A Free Festival With Food, Music, and Even Art

If you’re looking for food, music, or even art, and all at a single venue, look no further than the Pecan Street Festival (May 7-8).

The Pecan Street Festival is a free, biannual, thirty-three-year-old Austin tradition. Graphic by Mary Doerr

The Pecan Street Festival is a free, biannual arts and crafts festival happening in downtown Austin on 6th Street from Brazos to I-35. According to the website, “With more than 300 juried artists and original artisans, three stages of live music, a wide variety of ethnic and regional food, children’s workshops and more, the Pecan Street Festival has been a family tradition for thirty-three years. Festival-goers enjoy magicians, jugglers, comedians, dancers, international cuisine, carnival rides and thousands of beautiful people.”

According to the website, the Pecan Street Festival is the largest art festival in Central Texas.The festival, occurring on Saturday and Sunday, May 7th and 8th, features over 50 bands from Austin and the surrounding area playing as early as noon and as late as 9 p.m.

Official 2011 Graphic by Victor Tapu

The festival also hosts a wide range of vendors, selling everything from apparel to pet care to home décor. You can find a list of vendors, as well as a photo gallery and complete background of the festival, at the official event website:


The festival consistently donates some of its proceeds to local non-profit organizations. This year, the beneficiaries include Livestrong Foundation, Austin Blues Society, Knights of Columbus, and Oak Springs Elementary School.

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4 Responses to A Free Festival With Food, Music, and Even Art

  1. I completely forgot about this festival! I remember wanting to go last year, but I had to study for finals. I definitely plan on going this year. Thanks for the post!

  2. I went to this years ago for the first time and will always remember it as the time my mother bought an outfit for my dog from a local vendor. I love festivals like this because a lot of the vendors in Austin are extremely talented, and it’s nice to see what they’ve been making.

  3. Ambika Singh says:

    I love pecan street festival! i try to go every year at least once! is this a once a year event or does it happen a few times a year?

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