Texas Forest Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

Cultural Heritage

Sandra Reed holding historic images of ancestors
Sandra Reed, Bastrop


Ask a visitor what they love best about Texas and you'll usually get one answer above all others-"The food!" Where else can you consume pork tamales, a bowl of three-alarm chili (no beans!), bratwurst and sauerkraut, baby-back ribs, kielbasa, dim sum, gravlax, pemmican, crayfish ŽtouffŽe, and pecan pie all in one day? The smorgasbord of cuisine available in Texas reflects a much grander design of diversity-our own!

As Texans, our pride of place is eclipsed only by pride of an ancestry hailing from all points on the compass-Mexico, South America, Eastern and Western Europe, the Caribbean, Asia and Africa, and Native America. And while Texans across the state may represent a generous distinction of cultures, we all seem to share at least one common denominator-the love of good food. We also like to party. Maybe that's why our calendar is filled with cultural heritage festivals like Oktoberfest, Cinco de Mayo, the Highland Games, Texas Folklife Festival, Charro Days, and the National Polka Festival. Celebrating what divides us also unites us. But enough about heritage. Let's eat!

Upcoming Events

  • April 29, 2017 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

    Mission Tejas State Park
    120 State Park Rd. 44
    On Hwy 21 between Alto & Crockett
    Weches  Texas  75844
    United States

    Demonstrations of early pioneer life. Civil War exhibits, Buffalo Soldiers, and authentic trapper camps. Presentations of the ways of life during this time which may include: Blacksmithing, quilting, chair making, tool making, spinning

  • May 12, 2017 - 9:00am to May 14, 2017 - 5:00pm

    Sam Houston Memorial Museum
    1836 Sam Houston Avenue
    1402 19th Street
    Huntsville  Texas  77340
    United States

    The General Sam Houston Folk Festival offers a fun variety of cultural and memorable experiences for every family member. The Sam Houston Memorial Museum's fifteen-acre grounds will be transformed for this annual event.