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Since 2018, Austin’s Birthday Bash has commemorated the anniversary of when the first lots of land were auctioned under the Auction Oaks in what is today Republic Square. The annual family-friendly event, held in August, is a community celebration featuring live music, creative arts, food and people that pay homage to the past, present and future of Austin.

We had a blast at the 2021 Birthday Bash and look forward to seeing you at next year’s event!

2021: A Socially-Distanced Celebration

The 2021 Birthday Bash featured a variety of entertainment, headlined by Grammy-award nominated singer, SaulPaul. The event served as the Austin debut of the Passion Flower, a functional art piece created by Edward Balassanian for the 2019 Burning Man music festival. In addition, local artist Niz live painted a mural, to the delight of attendees.

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2020: A Virtual Concert & Celebration

The public was invited to celebrate Austin quarantine-style with an at-home party filled with everything we love most about our city. Austinites were invited to play a part in the virtual event by submitting recorded birthday wishes. In true Austin fashion, the event showcased the city's top musical talent, with a virtual concert lineup curated by Jonathan "Chaka" Mahone of Riders Against the Storm (RAS) featuring Black Austin-based musicians. Participants could pick up "birthday party kits" and a picnic from Salt & Time.

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2019: Family-Friendly Fun

Austinites gathered at Republic Square to celebrate Austin's birthday with live music, great local food and treats. In addition, attendees enjoyed fun activities for the whole family.

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2018: Celebrating Our City, Together

We celebrated the grand re-opening of Republic Square and Austin's birthday with a free all-day, family-friendly celebration.

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Signature Events

The Downtown Alliance and its Foundation host signature events and activations that foster and capture downtown’s vibrant spirit.

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The Foundation’s mission is to ignite the potential of downtown—through art and creative spaces that capture the spirit of Austin—by and for everyone.

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The story of Austin through the lens of our historic squares and Congress Avenue. This project documents the stories of the people and places who shaped important civic spaces and offers an important historical perspective.

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