Richmond Folk Festival 2013

The Capital City’s historic, downtown riverfront will welcome the sixth annual Richmond Folk Festival October 11-13th. The music festival that celebrates American culture through traditional crafts, food, storytelling and, of course, music, will be spread from 2nd to 7th streets and from Byrd Street to the river. 

This includes the American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar, New Market Corporation’s lawn, Brown’s Island, Tredegar Street and parts of the Federal Reserve parking lots.

For more information about food, craft marketplace vendors, the performance schedule and more, visit  View a map of the 2012 festival site here.

Road Closings

All streets leading into the venue are closed to vehicle traffic at Canal Street, which is located two blocks north of the event site.

Guests are encouraged to use the FREE remote parking lots and FREE shuttle service that will run every 20 minutes. All shuttles will stop at 2nd Street and 5th Street. 

Admission to the American Civil War Center

The American Civil War Center will be open and admission is free. The museum will have extended hours from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday during the festival.

For more information call 804.780.1865 or visit

Festival Hours of Operation                      

Friday, October 11: 5:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 12:  11:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. 

Sunday, October 13:   11:30 a.m. -  6:30 p.m.


From the North, via I-95 (DC)
Take the I-195 S/I-64 W exit, EXIT 79, toward Powhite Parkway. Take Exit 185 to merge onto East Staples Mill Road, continue to Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

From the South, via I-95 (North Carolina)

Merge onto I-64 W via EXIT 79 toward I-195 S/Powhite Pkwy/Charlottesville. Take Exit 185 to merge onto eastbound Staples Mill Road, continue to Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

From the West, via I-64 (Charlottesville)

Take I-64 East to Exit 185B to Staples Mill East, continue to Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

From the East, via I-64 (Virginia Beach)

Take Exit 185 to merge onto eastbound Staples Mill Road, continue to Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

FREE Parking and FREE Shuttles

To reach the festival site guests are advised to use remote parking and ride the FREE shuttles, which drop off ON SITE every 20 minutes. (See shuttle hours below). All shuttles will stop at two festival locations: one at 2nd Street and one at 5th Street.

FREE parking and FREE shuttle service are available at:

Spring Rock Green (formerly Beaufont Mall – directly across the street from Cloverleaf Mall): 7202 Midlothian Turnpike, corner of Chippenham Parkway

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield (Staples Mill Road): 2015 Staples Mill Road

The shuttles will leave every 20 minutes during the following hours:
Friday - 5:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Saturday - 11:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Sunday - 11:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

For more information, call the Shuttle Hotline at (804) 358-4782.

Not Familiar with Richmond and don’t know where to park?

Visitors new to the Richmond area are encouraged to park in the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield remote parking lot and ride the FREE shuttle bus to the festival.

Paid Parking

Multiple parking lots are available downtown.

Central Parking

Shockoe Bottom, 100 Virginia St. 
Crowne Plaza, 555 E. Canal St.
801 E. Cary Street (Lot between 8th & 9th on Cary) 
1200 E. Byrd St.(along the flood wall)


Main & Foushee
1st & Canal
3rd & Cary
4th & Canal
5th & Canal, 5th & Cary
6th & Canal
8th & Cary

Standard Parking
410 E. Franklin Street

Lanier Parking

Riverside on the James, 1001 Haxall Point
Riverfront Plaza, 901 E. Byrd St.

Mayo Island

501 S. 14th St.

Monument City Parking 
13 N. 5th St.

Handicap Parking

Handicap parking is available in the Federal Reserve Parking Deck located on the corner of 5th and Byrd Streets. A traffic control officer will be at the intersection to allow properly identified vehicles through.

During the festival, GRTC buses will be transporting patrons up and down the 5th Street hill between Tredegar and Byrd streets to assist guests in getting to the Federal Reserve Parking Deck.

There will not be onsite transportation available between the various stages.  


Portable restrooms will be located throughout the festival. The American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar also has numerous restrooms.