At Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park there is always something going on. With over 800 acres you can hike, bike, horseback ride, camp, canoe, shop or take a step back in time. We have tons of wonderful family friendly events throughout the year! Visit the beautiful antebellum mansion that is the Stephen Foster Museum. The museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and filled with a...
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64th Annual Florida Folk Festival @ Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State ParkFriday, May 27, 2016 - 8:00am EDT to Sunday, May 29, 2016 - 11:00pm EDT
Tickets available at www.FloridaFolkFestival.com
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
Events Team (877) 635-3655
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.
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
Coffee House @ Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State ParkSaturday, July 2, 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm EDT
Kim Rivers, Park Ranger, 386-397-7005
Coffee House hosted by our very own Ranger Brownie Akers! Open mic night in the auditorium, play music, read a poem, tell a joke or story or just join us for great entertainment! Coffee, refreshments and home made goodies available
Antiques, Arts and Collectibles Day @ Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State ParkSaturday, July 16, 2016 - 10:00am to 3:00pm EDT
Park entrance fee of $5.00 per car load. Up to 8 people per car
Collectors from all over will gather to display their antiques, unique arts, antique and classic cars, collectibles and more. Local authors, crafts, interpreters and workshops available. Cousin Thelma Boltin's Gift Shop will have a Christmas In July Sale! Food Concessions will be available.
To display you arts and collectibles call Patricia Cromer at (386) 397-4408
To set up as a vendor or display a vehicle contact the Gift Shop (386) 397-1920
Coffee House @ Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State ParkSaturday, August 6, 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm EDT
Kim Rivers, Park Ranger, 386-397-7005
Coffee House hosted by Florida favorite Del Suggs. Open mic night at the auditorium, play music, read a poem, tell a joke or story or just join us for great entertainment! Coffee, refreshments and home made goodies available
Stephen Foster Old-Time Music Weekend @ Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State ParkFriday, September 9, 2016 - 9:00am EDT to Sunday, September 11, 2016 - 2:00pm EDT
$199.00 registration 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.
Concerts will be held Friday and Saturday night at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium. Admission for the public is $10.00 at the door.
Events Team (386) 397-7009
This three day event offers participants in-depth instruction in old-time music techniques on the banjo, guitar, and fiddle for all levels.
Registration Begins at 11:00 a.m.
Group Orientation: 1:00 p.m.
Workshops begin at: 2:00 p.m.
Florida Masters Concerts: 7:00 p.m.
Evening Jam: 8:30 p.m.
Workshops begin at 9:00 a.m. • Jams and individual instruction
Instructors Showcase Concert: 7:00 p.m.
Evening Jam: 8:30 p.m.
Workshops begin at 9:00 a.m.
Event closes at 2:00 p.m.
Participants please bring your instruments, tuners, a notepad with pen/pencil and be prepared to have a great time!
Quilt Show and Sale @ Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State ParkFriday, October 14, 2016 - 9:00am EDT to Sunday, October 16, 2016 - 5:00pm EDT
$5.00 per person
Events Team (386) 397-7009
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 enter into a judged showing or just to show off your quilting skills and treasures. Throughout the park you will enjoy boutiques, quilting supply vendors, demonstrations, lectures, door prizes, food and more.
We are also looking for kids that have a quilt they would like to enter. Please enter all quilts by October 07, 2016.
Buses are welcomed. 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.
Dulcimer Retreat @ Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State ParkFriday, November 11, 2016 - 11:00am EST to Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 10:00pm EST
Both Days: $95.00 includes all workshops, jam sessions, concerts and discussion groups.
Events Team, 386-397-7009
This event invites participants to a weekend of fun and fellowship along with workshops, jam sessions and evening concerts. The Stephen Foster State Park Dulcimer Retreat will be hosted by dulcimer master David Beede. 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.
Festival Of Lights - 2016 @ Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State ParkFriday, December 2, 2016 - 5:30pm EST to Saturday, December 24, 2016 - 9:00pm EST
$3.00 per person. Children under 3 Free.
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!
Stephen Foster Day @ Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State ParkSunday, January 15, 2017 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm EST
Admission to the event is free with paid park admission of $5.00 a vehicle up to eight passengers
Patricia Cromer, Museum Docent, 386-397-4408
National Stephen Foster Day celebration in the Tower. The park's carillon tower is over 200 feet tall and contains the largest collection of tubular bells in the world. With 97 individual bells, a live performance will be just a highlight of this year's celebration. There will also be musical performances by the winners of the “Stephen Foster and Jeanie Auditions,” a statewide vocal competition sponsored by the Florida Federation of Music Clubs. The concert will begin at 2:00 p.m. and will be followed by a reception sponsored by the Stephen Foster Citizens Support Organization.