The Pecan Street Festival coming up the Saturday and Sunday requires only one small street closure, but in terms of tradition, it’s a big one.
The street festival is one of the largest and longest-running arts/crafts and music festivals in the nation (and possibly the longest-running one in Austin). In 1977, long before Austin became Festival City, a group of Sixth Street business owners volunteered to start the fest, establishing a community event for cultural preservation and creativity (and also to reclaim the street from a bit of blight and decay). The fest was a smash, and it became a biannual spring and fall tradition that honored Pecan Street, Sixth Street’s original name.
This year’s fall festival will no doubt attract thousands, as it usually does, to the downtown area. Here, courtesy of the Downtown Austin Alliance, are the street closures for the event—followed by a handy map.
Pecan Street Festival
Saturday, Sept. 23, 3 a.m., until Sunday, Sept. 24, midnight
East Sixth Street will be closed between Brazos Street and IH-35.
San Jacinto Boulevard and Trinity, Neches, Red River, and Sabine streets will be closed between East Fifth and East Seventh streets.
Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
On Sunday, the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure will draw thousands of participants downtown, causing some road brief closures.
Sunday, Sept. 24, 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., the following streets will be closed. Note that part of Congress Avenue will be closed from 3 a.m. to noon.
Between Riverside Dr. and Cesar Chavez
SAN JACINTO BLVD.
Between 17th St and 11th St
Between Colorado St and San Jacinto Blvd
Between Lavaca St and Trinity
Between 15th St and 11th St
Between San Jacinto Blvd and Brazos
Between 11th St and Cesar Chavez
13TH AND 14TH ST
Between Lavaca and Colorado
Puppy Mill Awareness Day, Texas
Finally, there is this good-hearted, unobtrusive event that will close East 17th Street between San Jacinto Boulevard and Trinity Street from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.