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Special Events On the Suwannee River

Photograph of the stage and audience of the Florida Folk Festival.

Big Shoals State Park

    Date: Saturday, November 22, 2014

                                                                      A Park in the Dark Stargazing Event!

    Big Shoals State Park will host A Park in the Dark Stargazing Event November 22, 2014 beginning at sunset, 5:45 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.

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

    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.

    Fees: There is a $5.00 per car fee to enter the park but the program is free!
    Contact: For more information, call 386-397-4331.

Manatee Springs State Park

    Date: Saturday, November 01, 2014

    Join us on Saturday, November 1st for Halloween fun.  Enjoy the vintage horror flick, Frogs along with a Creepy Crawly Guessing Game.

    Creepy Crawly Night begins at 6:00 p.m. with the Creepy Crawly Guessing Game.  The movie of Frogs, filmed in 1972 in Florida State Parks, will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

    Both activities will take place in the Amphitheater.  Bring a comfortable camping chair or use the wooden Amphitheater benches.  Bring a blanket to keep warm!  Snacks and drinks can be purchased at Anderson Outdoor AdventuresSee the menu.

    If it rains, the events will be moved to the Sturgeon Pavilion.

    Fees: This event is free with regular park admission.
    Contact: For more information, call 352-493-6072.

Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

  • RURAL FOLKLIFE DAYS (OCTOBER 29, 30 & 31ST, 2014)
    Date: Wednesday, October 29, 2014

                                                                         RURAL FOLKLIFE DAYS

                                                      - Visitors are invited to experience Florida traditions - 

    Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park is proud to present Rural Folklife Days October 29, 30 and 31, 2014.  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! Contact the park for more information. 

    Fees: Admission to this event is $5 per person.
    Contact: For more information, call toll free 1-877-635-3655.
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The Suwannee River Wilderness Trail is a cooperative effort of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the Suwannee River Water Management District, and the counties, cities, businesses and citizens of the Suwannee River Basin.

The listing of these private partners is for information purposes only and not an endorsement of that partner by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Florida State Parks or the Suwannee River Water Management District.

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