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.
Wild Azalea Festival
March 15th 2014
The 14th annual Festival will take place in the town of White Springs and in the Stephen Foster State Park
Some of the things that will be happening will be:
Friday Night Street Dance and Dessert Tasting
Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser
Silent Auction Nature Hike Music & Food
26th Annual Antique Tractor & Engine Show
April 3rd - 5th
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Farm machinery representing 200 years of American history. Vintage farm equipment, games, tractor pulls and races.
Demonstrating the craftsmanship and durability of American farm machinery, the show’s participants will operate working equipment and compete in tractor races. Visitors will be able to watch demonstrations of wheat threshing, shingle milling, corn grinding and unusual engines for everyday purposes. Exhibits will include collections of flywheels, hit and miss engines, water pumps, vintage pedal tractors, antique cars and farm equipment.
Competitions for adults will include tractor pulls, barrel races and a blind race. Children can participate in pedal-powered tractor races, an old-fashioned game of needle-in-a-haystack or a rooster-crowing contest.
Food concessions will include root beer floats, hamburgers and hot dogs, barbecue and kettle corn. On Saturday afternoon, an antique tractor parade will feature everything from customized lawn tractors to restored farm machinery.
Admission to the public is $5.00per vehicle with up to eight passengers.
For more information, call (877) 635-3655 .
All about the flora, fauna and wildlife that call Florida home.
Florida Folk Festival
The Florida Folk Festival began in 1953 and this year we celebrate our 62nd anniversary! The festival is held annually on Memorial Day weekend on the banks of the historic Suwannee River at Stephen Foster Cultural Center State Park in White Springs, and it is ranked among the top 20 festivals in the southeast. You’re sure to hear plenty of wonderful music, enjoy tasty food, join a jam session, take a workshop, do a little shopping and pay tribute to Florida’s land, people and diverse cultural heritage! In addition to a full schedule of performances, you’ll find plenty to amuse and educate.
Folk artists and tradition-bearers presented each year in the Folklife Area reflect research and field documentation conducted by the Florida Department of State's Folklife Program. The Folklife Area celebrates the diverse cultures of the Upper St. Johns River Basin. Be sure to visit the Folklife Area to experience the compelling traditions and savor the flavors, sights, and sounds, of some of Florida's oldest and newest cultural communities.
At the Florida Folk Festival you can sit with the masters who keep cultural traditions alive. In jam sessions, demonstrations and workshops, try your own hand at playing mandolin, telling stories, or making a pine needle basket. Learn how to collect your family's history, call a square dance, or the importance of native plant and animal species. Take a shopping excursion and visit with Florida's traditional and contemporary craftsmen. Then dine on collard greens and cornbread, chicken pilau and hoppin' john, shrimp gumbo, barbecue, curries, gyros and lime fizzes. As the sun sets, settle in for concerts by moonlight or dance the night away at the Heritage Stage. At the end of the day you'll have discovered new corners of the state from the people who call Florida home.
Performers will be announced in 2014
Advance tickets for the Florida Folk Festival are $25.00 per day or $50.00 for the entire weekend for adults. Tickets bought at the festival gate are $30.00 per day or $60.00 for the entire weekend. Children under six years of age are admitted free of charge. Ticket prices for children between the ages of six and 16 for the entire weekend are $5.00.
This is a rain or shine event! Gates open daily at 8 a.m. so come early to be sure you don’t miss any of the fun! Camping is not offered during the festival but do not worry there are plenty of places to camp in the area, including Suwannee River State Park, Oleno State Park, Ocean Pond and Spirit of the Suwannee to name a few. For a comprehensive list of local public and private campgrounds (27), cabins and motels (53) in Suwanee County, nearby Columbia County (Lake City) and Hamilton County (White Springs and Jasper), visit SuwanneeValley.org.
Pets are not allowed at the Florida Folk Festival.
Personal golf carts are not allowed at the Florida Folk Festival.
Antiques, Arts & Collectibles
Exhibitors Welcome! Discover all those wonderful items we treasure in one incredible day.
Visit with Florida artists as they demonstrate their crafting skills, Come find your next hobby!
Come to the River Healing Arts Festival
Come experience the history of White Springs as a healing center! Refresh not only your mind but also your body.
Old-Time Music Camp & Concerts*
Spend the weekend picking up old-time music techniques from masters. Concerts open to the public
Jeanie & Stephen Auditions
Competition for scholarships & the title of outstanding vocalist in Florida. Sponsored by the Florida Federation of Music
Art in the Park
Fine art galore! Visit with Florida artists as they make their next masterpiece!
Quilt Show & Sale*
More than 200 quilts displayed. Workshops, raffles, demos, keynote speakers & more.
Big Shoals Pumpkin Festival
Pumpkin decorating and costume contests for all at Big Shoals. Great Family Fun!
Rural Folklife Days*
Cane Syrup making…………
Discover Florida’s rural traditions
Dulcimer Retreat & Concert*
Workshops, classes & jams with nationally recognized teachers. All levels taught. Concerts open to the public.
Festival of Lights*
December 5, 2014 – January 4, 2015
Award winning high voltage holiday fills the park with over 5 million lights! Santa hot cocoa, popcorn and more! Open until 9 p.m. nightly
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
For info: Elaine McGrath, Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park, PO Box G, White Springs, FL 32096. Phone (877) 635-3655. Fax: (386) 397-4262. E-email: email@example.com