Texas is as a diverse a place as just about anywhere in the world. More cultures and more people of different national origin have come to Texas down through the yearsthan most places. After nearly 200 years of pioneering immigration to Texas, the state today is made up of many cultures and many traditions.

The Texas Folklife Festival celebrates those cultures each year in a huge three day event that offers a glimpse into the people who make up the cultural fabric of the Lone Star State.

Beginning Friday, June 8 through Sunday, June 10, UTSA’s Institute of Texan Cultures hosts this three-day cultural extravaganza where visitors revel in a smorgasbord of ethnic foods, world music and traditional folk dance. What makes this event so unique is that over 40 cultural groups from across Texas come together to share their traditions and ensure that these special and rich customs continue.

Choose from more than 150 ethnic foods, folk dances and a wide variety of music on nine entertainment stages, carnival rides, activities for the kids and fun for the whole family!

When you come to the Festival, you will also gain admission to UTSA's Institute of Texan Cultures where you will learn how people with many different beliefs, ideas, social structures and resources came together to build one strong, proud state. Through stories of Texas’ diverse citizens and contributors, guests are invited to join in the celebration of Texas’ multicultural heritage. The Institute is open to the public from 10 am – 6 pm Tuesday through Saturday and on Sunday from Noon until 5 pm.

Belgian waffles, Cajun gumbo, Indian sag paneer, Mexican paletta and Wendish noodles—these are just a few of the 150 authentic foods served at the Texas Folklife Festival. Plus, there are a wide variety of beers from around the world, wine, sangria as well as bottled water and sodas available to visitors.

Coupons are the Festival’s currency and all proceeds support the various participating ethnic groups and ensure that their customs continue. Your attendance guarantees that these rich cultural traditions continue to be a part of our lives.

Here’s a short list of the many things you can do, make, experience, try, share, watch, listen to at the 36th annual Texas Folklife Festival!

Spend quality time with your family!
Taste a pierogi—a classic Polish dish.
Learn how to make German sauerkraut, preserves and even wine.
Sink your teeth into a homemade Mexican gordita.
Learn to Clog
Listen to Texas’ best storytellers weave a tall tale.
Watch the Hula Halau Ohana Elikapeka dance group perform a traditional dance.
Try Filipino pancit for the first time.
Challenge yourself in the Luling Watermelon Thump contest—and spit a watermelon seed!
Try the Alsatian’s famous parisa on a cracker.
Hear some of the state’s most diverse music.
Buy a Texas Folklife Festival T-shirt at the Souvenir booth.
Shop for authentic Texas crafts.
Enjoy the carnival rides.
Climb the Belgian pole and ring the bell.
Be mesmerized by the Lebanese folk dancers.
Test your cowboy skills with fancy roping.
Saw a log.
Learn to carve limestone.
Find out how our forefathers prepared their meals using Dutch ovens and a fire.

DIRECTIONS
From Austin (I-35 Corridor)
Take I-35 South towards San Antonio (approximately 75 miles). Merge onto I-37 S/US-281 S (via exit number 158B) toward Corpus Christi. Take the Durango Blvd. exit (exit number 140B) toward HemisFair Plaza, Alamodome and the Institute of Texan Cultures. Stay straight to go onto S. Bowie Street and take a right at the light. The Institute of Texan Cultures is on your right.

From Corpus Christi
Take I-37 North towards San Antonio, approximately 142 miles. Exit Durango Blvd. (exit number 140B) and turn left at the light, going under the underpass. The Institute of Texan Cultures is located at the corner on the right.

From Houston
Take I-10 West to San Antonio. Merge onto I-410 North (via exit number 581). Merge left onto I-35 S/US-81 S (via exit number 31) toward San Antonio/Binz-Englemann Road. Merge onto I-37 S/US-281 S via exit number 158B toward Corpus Christi. Take the Durango Blvd. exit (exit number 140B) toward HemisFair Plaza, Alamodome and the Institute of Texan Cultures. Stay straight to go onto S. Bowie Street and take a right at the light. The Institute of Texan Cultures is on your right.

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