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Friday, May 25, 2018

66th Annual Florida Folk Festival @ Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 8:00am EDT to Sunday, May 27, 2018 - 11:00pm EDT

Tickets available at

Advanced Tickets: $25.00 per day/$50.00 for the weekend

Gate Tickets: $30.00 per day/$60.00 for the weekend

Children (Ages 6 to 16): $5.00 for the weekend

Children (Ages 6 and under): Free


More Information:
Events Team (877) 635-3655

Located in the Northeast region at:
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park
11016 Lillian Saunders Drive/ US HWY 41
White Springs, FL 32096

The Festival has been named a “Top 20 Event” in the Southeast for several years. 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.  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.

Additional Information:

Gates open at 8:00 a.m., stages open at 10 a.m. and the opening ceremonies will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, May 25, 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.

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

Participation Requirements

Kayak Tour @ Lovers Key State Park

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:45am EDT

Regular Entrance Fees Apply

More Information:
Call 239-463-4588.

Located in the Southwest region at:
Lovers Key State Park
8700 Estero Blvd.
Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931

Join a Park Ranger for a relaxing 1½ mile kayak tour. Learn the history of Black Island and experience some of the wildlife that call the waterways of Lovers Key home. Feel free to bring your own kayak, or rent one from the in-park concession. Due to limited space, reservations are required.

Guided Nature Walk @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am EDT

Free with park admission.

More Information:
(561) 624-6952

Located in the Southeast region at:
John D. MacArthur Beach State Park
10900 Jack Nicklaus Drive
North Palm Beach, FL 33408

Join us for a guided exploration of MacArthur Beach State Park daily at 10:00 a.m.  Meet in front of the Park's Nature Center. 

Additional Information:

Bring a water bottle, sunscreen and insect repellant.

Wetlands and Wildflowers program @ Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm EDT

There is no charge to attend this wildflower program.

More Information:
Susan Strawbridge, Park Services Specialist; (352) 628-5445

Located in the Northeast region at:
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
4150 S. Suncoast Blvd. (US 19)
Homosassa, FL 34446

On Friday, May 25, 2018, starting at 1:00 pm in the Florida Room of the Visitor Center located on US 19, Park volunteer Jodie Lanier, a member of the Citrus County Native Plant Society will present a program on the native wildflowers of Florida. She will introduce you to the many varieties of wildflowers and advise you as to which of these plants can be successfully incorporated into your landscaping, and which can only survive in a specialized habitat. She is currently the leader of the Homosassa 4H Club with a focus on environmental science and loves teaching children and adults how to kayak and be active outdoors. As a volunteer for Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, she drives the shuttle boats and gives a narrated tour of Pepper Creek. Jodie Lanier is also a member of the Citrus Chapter of Florida Native Plant Society and describes herself as an environmentalist. Her favorite subject is ecology and she is working toward becoming a Florida Master Naturalist so she can utilize her knowledge through nature interpretation and teach people the importance of conservation.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

River Rhythms - Main Entrance @ Silver Springs State Park

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 4:00pm EDT

Free with regular park admission.

More Information:
(352) 236-7156 or

Located in the Central region at:
Silver Springs State Park
1425 NE 58th Avenue
Ocala, FL 34470

Join us the 4th Friday of every month, for an evening full of music and entertainment featuring a live drum circle. From 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., come and enjoy this musical experience. Like all public drum circles, all voices are welcome. There are a few extra drums but if you have some please bring them along. Also, to increase your comfort, we recommend that you bring a blanket or a chair. In addition to drumming and percussion, singing and dancing are highly encouraged! An audience is always needed so feel free to watch and listen.

Additional Information:

Enter the park through the main entrance located at 5656 East Silver Springs Boulevard (State Road 40).

For more information about the hosts of this event, or to see a flyer, please visit their website,

Participation requirements.