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    • September 13, 2024
    • 11:00 AM (EDT)
    • September 15, 2024
    • 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park
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    Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park will host the 16th Annual Stephen Foster Old-Time Music Weekend on September 13-15, 2024 on the banks of the historic Suwannee River. 

    This three-day event offers participants in-depth instruction in old time music techniques on the banjo, guitar, and fiddle for all levels. 


    Meals will not be provided this year. Please plan accordingly. 


    Registration for the three-day event is $210.00 (add $15 after August 31) which includes all workshops, jam sessions, discussion groups, and concerts.  For more information and instructions for registration and camping reservations, please call John at the park (386) 397-7005.


    Lodging Information: lakecityfl.com

    CAMPING: This year we reserved a limited number of campsites for participants. Please call John (386) 397-7005 after you register to reserve your site.

    On-Site Camping costs $36.40 (includes tax and fees) per day. Cabins are also available at the park for $113.70 per day (includes tax and fees). The purchase of concert tickets alone does not meet the eligibility requirements for the use of the reserved campsites.

    *No Refunds


    • October 18, 2024
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • October 20, 2024
    • 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

    You’re invited to join us at the 33rd Annual Stephen Foster Quilt Show and Sale October 18-20, 2024 at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park in White Springs, FL. Quilts of all shapes and sizes using both traditional and modern techniques will be on display!

    We are looking for vendors and demonstrators! If interested, please contact Andrea at (386) 397-7009 or andrea.thomas@floridadep.gov

    Quilting supply vendors and handmade textile artists will be available all weekend long. 

    We are looking for quilts and fabric art to display and would love to have yours! Don’t want your quilt professionally judged? That’s okay – just mark the box on the registration form for entry into the “People’s Choice Award Only.”

    Registration will open soon!


    Admission to the Quilt Show is $5 per person.


    When: October 18-20, 2024 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

    Where: Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

    11016 Lillian Saunders Drive

    White Springs, FL 32096

    Information: (386) 397-7009

    • October 19, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park
    CRAFT VENDORS, CRAFT CABINS, DEMONSTRATIONS

    Saturday October 19th in the Craft Square from 10 am to 3 pm 

    If you are interested in becoming a vendor, please contact Carol at artinmypark@yahoo.com
    • October 31, 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM (EDT)
    • Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

    Rural Folklife Days, October 31, 2024

    Demonstrators will be on hand showcasing Florida traditions of yesterday and today during this 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, square dancing, quilt on a frame, assist a blacksmith, learn about lye soap, watch demonstrations 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 and home school groups are encouraged to attend this event and pre-register! Contact the park for more information. Groups that do pre-register get into the Florida Folk Festival Education Day in May free! Teacher and bus driver admitted free with pre-registration.

    Everyone is welcome!


    Admission is $5 per person.  


    Under "Guests registrations" at the bottom of the registration form, you will enter the total number of tickets you are purchasing ("guests") minus 1.  Please also remember to subtract your teacher(s) and your bus driver(s) from the total number of guests in your shopping cart before you check out or request  to be invoiced! One teacher and one bus driver per class admitted free.  Homeschools: Please subtract your main educator.

    For more information, please call 386-397-7005


    • November 08, 2024
    • 11:00 AM (EST)
    • November 09, 2024
    • 11:00 PM (EST)
    • Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park
    • 100
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    Come enjoy a weekend of music and fun at the Stephen Foster Dulcimer Retreat with Bing Futch and Laurie Alsobrook on November 8 & 9, 2024 at the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park in historic White Springs, Florida. The weekend offers workshop sessions taught by foremost mountain & hammer dulcimer instructors from throughout the United States. 

    2024 Instructors include Bing Futch, Laurie Alsobrook, Guy & Sharrie George and Butch Ross! Visit the Stephen Foster Dulcimer Retreat website or the Stephen Foster Dulcimer Retreat Facebook page for more information.

    Concerts on Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:00 pm that will feature your favorite musicians and workshop instructors. The entire retreat costs $110, which includes entrance to both Friday and Saturday concerts & workshops. 

    Beginning October 25, a $15.00 late registration fee will apply.

    For more information on the Stephen Foster State Park Dulcimer Retreat call 386-397-7009.

    Lodging Information: lakecityfl.com

    CAMPING: This year we reserved a limited number of campsites for participants. Please call Andrea (386) 397-7009 after you register to reserve your site.

    On-Site Camping costs $36.40 (includes tax and fees) per day. Cabins are also available at the park for $113.70 per day (includes tax and fees). The purchase of concert tickets alone does not meet the eligibility requirements for the use of the reserved campsites.

    *No Refunds

    • November 09, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM (EST)
    • Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park
    CRAFT VENDORS, CRAFT CABINS, DEMONSTRATIONS

    Saturday November 9th in the Craft Square from 10 am to 3 pm 

    If you are interested in becoming a vendor, please contact Carol at artinmypark@yahoo.com
    • December 06, 2024
    • 5:00 PM (EST)
    • December 24, 2024
    • 9:00 PM (EST)
    • Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

    The 2024 Festival of Lights will begin on Friday December 6 and end December 24.

    December 6 through the 23 will be all Holiday Magic Nights!  Complimentary popcorn, hot cocoa, marshmallows by the bonfire, Santa, food and craft vendors, kid's crafts and more. 

    The lights come on at dusk and the last ticket sold nightly will be at 8:30 pm. Festival Entrance Gates close at 8:30 pm and the park will close at 9 pm.

    December 24th will be our only Silent Night.

    The cost is $4.00 per person and children under 3 are free.

    If you are interested in volunteering or creating a light display, please contact the park at 386-397-7009

    APPLY TO BE A CRAFT VENDOR
    • January 11, 2025
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM (EST)
    • Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park
    CRAFT VENDORS, CRAFT CABINS, DEMONSTRATIONS

    Saturday January 11th in the Craft Square from 10 am to 3 pm 

    If you are interested in becoming a vendor, please contact Carol at artinmypark@yahoo.com
    • January 12, 2025
    • 2:00 PM (EST)
    • 11016 Lillian Saunders Drive

    Join us for a National Stephen Foster Day celebration. Music and light refreshments in the Carillon Tower starting at 2 pm on Sunday, January 12

    • March 08, 2025
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM (EST)
    • Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park
    CRAFT VENDORS, CRAFT CABINS, DEMONSTRATIONS

    Saturday March 8th in the Craft Square from 10 am to 3 pm 

    If you are interested in becoming a vendor, please contact Carol at artinmypark@yahoo.com
    • March 28, 2025
    • (EDT)
    • March 30, 2025
    • (EDT)
    • Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

    SCHEDULE OF EVENTS


    Florida Old Time Music Championship will be held March 28-30, 2025, at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park in White Springs, FL.  The event has four parts: the Championship Contests, the Workshops, the Old-Time Music Gathering Campground Jams, and the Guest Artist Performances.

    Our Guest Artists are well-known Old-Time Musicians coming from many parts of the United States. They perform each day as well as mingle with our attendees at the campground jams.

    The Championships include 19 to 21 different contests. Contest entries are free to all attendees who pay admission to our event. 

    Any workshops are also included for FOTMC attendees with the event admission fee as are the two Evening Contra Dances.

     

    The workshop instructors are notable Florida Old-Time musicians and dancers. The dances are called by well-known and skilled callers with music provided by Florida dance band musicians.

    FOTMC, Inc. asks for a $10 donation for each person attending a dance who is not registered for the weekend event.


    GET INFORMATION | Florida Old Time Music (fotmcinc.com)


    FOTMC 2025
    Friday, March 28 through
    Sunday, March 30, 2025
    Stephen Foster
    Folk Culture State Park
    FOTMC 2025 Admission Donations:
    FOTMC, Inc. Members         
    Friday Only         $20   
    Saturday Only    $25          
    Sunday Only      $10           
    Weekend            $50            
    Pre-Registration for weekend   $40                      
    (Pre-Registration on or Before February 3, 2025)
    NON-Members of FOTMC, INC 
    Friday Only         $25
    Saturday Only    $30
    Sunday Only       $15
    Weekend              $60
    Pre-Registration for Weekend      $50
    (Pre-registration On or Before February 3, 2025)


    Friday & Saturday Dances
    • Free admission to FOTMC, Inc. Member FOTMC 2025 Attendees 
    • Free admission to Non-FOTMC, Inc. Members with their Weekend admission fee.
    • $10 each dance for non-FOTMC 2025 attendees only attending dances
    NOTE: Stephen Foster State Park Camping Fees are not included with FOTMC 2025 Admission.
    • Camping Fees are the responsibility of attendees staying at the Stephen Foster State Park Campground. 
    • All Regular Daily Park Admission Fees Are to be paid to the State Park each day of FOTMC 2025 attendance if attendees are not camping on the Stephen Foster State Park campground. 


     

     


    • April 03, 2025
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • April 05, 2025
    • 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • 11016 Lillian Saunders Drive
    Register

    35th ANNUAL ANTIQUE TRACTOR & ENGINE SHOW

    Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park will host the 35th Annual Antique Tractor and Engine Show April 3-5, 2025. Antique tractors and farming equipment reflecting 200 years of rural American history will be on display.

    Compete in the tractor pulls and watch demonstrations of shingle milling, corn grinding, home canning and more. Unusual engines for everyday purposes with exhibits and collections of flywheels, hit and miss engines, water pumps, vintage pedal tractors, antique cars, and farm equipment.

    On Saturday morning, an antique tractor parade will feature everything from customized lawn tractors to restored farm machinery. Try your luck at our raffle prizes, shop and eat with our vendors.  We have tons of family fun activities and a kid's area on Saturday!

    Admission to the public is $5 per vehicle with up to eight passengers.

    If you would like to participate, please contact Andrea (386) 397-4478. 

    For more information, call (877) 635-3655 

    Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

    11016 Lillian Saunders Drive

    White Springs, FL 32096

     (Located on US 41, three miles from I-75 and nine miles from I-10)

    (386) 397-2733

    • May 23, 2025
    • 8:00 AM (EDT)
    • May 25, 2025
    • 11:00 PM (EDT)
    • Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

    Visit Florida Folk Festival for details

    73rd ANNUAL FLORIDA FOLK FESTIVAL

    ~ The Best of Florida Music, Arts & Culture ~

    WHITE SPRINGS –The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park invite you to come celebrate the diverse culture, food, music and arts - everything that makes Florida unique! The 73rd Annual Florida Folk Festival, happening along the banks of the historic Suwannee River in White Springs Florida.  The festival will be held on Memorial Day weekend, May 23 – 25. Gates open at 8 a.m., Stages open at 10 a.m., and opening ceremonies will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 23.

    Named a “Top 20 Event” in the Southeast, this festival has activities for everyone. In addition to a full schedule of performances, visitors may also participate in jam sessions, take workshops, enjoy local eats, see educational exhibits, visit with various vendors, take a dance lesson, and hear stories from all over the state.

    Folk artists have come together for this event since 1953. There will be more than 300 performances by Florida’s greatest artists, including national recording artists, songwriters, and musicians of folk, blues, gospel, country, Latin, jazz, bluegrass, Caribbean, and zydeco music.

    The Department of State’s Folklife Area will be celebrating the Elements and this year’s element will be Earth. Visit the Folklife Stage to experience food  ways, demonstrations, traditions, superstitions and weather lore.

    Advance tickets for the Florida Folk Festival are $35.00 per day or $70.00 for the weekend for adults. On the day of the event tickets will be $40.00 per day or $80.00 for the weekend at the gate. 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 $5.00.

    Camping is not offered on the festival grounds but do not worry there are plenty of places to camp in the area. Camping and lodging are also available at Suwannee River State Park, O’Leno State Park, Ocean Pond, Jennings K.O.A. and Spirit of the Suwannee to name a few. For a listing of local public and private campgrounds, cabins and motels in Hamilton County, nearby Columbia County, and Suwannee County visit LakeCityFL.com

    The Florida Folk Festival is a rain or shine event.

    Pets are not allowed at the Florida Folk Festival.

    Personal golf carts are not allowed at the Florida Folk Festival.

    For more information, please call 1-877-6FL-FOLK (1-877-635-3655) or visit www.floridastateparks.org/stephenfoster or www.FloridaFolkFestival.com.


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