Welcome to the 58th annual
San Antonio Folk Dance Festival (March 18-20, 2016)
and Fun Arts Day!

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Save the date and support SAFDF at these great events!

Sunday, April 3, 11 am - 3 pm

SAFDF and the IFCC will participate in this year’s Síclovía, a free event that turns major San Antonio streets into a safe place for people to exercise and play.  Car-free for 5 hours, families can bike, walk, run and take exercise classes along the route, which wanders through Downtown.  We’ll sponsor an International Folk Dance Stop, to spread the word about our favorite form of exercise.  Join us!
The Big Give
Tuesday, May 3, all day

The Big Give S.A.is a 24-hour day of giving, and this year SAFDF/Texas International Folk Dancers will be a part of it. It brings donors and nonprofits together by creating a shared region-wide experience, connecting people to the causes that matter to them the most. Last year the SA area raised $4.3 million dollars for 882 charitable causes. Minimum donation is only $10.  Help us by donating to SAFDF on May 3! Here is our link!

The festival

Carrying on an annual tradition that has been around for 58 years, the organizers of the San Antonio Folk Dance Festival (SAFDF) are happy to announce their 2016 event. Come celebrate with us for a wonderful, special weekend of international folk dancing and culture.

Photo courtesy of Jane Steig Parsons

Learn international folk dances

SAFDF features workshops in beautiful and fun dances from all over the world, taught by world-renowned folk dance teachers.

Enjoy lively dance parties

Friday and Saturday culminate in parties featuring folk dance favorites that keep everyone, from complete beginners to seasoned veterans, dancing for hours. And there's great food too!

Experience the concert of folk dance performances

The SAFDF concert, held on Saturday night in the beautiful Thiry Auditorium, is a dazzling show of beautiful costumes, music, and motion by talented local performing groups and the occasional extra-special guests from far away.

Partake of great food at the Henry Lash Bash

Sunday features this historic SAFDF tradition - a delicious catered lunch and a great chance to catch up with friends old and new.

Photo courtesy of Jane Steig Parsons


SAFDF is held on the beautiful campus of Our Lady of the Lake University:

See the OLLU campus map for the detailed locations of these venues.


SAFDF would not be possible without the generous financial and practical support of these wonderful benefactors:

Nelda Drury,
founder and lifetime benefactor of SAFDF

Photo courtesy of Jane Steig Parsons

International Folk Culture Center,
Our Lady of the Lake University

Texas International Folk Dancers

City of San Antonio Department for Culture & Creative Development

Texas Commission on the Arts

Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation

Light One Candle Children's Education Fund

United Way
Our Friends of SAFDF:

Vonnie Brown
Kay Demos
Elaine Moczygemba
Dick Oakes
Dugan Sabins


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Last updated: March 17, 2016