Institute for Texan Cultures

New tastes and sights at 41st Folklife

Dances from Colombia Dancers from Ritmo Colombiano got the audience up on its feet during their performance at the Texas Folklife Festival.

Several new groups showed off their wares, their cooking and their talents at this year's Texas Folklife Festival, which just celebrated its 41st year at the Institute of Texan Cultures. About 50,000 people joined the festivities.

Joining the festival for the first time, Ritmo Colombiano, a group of performers clad in Colombian costume, entertained the crowd with traditional dances from the South American country. The dancers even got the audience up on its feet during the show.

Festival-goers were able to sample Bangladeshi cooking for the first time, and at the Crêpe Crazy booth, guests tasted delicate French pancake-like snacks. Also new to the festival were two car displays – Volkswagens and vintage cars – as well as ballet performers, a Brazilian display, a sculptor and a harpist.

Don't miss next year’s celebration. Mark your calendar now for the 42nd annual Texas Folklife Festival on June 7-9, 2013, at HemisFair Park.