Houston International Festival directions, parking and road closures

Houston International Festival directions, parking and road closures

Houston International Festival directions, parking and road closures


by KHOU.com staff


Posted on March 28, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 26 at 4:52 AM

HOUSTON - The Houston International Festival, also known as iFest, is Houston's largest outdoor festival. This year, the event is celebrating its' 42nd year and will spotlight the culture of South America and specifically, the country of Argentina. 

The Houston International Festival is located in downtown Houston: City Hall, Tranquility Park and Sam Houston Park areas.

You can save time and money by purchasing advance tickets online now! Tickets will also be available at the gate ($18 Adult/$5 Youth), as will VIP packages.

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Fast Facts

Children under 3 years of age are free.
Sorry, no refunds or cancellations in the event of rain.
The Festival will take place rain or shine.
ATMs are available onsite.
Schedule will be available at ticket and coupon booths throughout the Festival - schedule is subject to change without notice.
Food and beverage booths and game vendors accept coupons only
Coupons are sold in sheets of 9 for $10.00
Single coupons are available at $1.50
Credit cards (American Express, MasterCard, VISA, and Discover) can be used to purchase coupons at coupon booths throughout the site.
Bicycle racks available at entrance located at Smith & McKinney.
For the safety and security of all our festival peeps, security will be performing bag checks at each gate entrance.

Festival Dates

April 21 - 22 and 28 - 29
Admission ticket required per day

Festival Hours

Saturdays 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sundays 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.


I-45 North: Exit Dallas/Pierce
I-45 South: Exit Downtown
I-10 East: Exit San Jacinto/Main
I-10 West: Exit Downtown Smith
US-59 South: Exit Louisiana

Road Closures

Walker - between Smith and Bagby
Bagby – between Walker and Dallas
McKinney – between I-45 off-ramp and Smith
Lamar – between Smith and Bagby
Outbound Allen Parkway – between Bagby and I-45 overpass just west of Sam Houston Park
Inbound Allen Parkway – between I-45 / Clay St. split and Bagby

Where to Park

Brookfield Parking Garage
340 W. Dallas at Clay
$5 to park

Parking Map

Surface lot ($5) parking is also available at W. Dallas & Clay (401 W. Dallas) and available for $10 in the Heritage Clay Parking Garage at 1200 Bagby at Clay.

On-street parking is available and free on Saturdays after 6 pm and all day Sunday. Visit an interactive map to see other parking options that are convenient to your destination, a list of other major garages that support downtown events and also tips for making parking hassle-free.

If you want to ride your bike, you will find bike racks available at the entrance at Smith & McKinney.

For more information about the Houston International Festival and its education and outreach programs visit: www.ifest.org.

To purchase tickets to this year's festival, visit: http://ifest2012.eventbrite.com/

"LIKE" HIF on Facebook.com/ifest and follow HIF on Twitter at @iFest, hashtag #2012HIF.