It’s a longstanding tradition so beloved by local residents, we hold it twice a year: indeed, the Pecan Street Festival is back with its annual fall edition, taking over a considerable portion of 6th Street (which used to be named Pecan Street, alongside other tree-themed roads downtown that later became numbered). The family-friendly festival offers live music, food & drink, and craft booths galore the weekend of September 28-29, keeping with the city’s spirit of living the locavore’s lifestyle. Enjoy some (hopefully) cool fall weather and tasty treats in the heart of town and discover locally-made gems you might otherwise have missed.
The Fall Pecan Street Festival, 6th Street between Brazos St and IH35
Saturday, Sept 28 (11 am – 10 pm) & Sunday, Sept 29 (11 am – 8 pm)
It’s been called “the happiest 5K on earth” for good reason: it’s impossible to take oneself too seriously, even in the heat of competition, when covered in powdered technicolor paint. The color run phenomenon sweeping the nation was arguably started by none other than The Color Run itself. Although several similar events are rolling through town this fall, September 14 marks the first in the unofficial series of fun runs. Show your true colors and paint the town — not to mention yourself — red, green, pink, blue and any other hue you can think of while pumping up that heart rate and benefiting a few worthy charities in the process. Runner waves begin at 8 am. Registration is available online.
The Color Run, Travis County Expo Center, 7311 Decker Lane
Saturday, September 14: runner waves begin at 8 am
Tickets: $45 individual or $40 per team member
Some might argue that if you haven’t yet experienced food served right out of a trailer somewhere in Austin, you haven’t experienced Austin, period. If the sheer volume of choices has you wondering where to start, worry no more: on the last Tuesday of every month, Trailer Food Tuesdays takes over the lawn at the Long Center overlooking Town Lake in what can only be described as a food truck extravaganza. Make a meal of epic proportions by trying a few different trailers at once, and boom: you’ve officially experienced Austin.
5-9 pm, Last Tuesday of Every Month
Admission is free; food prices vary by truck
for live music schedule and details
When the song says “The stars at night are big and bright deep in the heart of Texas,” it may as well be talking about the talent behind the longstanding lone star staple, Rodeo Austin, which kicks up its boots and sticks around for a few weeks every spring. This year, contemporary superstars like Alabama Shakes, Kip Moore, Eli Young Band and Josh Turner will share the country stage with the likes of legends Merle Haggard, The Charlie Daniels Band and even Three Dog Night. Of course, there’s the actual rodeo itself, too, with competitive events, horse shows and agricultural exhibitions galore. And what would a good state fair & rodeo be without a cold beer and some funnel cake? Enjoy some of the finest down-home entertainment the Lone Star State has to offer at the Travis County Expo Center.
The Star of Texas Fair & Rodeo (aka “Rodeo Austin”)
Friday March 8, 2013 through Saturday, March 23, 2013; hours vary by day
Travis County Expo Center, 7311 Decker Lane
Admission is $5-8 per person
We can’t all be professional basketball players, football champions or even badminton badasses, but if there’s one thing that’s as much about luck as it is about skill, it’s Skee-ball. This arcade classic is being taken to the next level each Monday night for the next few weeks at Kung Fu Saloon, a laid-back bar in the heart of the Warehouse District downtown. “Brew Skee Ball Mondays,” as they’re called, pit players in a best-of-three tournament as they vie for a $50 bar tab. Feeling like a winner? Go back each week until the series ends in mid-December if you want to go down in history as a true “Skeelebrity.” Good luck!
Mondays at 8 pm through mid-December 2012
Kung Fu Saloon, 510 Rio Grande
Tickets: $5 at the door