The Pecan Street Festival is a FREE, bi-annual juried arts and crafts festival held on historic 6th Street in Austin, Texas every first weekend in May and every last weekend in September.
The show proudly features over 275 artisan vendors from all over the world who display and sell homemade art and craft work. Festival goers can find a variety of art mediums including paintings, sculpture, woodwork, mixed media, metalwork, photography, apparel, digital prints, glass art, stonework, pottery, knitting, ceramics, candles, fine art, one-off furniture, jewelry, home decor, leather goods, games, and other useful and whimsical household items. Like Austin itself, Pecan Street Festival attendees are diverse. Some come to buy art. Some come for the food, others for the music, but they all come to take part in a tradition that is 100% Austin and has been known for the last 30 +years as a great way to spend a weekend. The festival has been managed by Special Events Live since 2006.
- Over 60+ local and national musicians provide entertainment on various stages.
- Over 30 food vendors can be found throughout the Festival grounds, offering up a variety of delicious options for everyone to enjoy.
- The Festival is great for families and offers everything from interactive workshops for kids, to a petting zoo, face painting, magicians, and festival-inspired rides.
GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY:
As their gift to the community, the Old Pecan Street Association selects several local non-profit organizations to benefit from proceeds for each Festival. Over the years, OPSA has partnered with multiple non-profits and city-based beneficiaries alike, including the East Austin Conservancy, Austin Boxer Rescue, Livestrong, HAAM, Austin Community Foundation, Cancer Connection, Habitat for Humanity, Bowie Lax, Austin Inter-Religious Ministries, Knights of Columbus, Austin Fire Department, APD SWAT, Austin Green Network, the University of Texas, H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People Everywhere), Carver Museum, MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center), Austin Parks and Recreation, Austin Blues Society, the Central Presbyterian Church, the Climate Project, and many more.
Sixth Street. Austin, Texas. Sixth Street is the heart of Austin’s live entertainment scene and the self-proclaimed Live Music Capital of the World. It is lined with numerous historical houses and commercial buildings dating from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. The storied old buildings now house numerous bars, a host of live entertainment venues, art galleries, casual cafes and upscale restaurants.
WHY IT IS CALLED PECAN STREET FESTIVAL:
When Edwin Waller first laid out the street plan for Austin, the north-south streets were given the names of Texas rivers in the order in which they appeared on the Texas map. While Waller had recommended numbers for the east-west streets, they were instead given the names of trees. Later on, numbers replaced the tree-named streets and what had been Pecan Street became today’s 6th Street. The Old Pecan Street Spring and Fall Festivals honor the original name of the street.