Race Day FAQs for Taste of East Austin Festival & 5K
The countdown is on for the 2019 Taste of East Austin Festival & 5K at Whisper Valley on Saturday, Sept. 28! Whether you’ve signed up to run the 5K or you’re just interested in hanging out during the festival, we’ve gathered important information to know before you go!
Whisper Valley Taste of East Austin Festival & 5K
Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019
5K Start Time: 9 a.m.
Festival Start Time: 10 a.m.
Festival End Time: 1 p.m.
When can I pick up my race packet and bib?
If you registered for the 5K before Sept. 21, you are eligible for early packet pickup on Friday, Sept. 27. You can come pick up your packet at the Whisper Valley Discovery Center, 9400 Petrichor Blvd. Whisper Valley, TX 78653, any time between 10 a.m.-6 p.m. You are also welcome to pick up your packet on race day beginning at 8 a.m.
If you registered for the 5K after Sept. 21, you can pick up your race packet and bib on the day of the race. We’ll have a separate line at the registration table for packet pickup, which begins at 8 a.m. on Sept. 28.
Can I still register for the 5K on the day of the event?
Yes! Runners will be able to register for the 5K on race day beginning at 8 a.m. Online registration is currently open through Friday, Sept. 27. Race-day registration tickets will be $35. The race will begin promptly at 9 a.m.
Where is Whisper Valley?
Whisper Valley is located just east of SH-130 along FM 973. The Discovery Center is located at 9400 Petrichor Blvd. Whisper Valley, TX 78653.
Where do I park?
Street parking will be the only parking available, and many areas will be coned off for the race route. Participants are encouraged to arrive early to allow plenty of time for parking.
What if it rains?
The Taste of East Austin 5K and Festival will happen rain or shine! In the event of severe weather, we will watch the forecast and push back the start time if needed. We will email participants as needed and also post updates on Whisper Valley’s social media pages.
What time does the festival start?
The Taste of East Austin Festival will begin immediately after the 5K at 10 a.m. with music, kids activities, raffle prizes, local vendors and plenty of delicious food and beverages. Admission to the festival is free! There will be food and drinks available for purchase. The event ends at 1 p.m.
What will be at the festival?
We are ready for a family-friendly time at the Taste of East Austin festival! In addition to music, we’ll have a face painter, petting zoo, food trucks, raffle prizes, cooking class demonstration inside the Discovery Center, and local vendors and businesses like Breezy Acres Farm, Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative and Camp Gladiator.
Festival attendees will also have the opportunity to tour model homes in Whisper Valley for the chance to win additional raffle prizes. You do not have to be present to win!
Portions of proceeds from our 5K registrations will benefit Central Texas Food Bank, which serves 21 counties across Central Texas.
Thank you so much to our sponsors, CC Carlton, Corridor Title, WLE, LandDev Consulting, Service First Mortgage, Cornerstone Home Lending and Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative, for helping make the 2019 Taste of East Austin Festival & 5K possible!