The O. Henry Pun-Off celebrated 40 years of crazy pun-and-fun last Saturday at Austin’s downtown O. Henry Museum. The Pun-Off has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and most recently in Smithsonian Magazine.
Thousands of hippies—old and young—celebrated Eeyore’s Birthday Party last weekend. This free outdoor event honoring Winnie-the-Pooh’s donkey friend started back in 1963 as a UT English Department picnic. Since 1974, the party has been held every year in Pease Park on the last Saturday of April or first Saturday of May (depending on the weather).
Almost two years ago, I first posted a blog entry about the City-Wide Garage Sale. At that time, I wrote, “A return visit is probably not in my future.” Well, I was wrong. Since then, I’ve returned several times to this big indoor yard sale over at the Palmer Events Center. I’ve never bought a single thing. But, it’s sure fun to look because you never know what might be there…
As you might have heard in the national news, the late musician, David Bowie, received a uniquely-Austin tribute this week. Sometime on Wednesday morning, downtown’s Bowie Street was mysteriously renamed to David Bowie Street. The changed sign hangs over Fifth Street near the Whole Foods headquarters building…and suspiciously near the South by Southwest offices.
The 38th annual O. Henry Pun-Off was held last Saturday in the backyard of the O. Henry House on Fifth Street. Every year the crowd seems larger, and I’m guessing that close to 1000 people watched this year’s event. A few even perched in the giant live oak trees that shade much of Brush Square.
Yesterday, Austinites gathered together to “embrace their weird” at the 11th annual Keep Austin Weird Fest. This festival combined some of Austin’s favorite pastimes: listening to live music, eating at food trailers, dressing up in costumes, doing a 5K race, and admiring the downtown skyline.
Ever since moving downtown, I have wondered about the City-Wide Garage Sale. How big is it? Who sells there? Is it all junk? Should I have sold my stuff there instead of holding a downsizing yard sale? So on Sunday afternoon, I decided to satisfy my curiosity and check out “Austin’s Favorite Vintage Flea Market.”