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Texas Folklife Festival – 2020

To support the health and well-being of our participants, volunteers, staff and visitors, the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures is postponing the 49th Texas Folklife Festival, originally scheduled for June 6-7, 2020.

We are actively looking for new dates and plan to deliver the same wonderful entertainment, food, art and fun to the community once public gatherings are allowed. Our goal remains to deliver an immersive cultural experience by highlighting the history of diverse ethnic and cultural communities of Texas.

As additional information about a new date becomes available, we will share it.

We regret any inconvenience but hope that you share our desire to do everything possible—based on guidance from public health officials—to help protect our community during this time.

Materials presented below are all archival, documenting the 2019 festival.


  • When & Where
  • Announcements
  • Volunteer
  • Map
  • Food
  • FAQ
  • Contact
  • Support the Festival


Saturday June 6, 2020, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Sunday, June 7, 2020, Noon – 7 p.m.


The 2019 Texas Folklife Festival has concluded. Join us June 6-7, 2020 for the 49th year of this amazing Texas celebration.



VIA has announced special service from Crossroads Park & Ride, Saturday, June 8, 10:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. On June 7 – 9, Primo 100 and Downtown Trolley 301 will reroute to Tower of the Americas Way.


2019 Texas Folklife Festival press release published. CLICK HERE


(Last updated 21 JUNE 2019)

Your help is appreciated.

Volunteers directly contribute to the success of festivals and special events at the Institute of Texan Cultures. Whether you’re a student needing volunteer hours, a kind-hearted citizen who enjoys volunteering at events or a corporate neighbor who prides yourself on giving back to the community, we have a role for you!

Our volunteer opportunities include a variety of tasks that require outstanding customer service. We also have behind-the-scenes jobs including (but not limited to) door and hallway monitors, set up and take down, exhibit monitors, to name a few! Benefits include free event admission, free parking, and discounted volunteer t-shirt.

We have several volunteer opportunities for small groups (companies, fraternities/sororities, clubs, church groups, etc.) who would like to work together in a team effort. Please contact us as soon as possible and we’ll try to accommodate your group. We also encourage group volunteers to wear company and/or organization t-shirts.




The Texas Folklife Festival is held on the grounds of the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd. Parking recommendations are indicated at right. The institute encourages use of carpool, ride share and public transportation.

Food and drinks are sold by coupon only. Coupons may be purchased for $1.00 each at booths located throughout the grounds. Purchase of coupons and coins with Visa, MasterCard or Discover is available at all booths. Please note: Craft vendors do not accept coupons.


Can I bring my pet?
No, pets are not allowed on the festival grounds. Service animals are welcome.

Can I bring a water bottle?

Yes. We consider this a matter of health and safety. Stay hydrated and take care of yourself on the grounds.

Can I bring a stroller?

Yes. Just be considerate of other guests.

Can I bring a lawn chair?

You probably won’t need it, most areas have seating.

Do you take credit cards?
You can pay for admission tickets and food coupons with a credit card. Some craft vendors on the veranda might not have credit card capability.

Do you have an ATM?
Yes, three locations – one at the front by the flagpoles, one on the Back 40 near the back gate, and one on inside the museum. Details in the visitor guide (in development).

Where can I park?
The institute does not have on-site parking. Refer to the map for recommendations on parking places near the institute.

How can I become a vendor or performer?
Send us an e-mail with details on yourself and your business or performance group and we can send you an application. Include some images or video links. Click here.

Become a Festival Friend

The Texas Folklife Festival’s many friends that help to provide the needed financial support to ensure the tradition lives on! Your contribution is a vital part of the Texas Folklife Festival’s commitment to building a strong and diverse community, as well as providing a venue for all cultures to come together and share their rich traditions.

Become a Festival Friend.