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Second Annual Pearland iFest returns on Saturday, September 13, 2014!

Travel the world again at the second Pearland International Festival, set for Saturday, September 13, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Pearland’s Independence Park, located at 3919 Liberty Drive. Tastes and sounds from around the world include; Asian, Middle Eastern, Latin American, European, Caribbean and African cultures. This year, Mexico and its rich culture and tradition will be spotlighted; featuring food, music, art and culture and of course, a jalapeño eating contest and Grito contest sponsored by MyNurse Home Care, Inc.

The Pearland International Festival is going to be filled with live music, cultural dancing performances, activities, international food and vendor booths, children’s entertainment, a kids zone, as well as the “Taste of Pearland” VIP tent with wine and fine art. Start your day off at the festival with live music from the Best Mariachi Band in Houston “Mariachi Calmecac”. The musical journey will continue with “The Willy Collins Band” an eclectic group of accomplished jazz musicians. Cross the border to Louisiana with this Cajun connection, “Zydeco Dots” who won the Houston Press Music Award as The #1 Zydeco Band in Houston. Keep dancing the afternoon away with beats of the West Indies with “Galaxy Band”, recipient of the Caribbean Achievement Award 2014 – Best Live Band in Houston, who will entertain with a wide range of music styles such as Reggae, Soca, R&B, Dancehall. From blues to rock; legends to new artists; classics to originals – “Jackson Avenue” brings their contemporary pop sounds to the festival.

Six-time winner of “Best Latin Band” in the Houston Press Music Awards and pregame Super Bowl XXXVIII entertainment, “Walter Suhr & Mango Punch”, opens the entertainment on the main stage. Headlining the second annual Pearland International Festival is “Grupo La Calma”, winner of the 2013 Tejano Music Award for “Best New Group of the Year”. This Norteno- Tejano band will close the festival with their danceable Mex-Tex and Tex-Mex sounds. Other cultural entertainment includes everything from Panamanian Folklorico to Bollywood, an Indian hip hop dance. The entertainment is to be as varied as the countries represented.

This year, the VIP tent will preview “A Taste of Pearland” showcasing local art and tastes from area restaurants and is co-sponsored by Reflection Bay Event Center at Shadow Creek and The Pearland Convention & Visitors Bureau. Guests will enjoy wines from around the globe and local wineries will be on hand to offer samples paired with bites from local restaurants plus fine art viewing by local artists.

Admission is $10 per person and $5.00 for children 12 years & under. Free admission for active military with current ID. With admission, each festival goer will enjoy international food and sounds from around the world. Browse the cars of all types in the Car Show section. Bring the kids and let them enjoy face painting, rides, and plenty more from HEB Plus, YMCA, Home Depot, and Can Do Events. All proceeds go toward fine arts scholarship which will be awarded to graduating seniors planning to major or minor in cultural, visual or fine arts. This is an opportunity for the community to show their support and appreciation for local music and fine arts.

The VIP Tent is a separate, $40 admission for adults 21 and over with tastings of international wines, lagers and ales and a chance to write down their favorites. Make it a weekend getaway in Pearland – “A Perfect Pick”, go to for special, festival hotel rates and packages. With more than 50 acres, Independence Park provides plenty of space to spread a blanket to relax and enjoy the entertainment at two stages. Parking and shuttle service are free at the Sheryl Searcy Ninth Grade Center, First Baptist Church and Pearland High School Rig Parking lot.

The Pearland International Festival is an event brought to you by Pearland Cultural and Fine Arts, LLC (PCFA). PCFA is an organization whose purpose is to be charitable and educational and to promote public interest in the arts in Pearland and beyond.

Vendor Booth & Sponsorship opportunities available. For more information about the Pearland International Festival, visit or [email protected].  Call or Text Joshua at 832-496-2583.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]