Monday, September 26, 2011

Austin's 2011 Pecan Street Festival

The 2011 Pecan Street Festival has concluded, but come spring, like a flower in bloom, another will pop up in its place. For those who are new to the Austin area or who plan to visit, the festival is a free event on 6th Street that spans several city blocks from Interstate 35 to Brazos. During the festival Sixth is blocked off from traffic, making it similar to New Orleans' Bourbon Street during Mardi Gras – only family friendly.

 1. Sixth Street is the historic center of Austin where many of the buildings date back to as early as the 1800s. It's now the hub of Austin's music scene, playing a role in Austin's reputation as the "Live Music Capital of the World." 2. Austin Shrooms was one of my favorite booths at the Pecan Street Festival. I brought three red and white cap stems home with me.

Vendors are juried into the festival, so you can bet you'll find impressive goods rather than a bunch of crappy hemp jewelry like many other markets. I perused just about every tent this year and pulled contact info from my favorites. Think of this as your front row seat to the Pecan Street Festival without the parking hassle and blazing heat-stroke temperatures.

The Best of the 2011 Pecan Street Festival (as voted by me -- of course)
Ceramics -- Austin Shrooms

These weren't all of the amazing artists at the festival, but rather a small portion. So get ready for the next one, and you'll be ready to catch all the goodness too. :)

What to Bring to the Pecan Street Festival
A wide-brim hat 
Cold bottles of water
Your friendly dog 
An appetite for festival foods

1 comment:

  1. It looks like the weather has been as nice for you as it has been for us at the Revel in Shreveport. If only Austin were a little closer! I usually make a pit stop in Dallas for a trip to Austin.