn of the NewMarket Corporation, portions of Federal Reserve parking lots, and Tredegar Street.
You’ll find pay parking lots downtown, with fees ranging from $3-$6. Or you can skip the fees, and park free + take a free shuttle to the festival. You have two choices: Spring Rock Green (directly across the street from the old Cloverleaf Mall) & Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield (2015 Staples Mill Road). All shuttles will stop at two festival locations: one at 2nd Street and one at 5th Street (parking & shuttle info).
The Richmond Folk Festival will take place from 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. on Friday, October 11; noon-9:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 12; & noon-6:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 13, 2013.