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Asian festival at Institute of Texan Cultures this Saturday

SINGAPORE - JANUARY 11: Dancers perform on stage during the Chinese New Year Celebrations 2014 Official Light-Up and Opening Ceremony in Chinatown on January 11, 2014 in Singapore.
SINGAPORE - JANUARY 11: Dancers perform on stage during the Chinese New Year Celebrations 2014 Official Light-Up and Opening Ceremony in Chinatown on January 11, 2014 in Singapore. Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images

The Chinese New Year is an important Chinese holiday and this year it falls on Friday. The Institute of Texan Cultures is celebrating the year of the horse with the 27th annual Asian Festival on Saturday February 1, 2014.

It began as a small family gathering to celebrate the New Year and has since grown into a city wide celebration that includes other Asian communities as they get together to share their unique culture and traditions.

The festival usually begins with a Lion Dance to greet the Chinese New Year and chase away evil spirits. This family friendly event will include music, food and cultural performances. Over 15 authentic Asian American food vendors will offer food from Japan, Korea, Laos and others. There will be three different stages which will showcase traditional Asian dance and musical performances. Demonstrations will include henna painting, palm readings, and cooking. There will be vendors selling crafts including dolls, artwork, clothing and other gifts.

What:
27th Annual Asian Festival

Where:
UTSA’s Institute of Texan Cultures
801 East Cesar E Chavez Blvd
San Antonio, TX 78205
(210) 458-2300

When:
Saturday February 1, 2014

Time:
10a.m. to 5p.m.

Tickets:
Adults (13 and over) Advance $8; Gate $10
Children (6-12) $5.00
Children 5 and under FREE
Advance tickets are available at the Institute of Texan Culture store and online.