From June 8th-10th, the 41st Annual Texas Folklife Festival will be taking place on the HemisFair Park grounds. Celebrating over 40 different ethnic groups with traditional cuisine, dance, crafts and story-telling, the three-day festival is the biggest cultural celebration in Texas.
At this event, you’ll enjoy the sounds and dances of several different ethnic groups from 7 different stages throughout the property. Hear local beats from Los Texas Wranglers and Bluegrass Jam, enjoy the performances of Chilean Folklife, then watch the fascinating Jumping Dragons Jump Rope Team. The festival menu presents offerings from across the globe, with Bangladeshi, Belgian, snacks from the UK, Chinese, Greek and several other options.
Modeled after the Smithsonian Museum’s Folklife Festival, the Institute of Texan Cultures decided to hold their own event in honor of Texas’ varied cultures. The very first festival was held in 1972 and has continued once a year ever since. Tickets are $15 at the gate.
Just a quick, 15 minute walk away, be sure to see the many exhibits on display at the Institute of Texan Cultures. 40 Years of Texas Folklife Festival Memories is one exhibit that’s exclusively dedicated to the Texas Folklife Festival, recognizing the festival’s contribution to the community and to Texan heritage.
Also a trip back in time, from June 18th to July 27th, guests can experience the Texas Frontier at the period buildings at the back of the Institute’s property. There’s a one-room schoolhouse, a frontier fort, an adobe house, a log cabin and a barn to explore. You’ll be guided by a period-costumed guide and will even get to create take-home crafts at each location. Through June 17th, you can also see the A Maverick’s Texas exhibit, which consists of 30 photographs and 10 works of art, all selected from a school-wide competition.
While you’re in the area, explore nearby attractions and participate in fun activities, like the Rio San Antonio River Walk Cruises. Have a bite at the Hard Rock Café San Antonio, only a mile away. Lodging in the area includes the Comfort Suites Alamo/Riverwalk (0.7 miles away) and the Grand Hyatt San Antonio (0.4 miles away).