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.
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 are $10.00. Admission to the two day event is $95.00, which includes all workshops, jam sessions, concerts and discussion groups.
To register, visit www.FloridaStateParks.org/stephenfoster/events
After October 21, there is a $15.00 late registration fee.
For more information on the Stephen Foster State Park Dulcimer Retreat call 386-397-7009.
Old Time Music Weekend
Friday - Saturday September 9-11
Quilt Show & Sale
Friday - Sunday
October 14 -16
Rural Folklife Days
November 1st and 2nd
Friday & Saturday November 11 & 12th
*Festival of Lights
December 2nd - 24th
This three day event offers participants in-depth instruction in old time music techniques on the banjo, guitar, fiddle and voice for beginning, intermediate and advanced students.
Concerts will be held on Friday and Saturday evenings in the park auditorium at 7:00p.m. Tickets for public admission are $10.00. Friday evening is the Florida Masters Concert and Saturday evening is the Instructor’s Showcase.
Registration for the three-day event is $199.00 which 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.
For more information and instructions for registration, please call the Events Team at (386) 397-7009.
Registration forms and information can be found on the parks website at
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park is proud to present the Annual Quilt Show and Sale over 150 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 show off your quilting skills and treasures!
Throughout the park you will enjoy boutiques, quilting supply vendors, demonstrations, lectures, door prizes, food and more.
Buses are welcome! 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.
Admission to the Quilt Show and Sale is $5.00 per person.
For more information please call the Events Team at (386) 397-7009 or visit
BIG SHOALS STATE PARK HOSTS
ANNUAL PUMPKIN FEST
-Participants invited to a celebration of fall and wholesome family fun -
Saturday, October 15, 2016
3 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Family Fun Night! Games, pumpkin bowling, face painting, pumpkin decorating, a treasure chest with prizes and a haunted hayride through the woods. There will be a costume parade at 5:00pm and an award ceremony at 5:30 pm for costumes and for pumpkin decorating!
This event is free with paid admission to the park of $4.00 per carload up to 8 people!
Donations are always appreciated.
For more information on the festival please contact Park Services Specialist Teri Graves or Peter Shanks at the Stephen Foster/Big Shoals Ranger Station, (386) 397-4331.
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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, square dancing, 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! Contact the park for more information. Schools that do pre-register get into the Florida Folk Festival Education Day in May free! Everyone is welcome!
Admission is $5 per person. For more information, please call Ranger Kim Rivers at (386) 397-7005
Holiday celebration features more than five million lights! 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, the North Pole with Santa’s workshop and much more.
There will be changes to the Festival this year.
Please check back for changes and schedule.
*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
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2016
10 A.M. TO 1:15 P.M.
Meet Iris Wall, subject of the book Iris Wall, Cracker Cowgirl. Spend time with Park Rangers, get a chance to be a part of a working Florida Cracker Cow Camp, learn some square dancing and see Cracker farm animals!
Come listen to a reading of Iris Wall, Cracker Cowgirl. 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 era lived. She is a part of the “Real Florida” heritage synonymous with endurance, pride, and strength. Iris Wall was named Florida's 2006 Woman of the Year in Agriculture and was inducted into the Florida Cracker Hall of Fame that same year!
The 4th Grade Students in Hamilton County, Florida will have the opportunity to participate in Stephen Foster’s Literacy Celebration. Classes will listen to the reading of a true story based on the Florida Cracker lifestyle; Iris Wall, Cracker Cowgirl, written by Carol Matthews and illustrated by Lux Rey. Immediately following the reading, students will be surprised with a chance to meet the book’s subject, iris Wall, and ask her questions.
Iris’ true story is that of a real cracker cowgirl from South Florida. Iris has lived a life that is not average and not one that many girls during that era lived. She is a part of the “Real Florida” heritage synonymous with endurance, pride, and strength. Iris Wall was named Florida's Woman of the Year in Agriculture in 2006 and inducted into the Florida Cracker Hall of Fame that same year!
Children will also meet with Park Rangers, get a chance to be a part of a working Florida Cracker Cow Camp, learn some square dancing, and visit Cracker farm animals!
Local homeschool students are invited to join Hamilton County 4th graders to
For more information please
call Ranger Kim Rivers at