Ozark Folk Center
Hear live performances of traditional Southern mountain music at the Ozark Folk Center.
Dedicated to the perpetuation and interpretation of the heritage of the Ozark region, the Ozark Folk Center State Park is one of America's cultural treasures. Here, musicians perform traditional acoustic tunes, gifted artisans create heirloom-quality works, and craftsmen demonstrate pioneer skills. Is your life connected to the ways of the past? Indeed it is, and at the Ozark Folk Center, you'll see, hear, and understand how.
The focal point of the Ozark Folk Center is the Craft Village, where artisans demonstrate over 20 pioneer skills and homestead crafts. Music is the other main component of the Folk Center. Ozark music pervades every corner, and performances take place in the Craft Village throughout each day during the season. At night, the Music Auditorium attracts amateur and professional musicians from miles around to sing, play and dance in the old, informal tradition of friends and neighbors gathering in the evening.
Building upon the skills of the Ozark people, the Ozark Folk Center continues its mission of perpetuation of Ozark traditions. The Folk Center conducts an active apprentice program, offers workshops throughout its operating season, and hosts an annual Ozark Folk School. The folk school, quickly gaining national attention, is held each spring. Intensive workshops in Ozark song, dance, and crafts are led by the nation's top-rated Ozark artisans and musicians. Workshops include mountain dulcimer, fiddle, claw-hammer banjo, southern mountain singing, photography, several workshops on herbs cooking and gardening, and 25 different craft courses.
These Ozark Folk Center workshops provide experiences you will remember for a lifetime. Many participants choose to stay on-site throughout their coursework, enjoying the Southern cooking at the Folk Center's Skillet Restaurant and staying in the cozy Cabins at Dry Creek, the park's 60 overnight studio duplex units.
For details about the park's music programs, craft demonstrations, educational workshops, events, children's activities, dining, lodging, and other offerings, visit: www.OzarkFolkCenter.com.