43 years running and counting, the Houston International Festival is a yearly trek for Houstonians with deep roots to their ancestry and backgrounds to converge upon downtown Houston for a weekend of great music, good food and all out fun. Looks like this year they’ll be bringing all of that to Sam Houston Park downtown with an eclectic mix of funk, reggae & blues.

Brazil is this year’s spotlight country with performers Diogo Nogueira, Forro In the Dark, Morena Soul, SambaDa and Jovino Santos Neto all scheduled to perform throughout the weekend as well as all of the samba and capoeira lessons your heart may desire. As far as major musical acts are concerned, funk legend Bootsy Collins is set to headline the April 20th date with Jamaica’s own The Wailers headlining April 21st. Blues guitarist Aaron Neville closes out the ceremony on its second weekend April 28th with a headliner still to be determined for April 27th.

Now in its 43rd year, the Houston International Festival is one of the city’s far more culturally diverse outings of the year. The 2013 festival will be once more downtown for two consecutive weekends April 20 – 21 & April 27 – 28. Tickets are $18 and more information about the festival can be found at its official website http://ifest.org/