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2nd Street Festival, Richmond Folk Festival return to in-person live events

Updated: Jun. 2, 2021 at 5:55 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Two of Richmond’s largest events will return this fall: The 2nd Street Festival and the Richmond Folk Festival.

Both events will follow state and federal guidelines for outdoor gatherings.

The 2nd Street Festival will take place on Oct. 2-3 in the historic Jackson Ward neighborhood.

The Richmond Folk Festival will take place on October 8-10 along the city’s riverfront.

It’s a big announcement, sure to make lots of people happy. But we are still a long way away from October, and organizers say things can still change, but they’re prepared to adapt to make sure people can once again enjoy the events and feel normal.

Like Friday Cheers a few weeks back, other annual Richmond traditions are slated to come back.

“People are excited to gather and to celebrate in each other’s shared cultures and differences,” said Venture Richmond’s Events Director, Stephen Lecky.

He says the decision to come back in person has been in the works for months through discussions with state and city officials and other event organizers, while the demand for their return grew.

“In the last month and a half, once the weather had turned and vaccinations were rolling, and restrictions are lifting, we have been fielding a lot more phone calls and emails asking ‘Hey, what’s going on with the 2nd Street Festival and the Folk Festival?’”

The 2nd Street Festival, now going over three decades, is a celebration of Jackson Ward’s Black community, featuring local bands and vendors.

The Folk Festival is getting closer to two decades of live music, touting itself as the country’s largest folk fest and Virginia’s biggest event.

“People hear ‘folk’ and they might think ‘Peter, Paul and Mary’ or banjoes and quilts; it’s a lot more than that. Everything from go-go music, to blues, to reggae...” said Lecky.

For the next few weeks and months, Venture Richmond is working to get all the vendors, band and other logistical work in order to make sure both events go off without a hitch. In addition, they plan to monitor health guidelines leading up to October.

“To be able to provide folks a little respite and night out, or an afternoon out with their family, or with their loved ones, or solo, is a beautiful thing,” Lecky added.

More information will follow this summer.

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