A Program of Marion County Schools

12th Annual Silver River Knap-In and Prehistoric Arts Festival

February 18th – 19th, 2023 | 9 AM – 4 PM

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Don’t miss the 12th annual Silver River Knap-In at the beautiful Silver Springs State Park. Expert flint knappers (people who make stone tools such as spear points), archaeologists, potters, hide tanners, bow makers, dugout canoe carvers and other specialists in native skills will gather from across the U.S. to demonstrate their crafts.

This unique event includes displays of ancient Native American stone tools from Florida as well as an archery range and hands-on activities. Experts will give presentations on the prehistory of Florida. Vendors offer unique crafts, reproduction stone tools, flint knapping supplies and food for sale.

Don’t miss our newest museum exhibit Dugout Canoes: Paddling Through the Americas. This exhibit features Native American canoes from across North and South America; including several examples from Florida. Exhibits are interactive with hands-on activities for all ages.

Visitors can tour the Silver River Museum, hike or bike the trails of the state park, or canoe and kayak on the pristine Silver River.

Admission: $8, Kids 5 and Under Free

Activities include:

  • Stone Tool Making
  • Bow and Arrow Making
  • Pottery Making
  • Bone and Shell Carvers
  • Buckskin Leather Making
  • Basketry and Cordage Making
  • Traditional Archery Range
  • Dugout Canoe Carving
  • Indian Artifact Displays
  • Archaeology Talks by Experts
  • Tram Tours of State Park
  • Food and Craft Vendors

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