Enjoy Austin history and entertainment for all ages
AUSTIN, TX - With a reflection on the past and a look forward to the future, the East 12th Street Merchants Association invites the public to the 4th Annual Return and Discover Festival from 11am to 4pm on Saturday, November 16th, 2019. The intersection of 12th and Chicon will turn into a bustling hub of activity as the Mission Possible parking lot is transformed into a center of entertainment for everyone of all ages.
The 4th Annual Return and Discover Festival will kick off at the Eastside Community Church, where festival goers will have an opportunity to view the powerful Reflections on a Legacy documentary and enjoy a robust panel discussion of the proud history and stories rooted in the evolution of the 12th Street corridor. Remarks by Mayor Steve Adler will get the celebration started followed by music of local favorites like CJ Edwards and the Funk Fellowship, V3, Tee-Jay Hill and the Armadillo Road, Riders Against the Storm and others kicking off at 12 noon.
Carnival games and a petting zoo for kids and adults will also be a feature of the event. So, get your pitching arm ready as festival go-ers will have the opportunity to take their skills to the parking lot and try their luck a dunking booth with surprise guests!
Festival activities will stretch beyond the intersection of 12th and Chicon. The East 12th Business District, which includes the East 12th Street corridor from I-35 to Airport Blvd, is filled with merchants and businesses who will be opening their doors for visitors and offering specials throughout the afternoon. Make sure to pick up your East 12th Street Scavenger Hunt map to explore the district and potentially take-home exciting prizes.
The East 12th Street Merchants Association began in 2017, through support from the City of Austin’s Economic Development Department Souly Austin program, with the formation of the East 12th Street Business District. The partnership is highlighted in successes like the production of the Reflection on a Legacy Documentary and the annual Return and Discover Festival. This year, the festival returns with additional support from Clean Cause and Austin Revitalization Authority.
The Return and Discover Festival was initiated by the East 12th Street Merchants Association, with funding provided from the City of Austin Economic Development Department’s Souly Austin program working as a collaborative partner for the last four years.
Don’t miss your opportunity to be a part of the continued legacy of East 12th Street! See you at 12th and Chicon! For festival details, please visit: https://bit.ly/32hWw0K
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