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.


45th Annual Texas Folklife Festival

June 10, 11 & 12, 2016


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 at Hemisfair.  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 Directors Festival Directors: Claudia Bell (1976 - 1980), O.T. Baker (1972-1975), Jo Ann Andera (1981-present)


The Festival today

The Texas Folklife Festival is the biggest cultural celebration in Texas! More than 40 different cultural groups in Texas are represented at the festival, and each year, more than 250 participants come together to celebrate their culture and heritage. Located on the grounds of the Institute of Texan Cultures on the UTSA Hemisfair Campus, this year’s two-day event once again showcases the Lone Star State's diversity and rich heritage through a wide variety of ethnic food, music, dance, arts, and crafts.  

logo 2Festival Dates and Hours


Friday, June 10, 5 - 11 p.m.

Saturday, June 11, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Sunday, June 12, noon - 7 p.m.




Festival Ticket Pricing

Adult (13 )             $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 10 adult tickets in advance  $8 each.
*There may be convenience fees for advance purchase at some locations and online.
Advance tickets will also available at HEB Stores, Ft. Sam Houston, Lackland AFB, Randolph AFB and the ITC Store and online at Availability date to be announced.

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


FAQ: Are pets allowed at the Texas Folklife Festival?

Pets are not allowed at the Texas Folklife Fetival, however, we are happy to welcome service animals.

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)




Visit our Special Event Volunteer Site


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Looking back:

2015 Texas Folklife Festival Information





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