Texas Folklife Festival, the biggest cultural celebration in Texas, showcases the Lone Star State’s diversity and rich heritage through a wide variety of delicious cuisines, music, traditional dances, and arts and crafts. More than 40 unique cultural groups are represented at this annual festival. The 43rd Annual Texas Folklife Festival takes place June 7-8, 2014, at the Institute of Texan Cultures in San Antonio.Institute of Texan Cultures UTSA HemisFair Park Campus 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd. San Antonio, TX 78205
Fiesta® San Antonio is one of the biggest festivals in the United States and takes place each April to honor the memory of the heroes of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto. Today more than 100 events showcase San Antonio’s rich multicultural heritage. With parades, festivals, exhibits, athletic activities, music and delicious foods and beverages, there is something for every taste and every age. Visit the Alamo City for the 123rd annual Fiesta© San Antonio, April 10-27. #SanAntonio #FiestaSA
Celebrate French culture in San Antonio at the Springtime in Paris Annual Champagne Brunch and Style Show on Saturday, March 22, at 10:30 a.m. at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church Banquet Hall. Enjoy Parisian fare with complimentary champagne, fashions by Chico’s, a live and silent auction, door prizes and a cash bar. Tickets $35 | Reserved Seating | Information: (210) 861-7855 #SanAntonioHoly Trinity Catholic Church Banquet Hall 20523 Huebner Road San Antonio, TX 78258
The 36th Annual CineFestival, the nation’s original and longest-running Latino film festival, takes place February 22 through March 1, 2014, at The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center in San Antonio, Texas. Program includes eight days of the best contemporary national and international Latino film screenings, panel discussions, networking opportunities and gala celebrations. #SanAntonio #CineFestivalThe Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center 1300 Guadalupe Street San Antonio, TX 78207 (210) 271-3151
The Texas Polka Festival & Symposium featuring the state’s European polka traditions of German, Czech and Polish heritage takes place Sat., Feb. 22, in Schulenburg, Texas. Performances by The Boerne Village Band, Brian Marshall, Czech Melody Masters, Mark Halata, Santiago Jimenez Jr., and a showcase of contestants in the Big Squeeze Accordion Contest. Panel discussions include European history, Texas dance hall architecture, polka music history, culture and more. Tickets $0-15.
The 17th Annual United San Antonio Pow Wow takes place Feb. 1-2, 2014, at the Alzafar Shrine Auditorium in San Antonio, Texas. #Free and open to the public. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. #SanAntonio #CenTex #PowWowAlzafar Shrine Auditorium 901 N. Loop 1604 West San Antonio, TX 78232
The Institute of Texan Cultures in San Antonio invites you to celebrate the Year of the Horse at the 27th Annual Asian Festival on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The annual festival celebrates the Chinese New Year and the diverse Asian community of Texas with a lion dance parade, music, cultural performances, cooking demos, fashion, crafts, authentic Asian-American foods and more. #SanAntonio #ChineseNewYearInstitute of Texan Cultures UTSA HemisFair Park Campus 801 E. César E. Chávez Blvd. San Antonio, TX 78205
Experience the warmth and nostalgia of the holiday season at Clifton’s Norwegian Country Christmas, Dec. 6-7, 2013. Enjoy a Christmas parade in historical downtown Clifton; a Christmas Open House at the Bosque Museum; seasonal exhibits and unique homemade gifts at the Bosque Arts Center; vendor booths and artisan demonstrations at Heritage Village; and a Norwegian Country Christmas Tour–A Tour of Homes, History, and Art. Evening events include carriage rides and Norwegian folk dancers. #Clifton #Texas
In 1854 a small group of Norwegian immigrants arrived in Bosque County along with Cleng Peerson, “The Father of Norwegian Immigration.” The land was free, and the Norwegians thought the beautiful land reminded them of their homeland. They settled northwest of Clifton in a large area today known as the Norse Historic District, where they farmed and built their homes of limestone. By 1900, the settlement had grown to include thousands of settlers and was the largest concentration of Norwegians living west of the Mississippi River. In 1997, Clifton was designated the “Norwegian Capital of Texas” by the state legislature. This unique heritage is kept alive today, in large part, through the annual Norwegian Country Christmas.
Visit Fredericksburg, Texas, for a traditional German Christmas Market on Friday, December 6, 2013, from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. The market includes local foods, arts & crafts, and entertainment. The Light the Night Christmas Parade starts at 6:30 p.m., and a 26-foot Christmas Pyramid built by skilled craftsmen in Germany will be lit during a special ceremony and will remain on display through the first week in January. #Fredericksburg #Texas #FreeMarktplatz (Town Square) 100 West Main Street Fredericksburg, TX 78624
Celebrate all things Scottish at the 52nd Annual Salado Scottish Clan Gathering & Highland Games in the historic Village of Salado (50 miles north of Austin), Nov. 8-10, 2013. Enjoy bagpipe bands, Scottish athletics, Highland dancing, Celtic music, contests, a Celtic marketplace, food and more!Salado Civic Center 601 N. Main Street Salado, TX 76571