Now in its 40th year of operation, the Pecan Street Festival takes place Saturday and Sunday, September 23-24 from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. on historic Sixth Street in downtown Austin. The Pecan Street Festival is the largest and longest-running, of Texas’ arts/crafts and music festivals, drawing nearly 300 local and national arts, crafts and food vendors, 50 musical acts and a quarter-million attendees during the weekend.
It is also the only large-scale festival that can boast of free entry. Through its affiliated The Pecan Street Association non-profit, the festival gives back to the community via donations to local charity organizations and helps assist historical education and preservation of Pecan Street (aka Sixth St.).
Special guests being honored this fall are Austin legends Eddie Wilson, a godfather of Austin music and owner of Threadgill’s, and musician/author Jesse Sublett, who will be in attendance at the PSA booth at Sixth St. and Trinity from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday to sign copies of their new memoir, “Armadillo World Headquarters.”
The featured artist is up and coming local Eleanor Niz. Originally from Lima, Peru, she typically works on mural scale, fusing Meso-american magical realism with contemporary, hip-hop insight.
Also showing their wars are an array of over 20 new artisan vendors bringing festival-goers pottery, printmaking, pen and acrylic work, hand blown glass, jewelry, assemblage art and more.
Kids are invited to experience an upgraded, interactive petting zoo and carnival rides, with activities for kids of all ages like hula hoops, Jenga and bean bag toss.
Music highlights for the festival include headliners from Louisiana, Royal Teeth, and rising star and local blues guitar goddess, Jackie Venson, plus unique DJ-act Peligrosa. Other highlights from a sonically diverse line-up include shoe-gaze popsters Moving Panoramas, Kay Odyssey, a fast-rising female psychedelic rock band, Pat G, one of Austin’s best MC’s, Boca Abajo, an impressive rock-n-roots acts, Mean Jolene, Knifefight, Booher; Kiko Villamizar and more.