at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park
Explore North Florida's natural beauty & local culture along the Suwannee River in our learning programs for adults age 55 and older. Leisure or active programs are available. Learn more about the life and music of Stephen Foster. Enjoy church suppers, local musicians and craftsman, or canoe and hike along the Suwannee. Call
386-397-7009 for more information.
Antiques Arts & Collectibles
Saturday July 16th
10 a.m. - 3 a.m.
Saturday August 6th
The retreat will offer in-depth instruction and techniques on the mountain dulcimer and hammered dulcimer instruments. Traditional music is celebrated with workshops offered for beginning, intermediate and advanced students, taught by nationally recognized instructors.
Concerts featuring the masterful instructors from the workshops are scheduled for Friday and Saturday evenings in the park auditorium at 7:00 p.m. Tickets for public admission are $10.00. Admission to the two day event is $95.00, which includes all workshops, jam sessions, concerts and discussion groups.
To register, visit www.FloridaStateParks.org/stephenfoster/events
After October 21, there is a $15.00 late registration fee.
For more information on the Stephen Foster State Park Dulcimer Retreat call 386-397-7009.
Old Time Music Weekend
Friday - Saturday September 9-11
Art in the Park
Saturday October 1st
Quilt Show & Sale
Friday - Sunday
October 14 -16
Rural Folklife Days
Thursday & Friday October 27-28th
Friday & Saturday November 11 & 12th
*Festival of Lights
December 2nd - 24th
Collectors from all over will gather to display their variety of collectibles: teapots, spoons, coins, linens, toy trains, tractors, furniture, dolls, farm and turpentine equipment, antique and classic cars, military vehicles, antique bikes and more!
Visit Cousin Thelma Bolton’s Gift Shop for handmade items created by local artists and crafters, up-cycled trinkets, locally made jams, jellies, syrups, honey and refreshments. Also be sure to check out our Christmas in July Sale Event! Food concessions will be available.
The Park will feature several local authors who will be available for book signing, personal visitor education and an open microphone for those who wish to read or discuss their written works. The authors will be located inside Nelly Bly’s Kitchen where you can also enjoy home made ice cream. Come and cool off and meet some talented folks!
Play at the playground, have a picnic, rent a bicycle or canoe from the Gift Shop or go for a hike on the trails. Visit the Craft Cabins where you can learn a primitive craft or sign up for a workshop. Our crafters teach pottery, blacksmithing, jewelry making, weaving, quilting, crochet, fly-tying, rope making, leather work and many more crafts and trades, Call the Gift Shop any time at386-397-1920 to schedule a workshop.
To display arts and collectibles call Pat Cromer 386-397-4408
To set up as a vendor call JoAnna Lemmon 386-397-1920
To set up vehicle displays call Shirley McManus 386-397-1920
Visitors will experience a wide variety of unique artists as they demonstrate and share their skills and talents. Geared for all ages, the Craft Rendezvous will also offers visitors a unique chance to participate in a variety of workshops.
The park’s Gift Shop offers a wide selection of hand-made Florida artist items as well as a comprehensive library on Florida subjects, old fashioned children’s toys, as well as refreshments and homemade treats.
Admission to the event is free with paid park admission of $5.00 per vehicle for up to eight people.
Additional fees may apply for individual workshops.
For additional information, contact the Craft Square & Gift Shop
This three day event offers participants in-depth instruction in old time music techniques on the banjo, guitar, fiddle and voice for beginning, intermediate and advanced students.
Concerts will be held on Friday and Saturday evenings in the park auditorium at 7:00p.m. Tickets for public admission are $10.00. Friday evening is the Florida Masters Concert and Saturday evening is the Instructor’s Showcase.
Registration for the three-day event is $199.00 which includes all workshops, jam sessions, discussion groups, concerts and meals. A spouse program is also offered for just $85.00 and includes two concerts, jams and all meals.
For more information and instructions for registration, please call the Events Team at (386) 397-7009.
Registration forms and information can be found on the parks website at www.FloridaStateParks.org/stephen-foster.
Art activities for ALL ages! Juries art exhibit, Children’s craft circle, decoration station for bikes, scooters and strollers, finishing the day with a parade around the park loop. Arts and Crafts of all trades welcome for this event.
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park is proud to present the Annual Quilt Show and Sale over 150 quilts of all shapes and sizes will be on display!
The tranquil setting along the historic and famous Suwannee River is the perfect place to shop, display, sell, and show off your quilting skills and treasures!
Throughout the park you will enjoy boutiques, quilting supply vendors, demonstrations, lectures, door prizes, food and more.
Buses are welcome! Register your group bus and we will have goodie bags with door prizes ready for you upon arrival.
This event is sponsored by the Stephen Foster Citizen’s Support Organization.
Admission to the Quilt Show and Sale is $5.00 per person.
For more information please call the Events Team at (386) 397-7009 or visit
BIG SHOALS STATE PARK HOSTS
ANNUAL PUMPKIN FEST
-Participants invited to a celebration of fall and wholesome family fun -
Saturday, October 15, 2016.
Family Fun Night! Games, pumpkin bowling, face painting, pumpkin decorating, a treasure chest with prizes and a haunted hayride through the woods. There will be a costume parade at 5:00pm and an award ceremony at 5:30 pm for costumes and for pumpkin decorating!
This event is free with paid admission to the park. $2.00 per person and $5.00 per carload up to 8 people! For more information on The Annual Family Pumpkin Fest, please call (386) 397-2733.
Rural Folklife Days celebrates the region’s rural past with demonstrations and hands-on learning activities. Visitors can taste jellies, play traditional games, churn butter, sing songs, square dancing, quilt on a frame, taste sugar cane, assist a blacksmith, learn about lye soap, watch demonstrations of old-fashioned cane grinding and learn to fish!
This event is a long-standing tradition at the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park, for decades students have enjoyed field trips to the park to experience this event. Schools are encouraged to attend this event and pre-register! Contact the park for more information. Schools that do pre-register get into the Florida Folk Festival Education Day in May free! Everyone is welcome!
Admission is $5 per person. For more information, please call Ranger Kim Rivers at (386) 397-7005
Holiday celebration features more than five million lights! Named a Top 20 Event in the Southeastern United States, visitors can enjoy award-winning holiday sights and sounds throughout the park. Unique holiday light displays include majestic oak trees decorated with thousands of lights, an antebellum Museum dressed in full holiday splendor, a gingerbread village, a candy cane forest, the North Pole with Santa’s workshop and much more.
There will be changes to the Festival this year.
Please check back for changes and schedule.
*Special Event Pricing
Please call for additional Ranger lead programs throughout the year.
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park
11016 Lillian Saunders Drive/ Hwy 41
White Springs, FL 32096
(386) 397-2733, (877) 635-3655
Gift Shop 386- 397-1920 or https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Stephen-Foster