Texas Folklife Festival

Ile Bahia De San antonio

The 40th Texas Folklife Festival took place June 10-12 at the Institute of Texan Cultures in HemisFair Park. Friday evening I attended with friends and then Saturday I went again with my sister and her husband who live in Austin.

Friday evening the festival was cool (by recent San Antonio standards) and breezy but the grounds did not feel very crowded.  We enjoyed Ile Bahia de San Antonio’s show which seemed to combine martial arts and gymnastics.  We also watched the St. George Lebanese Folk Dancers and Hula Halua Ohana Elikapeka perform to traditional music.  I wanted to sample exotic food (for me anyway) and I especially enjoyed the Falafel sandwich from the Lebanese booth, the Pupusa from the Salvadorean organization, the Baklava fromt the Turkish tent and the plantains from the Nigerian booth.    

St. George Lebanese Folk Dancers

Saturday we attended at lunchtime with the temperatures rising. We found refuge from the heat inside the air-conditoned Institute where we enjoyed performances by the Ukranian and Lebanese folk dancers.

I was mainly interested in the booths and performances from different countries. However, the festival also included carnival rides and an NBA area with basketball games.  Another fun aspect of the festival was the booths with free food and drink samples (and money-saving coupons!) including beans, yogurt and a locally made vodka.

Turkish American Association of San Antonio

Belgian American Club of Texas
Japan American Society of San Antonio
Zorya Ukrainian Dance Ensemble


One response to “Texas Folklife Festival

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