Fest, 5k and costumed runners, walkers celebrate keeping Austin weird

Participants in last year's Keep Austin Weird 5K ran in costume. (KXAN File Photo)
Participants in last year's Keep Austin Weird 5K ran in costume. (KXAN File Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The annual Keep Austin Weird Festival and 5k was back Saturday for a 15th year. The annual festival celebrates the spirit of the city and brings people together with food, music, costumes and a 5k marathon  been dubbed “the slowest 5k you’ll ever run.”

KXAN asked attendees what they’re doing to keep Austin weird. A few of their answers:

  • “I just do whatever I want. I like that you can just be yourself and be weird if you want to be weird.”
  • “I think just being my weird self, doing my own self — not afraid to be me.”

The celebration started at 4 p.m. with a festival on Riverside Drive between Auditorium Shores and The Long Center for the Performing Arts. Participants were encouraged to come in costumes and enjoy live local music, armadillo races, bat spitting contest, Willie Nelson braid station, mini pedicab races and more.

The 5k started after the fest with costumed revelers walking or running.

Attendance at the festival was free, while tickets for the 5K were $35. But $1 of every ticket sold was donated to the Central Texas Food Bank.


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