Published October 24, 2014

More than 150,000 people joined the Virginia Folklife Program on the banks of the James River from October 10-12 for the tenth annual Richmond Folk Festival. This year’s festival provided a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our twenty-fifth year of serving Virginia as the state center for the documentation, presentation, support and celebration of our rich cultural folkways. Though the skies were gray, nothing could dampen the energy and spirit of the performers on the Virginia Folklife Stage. From bluegrass to gospel to break dancing, audiences witnessed stunning performances by longtime favorites and new faces.


The church crowns fashion show featured local Richmond showing off their finest hats. Organized by Mavis Wynn of Venture Richmond and emceed by Earl Fleming, the event featured some awe-inspiring hats.


The Virginia Folklife crafts area featured some of Virginia’s finest makers: boat builders, decoy carvers, instrument makers, and more.


We thank our staff and sponsors for the great help and support of this event, and look forward to another ten years of the Richmond Folk Festival.

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