Created and Presented by The Old Pecan Street Association, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit
Pecan Street Festival
11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 3
11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 4
The Pecan Street Festival, one of Central Texas’ oldest and most popular events, is a free two-day arts festival held each spring and fall in downtown Austin’s charming Sixth Street Historic District, a National Register of Historic Places site. On the first weekend of May and the last weekend of September, the street fills with hundreds of local and national artisans offering handcrafted creations in all sorts of two- and three-dimensional media. More than 60 of Austin’s finest musical acts bring three stages to life, and family-friendly activities from street magicians to a petting zoo delight both adults and children. Thirty food vendors provide both healthy and indulgent choices, often supported by and benefiting charitable partners.
Created in 1978 by the Old Pecan Street Association, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit, the festival raises funds for many area nonprofits. It attracts up to 200,000 residents and tourists per weekend and has an estimated economic impact of $43 million.
Pecan Street Festival’s spring 2014 sponsors will offer an array of fun and engaging activities, from product samples, to merchandise and chances to inspect the latest gadgets. Festivalgoers can visit the Star Motorcycles display to check out Yamaha’s new Bolt and compete in the Bolt Build Off Challenge (fastest bike builder receives an awesome prize). Dannon Oikos Greek Yogurt will be on hand providing free samples; or stop by State Farm, Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers and AT&T U-Verse booths to win prizes or coupons.
The Pecan Street Festival earned fifth place in an Austin Business Journal tally of the city’s largest festivals. Read the story here.
Check out a festival video here.
In The Community
In 2013, the association distributed nearly $20,000 in donations to the following nonprofit organizations: the Austin Fire Department, Capital Area Food Bank of Texas, the East Austin Conservancy, Hospice Austin and Meals on Wheels.
2014 spring festival participants include Austin Boxer Rescue, Austin Animal Center, Round Rock Sertoma (on behalf of Dell Children’s Medical Center and the Ronald McDonald House), Capital Area Food Bank of Texas, Leadership Austin and Mobile Loaves & Fishes.