Florida Folk Festival May 22 – 24

April 15, 2015 by

Florida Folk Festival

The Florida Folk Festival is a three day celebration of music, dance, crafts, food, and the stories that make Florida unique.

This festival has been around for decades and is held on the last weekend in May – the perfect time to visit Florida, before the mad rush for family vacations at the end of the school year.

Florida Folk Festival

Cultural Traditions

History buffs will enjoy the interactive passing on of the diverse cultural traditions of Florida and specifically of St. Johns County that happens at the Florida Folk Festival.

The state’s rich cultural heritage is reflected in a variety of ways including Irish fiddle tunes and the wide selection of music brought by immigrants to the state, and food as unique and delicious as kumquat pie.

In all, guests can expect more than 300 performances that give voice to Florida’s heritage. “Tradition bearers” and folk artists fill the Folklife Area with flavors, sights, and sounds of some of Florida’s oldest and newest cultural communities.

Here guests can also enjoy highlights from research and field documentation conducted by the Florida Department of the State’s Folklife Program. It’s more than an opportunity to learn, it is an opportunity to keep cultural traditions alive.

Florida Folk Festival

Workshops, Jam Sessions and More

Along with performances, those visiting the festival will have the chance to see demonstrations, take part in workshops, and even try their hand at storytelling, making a pine needle basket, or even playing the mandolin.

Nature lovers will have fun learning more about native plants and animal species, and those with an interest in their family’s genealogy will even have a chance to learn how to collect their own family’s history.

As part of this folksy fun you’ll have a chance to put on your dancing shoes and learn how to square dance, shop the various crafts produced by traditional and contemporary craftsmen, and then feast on some collard greens and cornbread, shrimp gumbo, barbecue, lime fizzes, and other Floridian culinary delights. Then as the sun sets, settle in for moonlit concerts.

This festival has celebrated Florida’s rich cultural experience for 62 years. It offers a wide selection of things to do, see, and taste. It’s the perfect place to learn about Florida whether you live there or are visiting.

For more information visit the festival’s website.

Photo credits: amazingdaytrips

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