Join us at these folklife festivals and events all around the Commonwealth!

September 19 - 22, 2019

Watermelon Park Fest

The Virginia Folklife Program will once again partner with Shepherds Ford Productions as a supporter of Watermelon Park Festival. Watermelon Park was the site of the nation’s first bluegrass festival… Read More»

September 28, 2019

John Jackson Piedmont Blues Festival

John Jackson was born in 1924 in Rappahannock County, VA to a tenant farming family who was also extremely musically talented. He received the National Heritage Fellowship in 1986 from… Read More»

October 11 - 13, 2019

Richmond Folk Festival 2019

Celebrating its fifteenth year, the Richmond Folk Festival has become the largest folk festival on the East Coast. Each year, the Virginia Folklife Program produces the much loved Virginia Folklife… Read More»

October 26, 2019

Blue Ridge Folklife Festival, Ferrum

In our opinion, the Blue Ridge Folklife Festival at Ferrum College is one of the finest folklife festivals in the country. Come see everything from coon dog races to moonshine… Read More»