Houston 25th Turkish Festival

Houston 25th Turkish Festival

Photo courtesy of the American Turkish Association of Houston


Sat., Nov. 5, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sun., Nov. 6, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. 2016
Free to $6

Location Info:

Jones Plaza
600 Louisiana
Houston, TX  77002
“It’s like a Turkish Woodstock,” says Fuad Adra, coordinator of the Houston 25th Turkish Festival, which is celebrating its silver anniversary this year. Like a mini version of the peace, love and rock and roll affair of the ’60s, Adra explains, the annual Turkish fest’s folk music and whirling dervish dances drew large crowds last year, approaching 10,000 visitors. Still, there are a few differences. For one, volunteers hand out Turkish delight instead of LSD. There’s a magic show, a juggling act and free admission for children under 12, so it’s kid-friendly. Hosted by the American Turkish Association of Houston, the performances, music, fashion, art and festival Grand Bazaar are straight from the old country. Come hungry: Festival food includes beef and chicken döner, grape leaves, falafal, sujuk and baklava.

11 a.m. to 10 p.m. November 5 and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. November 6. Jones Plaza, 601 Louisiana. For information, visit houstonturkishfest.com. Free to $6.

[Organizer's description:] The 25th Houston Turkish Festival will celebrate all things Turkish, including authentic Turkish food, coffee, music, traditional folklore dancing including the famous whirling dervishes, a kids’ corner filled with fun activities, arts & crafts, cultural exhibitions as well as a colorful Grand Bazaar. The theme for the 2016 Houston Turkish Festival is “Turkishfest Lends a Hand”. The festival will host a number of charitable organizations and promote their mission. This year the festival will also feature a mini world pavilion which will provide an overview to the mosaic of international cultures Houston prides itself with. The Festival will feature award winning performances by the TUANA ANKARA Folk Dance Group from Turkey as well as a collage of othermusic and dance shows including “Opera Under the Stars” featuring renowned artist Mete Tasin & Ilgin Aka and a special appearance by renowned Turkish composer from Carnegie Mellon University, Erberk Eryilmaz performing his critically acclaimed work with the Apollo Chamber Orchestra. Izmir Olgunlasma Institute will put on a professional fashion show featuring handmade authentic Turkish costumes, manufactured at the Institute’s own Fashion School. Each day, the festival will close with what has now become a tradition, a Turkish disco dance hour.


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