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

May
1
Mon
9:00 am Principles of Woodworking
Principles of Woodworking
May 1 @ 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[...]
May
2
Tue
5:30 pm Carpentry Basics
Carpentry Basics
May 2 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Carpentry Basics @ The Folk School | Fairbanks | Alaska | United States
Carpentry Basics (8 session course) Instructors: John Manthei & David Costello Almost everyone, at some point in their life, needs to build a small building of some kind. It is a fun, practical and rewarding[...]
May
4
Thu
6:00 pm Principles of Woodworking
Principles of Woodworking
May 4 @ 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[...]
May
6
Sat
10:00 am Chainsaw Sharpening and Maintenance
Chainsaw Sharpening and Maintenance
May 6 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Chainsaw Sharpening and Maintenance @ The Folk School | Fairbanks | Alaska | United States
Chainsaw Sharpening and Maintenance Instructor: Brian Sprague This 2 hour session will provide a brief introduction to the essential anatomy and mechanical relationships of a chainsaw and quickly move into a discussion of the high[...]
11:00 am Introduction to Natural Soap Making
Introduction to Natural Soap Making
May 6 @ 11:00 am – 2:30 pm
Introduction to Natural Soap Making @ The Folk School | Fairbanks | Alaska | United States
Introduction to Natural Soap Making Instructor: Lidiia Olszowy                       Learn to make soap from scratch with us! This class will give you a simple introduction[...]
2:00 pm Tree Felling and Firewood
Tree Felling and Firewood
May 6 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Tree Felling and Firewood @ The Folk School | Fairbanks | Alaska | United States
Tree Felling and Firewood (2 session course) Instructor: Brian Sprague This is a two session class with the first, classroom-based, session at The Folk School. The second session will be held at a field location[...]