Richmond Folk Festival announces online plan

Posted at 10:00 AM, Aug 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-19 12:58:54-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- As is the case with most events, the Richmond Folk Festival will be online in 2020. The annual music and art festival typically draws thousands of people to the James River each October.

"We certainly share in the disappointment so many are feeling that we won’t be celebrating in person along our downtown Riverfront this October,” Lisa Sims, CEO of Venture Richmond, said. “But we are grateful for our sponsors and partners who are helping us bring our community together for a culturally-rich, engaging, and memorable weekend."

The 2020 festival will take place on October 9 - 11.

"We’re particularly excited to work with long-time sponsors VPM to broadcast a special television program featuring Virginia artists, and we hope everyone will stay tuned for more announcements about our official festival beer, t-shirt, and poster," Sims said. "We’re doing everything we can to make the second weekend in October a true Folk Festival weekend."

Artists to be featured in new musical performances include:

Aurelio (Garifuna)
Plaplaya, Honduras, and New York

Los Texmaniacs (conjunto tejano)
San Antonio Texas

The Quebe Sisters (Texas fiddling and western swing)
Dallas, Texas

Rahim AlHaj (Iraqi oud)
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Vishtèn (Acadian)
Prince Edward Island and Magdalen Islands, Québec

Walter “Wolfman” Washington & the Roadmasters (funk and R&B)
New Orleans, Louisiana

"This year’s virtual festival is a great opportunity for families to plan gatherings and watch parties at home in a safe, fun, and responsible way," a festival organizer said in an email.

Hours listed below comprise planned blocks of time encompassing television, live streaming, and radio. Specific schedules for each platform will be released closer to the festival.

Friday, October 9 from 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturday, October 10 from Noon - 8 p.m.
Sunday, October 11 from Noon - 8 p.m.

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