Florida Folk Festival
Along the banks of the historic Suwannee River in White Springs, Florida folk artists have gathered since 1953 for Florida’s most prestigious cultural event. The 67th Annual Florida Folk Festival on May 24, 25 and 26, 2019 at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park is one of the oldest and most revered state folk festivals in America.
Welcome to the Florida Folk Festival, a three-day celebration of the music, dance, stories, crafts and food that make Florida unique. From Irish fiddle tunes, techno contra dancing and chocolate covered Key Lime pie, to the wide varieties of music brought by immigrants, the state’s cultural heritage reflects the lives of generations of Florida families and communities. Throughout the Memorial Day weekend more than 300 performances give voice and meaning to Florida’s heritage.
Every year the Department of State’s Florida Folklife Program researches a special topic on Florida’s traditional heritage. The Festival’s 2019 Folklife Area will feature performances and demonstrations celebrating the diverse living traditions of an area of Florida. Be sure to visit the Folklife Area to experience the compelling traditions and savor the flavors, sights, and sounds, of some of Florida’s oldest and newest cultural communities.
At the Florida Folk Festival, you can sit with the masters who keep cultural traditions alive. In jam sessions, demonstrations and workshops, try your own hand at playing mandolin, telling stories, or making a pine needle basket. Learn how to collect your family’s history, call a square dance, or the importance of native plant and animal species. Take a shopping excursion and visit with Florida’s traditional and contemporary craftsmen. Then dine on collard greens and cornbread, chicken pilau and hoppin’ john, shrimp gumbo, barbecue, curries, gyros and rootbeer floats. As the sun sets, settle in for concerts by moonlight or dance the night away at the Heritage Stage. At the end of the day you’ll have discovered new corners of the state from the people who call Florida home.
Join us along the Suwannee River at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park, home of the Florida Folk Festival for 67 years. Visit the Folk Festival website often as we will continuously update information as it becomes available.