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.
*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
Primitive Arts Day
Saturday February 6
10 am to 4pm
This annual event offers guests demonstrations on blacksmithing, soap making, basket weaving, pottery, fiber arts, chair caning and many crafts of the early pioneers. Interpretations will include campfire cooking, flint knapping and primitive archery. Large groups are welcome and workshop opportunities are available.
Olustee Battle Reenactment
Friday-Sunday February 12-14
Jeanie and Stephen Auditions
Friday/Saturday March 4-5
Wild Florida & Music in the Tower
Saturday March 19
10:00am - 4:00 pm
Same day as White Springs - Wild Azalea
Explore Florida's wildlife and up-to-date information on alligators, birds, snakes, lizards and other Florida creatures. Nature and wildlife experts talk about the flora, the fauna and the wild animals that call Florida home. A day hike will be scheduled to discuss the "wild" that exists inside the park.
Easter Sunrise Service
Sunday March 27
Antique Tractor & Engine Show
Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 8:00am EDT to Saturday, April 2, 2016 - 5:00pm EDT
Saturday April 23, 9:00am to 12:00pm EDT
*64th Annual Florida Folk Festival
Friday, May 27, 2016 - 8:00am EDT to Sunday, May 29, 2016 - 11:00pm EDT
Father’s Day Fishing Clinic
Sunday June 19
Antique tractors and farming equipment reflecting 200 years of rural American history will be on display throughout the festival. Demonstrating the craftsmanship and durability of American farm machinery, the show’s participants will operate working equipment and compete in tractor races. Visitors will be able to watch demonstrations of wheat threshing, shingle milling, corn grinding and unusual engines for everyday purposes. Exhibits will include collections of flywheels, hit and miss engines, water pumps, vintage pedal tractors, antique cars and farm equipment. Competitions for adults will include tractor pulls, barrel races and a blind race. Children can participate in pedal-powered tractor races, an old-fashioned game of needle-in-a-haystack or a rooster-crowing contest. On Saturday, an antique tractor parade will feature everything from customized lawn tractors to restored farm machinery.
Food concessions will include root beer floats, hamburgers and hot dogs, barbecue, kettle corn and more.
Rangers will be celebrating Earth Day by continuing our efforts to restore the Azalea Garden. We will be planting native plants and working to maintain the area.
Free Hot Dog lunch sponsored by Stephen Foster’s Citizen Support Organization for all participants!
Parking available at the Auditorium Parking Lot
The Festival has again been named a “Top 20 Event” in the Southeast. With the best of Florida’s music, arts and culture there is something for everyone. 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. 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 2016 Folklife Area celebrates the diverse cultures of Miami-Dade. Since 1953, folk artists have come together for this event. One of the oldest state folk festivals in America will continue a grand tradition of celebrating Florida’s land, food, people and diverse cultural heritage. With more than 300 performances by Florida’s greatest folk and roots artists, including national recording artists, songwriters and musicians of swing, folk, blues, gospel, country, Latin, jazz, bluegrass, Caribbean and zydeco music, it is truly an event not to be missed.
Gates open at 8:00 a.m. and opening ceremonies will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, May 27, on the banks of the Suwannee River.
Feature performers to be announced.
For more information, please call 1-877-6FL-FOLK (1-877-635-3655) or visit Florida Folk Festival(link is external).
Pets and personal golf carts are not allowed.
The Florida Folk Festival is a rain or shine event.
Camping is not offered during the festival, but 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.
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