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2nd Street Festival and Richmond Folk Festival canceled due to COVID-19

Posted at 10:13 AM, Jun 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-16 10:14:01-04

RICHMOND, Va. – Two of Richmond’s biggest festivals, the 2nd Street Festival and the Richmond Folk Festival, have been canceled due to COVID-19, Venture Richmond announced Tuesday.

Officials said the decision was made for the safety of patrons, volunteers, artists and staff due to the unpredictable and ongoing threat posed by the spread of COVID-19.

“Developments related to state, national, and international events in 2020 have made it clear that as the organizer of these two free, large-scale community festivals, the necessary health precautions simply cannot be taken without radically changing the nature and scope of the events,” said a Venture Richmond spokesperson.

Organizers are still asking festivalgoers to save the date as they are working with sponsors and partners to find “the most meaningful and safe way” to bring the community together, even if it’s virtually.

• 2nd Street Festival: October 2-3, 2021
• Richmond Folk Festival: October 8-10, 2021

“We hope you’ll stay tuned for more announcements regarding virtual celebrations for both festivals that showcase favorite past performances, new live performances, online children’s activities, a virtual marketplace, demonstrations, giveaways, and much more,” organizers wrote.