Welcome to The Folk School of Fairbanks

Community Events

 

The Folk School is a community center.  Beyond classes and programs, we also put on a number of events that are open to our community.  Many of these events are seasonal celebrations – helping attendees stay in touch with the turning of the seasons and capitalize on what is “going on right now” in the Alaskan interior.  They also have an educational element and a related activity.

Our community events are free or low cost.  Below are some of the seasonal events that occur each year. Check our calendar for upcoming events or suggest one to us!

pinch pot event

Fall

  • Autumn Harvest Potluck – Share in the bounty of the season, learn about techniques to preserve food for winter.
  • Halloween – Join us on costumed pumpkin paths for a night of fun and fright for kids of all ages.

pizza party

Winter

  • Winter Fun Rally – Celebrating traditional ways of enjoying the white season.  Includes homemade toboggans, snowshoes, wooden skis and more.
  • Valentine’s Day Dessert and Auction – Come show your love for local products and community- support the Folk School!

Holiday party

Spring

  • Birch Tapping Breakfast – Learn about tapping birch trees and celebrate the flow of the spring sap.
  • Fire Feeds – Cook over a big outdoor fire and learn about fire making and cooking.

cook out

Summer

  • Solstice Celebration – What to do with all that daylight? Learn about activities, wild edibles, and other fun ways to enjoy the summer.
  • Pizza Parties – Bake pizza in our mud oven and enjoy our wonderful outdoor setting.
  • Jam-Berry – A celebration of the summer’s berry bounty. We cook a giant pot of mixed berry jam together.

pizza party

kids at an event

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Upcoming Events

Mar
23
Thu
6:00 pm Principles of Woodworking
Principles of Woodworking
Mar 23 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Principles of Woodworking @ The Folk School | Fairbanks | Alaska | United States
Principles of Woodworking – ongoing class Instructor: John Manthei This is an ongoing program in which we explore all aspects of woodworking from the most elementary to extremely complex. The idea is to try out[...]
Mar
24
Fri
6:00 pm Forging a Viking Styled Hand Knife
Forging a Viking Styled Hand Knife
Mar 24 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Forging a Viking Styled Hand Knife @ Calypso Farm and Ecology Center | Fairbanks | Alaska | United States
Forging a Viking Styled Hand Knife (2 day course) – A collaboration between the Folk School and Calypso Farm and Ecology Center Instructor: Tom Zimmer This 2 day class will introduce you to the world[...]
Mar
25
Sat
10:00 am Build Your Own Pack Raft from a ...
Build Your Own Pack Raft from a ...
Mar 25 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Build Your Own Pack Raft from a Kit - CLASS FULL @ The Folk School | Fairbanks | Alaska | United States
Build Your Own Pack Raft from a Kit – CLASS FULL Instructor: Bruce Campbell Build your own lightweight pack raft that you order from a DIY Pack Raft Kit! Pack rafting has become very popular.[...]
10:00 am Traditional Pysanky (Ukrainian E...
Traditional Pysanky (Ukrainian E...
Mar 25 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Traditional Pysanky (Ukrainian Easter Eggs) @ The Folk School | Fairbanks | Alaska | United States
Traditional Pysanky (Ukrainian Easter Eggs) Instructor: Lidiia Olszowy For many people it is an Easter egg decorated using a method similar to batik, but for Ukrainians it’s more than just a pretty egg. The Ukrainian[...]
Mar
26
Sun
10:00 am Forging On – Open Shop Project Time
Forging On – Open Shop Project Time
Mar 26 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Forging On – Open Shop Project Time @ Calypso Farm and Ecology Center | Fairbanks | Alaska | United States
Forging On: Open Shop Project Time –  A collaboration between the Folk School and Calypso Farm and Ecology Center Instructor: Tom Zimmer This is a NEW class style based on the Open Shop idea.  Registration[...]
Mar
27
Mon
9:00 am Principles of Woodworking
Principles of Woodworking
Mar 27 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Principles of Woodworking @ The Folk School | Fairbanks | Alaska | United States
Principles of Woodworking – ongoing class Instructor: John Manthei This is an ongoing program in which we explore all aspects of woodworking from the most elementary to extremely complex. The idea is to try out[...]