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HOUSTON The 43rd annual Houston International Festival opens this weekend and will highlight the culture of South America with a focus on the art, music and cuisine of Brazil.

The family-friendly festival is set in Downtown Houston and runs from April 20-21 and April 27-28. You can enjoy it all from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Click here to view the festival s map.

Attendees can expect the exotic excitement of Brazil, showcased through world-class musical performances, artisan demonstrations, interactive exhibits and a variety of food and fun.

This year the festival will host daily Carnival parades, and is introducing the Bombon DJ stage, a host of all-new high-energy performances and inspirational music on Festival Sundays. Kroger sponsors Kids Free Day on April 21 for children under the age of 12.

Click here for the daily performance schedule.

Stretching across 12 acres of downtown Houston including City Hall, Upper and Lower Tranquility Park, Library Plaza, and Bagby, Walker and McKinney Streets, the Houston International Festival will feature multiple entertainment-themed zones filled with great music from around the world, including music from the honored country of Brazil, reggae, jazz, blues, Americana music, and children s programming. This year s lineup features a continuous flow of music, dance and cultural performances with 2013 Headliners to include: Los Lobos, Bootsy Collins, Diogo Nogueira, The Wailers and Aaron Neville.

Click here to see the full artist lineup.

You can save time and money and buy advance tickets online by clicking here, or you can purchase tickets at the gate ($18 Adult/$5 Youth.)

Parking is available for $5 at the Brookfield Parking Garage located at 340 W. Dallas at Clay. There is also a surface lot with $5 parking available at W. Dallas & Clay (401 W. Dallas.)

On-street parking is available and free on Saturdays after 6 p.m. and all day Sunday. Click here to visit an interactive map to see other parking options.

More questions? Click here to visit the festival's official website.

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