Saturday: iFest in Downtown Houston -- Los Lonely Boys, Los Amigos Invisibles, Etc.

Houston International Festival Downtown Houston April 21, 2012

There's something beautifully eclectic about Houston's iFest. Only there can you drink a beer as you stuff your face with curry, shoulder to shoulder with a Buddhist, while listening to Hare Krishnas sing their hearts out. Okay, maybe it's not the only place to do it, but you'd be hard-pressed to find this anywhere else.

Saturday marked iFest's 35th birthday. Its first incarnation, according to the festival's Web site, was held in downtown Houston off Main Street in 1971. It was originally called Main Street 1, a Salute to the Arts, then the Main Street Art Offering, and wasn't dubbed the International Festival until 1987.

This year's weather conditions were better than last year's, with plenty of breeze to keep the sun at bay and make shaded areas an option instead of a necessity. As has become the norm, a number of streets downtown were closed off and lined with concession stands selling everything from native Indian and African jewelry, set alongside art galleries and food trucks.

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