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We would love to see you at the museum, but if you can't make it just yet, you can still explore William Sydney Porter's life in Austin! 

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It's that time again. Join us for the 46th Annual O. Henry Museum Pun-Off World Championships!

Saturday, May 13, 2023 - 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM

The Austin Parks and Recreation Department’s Brush Square Museums, in collaboration with the Brush Square Museums Foundation, presents the 46th Annual O. Henry Museum Pun-Off World Championships on May 13, 2023, 11am-6pm at Hilton Austin.

The O. Henry Museum Pun-Off World Championships is an internationally renowned spoken word competition focused on the art of the pun.  

Usually held behind the O. Henry Museum, this year it will temporarily be hosted courtesy of Hilton Austin, located at 500 E 4th St., while Brush Square is under renovation.

Punsters are excited to return to the event’s traditional springtime date of the day before Mother’s Day. For the last few years, the event has been held in October due to scheduling issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. To express our excitement about returning to the traditional date, this year’s theme will be “Spring for Words!”


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