Shop Talented Artists Up and Down Sixth at the Pecan Street Festival

The Pecan Street Festival is back! The free two-day arts festival that’s held biannually in the historic Sixth Street district of downtown returns Saturday, May 6 – Sunday, May 7, 2023, to showcase artists of all types. 

The Pecan Street Festival usually takes place on the first weekend of May in the spring and the last weekend in September in the fall. Hundreds and hundreds of talented artists, both local and national, gravitate toward Sixth Street to exhibit their original works that vary from metal, wood, fiber, leather, clay, glass, stone, and recycled materials of all types.

But not only is it the perfect showcase for top artists, it’s a weekend of food, fun, congregation, music, and family activity to celebrate fall in Austin.

In total, nearly 50 local music acts will perform, 30-plus food vendors will be present, and kid-friendly activities such as street magicians, petting zoos, carnival rides, and face painting is there to promote family fun. 

Now, if you’re looking for the same vibes as Eeyore’s Birthday Party, you might be disappointed. But if you’re looking for a damn good street festival with a ton to offer every walk of life then this is the one for you. 

Attendees are diverse and that’s the best part. Do you want to buy some art and stuff your face with a funnel cake? You can do that. Want to keep the wallet in your pocket, that’s fine too. It’s free and you can simply come to walk around and enjoy the weather and listen to live music from local up and coming artists. We personally love grabbing ourselves a fresh-squeezed lemonade and heading over to Trinity Street to listen to the latest local act. 

For nearly three decades, Austinites have been able to enjoy this iconic festival twice a year and 2023 is primed to be the best one yet. It has been managed and run by Special Events Live since 2006. So come on out to Sixth Street this weekend and enjoy a beautiful weekend supporting local artists, musicians, food vendors and more with your friends, family, self, dog, or random strangers you met on Rainey last weekend. 

Will we see you there? Sure hope so! 

About the Pecan Street Association

Per their website, The Pecan Street Association (“PSA”) is a not-for-profit 501 (C)-4 group of volunteer business owners, professionals, artists and concerned citizens dedicated to advancing and preserving the integrity of the important, historic and unique area known as the Sixth Street Historic District.

In 1978, the Pecan Street Festival was started and included local food and art vendors along with bands from the surrounding area, establishing a community event for cultural preservation and creativity. Due to the festival’s positive turnout, the celebration became a biannual spring and fall tradition, honoring 6th Street’s original name, Pecan Street.

The event is well-attended by people from all over Austin and Central Texas, generating an economic impact of over $40 million. It is the largest arts festival in Texas, and one of the largest arts and music festivals in the nation!


Featured Image Credit: Pecan Street Festival

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