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

  • February 23, 2017 - 4:30pm to February 26, 2017 - 9:00pm

    downtown Port Arthur
    Procter Street
    Port Arthur  Texas  77642
    United States

    Mardi Gras of Southeast Texas - Feb. 23-26, 2017. Celebrate 25 Years of Enchantment. Weekend prior to Ash Wednesday; dates vary. Catch beads from lighted parades, dance at live concerts and feast on Cajun delights.

  • February 24, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Mission Dolores State Historic Site
    701 S Broadway
    San Augustine  Texas  75972
    United States

    This educational program will discuss the history of the “Royal Road of the Tejas Indians,” which runs through Mission Dolores State Historic Site. We will host Steven Gonzales of the El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail Assc.