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.
Gift Shop 386- 397-1920
*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
Antiques, Arts and Collectibles Day
Saturday, July 18, 2015 - 10:00am to 4:00pm EDT
Collectors from all across the area will gather at Stephen Foster to display antiques, unique art and collectibles. Come enjoy a variety of collections of teapots, linens, furniture, dolls, silver, farm equipment and more. Spend time visiting with the collectors to learn about their different items and how they started collecting.
If you are interested in displaying your special collection or antiques,
please contact Pat Cromer at 386-397-4408386-397-4408
Admission Free with regular park admission
There will be no set-up fee for collectors. Selling of items will not be permitted.
Stephen Foster Old Time Music Weekend
Friday, September 11, 12, 13, 2015 - 9:00am to 2:00pm EDT
This three day event offers participants in-depth instruction in old time music techniques on the banjo, guitar, and fiddle for all levels.
Concerts will be held on Friday and Saturday evenings in the park auditorium at 7:00 p.m.
Friday evening is the Florida Masters Concert and Saturday evening is the Instructor’s Showcase.
$199.00 registration 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.
Tickets for public admission to the concerts are $10.00.
Quilt Show and Sale
Friday, October 16, 2015 - 9:00am to 5:00pm EDT
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 enter into a judged showing or just to show off your quilting skills and treasures. Throughout the park you will enjoy boutiques, quilting supply vendors, demonstrations, lectures, door prizes, food and more.
We are also looking for kids that have a quilt they would like to enter. Please enter all quilts by October 09, 2015.
Buses are welcomed. 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.
Rural Folklife Days @ Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park
Wednesday, October 28, 29, 30, 2015 - 9:00am to 2:30pm EDT
Demonstrators will be on hand showcasing Florida traditions of yesterday and today during this three-day event. 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, hear storytelling, 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.
$5.00 in addition to regular park admission.
Schools which do pre-register get into the Florida Folk Festival Education Day in May free.
Dulcimer Retreat @ Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park
Friday, November 13, and Saturday 14 2015 - 11:00am to 5:00pm EST
This event invites participants to a weekend of fun and fellowship along with workshops, jam sessions and evening concerts. The Stephen Foster State Park Dulcimer Retreat will be hosted by dulcimer master David Beede. 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 for the concerts are $10.00.
After October 23, there is a $15.00 late registration fee.
$95.00 includes all workshops, jam sessions, concerts and discussion groups.
Friday: $45.00, Saturday: $55.00, Both Days: $95.00
Art in the Park
Stay tuned for details
Annual Family Pumpkin Fest
More information to come.