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The Texas Folklife Festival...

has seven stages dedicated to music and dance performances.


The Texas Folklife Festival...

is a family event and a great way for children to learn about different cultures.


The Texas Folklife Festival...

gathers more than 40 cultures to share their heritage and traditions.


The Texas Folklife Festival...

has a menu of more than 150 unique items.


43rd Annual Texas Folklife Festival

June 7-8, 2014


About the Festival

The Texas Folklife Festival was modeled after the Smithsonian’s Folklife Festival, which was held in Washington, D.C. in 1968. On behalf of the Institute of Texan Cultures (which was built as part of the Texan Pavilion for the 1968 World’s Fair), O.T. Baker attended the first Smithsonian Folklife Festival and returned home with big plans—to replicate the event in San Antonio. And the wheels were set in motion.

The first Texas Folklife Festival was held from September 7-10, 1972, on the grounds of the Institute in HemisFair Park.  O.T. Baker (1910-2006), the Festival's founder and director from   1972-75, was a dedicated and inspirational leader in constructing this phenomenal event that has received countless international, regional and local awards.   

Festivals DirectorsFestival Directors: Claudia Ball (1976 - 1980), O.T. Baker (1972-1975), Jo Ann Andera (1981-present)



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Festival Dates and Hours

Saturday, June 7            10 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Sunday, June 8              10 a.m. - 7 p.m.




Festival Ticket Pricing

Adult (13 plus)  $10 in advance*     $12 at the gate
Child (6-12)      $5 in advance*         $5 at the gate
Children 5 and under are FREE
Group sales  20 adult tickets in advance only for $8 each.

Advance tickets also available at HEB Stores, Ft. Sam Houston, Lackland AFB and Randolph AFB and the ITC museum store.  Advance tickets can be purchased starting May1, 2014

*There may be convenience fees for advance purchase at some locations and online.



Contact Us

Main Office: 210-458-2224

Fax: 210-458-2113

Address: 801 East Cesar E. Chavez Blvd. San Antonio, Texas 78205

Volunteer Hotline: 210-458-2216
Volunteer Fax: 210-458-2278
Volunteer Check-In: 210-458-2138 (This number is answered only during Festival hours)




Texas Folklife Festival 2013 - Looking back

Take a look back at the 2013 Texas Folklife Festival.

Randolph, Airport, Crossroads and Madla servicing the festival.

Festival General Information

The First Aid Station is located on Flagpole Street (see map for location) and inside the Museum on the 1st Floor.
The Festival’s 6 stages, located throughout the grounds, feature all types of ethnic and cultural entertainment. Be on the look out for roving performers on the grounds.
Food and drinks are sold by coupon and Festival coins only. Coupons can be purchased for $1.00 each. Coins for $1.00 each at booths located throughout the grounds. Purchase of coupons with Visa, MasterCard or Discover is available at Booths 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12. See legend for locations.
ATMs are available by Gate 3 & 4 and Flagpole St.
The Festival does not provide refunds for unused coupons.
VIA Park & Ride bus stops are located on Cesar Chavez Blvd. Exit Gate 1 or 3.
We also recommend the use of B-cycle stations. There are B-cycle bike racks nearby, at HemisFair Park, Indianola at Chavez and Chavez at Alamo.
Members of the San Antonio Police Department and UTSA Police Department are on the grounds throughout the Festival. Please report any problem or emergency immediately to any officer in your area or at the Security Desk on the first floor of the Institute building.
Lost children will be taken to the lower level Security Desk. Identification tags for children are available at each of the entry gates.
Claim or report lost articles at the lower level Security Desk.
Portable toilets are located throughout the grounds. Restrooms are located inside of the Museum.
No pets are allowed on the Festival grounds, but service animals are welcome.




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