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2020 Virtual RFF

The 2020 Richmond Folk Festival

A Virtual Celebration!

The Richmond Folk Festival will celebrate its 16th anniversary the weekend of October 9-11 with a “virtual” event that will bring together the community through a special television program, radio broadcasts and online streaming.

2020 Virtual Festival Schedule

Friday, October 9


  • LISTEN to Richmond public radio VPM Music stations 107.3 FM & 93.1 FM for great musical memories from past festivals.


Saturday, October 10


  • LISTEN to Richmond public radio VPM Music stations 107.3 FM & 93.1 FM for great musical memories from past festivals.



Sunday, October 11


  • LISTEN to Richmond public radio VPM Music stations 107.3 FM & 93.1 FM for great musical memories from past festivals.



2020 Artists

The final five artists who will be featured in new, exclusive performances in the livestream event include:

  • Ann Yao (Chinese guzheng) Orlando, Florida
  • The Campbell Brothers (sacred steel guitar) Rochester, New York
  • Don Bryant (Memphis soul) Memphis, Tennessee
  • Jasmine Bell & North Bear (Lakota hoop dance and Northern Plains drum) Riverton, Wyoming
  • Pine Leaf Boys (Cajun) Lafayette, Louisiana
Find artist bios & video samples here!

& More!

Past Favorite Performances on VPM Music (radio)

Listen all weekend to hear some of your favorite performances from the past 15 years of the Richmond Folk Festival. Tune in to Richmond public radio VPM Music stations 107.3 FM & 93.1 FM for great musical memories. The full radio schedule and specific performance timing can be found on our website.

"All Together Now" VPM Plus Television Show

The Richmond Folk Festival proudly presents All Together Now, a two-part television program celebrating Virginia artists, to be aired on VPM Plus on Saturday, October 10 and Sunday, October 11 from 6:00-8:00pm. This television program, created specifically for the 2020 festival, features new performances from some of Virginia’s most talented artists, along with several of our favorite past performances from the festival’s beloved Virginia Folklife Stage. Viewers will also enjoy brand new, 30-minute sets filmed at Richmond’s Spacebomb Studios in partnership with VPM, from artists including Butcher Brown feat. J. Plunky Branch, Cora Harvey Armstrong, Jared Pool & Friends, and Kadencia. All Together Now features both new performances and some of our favorites from the past.

The full television schedule, channels, and list of performers can be found on our website.

CarMax Family Activities, Produced by the Children’s Museum

Enjoy great new interactive videos from the Children’s Museum over the event weekend! Festival fans can make the iconic Children’s Museum bag hats, among many other creative and inspiring activities. Pick up your child's bag hat kit in advance at the Children’s Museum’s downtown location, 2626 W Broad Street, at the doors closest to Terminal Pl. Pick up dates are: Saturday, October 3 from 10:00am-noon, and Saturday, October 10 from 10:00am-noon. Limited availability, one per child in each household. First-come, first-served.

Together Apart: Participatory Art Installation on Brown’s Island

A new and exciting addition to this year’s festival is an interactive art installation on Brown’s Island, by artist Kevin Orlosky. Public participation is encouraged! The artwork will manifest as a massive stone labyrinth that when viewed from above reveals a hand. Become a part of the sculpture and paint a rock that represents something you miss, mourn, or are excited to experience again after the period of social distancing ends. Place your rock on the black fabric inside the contours of the rock perimeter. The public installation will take place from October 4-16 on Brown’s Island. More information can be found on our website.

Official Festival Beer, Hazy Folk

The official Richmond Folk Festival beer, Hazy Folk, our collaborative effort with AleWerks Brewing Company, is now available at select retailers throughout the state! This New England-style IPA greets you with aromas of ripe peaches, grapefruit and tangerines on the nose. Notes of tropical fruit and slightly citrusy pine take center stage with your first sip. The addition of oats and wheat to a light and crisp pilsen malt base yields a velvety mouthfeel. Grab a 4-pack while you can! Learn more about Hazy Folk and where you can purchase it on our website.

Official Festival T-shirt and Poster For Sale

VCU graduate Shannon Wright joins a talented collection of artists commissioned to design the official poster for the Richmond Folk Festival. Posters and event t-shirts are for sale at Plan 9 Music in Carytown or at Plan 9 Online.

Craft Marketplace Online Shopping

The festival’s Craft Marketplace features artisans selling handcrafted and traditional items, ranging from jewelry and specialty goods to original artwork. This year, enjoy shopping from over 25 of your favorite festival merchants online.

Visit the Official Richmond Folk Festival website for more information!