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Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

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Upcoming events

    • December 08, 2023
    • 5:00 PM (EST)
    • December 24, 2023
    • 9:00 PM (EST)
    • Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

    The 2023 Festival of Lights will begin on Friday December 8 and end Sunday December 24.

    December 8 through the 23 will be all Holiday Magic Nights!  Complimentary popcorn, hot cocoa, marshmallows by the bonfire, Santa, food and craft vendors, kids 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.


    • January 14, 2024
    • 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 14

    • April 04, 2024
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • April 06, 2024
    • 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • 11016 Lillian Saunders Drive


    Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park will host the 34th Annual Antique Tractor and Engine Show April 4-6, 2024. 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 at (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 24, 2024
    • 8:00 AM (EDT)
    • May 26, 2024
    • 11:00 PM (EDT)
    • Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

    Visit Florida Folk Festival for details


    ~ 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 come celebrate the diverse culture, food, music and arts - everything that makes Florida unique! The 72nd 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 24– 26. 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 24th.

    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

    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 or

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