2021 Richmond Folk Festival schedule announced

The Richmond Folk Fest will take place Oct. 8-10. | Photo provided

The Richmond Folk Festival will return to the riverfront Oct. 8-10 for 3 free days of music, crafts + food. The organizers dropped the full schedule yesterday, which features performances on 5 different stages from 30 artists from around the nation and the world. 

The Folk Fest will feature 5 different stages. | Photo provided

For bluegrass lovers, head to the Richmond Times-Dispatch Virginia Folklife Stage at 3 p.m. on Saturday for Danny Knicely & Will Lee, followed by David Via & Corn Tornado 2.0 at 5 p.m. You can also catch Linda Lay & Springfield Exit on the Altria Stage at 7:15 p.m. + on the Folklife Stage at 2 p.m. on Sunday. 

When gospel is your go-to, there are plenty of groups to check out throughout the weekend. The Brotherhood Singers, an acapella quartet, will perform multiple times. The Gospel Stars of Greensboro as well as the Legendary Ingramettes — with special guest Sherman Holmes — will appear on the Folklife Stage on Sunday

If you want to hear something new, try out some Sicilian traditional music from Rosa Tatuata and Michela Musolino, who will perform 4 times over the course of the festival. Discover the talents of the Nava Persian Trio, featuring master of the santour Sourena Sefati, or experience the emotional intensity of Argentine tango with The Pedro Giraudo Tango Ensemble

That’s just a sample of the groups who will be performing at the festival this year. Check out the full schedule for acts playing reggae, go-go, honky-tonk + more.

If you’re a fan of everything Folk Fest, good news. The festival is still looking for volunteers for everything from helping backstage to working on the green team or joining the bucket brigade to collect donations + keep the festival free.