May Annual Events In Austin
Austin Psych Fest is a annual music event in April featuring psychedelic, garage and experimental music. Psych Fest is produced by the members of Austin band the Black Angels and presents both contemporary and classic psychedelic rock. One past favorite at the Austin Psych Fest has been legendary sixties musician and Austin native Roky Erickson of the 13th Floor Elevators. The event is held at Carson Creek Ranch and camping passes are available. The dates for the 2014 Austin Psych Fest are Friday May 2, Saturday May 3 and Sunday May 4, 2014.
The Cap 2K is an open water swim race and fundraiser that was formerly a fundraiser for Friends of Deep Eddy Pool. The Cap 2K annually takes place on a Sunday in May on Lady Bird Lake (formerly known as Town Lake), the section of the Colorado River that runs through the heart of Austin. This year the Cap 2K promotes clean water, water conservation, open water swimming and raises money to fight prostate cancer. The 2,000-meter race goes downstream from Red Bud Isle to the Texas Rowing Center near Austin High School and ends with an awards ceremony, picnic and celebration at Eilers Park adjacent to Deep Eddy Pool. First staged in 2003, the race averages 200 swimmers. It is illegal to swim in Lady Bird Lake without special permission from the City of Austin due to fluxuating currents from the dam release and lake traffic, so the Cap 2K is a rare opportunity to swim in Lady Bird Lake. During the Cap 2K the LCRA (Lower Colorado River Authority) will have the dam shut off and the current will be considerably less than usual. The date for the 2014 and 12th Annual Cap 2K Open Water Race and Pledge Swim is May 3, 2014.
Each May and June, tens of thousands of Austinites and visitors from all over the world make the two hour drive from Austin to converge at Quiet Valley Ranch in Kerrville for eighteen consecutive days of traditional folk, bluegrass, acoustic rock, blues, country, jazz, and Americana music. Founded by Rod Kennedy, the Kerrville Folk Festival has run annually since 1972 and is the longest continuously running music festival of its kind in North America. Many visitors camp at the ranch during the festival and almost all the staff are volunteers. One of the most unique aspects of the festival happens after the official shows when fans, volunteers and performers play music by the campfires, sometimes till dawn. The 2014 Kerville Folk Festival is scheduled for Thursday, May 22 through Sunday, June 8, 2014.
Taking place on a Saturday and Sunday in both the Spring (May) and the Fall (September) on East 6th Street in downtown Austin between Congress Avenue and IH-35, the Old Pecan Street Festival has been a family tradition event for more than thirty years featuring arts and crafts exhibitors, vendors, live music and multicultural performers in the middle of Sixth Street in downtown Austin. Admission is free. Artisans from all over the United States display and sell homemade arts and crafts at this juried arts and crafts festival. Local musicians provide entertainment on five stages. Sponsored by the Pecan Street Merchants Association, the Old Pecan Street Festival selects several local non-profit organizations each year to benefit from proceeds. The Old Pecan Street Festival is the largest art festival in Central Texas attracting more than 300,000 per event. Pecan Street refers to original name of Sixth Street. When the street plan for downtown Austin was first laid out, north-south streets were given the names of Texas rivers in the order in which they appeared on the Texas map and the east-west streets were given the names of native trees. Years later, numbers replaced the tree-named streets and what was Pecan Street became today's 6th Street. Admission to the Old Pecan Street Festival is free. The dates for the 2014 Spring Old Pecan Street Festival are Saturday, May 3 and and Saturday May 4, 2014. The dates for the 2014 Fall Old Pecan Street Festival are Saturday, September 27 and Sunday, September 28, 2014.