In 1972, San Antonio resident O.T. Baker had a spark of inspiration and a whole lot of dedication to re-create in the Alamo City the folklife festival he had attended in Washington, D.C. Through Baker’s hard work, and assistance from many, the Texas Folklife Festival was born. Today, 45-years later, it still brings together people from across the state to celebrate what it means to be Texan.
The 2016 three-day Texas Folklife Festival begins Friday, June 10. One of the largest cultural celebrations in Texas, the festival will include representation from more than 40 different Texas cultural groups. Located on the grounds of the Institute of Texan Cultures, the annual event showcases the Lone Star State’s diversity and heritage through entertainment, cuisine, and arts and crafts. Guests will enjoy seven stages of music and dance performances, more than 60 artisans displaying old-time Texas skills and a menu of 150 ethnic delicacies to tantalize taste buds.
The Texas Folklife Festival begins on Friday, June 10 and continues through Sunday, June 12, at the Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd. For more information, visit www.texancultures.com.