If you want a taste of the “old Austin”, “keeping it weird” vibe of yesteryear, you’re sure to find it at Eeyore’s Birthday Party. This celebration highlights Austin’s lovably odd, free-spirit culture at this iconic spring event. Saturday, Apr. 29 marks the 54th annual party for this famous Winnie the Pooh character. Everyone’s invited to gather at Pease Park for the free, day-long event from 11 a.m. until dark with the children’s area open from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Eeyore’s Birthday Party features games, face painting, henna and temporary tattoos, live music, and a magical drum circle that sends people dancing, singing, and shouting in a circle of pure happiness. There is live music scheduled from 12-6 p.m. along with a maypole and of course, a live donkey. Costumes are certainly encouraged. So rummage through the closet for those tutus, bikinis, fairy wings, hula hoops and flower crowns.

Eeyore’s Birthday Party is also a fundraiser to benefit non-profit groups in Austin. Some of these groups will be selling food & drinks at the event.

Take note that things definitely get more wild as the day goes on. For those who have not attended before, this is NOT a Winnie the Pooh children’s party. You’ll definitely see all ages, all styles and a festival-style party atmosphere. For some great images from past events, and to get an idea of what to expect, click here.

Parking: There will be NO parking available at the park. Please take the bus, ride a bike, or walk! Parking is FREE at the state parking garage “E” and Garage “J” on Colorado and Lavaca Streets. Shuttle buses will pick you up and return you all day long beginning at 8:30 a.m.

What to Bring & Not to Bring: Bring costumes, non-amplified musical instruments, sunscreen, hats, etc. (and definitely an open mind ready to behold Austin’s hippie, creative festival spirit). Don’t bring bottles, cans, coolers or tents. And be sure to keep all dogs on leashes.

Also keep in mind that there is a City of Austin smoking ban in effect for all city parks. For more information and frequently asked questions, visit www.eeyores.org.

Have fun!