Party to a Brazilian Beat at iFest

The annual Houston International Festival kicks off this weekend downtown

By Eric Harrison April 19, 2013


Bootsy Collins, the Wailers, Los Lobos and Aaron Neville are the headlining acts at this year's Houston International Festival - iFest - which takes place downtown this weekend and next. Brazil is the focus of this year's festival, which each year highlights the cuisine and culture of a different country.

Houston International Festival
Saturday 11am-8pm; Sunday 11am-8pm
$15-$45 per day, adult; $4 children, 4 and up; free, children under 4
Downtown in area roughly bounded by Rusk, Smith, Lamar and McKinney

Attendees get to sample food from around the world, visit craft markets and see performances by local, national and international music and dance groups. The event takes place downtown over two weekends in the area roughly bounded by Rusk, Smith, Lamar and McKinney.

The big names tomorrow and Sunday are Bootsy Collins and the Wailers. Collins, a groundbreaking funk and R&B bassist and bandleader, worked with James Brown and George Clinton's Parliament/Funkadelic before striking out with his own hit band. He performs Saturday at 6:30 p.m. on the Bud Light World Music Stage. The Wailers, the Jamaican reggae group that performed with Bob Marley, take the same stage Sunday at 6:30. Los Lobos and Aaron Neville will headline next week.  

The event features 10 stages, six international arts markets and exhibits and food vendors spread over several downtown blocks.


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