Fun

The Texas Folklife Festival...

has multiple stages dedicated to music and dance performances.

Festival

The Texas Folklife Festival...

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

Food

The Texas Folklife Festival...

has a menu of more than 150 unique items.

 
 

For festival dates, hours and admission, visit TexasFolklifeFestival.org.

 

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.

Contact

Main Office: 210-458-2224

Fax: 210-458-2113

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

 
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