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

Apr
24
Tue
9:30 am Wood Carving Studio
Wood Carving Studio
Apr 24 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Wood Carving Studio @ The Folk School | Fairbanks | Alaska | United States
Wood Carving Studio (ongoing class) Instructor: Marianne Stolz This is an ongoing program in which we explore all aspects of traditional woodcarving from the most elementary to extremely complex. Projects can range from spoons and[...]
Apr
26
Thu
6:00 pm Principles of Woodworking
Principles of Woodworking
Apr 26 @ 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[...]
Apr
27
Fri
7:00 pm Build Your Own Pack Raft from a ...
Build Your Own Pack Raft from a ...
Apr 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Build Your Own Pack Raft from a Kit - OPEN SHOP @ The Folk School | Fairbanks | Alaska | United States
Build Your Own Pack Raft from a Kit – OPEN SHOP Cancelled – Instructor gone boating Instructor: Bruce Campbell Packraft Open Shop is for you:   If you are thinking about building your own packraft[...]
Apr
28
Sat
1:00 pm Sheep & Wool Day @ Calypso Farm
Sheep & Wool Day @ Calypso Farm
Apr 28 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Sheep & Wool Day @ Calypso Farm @ Calypso Farm & Ecology Center | Fairbanks | Alaska | United States
Sheep & Wool Day A collaboration between the Folk School and Calypso Farm and Ecology Center Come up to Calypso to meet our Shetland flock and learn about raising sheep in Alaska, handling and washing[...]
9:00 am Bowl Carving
Bowl Carving
Apr 28 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Bowl Carving @ The Folk School | Fairbanks | Alaska | United States
Bowl Carving (2 day class) Instructor: John Manthei Spend a weekend outdoors (weather permitting) creating a beautiful bowl from a green-wood half log. The style of bowl we will be carving has been referred to[...]
May
3
Thu
6:00 pm Principles of Woodworking
Principles of Woodworking
May 3 @ 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[...]