Great 8 Happenings: Richmond Folk Festival Weekend

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — It looks like the bulk of Hurricane Matthew is going to miss us here in Richmond. While Saturday should be wet, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t get out and see the sights. At the very least, we still have Friday night?

8News has you covered on what’s going on this weekend.

Multi-day Events


Richmond Folk Festival: Richmond’s 11th annual Folk Festival brings over thirty performers and artists specializing in traditional music, dances, and art from all over the world. Featuring Cajun, Italian, Congolese, Appalachian, Gospel, Zydeco, Blues, Afghan, Cuban, Rockabilly, Bulgarian, Gamelan, Sri Lankan, Brazilian and more international and American genres. And the latest from their website: “The Richmond Folk Festival will go on Rain or Shine!”

Where: Brown’s Island, Downtown Richmond

When: Friday 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m. – 10 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Cost: Free, although donations are welcome; food and crafts for sale


Pumpkin Patch Days: Every weekend in October, the Ginter Park United Methodist Church will host events while selling pumpkins. Friday will include a storytime for the young-uns and Saturday will feature a Farmer’s Market

Where: Ginter Park United Methodist Church, 1010 West Laburnum Avenue, Richmond, Virginia, 23227

When: Friday at 4 p.m. and Saturday at 9:30 a.m.

Cost: Free + the cost of anything you buy


First Fridays: It happens only once a month, but all the galleries and art spaces in Richmond open their doors and host live music, art, and all around good times

Where: Visual Arts Center, University of Richmond, Art Works, Quirk Gallery, Gallery 5, Sediment, Glave Kocen Gallery

When: Friday night

Cost: Free +the cost of anything you buy


Lucy Dacus: The Richmond native singer and songwriter performs songs from her debut album “No Burden,” My Darling Fury and Spooky Cool open

Where: The National, 708 E Broad St, Richmond, VA 23219

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $16 at door


Gucci Mane: The popular Atlanta-based rapper is touring in support of his latest, post-prison album “Everybody Looking”

Where: Classic Amphitheater at Richmond International Raceway, 600 E Laburnum Ave, Richmond, VA 23222

When: Doors at 6 p.m., Starts at 6:30 p.m.

Cost: $100/day of

Hannibal Burress: Writer, actor and comedian Hannibal Burress comes to Richmond to share his latest stand-up set

Where: Carpenter Theater at Dominion Arts Center, 609 E Broad St, Richmond, VA 23219

When: 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $12 – $25, depending on seats



VCU Cares Clinic Presents: Despicable Me at the Byrd: Come watch “Despicable Me” to raise money for the nonprofit, pro-bono physical therapy organization designed to serve the uninsured and underinsured population in the greater Richmond area.

Where: Byrd Theater, 2908 West Cary Street, Richmond, Virginia 23221

When: 2 p.m.

Cost: Suggested $5 donation


A Benefit for the Home Featuring Jackass Flats and Jouwala Collective: A couple local bands play a benefit concert to raise money to help Richmond native Carter Anderson, who’s long been homeless, pay for his new home

Where: The Broadberry, 2729 West Broad Street Richmond, Virginia

When: Doors 8 p.m., Show 9 p.m.

Cost: $10 – $20 donation

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