n 1972, San Antonio resident O.T. Baker had a spark of inspiration and a whole lot of dedication to recreate the folklife festival he had attended in Washington, D.C. The Texas Folklife Festival was born, and almost five decades later it still gathers people from far and near to celebrate the incredible heritage and diversity throughout the great state of Texas.
The 2017 festival begins June 9 and continues through June 11. The threeday event is one of the largest cultural celebrations in Texas with more than 250 cultural organizations represented. Located on the grounds of the Institute of Texan Cultures, the event showcases the Lone Star State’s rich and diverse history through entertainment, cuisine, and arts and crafts. Festival goers will enjoy six stages of music and dance performances, more than 60 artisans displaying oldtime Texas skills, and a menu of more than 100 authentic cultural foods.
The Texas Folklife Festival begins on Friday, June 9, and runs through Sunday, June 11, at the Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd. For more information, visit www.texasfolklifefestival.org.