Upcoming Events
at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

Road Scholars

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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*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 

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.

Additional Information: 
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.

Additional Information: 
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.

Additional Information: 
$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.

Additional Information: 
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
October 10, 2015 
10:00am – 4:00pm
Call for Artist Crafters and Demonstrators to Participate.
We are looking forward to a fun-filled day of Art and Activities for ALL ages!
The event will consist of Artists Displays, Craft Demonstrations, Juried Art Exhibit,
Kids Painting Circle, Face Paintings, Sidewalk Chalk Drawings, Children’s Art and
a Parade of Decorated Bikes, Scooters and Strollers.
Big Shoals State Park 
will host 7th Annual Family Pumpkin Festival on October 17


10 A.M. TO 1 P.M.

Come listen to a reading of Iris Wall, Cracker Cowgirl by Carol Matthews and Lux Rey. This is the true story of a real cracker cowgirl from South Florida. Iris lived a life that was not average and not one that many girls during that time era lived. She is a part of the “Real Florida” heritage synonymous with endurance, pride, and strength. Iris Hall was named Florida's Woman of the Year in Agriculture in 2006 and was inducted into the Florida Cracker Hall of Fame that same year!
Meet Iris Wall and spend time with Park Rangers and get a chance to be a part of a working Florida Cracker Cow Camp, learn some contra dancing and make a sweet treat!

Visit a Cracker Cow Camp
Water bottle to refill 
Bug spray  
A hat!

@ 9 A.M.

Restoration of the Azalea Gardens:
Park Rangers at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park thought long and hard about this year’s National Public Lands Day. We decided to work at restoring a once storybook-like area of the park, the Azalea Garden. We want to bring back the beautiful garden and be able to use the marble benches for having lunch, reading a good book or practicing a fiddle or banjo like they once were! There is also a beautiful spring fed stream that runs through the garden. We would like to start by clearing it of overgrown vegetation and pulling some invasive plants! This will be an ongoing project that will benefit current and future generations of park goers!
Come and be a part of it long term or just for a day.
We would love have you!


water bottle to refill 
bug spray  
a hat!

Come be a part of a project that will benefit current and future generations!
For Additional Information, and Artwork Registration please contact:
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park Gift Shop
11016 Lillian Saunders Drive
PO Drawer G
White Springs, FL 32096
(386) 397-1920
Joanna.Lemmon@dep.state.fl.us – Gift Shop Manager
Shirley.Mcmanus@dep.state.fl.us – Event Organizer

click here for:​
Registration form