Two of the top reasons why I absolutely love living in the city of Austin are that it’s a community full of local flavors from unique individuals and that everyone is really supportive of each other’s efforts in both philanthropic organizations and small businesses. If you’ve ever wanted to take in the culture of Austin all in one centralized place, the bi-annual Pecan Street Festival is the perfect place to do it!
On the weekend of September 29 and 30, as many as 24 blocks worth of local artisans, food vendors and musicians will be lined up along Austin’s historical Sixth Street (formerly called Pecan Street, hence the festival’s name). The Pecan Street Festival is the largest art festival in Central Texas with over 300,000 visitors every time it’s held in the spring and fall seasons. The admission is free, but it still generates an amazing $43 million to give back to local philanthropists and merchants.
Not only is the festival free and open to everybody, it also offers something for every family member and for every personality. If you’re a foodie who loves good eats, then come for the numerous food vendors. From crepes to turkey legs to frozen margaritas, there’s something to excite every taste bud. If you’re all about discovering what’s the latest in the local music scene, then come for the music. The festival has three stages featuring all sorts of bands including this year’s headliners: Shel, Scorpion Child, Oh No Oh My and Mobley. If you’re into finding trinkets here and there, whether it’s for your home, a gift, or simply for practical uses, then come for the distinctive (and even exclusive) art. You can add to your collection of precious jewelry, sculptures, even pet care and much more. And don’t hesitate to bring kids – there are activities for them to participate in as well, such as carnival rides, face painting, a petting zoo and a “Kids Art Tent” by the craft store Michael’s that will be located at San Jacinto Boulevard.
And while you’re shopping around sampling everything, know that you’re giving back to the Austin community at the same time. The Pecan Street Merchants’ Association, the group of volunteer Sixth Street business owners who put on this event twice every year, will donate a part of proceeds to various non-profit organizations such as Austin Boxer Rescue, Austin Pets Alive! and the City of Austin.
So, come on out and get to know a Sixth Street experience very different from its nightlife – don’t hesitate to sample all that Austin has to offer you. Just remember to dress comfortably, take pictures and slather on some sunblock!
Saturday, September 29, 2012 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday, September 30, 2012 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sixth Street District