Austin's Birthday Bash
A celebration of the founding of our city
The Downtown Austin Alliance Foundation will host the fourth annual Austin’s Birthday Bash on Saturday, August 7, 2021 from 5-10pm at Republic Square. The family-friendly event is a community celebration featuring live music, creative arts, food and people that pay homage to the past, present and future of Austin.
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. This year’s event will be in-person and enhanced health and safety protocols will be in place to allow for social distancing so that everyone can safely enjoy the annual outdoor celebration.
Kids of all ages who attend will receive free complimentary party favors to spark kids’ creativity, including coloring pages by artist Lakeem Wilson. Food and drink specials will be provided by Salt & Time Café, the farm-to-table casual all-day café located in Republic Square. Additionally, Texas Children’s Hospital will sponsor an Olympic Vignette photo station where guests can take pictures to create memories and share on social media.
This year’s Birthday Bash will also feature a variety of entertainment, headlined by Grammy-award nominated singer, SaulPaul. This event will kick off SaulPaul’s #BeTheChange summer tour, which will also feature the Austin debut of the Passion Flower, a functional art piece created by Edward Balassanian for the 2019 Burning Man music festival. In addition, Niz will be live painting a mural during the event.
SaulPaul, a Grammy-nominated musician with a message, is our event producer and headliner. In addition to mentions from NPR and Billboard, The New York Times wrote, “This is infectious hip hop that the whole family can enjoy.” SaulPaul is Austin proud. He is also a past winner of the prestigious Austin Under 40 Austinite of the Year award and has presented 3 TEDx talks, performed at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and been featured on America’s Got Talent. His life story of transitioning from tragedy to triumph has been told on screen in the documentary Tower to Tower and in his memoir, Be The Change.
Recognizing an inherent responsibility to give back, SaulPaul founded the SaulPaul Foundation. The SaulPaul Foundation is a launchpad for young people and a platform for community members to serve as community leaders through acts of kindness, volunteerism and philanthropy.
Most recently, SaulPaul founded Change Water, a socially conscious bottled water company that donates to the local community with each case of water sold. Change Water is available at finer Austin establishments including, Amy’s Ice Cream and SLAB BBQ.
Whether via art, entrepreneurship or community service, SaulPaul is committed to #BeTheChange.
The Passion Flower is a combination of kinetic, visual and auditory elements brought together in the form of an art car. Equipped with state-of-the-art electronic music technology, speakers and lighting, the Passion Flower is the perfect innovative and interactive experience and will serve as the stage for event headliner SaulPaul, as well as the other musical acts in our lineup. SaulPaul’s #BeTheChange Summer Tour is the first event to feature the AI-powered art car and mobile performance. The multimillion-dollar functional art piece was last seen at Burning Man in 2019. Equipped with visceral and visionary artificial intelligence, 360-degree sound and interactive lighting, Passion Flower will offer Birthday Bash attendees a brand new, multi-sensory experience of music.
Niz is a self taught street artist, originally from Lima, Peru. She specializes in large scale stencil murals and custom portraiture rooted in Latin American culture, skateboarding, hip hop and urban life. Proclaimed “The queen of stencil art” by The Austin American-Statesman, Niz has been painting murals in Austin for 12 years.
Her pieces are inspired by mythology, spirituality, elevated consciousness, music and activism. Niz’s work attempts to blend the organic free flow found in nature with the human experience to empower and elevate consciousness. Having lived in Austin for some time, there is also an emphasis on musical portraiture in her work. Niz is a proud member of Few And Far Women, the largest all-female graffiti crew in the world. We look forward to witnessing her in action during this year’s Birthday Bash.
Salt + Time
Enjoy a 10% discount on Salt + Time’s full menu during the Birthday Bash or take advantage of our event specials:
- $4 house made hot dogs
- $4 Firemans Light beer
Wine is also available for purchase.
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Getting There & Parking
Located at the convergence of Guadalupe Street, West 5th Street, San Antonio Street, and West 4th Street, Republic Square is a centrally located destination in the heart of downtown Austin. There are many options for getting to and from the square.
The closest MetroBike station is located near the intersection of W. 5th Street and Guadalupe Street, in the northeast corner of the square. If you ride your bicycle to the square, you will find bike racks near the main entrances to the square. Please dismount from your bicycle, scooter, or skateboard before you enter the square.
Republic Square is downtown Austin’s busiest transit stop, with many bus routes stopping at or within one block of the square. Taking the bus is a great choice for your next visit. Bus routes include: MetroRapid 801 and 803 and Local Routes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 17, 19, 20, 30 and more.
Metered street parking is available on the streets surrounding the square. Several surface and garage lots are also located within a couple blocks.