We hope you’re not festivaled out from ACL or Diez y Seis celebrations last weekend, because this weekend Pecan Street Festival hits downtown. This free festival happens twice a year on Sixth Street, and the past few have brought an excellent selection of Latin bands from Austin. This fall’s festival is no exception.
The fest takes place on Saturday and Sunday, but it’s Sunday at the main stage that we’re most excited about: Huerta Culture (noon), El Tule (1 p.m.), Son de Rey (2 p.m.) and Maneja Beto (3 p.m.) will bring the cumbias to keep you dancing for hours. New additions to the Austin scene Suns of Orpheus are sure to impress with their Brazilian pop and funk stylings when they play at 4 p.m. Meanwhile, soulful singer and NBC’s The Voice star Nakia will wow you with his charisma and pipes when he headlines the main stage at 6 p.m.
Celebrating local arts, crafts, business and music, Pecan Street Festival will feature more than 600 artisans and performing artists this weekend. You can buy handmade art from all kinds of vendors, like Ladislao Loera, whose Frenzy Art company sells Dia de los Muertos-inspired clothing, stationary and prints.
Personally, we’re stoked to see Maneja Beto return to Austin. They don’t play often (like two or three times a year), so catch them when you get the chance. Below is a video of the indie-en-español quintet performing their classic song “Cumbia de las bombas” last year at the Mohawk.