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See who’s performing at this year’s Folk Festival

The free festival returns to the riverfront this October — here’s the lineup of artists announced so far


The Folk Fest returns in October.

Photo by RICtoday

The Richmond Folk Festival will return to the riverfront the weekend of Oct. 13-15 for its 19th year of music, food, crafts, and community. Organizers announced the full lineup of performers yesterday.

The festival’s six stages will feature over 30 performing groups from across the world, including right here in Virginia.


The Folk Fest features dozens of acts across six stages.

Photo by Dave Parrish Photography

Click on each artist for a preview of what to expect.

  • Cheres | This New York band shares Ukrainian music and is named for a talisman of good fortune.
  • Chris Thomas & His Smoke Dancers | Experience the competitive dance of the Haudenosaunee Nation characterized by its light footwork and beautiful, fluid steps.
  • Lutchinha | African and Portuguese influences combine in Cabo Verdean music.
  • Stanley & the Ten Sleepless Knights | This 10-piece band out of St. Croix, US Virgin Islands shares quelbe music.

The full array of music features Chicago Blues, Ukrainian Folk Music, Zydeco, Hindustani violin, Bluegrass, Salsa, and a whole lot more.
Ready to start planning your Folk Fest weekend? Check out the full schedule of performances, and use this map to figure out where to find them.

Want to help make the 19th festival the best one yet? Volunteer to join the bucket brigade, help backstage, or pour drinks.

There are also a few tickets remaining for the Folk Feast, an annual culinary event the Monday before the festival. Experience signature dishes from local restaurants, drinks, and a live performance by Corey Wells & Friends. Proceeds go to the festival.

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