Best Local Music Festival 

Readers' Pick

Richmond Folk Festival

Second Place: Dominion Riverrock

Third Place: Fall Line Fest

The Richmond Folk Festival dominates yet again. The successful and free October event on the downtown riverfront is the city's largest festival, and seems to thrive rain or shine — but especially shine. Last year was a little muddy and wet, but that didn't stop people from venturing out to hear the diverse musical acts and sample local food and arts and crafts. The volunteer bucket brigade raised $70,000 from a reduced weekend crowd of around 100,000. That will go to help put on the $1.4 million festival, produced by Venture Richmond in partnership with the National Council for the Traditional Arts. Dominion Riverrock, organized by Venture Richmond and Sports Backers, is an extreme-sports enthusiast event with recreational demos, music and airborne dogs. It drew about 50,000 people last year over its three days. A newcomer still finding its legs seemed to connect with enough folks to make third: Fall Line Festival, a grass-roots music event, features local and touring acts at various venues across town.


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