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(June 4, 2010)--The Texas Folklife Festival, one of the largest cultural celebrations in Texas, is calling the 39th festival the "Lone Star Party." The three-day extravaganza, running June 11-13 at the Institute of Texan Cultures, will feature a performance from the Grammy award-winning Los Texmaniacs and an immense sampling of foods, music, dance, costumes, crafts and other artistic traditions. Young and old will come to play and celebrate the heritage and traditions of the Lone Star State.

Each year, 40 cultural groups from across the state gather at Folklife to share their heritage and traditions through food, music, dance, storytelling and artisanship with some 60,000 visitors. Covering more than 20 acres, the festival includes nine stages for music and dance, more than 150 unique food items, a crafts area featuring the work of more than 65 vendors and access to the Institute of Texan Cultures main exhibit floor.

New this year, the festival will feature a performance by Los Texmaniacs, who won the Grammy for best Tejano album for their work on "Borders y Bailes." Recorded on the Smithsonian Folkways label, the institute secured the group through its new affiliation with the Smithsonian Institution.

Joining the festival this year are the Asociacion Amigos de Colombia, who will have a food booth; Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, offering Cajun-style fried mushrooms and fried Twinkies; and Christ the King Church, making Mexican food selections. New artisans include Saxon Ironworks, Inca Wasi ceramics and a variety of other vendors including leatherworkers, western ware sellers, henna artists and tapestries.

Folklife brings many aspects of the institute's exhibit floor to life including the unique skills, treasures and cultures of participants from small Texas towns. In addition to meeting participants from Bandera, Lytle, Pearsall and Stockdale, guests can view the "Small Town Texas" photo exhibit by UTSA President Ricardo Romo. The German experience in Texas will be highlighted by the Wurstfest Association's annual participation and the Humanities Texas exhibit, "Lone Star and Eagle," telling the story of German migration to Texas.

Modeled after the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C., the Texas Folklife Festival began in 1972 and has become a thriving community created each year by people who enjoy the diversity of Texas and Texans.

"San Antonians and Texans from near and far return year after year to this annual celebration," said festival director Jo Ann Andera. "For many, this is the only time when those who share the same heritage and culture see each other, as well as see their friends from other 'countries.' Folklife is a cross-cultural, cross-generational event that people look forward to each year. Third generations are now participating, which is important if we are going to keep the unique and diverse cultural traditions of Texas alive."

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Texas Folklife Festival hours

  • Friday, June 11, 5-11 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 12, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 13, noon-7 p.m.

Admission

  • Adult (ages 12+): $10 advance, $15 gate
  • Children (ages 6-11): $5 advance, $6 gate
  • Age 5 and under, free
  • Groups (20+): $8 per person, available in advance online only

Advance ticket locations include H-E-B stores, Fort Sam Houston, Lackland Air Force Base, Randolph Air Force Base, Institute of Texan Culture museum store and the Institute of Texan Cultures website. There may be convenience fees for advance purchase at some locations and online.

Downtown parking is available at multiple garages, parking lots, and meters within walking distance of the Institute of Texan Cultures. Guests are strongly encouraged to take advantage of VIA Park and Ride services available from the Crossroads Park and Ride, Randolph Park and Ride, Blossom Athletic Center or Madla Transportation Center. The Yellow Route Streetcar passes the festival grounds approximately every 10 minutes; stops are available throughout downtown.

The Institute of Texan Cultures is on the UTSA HemisFair Park Campus, 801 E. Durango Blvd., a short distance from the Alamo and the River Walk. For more information, call 210-458-2300 or visit TexasFolklifeFestival.org.

 

 

Events
Feb. 5, 6:15 p.m.

First Friday Stargazing

The UTSA Department of Physics and Astronomy's Curtis Vaughan Observatory will offer free stargazing for the public beginning on top of the 4th floor of the Flawn Science Building. Experienced astronomers will be on hand to show a variety of astronomical objects and answer any questions. This event is free and open to the public, so feel free to invite friends and family.
Curtis Vaughan Observatory

Feb. 6, All Day

10th annual San Antonio Writing Project Teachers' Conference

This year's keynote speaker is Donalyn Miller, author of The Book Whisper. The event will feature breakout sessions and a presentation by the Creative Writers from North East School of the Arts. The event is free and open to all teachers from Pre-K through university level. Attendees can earn a certificate for 3 hours of Professional Development Credit.
Riklin Auditorium (FS1.406), Downtown Campus

Feb. 9, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. & 6 - 9 p.m.

Rowdy Gras 2016

The UTSA community is invited to attend the 3rd annual Rowdy Gras celebration! This year Rowdy Gras includes a daytime event from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. with a free food tasting and music on the UC Paseo. The main event takes place from 6 - 9 p.m. in the UC Lawn. The event includes free food, live jazz music, activities and giveaways.
University Center Paseo & Lawn, UTSA Main Campus

Feb. 10, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning 2015-16 Speaker Series

The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning’s 2015-16 Speaker Series continues with Dana Cuff, Ph.D., a professor of architecture and urbanism at the University of California, Los Angeles. In her talk, Cuff will discuss new forms of “studio” and new types of practices. Free and open to the public.
Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), UTSA Downtown Campus

Feb. 13, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

29th annual Asian Festival - Year of the Monkey

The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures invites Texas and Texans to the Asian Festival. What began as a traditional family reunion for the Chinese New Year has expanded to include other Asian communities and participants, showcasing their unique culture and traditions.
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures

Feb. 13, 1 p.m.

2016 Interdisciplinary Studies Colloquium

Join the UTSA Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching in celebrating interdisciplinary inquiry at the 2016  Interdisciplinary Studies Colloquium.  The colloquium will include a panel of faculty and recent doctoral graduate and a showcase of the best IDS undergraduate inquiry projects of the year 2015. The event is free and open to the public.
Business Building (BB 2.06.04), UTSA Main Campus

Feb. 23, 5:30 p.m.

African-American Social Welfare Pioneers Responding to Community Needs

The UTSA College of Public Policy presents the Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Dr. Iris Carlton-LaNey, Professor of the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Dr. Iris Carlton LaNey will speak to the UTSA community about the role and impact of African-Americans in the social work profession.
Buena Vista Theater (BV 1.326), Downtown Campus

Feb. 23, 7 p.m.

Presentation and Book Signing with Luis Carlos Montalvan

Please join us for a presentation and book signing by Luis Carlos Montalván (Fmr. Capt., USA), author of the New York Times Bestseller Until Tuesday and the international award-winning childrens book Tuesday Tucks Me In. His books will be available for purchase at the UTSA Bookstore. This event is free and open to the public.
Southwest Room (DB 1.124), Downtown Campus

Feb. 25, 6 p.m.

12th Annual Black Heritage Gala

The 12th Annual Black Heritage Gala is a formal event which includes a student performance, keynote remarks by Michael Brown, an award presentation, dinner and dancing. Tickets are $10 for UTSA students and $15 for all other guests. Tickets are on sale now at Roadrunner Express. Contact (210) 458-4770 for more information.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom, Main Campus

Feb. 27, 9 a.m.

Cultural Contrasts in Latin America

The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures will host a free workshop focusing on teaching Latin American culture and geography for students seeking their teacher certification. The workshop includes free resources for teaching Latin American subject matter as well as presentations on language, identity, music, geography, and political and developmental history, and a special educators’ tour of the museum’s Los Tejanos exhibit. Free with registration.
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures (ITC 3.01.02)


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