April 28, 2012
(Rain Date: May 5, 2012)
11am - Dusk Children's Area - 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Live Music - 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Admission - Free
Austin, Texas has been celebrating Eeyore's birthday (Winnie the Pooh's perpetually depressed donkey friend) each year since 1963. According to legend, the original gathering was a spring picnic and party at Eastwoods Park organized by UT students and/or faculty in the English Department.
The celebration eventually took on a life of its own, developing into a major annual hippie gathering and relocating to its current location at Pease Park.
[Note: Parking for the event is pretty much non-existent. You'll need to walk, bike, bus, cartwheel, or parachute in. Possible shuttle bus information is included on the festival's website .]
Eeyore's party is still known for its hippie flavor, although there are now events geared more toward family-friendly activities (sack races, egg tosses, face painting, temporary tattoos, costume contests, etc.)
The drum circles are pretty cool and one of the elements for which the festival is well known. Other elements include a hybrid Eeyore-Statue of Liberty, a Maypole, and lots of fun and freaky attire and costumes.
Featured 2012 live music acts were not announced at the time of this writing - be sure to check the Eeyore's Birthday site itself for the latest info .
Accoustic musicians are always encouraged to bring their own instruments to the festival.
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Video courtesy of Rusty Screw Productions .
Map - Pease Park
1100 Kingsbury ST
Austin, Texas 78705