Upcoming Events
at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

Road Scholars
March

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 
or visit www.floridastateparks.org/stephenfoster.
"Movie Night​"
For more information

Festival of Lights*

December 5th through 31st

The park will be open each evening until 9 p.m., except Christmas Night, December 25 we will be closed. 
On Christmas Eve, December 24 we will be a drive through only.

Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park will host the 20th annual Festival of Lights, displaying more than five million lights throughout the park, . 

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, Santa’s runway and much more. The park’s centerpiece is the 200 foot tall Carillon Tower, which illuminates the night sky as holiday music rings from its bells.

Cousin Thelma Boltin’s Gift Shop will be open everyday from noon until 9:00 p.m. Complimentary hot cocoa and popcorn are served nightly as the Craft Square comes alive with craft demonstrations, a bonfire, marshmallow roasting and holiday singing for everyone.

Visitors can experience a “flurry” of fun in our winter wonderland which includes Santa! Weather reports predict a chance of snow flurries every evening on the hour and giant snow families have been spotted in the area! 

The entrance fee for this event is $3.00 per person. 
The Festival of Lights is sponsored by the Stephen Foster Citizens Support Organization, 
and made possible by the generous support of numerous local individuals and businesses.

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

NATIONAL STEPHEN FOSTER DAY

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park will host a concert in celebration of National Stephen Foster Day, commemorating his 1864 death.

A performance on the Stephen Foster Carillon will be played, which is more than 200 feet tall and contains the largest collection of tubular bells in the world. With 97 individual bells, the live performance will be just a highlight of this year's celebration. There will also be musical performances by this year’s Jeanie and Stephen Winners in period attire, a statewide vocal competition sponsored by the Florida Federation of Music Clubs. Other musical talents will also take place.

The concert will begin at 2:00 p.m. in the Stephen Foster Carillon Tower and there will be refreshments sponsored by the Stephen Foster Citizens Support Organization after the concert. 

​This program is free with paid park admission of $5.00 per car load up to 8 people.

 A Park in the Dark Stargazing Event!

Big Shoals State Park will host A Park 

Saturday, November 22, 2014 beginning  5:45 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Come join an astronomer from the Alachua County Astronomy Club for a Park in the Dark and an evening of star gazing! 
Guests will meet at the Little Shoals entrance of Big Shoals State Park and be given a hay ride out to the viewing site.
The Alachua County Astronomy Club will have scopes set up for viewing and teach visitors about the local night skies. 
Visitors will be given a chance to look through the scopes and have questions answered.
There will be transportation available to visitors that need to use the restroom during the event.

​This program is free with paid park admission of $5.00 per car load up to 8 people.

NATIVE AMERICANS IN FLORIDA

Saturday, November 29, 2014. 5:00 p.m.


Join us as we explore the history and technologies of the Native Americans here in Florida. Enjoy primitive tools 
and weapons displays along with some fun hands-on activities!

This is an opportunity to spend time with family and friends while learning about some of Florida’s natural 
and cultural heritages around the glow of a campfire.

This program is free with paid park admission of $5.00 per car load up to 8 people.

  OWL PROWL

Friday, January 23rd, 2015 at 6:15p.m.

Come join a Park Ranger and Feathered Friends at the River Gazebo for an evening talk about owls!

Learn about owls native to Florida and those that live here at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park as well their special adaptations that help them to survive in the wild!

Then take a night time walk in the woods to see if we are able to call in any wild owls!

There is a $5.00 per car fee to enter the park but the program is free!

***We have a limited number of flashlights available that can be shared. If you prefer to have your own, you are welcome to bring one.

***Because there will be live owls at this event we ask that you please leave pets at home/camp.

Participation Requirements


151ST ANNIVERSARY OF CIVIL WAR BATTLE 

(TAKING PLACE FEBRUARY 13, 14 & 15 AT OLUSTEE BATTLEFIELD HISTORIC STATE PARK)

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, February 13, 14 & 15, 2015. 
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park, Florida’s first state park, will commemorate the 151st anniversary of the Civil War and host the 39th Annual Reenactment of the Battle of Olustee. Throughout the weekend, more than 2,000 demonstrators will present living history impressions of military and civilian life at the time of Florida’s largest Civil War battle.

The Battle of Olustee was fought on February 20, 1864. Full-scale artillery, mounted cavalry and three African American regiments, took part in the battle that ended with 2,807 casualties and a Confederate victory. The 54th Massachusetts was among the African American troops that fought at Olustee.

The living history weekend features a Civil War-era battle reenactment on Saturday at 3:30 p.m., as well as the reenactment of the Battle of Olustee on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. 
 Period music concerts and crafts, lectures, battlefield surgical practices and the lives of both white and black civilians during the war will be portrayed by re-enactors. Military camps and drills by infantry and artillery are scheduled throughout the weekend. 
There will be color ceremonies, cavalry, authentic camps, exhibits, food and much more!

​On Friday, February 13, educational programs are planned for students. School groups may call (386) 397-7009(386) 397-7009 to register for the event. Food concessions will be available. Pets are not allowed at the Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park during the reenactment.

The Olustee Battle Civil War Reenactment is sponsored by the Florida Park Service, U.S.D.A. Forest Service, Olustee Battlefield Citizen Support Organization and The Blue Grey Army of Florida, Inc.

For more information on the Battle of Olustee, visit http://battleofolustee.org

​Participation Requirements
OWL PROWL

Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park will host an Owl Prowl Event Friday, February 27th, 2015 at 6:45p.m.

Come join a Park Ranger and Feathered Friends at the River Gazebo for an evening talk about owls!

Learn about owls native to Florida and those that live here at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park as well their special adaptations that help them to survive in the wild!

Then take a night time walk in the woods to see if we are able to call in any wild owls!

There is a $5.00 per car fee to enter the park but the program is free!

***We have a limited number of flashlights available that can be shared. If you prefer to have your own, you are welcome to bring one.

***Because there will be live owls at this event we ask that you please leave pets at home/camp.

Florida State Parks are in various stages of accessibility. If you need assistance or for more information on this event please contact the Ranger Station at (386) 397-4331

Participation Requirements