2011 Pecan Street Festival in Austin, Texas – May 7th and 8th

Just a friendly reminder that everyone’s favorite Austin family event on 6th street is coming back on May 7th and 8th, 2011. The Pecan Street Festival is full of live music, carnival style street food (think turkey legs, funnel cakes, alligator on a stick, and kettle corn), and many local artists showing off their wares. Going strong for 33 years, the Pecan Street Festival (which carries the old name for 6th Street) is an Austin tradition and institution.

So, what’s good at the Pecan Street Festival? As far as the music goes, one of my favorite local bands, Brownout! will be playing on Sunday May 8th @ 6PM. They play drum and horn driven 70’s soul / breakbeat music with a Latin flare. Even if you aren’t familiar with Brownout!, know their alter ego, the popular Austin salsa / cumbia band Groupo Fantasma (most of guys are in both bands).

Food wise, in addition to the tasty (and super greasy) treats I mentioned above, Austin food favorite Torchy’s tacos will be on hand as a solid option. It’s most likely going to be a hot Texas weekend during the festival, so make sure to bring plenty of water.

I’m not much of a shopper myself, but there will also be plenty of stuff to buy at the festival, with over 100 vendors selling everything from arts and crafts, to jewelery, candles, clothes, and more.

If you want to escape from the crowds, there are a couple of cool vantage points to take in the festival from. The photo above (which is in the book Austin, Texas: A Photographic Portrait) was taken from Maggie Mae’s rooftop patio, which is a nice breezy spot away from the busy streets below (if they are open). If you cant get into Maggie’s, the Iron Cactus upstairs patio is a nice place to people watch as the thousands of Austin festival goers pass by below.

For more information on the Pecan Street Festival, visit their official site or follow them on Twitter @pecanstreetfest.