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How to attend this year’s Folk Festival

Tips for transportation, timing, and getting the most out of the folk festivities


The festival continues all weekend.

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The Richmond Folk Festival returns to the riverfront today and will continue through Sunday. We’re folk-using on the logistics so you can get the most out of the free festivities.

⏰ Hours

Friday | 6:30-10 p.m.
Saturday | 12-9:30 p.m.
Sunday | 12-6 p.m.

🪣 What to bring — and leave at home

Bring your ID to purchase adult beverages, chairs or blankets to watch performances, and donations to make a drop in the bucket and help keep the Folk Fest free. Cash is not accepted for drinks or festival merch, but other vendors may accept it.

Leave pets, coolers, large backpacks, alcohol, and flying objects at home.


Don’t forget to make a donation to the festival.

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🚌 Getting there

If you want to avoid the parking grind, take the bus. Routes 3A, 3B, 3C, and 87 will drop you at Belvidere and Holly (southbound) or Belvidere and War Memorial (northbound).

Rideshare drop-off is at 7th and Canal Street. Bike parking is on Spring Street.

There will also be a $5 shuttle to and from Dogwood Dell, where off-site parking will be available on Saturday and Sunday. Expect shuttles to run every half hour or so.

Parking downtown or in Manchester? Try these lots. Street parking is also available, but it’d be handy to have the Passport App for easy payment.


Find Ukrainian group Cheres will perform twice on Saturday and again on Sunday.

Photo by Edwin Remsberg

🎶 Stages

There are five major stages with performances all weekend, plus the Dominion Energy Dance Pavilion. Stages are located across festival grounds, from 2nd Street to Brown’s Island.

Other notable areas include the family area near 2nd Street and the Craft Marketplace in the Tredegar lot.

If you can’t make it one day but still want to listen, stream VPM or tune in to 107.3 FM or 93.1 FM for a live broadcast.

Ready to fest? Keep the pocket guide handy. We’ll see you by the river.

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