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.
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Florida Folk Festival
May 23The Florida Folk Festival began in 1953 and this year we celebrate our 69th 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Personal golf carts are not allowed at the Florida Folk Festival.
Pets are not allowed at the Florida Folk Festival.
Hike and Seek Earth Day Celebration
April 26, 2014 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
This is an opportunity to spend time with family and friends while helping out Mother Nature while learning about some of Florida’s natural and cultural resources!
Park Rangers will be presenting programs on several different topics including:
10:00-11:30 - A Natural and Cultural resources scavenger hunt. 11:30-12:15 – Lunch break. Guests can visit the gift shop and craft demonstrators.
12:30-1:00 - Native American tools of the Earth.
1:00-1:30 – Rain barrel and water conservation.
1:30-1:45 – Part one of a guided trail hike.
1:45-2:00 - Snakes in our environment.
2:00-3:00 - Part two of guided trail hike and Invasive plant removal.
Call the Ranger Station for details (386) 397-4331
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park