Here is some history of the Annual Texas Bamboo Festivals...
The Bamboo Festival concept was conceived by the late Herb Hillery, Texas Bamboo Society driving force and co-founder. The festival serves as the annual fund raising event for the Texas Bamboo Society. Proceeds are used to foster interest in bamboo, provide research, information and support for bamboo artists and to bring new varieties to the multi-state region represented by the Texas Bamboo Society. Many thanks to all the members and vendors who work together to help fulfill the mission of the society.
The 1st Annual Texas Bamboo Festival was held in 1993.
2nd Texas Bamboo Festival 1994 - featured speaker: Tom Wood, World Bamboo Traveler, Kendall Kelsoe Sensei, Martial Arts Dojo
3rd Texas Bamboo Festival 1995 - featured speaker: Daphne Lewis, Bamboo on the Farm, Kendall Kelsoe Sensei, Martial Arts Dojo
4th Texas Bamboo Festival 1996 - featured speaker: Doug and Martha Lingen, Bamboosmiths, Kendall Kelsoe Sensei, Martial Arts Dojo
5th Texas Bamboo Festival 1997 - featured speaker: Nancy Moore Bess, Japanese Bamboo Crafts, Kendall Kelsoe Sensei, Martial Arts Dojo
6th Texas Bamboo Festival 1998- featured speaker: Bob Gow, Using Yucatan Bamboo
7th Texas Bamboo Festival 1999 - featured speaker: Tony Poncik, Bamboo Horticulture
8th Texas Bamboo Festival 2000 - featured speaker: Adam Turtle, "Bamboo: Dispelling Myths and Exploring Possibilities"
9th Texas Bamboo Festival 2001 - featured speaker: Cal Hashimoto, Bamboo Artist: "Show of Cal's Works With Bamboo"
10th Texas Bamboo Festival 2002 -"Let's Build a Star Cage Workshop" conducted by Akio Hizume; Gale Beth Goldberg, Author of Bamboo Style; "Bamboo Propagation and Care" How to get your Bamboo off to a Good Start!", Kinder Chambers; "Bamboo and Straw Bale" Slide Presentation by Frank Meyer, Thangmaker Construction; Bamboo as an Arts and Craft Material, "Living and Working with Bamboo", Mark Meckes; Bamboo Plant Evaluation Research Project Update, Steve Muzos; Bamboo Paper Making Demonstration, Tear it Up by Ann Heinrichs. Read more about the 10th bamboo festival here...
11th Texas Bamboo Festival 2003 - Special Guests - Durnford Dart, Martin Espino read more about it here
12th Texas Bamboo Festival 2004 - Special Guests - Gib Cooper, John Nelson read about it here
2005 Texas Bamboo Festival, Mercer Arboretum, Humble, Texas - Special Guest, Dr. Mike Hotchkiss
2005 Austin Bamboo Festival August 2005 read about it here
14th Annual Texas Bamboo Festival read about it here - featured speaker: Darrel DeBoer, Bamboo Architecture Around the World
First Annual Southeast Texas Bamboo Festival read about it here
The 15th Annual Texas Bamboo Festival, 2007 at Zilker Botanical Garden, Austin, Texas. Featured speakers: Greg Kono, Harry Simmons, Jinji Willingham, Judith Bussey, Dr. Molly Ogorzaly, Steve Muzos, Music by Jose Albornoz of the Wayanay Inka. read details here
The 2nd SE Texas Bamboo Festival was held at the Buu Mon Buddhist Temple, Port Arthur, TX on Saturday and Sunday Oct. 27-28, 2007.
The 16th Annual Texas Bamboo Festival, 2008 at Zilker Botanical Garden, Austin, Texas. Featured speakers: Robin McBride Scott, Steve Muzos, John Nelson. read details here
The 17th Annual Texas Bamboo Festival, 2009, at Zilker Botanical Garden, Austin, TX - Featured speakers: Ian Connor, Harry Simmons, Jinji Willingham, Judith Bussey. read details here
The 18th Annual Texas Bamboo Festival, 2010, at Zilker Botanical Garden Oak Grove, Austin, TX - Featured Presenters: Matthew English, Mike Jones, Jack Farrell, David Glover, Texas Dragon/Lion Dance Team read details here
The 19th Annual Texas Bamboo Festival, 2011, Zilker Botanical Garden, Austin, TX - Featured Presenters: Charissa Brock, Lynn Luukinen, Jack Farrell, Mulitcultural Artist Partnership, The Weavers and Spinners Society of Austin read details here
The 20th Annual Texas Bamboo Festival was combined with the Annual Meeting of the American Bamboo Society and was held at the Wyndham Garden Hotel, Austin, Texas - read details here
The 21st Annual Texas Bamboo Festival - September 14-15, 2013 was held at Zilker Botanical Garden, Austin, Texas Read about Festival 21. Here are some festival pictures
The 22nd Annual Texas Bamboo Festival - September 19-20, 2015 Read about TBS Bamboo festival 22
The 23rd Annual Texas Bamboo Festival - August 13-14, 2016 Read about TBS Bamboo festival 23
The 24rd Annual Texas Bamboo Festival - September 16-17, 2017 Read about TBS Bamboo festival 24
The 25rd Annual Texas Bamboo Festival - September 15-16, 2018 Read about TBS Bamboo festival 25
To participate in the Annual Texas Bamboo Festival as a presenter, vendor of bamboo related items, or to display your bamboo memorabilia: Call (512)929-9565 or (254)593-4012 or email