SILVER RIVER KNAP-IN 2020 - February 14-16

  • 2020 Festival Overview

    FLINT KNAPPING is the art of making stone tools by controlling how stone breaks in order to create specific shapes and sharp edges. Arrow and spear points, knives, axes, scrapers, drill bits and a variety of other tools can be made from flint (also called chert) by removing portions of the stone through various techniques. Before metal working was developed, this craft was extremely important.


    Don't miss the annual SILVER RIVER KNAP-IN AND STONE AGE ARTS FESTIVAL to be held at the Silver Springs State Park on February 14 (student day only), 15 and 16. Expert flint knappers, archeologists, potters, hide tanners, bow makers and other specialists in prehistoric skills will gather from across the eastern U.S. to demonstrate and sell their arts. Vendors will offer reproduction stone tools, raw stone, flint knapping tools, unique crafts, food and more.


    There will be archery, tomahawk and atlatl dart throwing demonstrations each day. A flint knapping competition and on-going prehistoric skills demonstrations will also take place. Besides the knap-in, visitors can explore the Silver River Museum, hike or bike the trails of the state park, take a tram ride through the woods, or canoe and kayak on the pristine Silver River.

    2020 Schedule

    Student Day (event is not open to the public on this day)

    Friday, February 14 (9am - 2pm)


    Reservations are Required

    • Field Trip Reservation Form
    • Admission is $5.00 per person (students, teachers and chaperones).
    • Public, private and home schools welcome.
    • Activities are appropriate for all grade levels.
    • Visiting groups provide their own transportation (carpool is recommended).
    • Students are welcome to bring spending money to buy souvenirs (cash only, no debit/credit cards accepted).
    • State Park admission and parking are free during the Festival.
    • Coolers with student lunches may be brought into the Festival.


    Public Days

    Saturday and Sunday, February 15 and 16 (9am to 4 pm)

    • Saturday and Sunday are public days.
    • Weekend admission is $6.00 per person.
    • Children 5 and under admitted free.
    • State Park admission and parking are free during the Festival.
    • Pets must be on a leash.
    • No firearms, alcohol or fireworks permitted within museum grounds.
    • No coolers may be brought into the Festival.


    All proceeds from the Silver River Knap-In and Stone Age Arts Festival benefit the educational programs of the Silver River Museum & Environmental Education Center.

    Information for Knap-In Participants

    Festival Participants

    All participants in the Silver River Knap-In must be pre-approved. Participants will be issued identification while working the festival. Due to safety and planning issues, last minute walk-ins are not accepted as participants. Knappers who are not registered as participants are certainly welcome but will be charged a $6 admission fee for the day.


    Festival participants typically fall into one of three categories: Vendor, Exhibitor, or Demonstrator. Vendor spaces are 12' x 12'. Each participant must complete an appropriate form and follow all festival guidelines and policies.


    2020 Forms for Festival Participants:

2020 Silver River Knap-In

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