Of all the great festivals and events our city has to offer, one of the most popular is the Ifest (previously known as the International Festival). No where else is cultural diversity and cultural education more celebrated than the Ifest. Originally established as the non-profit Houston Festival Foundation, Inc. in 1971, Ifest provides art and education programs that reach nearly a million students in the Houston area.
Each year the festival focuses on a particular culture or region, this year being the cultures of The Silk Road. As part of providing cultural education to Houston students, a curriculum is established for area teachers that help our children explore the spotlighted country or region during the school year leading up to the festival. The Ifest has it all rolled into one great time: art, live music, awesome food and more ensure that everyone has a fab time.
The festival takes place at City Hall, Tranquility Park, and Sam Houston Park in downtown. Dates for this year’s festival are: April 30-May 1 and May 7-8 from 12 to 10 Saturday and 12 to 8 Sunday. Go to their site to learn more and find out the skinny on parking, tickets, etc.