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General Sam Houston Folk Festival

  • Huntsville, Texas (map)

30TH Annual Folklife Festival — Come be a part of Texas history. This year’s three-day event offers a variety of historical and cultural experiences for every member of the family. Everyone will have the chance to witness firsthand folklife as it was on the Texas frontier. The Sam Houston Memorial Museum’s fifteen-acre grounds are transformed into a bustling Texas frontier settlement where you can watch historical reenactments and demonstrators, listen to live music, sip some homemade root beer, share a bag of kettle corn, shop for crafts or simply stroll the homestead where Sam and Margaret Houston lived and the place their children played.

General Sam Houston Folk Festival admission includes the May 13th-14th: 18th Annual Texas State Knife & Tomahawk Championship held on the 15-acre Sam Houston Memorial Museum grounds. Championship Facebook page at

Friday, May 12th, 9am—3pm
Saturday, May 13th, 10am—6pm
Sunday, May 14th, Noon—5pm

Adult (13 and up) $5 per day
Child (4-12) $3 per day
Children 3 and under are free

Advanced Festival Tickets are now available online. The ticket is good for one of the three days during the event (Friday; Saturday; or Sunday). Tickets purchased online will have a small fee added for credit card processing; tickets can also be purchased at the event gate with no added fees. For Online Tickets:

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Documentary from footage of the first Folk Festival in 1988:

Our General Sam Houston Folk Festival website has all the forms needed for our Craft and Food vendors. Please go online and download the forms needed to participate in this year's Festival at

• For Demonstrators and Reenactors contact Helen Belcher at or call 936-294-3153

• For School Groups contact Kay Laube at or call 936-435-6315

• For entertainers contact Mary Allen-Keating at or call 832-661-2951

• For more details, contact Erin Cassidy by phone at (936) 294-4567 or by email at Go online to signup at

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