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Austin’s Pecan Street Festival Deemed an Official Heritage Event

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Years ago, Austin’s famous Sixth Street was called Pecan Street, and now, the aptly named Pecan Street Festival takes over the downtown area surrounding the famous street twice a year to honor the Sixth Street Historic District. KXAN reports that this year, the City of Austin officially named May 6, 2017 “Pecan Street Festival Day” and gave the festival the honor of being designated as a “Heritage Event.”

The Pecan Street Festival currently brings around 250,000 people downtown biannually in the spring and fall, but the festivities had more humble beginnings. The Old Pecan Street Association started the festival in the 1970s to help fund and raise awareness of their efforts to revitalize the numerous abandoned buildings downtown while maintaining the historical attributes of the area.

This past weekend, people of all ages came to visit art vendors, watch live music on multiple stages, take part in children’s workshops and grab grub from well-known food trucks. Like they say on their Facebook page, “Bring the family, bring the dog, love Austin, love Art.”

If you missed out on the festivities this season, check back on the Pecan Street Festival official website to find out the dates for the Fall.