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Weekend street closures for running and festing

Pecan Street Festival and Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure go back-to-back, plus puppies

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Pecan Street Festival
Pecan Street Festival via Facebook

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.

CONGRESS AVE

Between Riverside Dr. and Cesar Chavez

3am-12pm

SAN JACINTO BLVD.

Between 17th St and 11th St

16TH ST

Between Colorado St and San Jacinto Blvd

15TH ST

Between Lavaca St and Trinity

COLORADO ST

Between 15th St and 11th St

11TH ST

Between San Jacinto Blvd and Brazos

CONGRESS AVE

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.