6 Things You Didn’t Know About the Richmond Folk Festival

The Richmond Folk Festival 2017 is October 13 - 15.

The Richmond Folk Festival is a celebration of the richness of American culture through music, dance, crafts, storytelling, and food.

These are the 6 things that you may not have known about the Richmond Folk Festival:

The poster was created by a local artist.

Chris Milk Hulburt, a Richmond-based artist, is the creative mastermind behind the 2017 Richmond Folk Festival poster.

Hulburt is best known for his colorfully painted pieces usually painted on scrap wood.

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The Festival has its own beer!

The official beer of the Richmond Folk Festival is the Folk FestivALE brewed by Champion  Brewing.

The signature brew will be available at the Folk Festival for you to enjoy.

If you’re looking to get into the spirit (no pun intended) of things early, you can pick up the brew at Whole Foods, Wegmans, Growlers to Go, Total Wine, Corks and Kegs, Kroger, The Wink, Libbie Market, Strawberry Street Market, Trolley Market, Union Market, The Caboose, BottleWorks, Fastop (Huguenot Rd), Lombardy Market, Capital Ale House, Cary St Mini Mart, Fine Food Store, Little House Green Grocery, Patterson Mini Mart, Robinson Street Market, Saison, Shockoe Heights Market.

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There will be more than 30 different food venders

Here’s a helpful list so you can make sure your stomach is READY: Boka Truck, Nadar’s Bistro, Ginger Thai Taste, Africanne on Main, Strawberry Street Mini Donuts, Gelati Celesti, Croaker’s Spot, Amira Enterprises, Jadeans Smokin Six O, Slideaways Bistro, India K’ Raja, Caribbean Pot, Cool Concessions, Kettle Corn, Leisure Time, MacBrand Foods, Goatocado, La Milpa, The Hungry Turtle, International Grill, Return of the Mac, Island Noodles, Urbanna Seafood, Espresso A Go Go, Cheezilla Gourmet Grilled Cheese, King of Pops, Mark’s Airborn Kettle Corn, Happy Empanada, Food Corner & Grill, River City Wood Fire.

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There will be more than 30 performers across 7 stages

This is going to be amazing! You’ll be dancing, clapping, singing, and stompin’.

We promise.

Here’s the lineup of performers: Be’la Dona, Betsayda Machado y La Parranda El Clavo, Bitori feat. Chando Graciosa, C. J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band, Corazon de Granada: Flamenco Joven y Jondo, Crooked Road Ramblers, Dale Ann Bradley, Don Bryant, Eddie Cotton, Jr., Grand Master Seiichi Tanaka & the San Francisco Taiko Dojo, The Green Fields of America, Hot Club of Cowtown, Innov Gnawa, Jan Knutson, Los Wembler’s, Nicolae Feraru, Patti Kusturok, Paulin Brothers’ Brass Band, Sahba Motallebi, Spencer Taylor & the Highway QC’s, A Step Ahead, The U.S. Army Blues, Wayne Hancock, From Africa to Appalachia, Big G of Southern Soul, Cabin Creek Boys, Cora Harvey Armstrong, Danny Knicely’s Next Generation with Eli and Aila Wildman, Victor Furtado, Andrew Vogts, and Jack Dunlap, Harold Mitchell, Laura Leigh Jones, The Legendary Ingramettes, Reverend Frank Newsome, Sherman Holmes Project, Susan Gaeta and Gina Sobel, Ved Sheth, and Wild Ponies.

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It’s free

Even though the Festival has grown every year and is now one of Virginia’s largest events, drawing in around 200,000 people, it’s still FREE to attend! Volunteers collect donations (the suggested donation is $10 per person per day) in large orange buckets during the festival. The donations are what keep the Festival free.

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Parking is free too

FREE parking and FREE shuttles are available from City Stadium. All shuttles will stop at two festival locations: one at 2nd Street and one at 7th Street and leave regularly throughout the day.

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Everything else you need to know about the Richmond Folk Festival you can find out here: Richmond Folk Festival