Michelle Cruz at the 2021 RI Folk Festival (Photo: Rick Farrell)

The Rhode Island Folk Festival is returning to Rose Larisa Park in East Providence, RI on Sunday August 28, 2022. The free music festival includes some of the finest folk, rock, acoustic and Americana acts in Rhode Island and beyond.

The 2022 festival features critically acclaimed artists like Jake Blount, Robin Lane, and The Fools. Local musicians including Mark Cutler, Julie Rhodes, Sidy Maiga, and Beauquet are also among over 50 acts who will be performing.

The festival features three stages of music, food trucks, and craft vendors. Formerly known as the Providence Folk Festival, RIFF is a project of Hear in RI, and is produced by RI singer-songwriter John Fuzek.

Photo: Rick Farrell

Board President, performer, and “Songbird Stage” host Allysen Callery is looking forward to celebrating some of the region’s best music.

“I am so excited that we can hold this awesome festival again this year. All of us are so thirsty for live music, and this day is always a highlight of the summer. So many musicians and friends coming together to make for a fun day of music in the sun!”

The Rhode Island Folk Festival remains free and accessible for all attendees. There is a Go Fund Me campaign in progress for those who would like to support the event. Follow this link:  https://www.gofundme.com/f/rhode-island-folk-festival.

Volunteers are needed on the day of the event. To volunteer, please contact Loraine at loveoftenlaughmuch715@gmail.com.

For more information about the Festival, visit the Rhode Island Folk Festival website here:  https://rhodeislandfolkfestival.com/.

Ken Abrams

Lifestyle Editor Ken Abrams writes about music and more for What'sUpNewp, Providence Monthly, SO RI, and The Bay. He DJ's "The Kingston Coffeehouse" Tuesday nights, 6-9 PM on WRIU 90.3 FM.