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Austinites naturally want to spend time exploring and experiencing downtown’s incredible diversity of public spaces, parks and businesses. We bring people together in the city’s center through creative activations and signature events that reflect the culture of Austin.

Our signature events anchor the event calendar downtown. From yoga in Republic Square to our annual holiday stroll, Austin’s birthday bash to art festivals, there’s always something going on.

Annual Downtown Holiday Stroll

We kick off the holiday season every year by hosting the Downtown Holiday Stroll where thousands of Austinites gather to celebrate the holidays downtown. The stroll is accompanied by live music, carol singing, an artisan market, local food, performances and much more—including the downtown tree lighting. Join us this year to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Downtown Holiday Stroll on December 7.

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Future of Downtown

Future of Downtown is a true celebration of The Downtown You Will Always Love. The event highlights the findings from our annual State of Downtown economic development report. In addition to insights on economic trends, we report on progress towards the community’s vision for the future of downtown through compelling speakers and hands-on activations featuring local artists and the latest technology.

Austin's Birthday Bash

On August 1, 1839, Austin's first plots of land were auctioned off under what we now call the Auction Oaks in present-day Republic Square. In 2018, we celebrated Austin's birthday by throwing a fabulous, fun, family-friendly party. We'll bring back this event annually to celebrate the past, present and future of our great city.

Republic Square

Republic Square is an important gathering place in the heart of downtown Austin. Having recently undergone an entire renovation, Republic Square is the home of events and activations as well as a green space in the city where you can find respite and relaxation.

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