Special Events

Texas Folklife Festival

When: Fri., June 10, 5-11 p.m., Sat., June 11, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. and Sun., June 12, 12-7 p.m. 2016

Modeled after the inaugural Smithsonian Folklife Festival in 1968 and founded by Institute of Texan Cultures exhibits director O.T. Baker in 1972, the Texas Folklife Festival serves as a reminder of the Lone Star State’s rich cultural history and extensive roots worldwide. From hosting organizations like the Turkish American Association of San Antonio and the Scottish Society Highland Dancers, festival officials have taken pleasure in knowing their event at the Institute of Texan Cultures continues to be a melting pot for an assortment of food, music, dance and arts from around the globe. “The number of ethnic groups in Texas always seems to be a hidden secret for some people when they visit,” said Jo Ann Andera, the festival’s director for the last 35 years. “I think we work really hard to give people a voice and invite new groups whenever we can find them.” While there’s always room for new participants each year, there’s no denying the importance of the festival’s longtime contributors. After combing through the list of 250 organizations and 60-plus artisans, we selected 10 to highlight this year, including several that have participated every year since 1972. Click here for the full story.

Price: $5-$12 (kids 5 & under) Free