Eeyore’s Birthday Party is one of those classic Austin events that helps reinforce the city’s “Keep Austin Weird” marketing slogan. Started in 1963, this enduring festival is a throwback to the hippy free-spirited culture from the 60’s.
It typically occurs on the last Saturday of April at Pease Park. There’s dancing, drum circles, food, music and a bunch of mostly young people, hanging out.
It’s a wonderful event for people watching and candid people photography. Go there with an unobtrusive camera with one lens, for the maximum photographic fun. Though I’ve lived in Austin for more than 25 years, it’s only the last five or so years that I’ve gone, coinciding with my rising interest in candids and street photography.
This maybe family friendly, especially earlier in the day, but it depends how comfortable you are about free-sprits and the occasional very skimpy outfit. I’m told that by late afternoon, things may become more colorful (but not dangerous) with more non-cigarette smoking. I often get there just after noon and stay for a few hours, depending on the weather. Keep in mind, despite the name, this is not a kids event. It’s just an excuse for young adults to let loose.
Don’t expect to find parking near Pease Park, it gets very crowded. There’s off site shuttle buses, which may work for you. Alternatively, I’ve parked at Whole Foods at 6th and Lamar, buy a drink, and walk to the park.
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