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Tyson Gillard | 05.20.2018

On Saturday, May 19, Outdoor Project kicked off their summer block party festival series in Austin, Texas. Austin came out in full force to support, connect, and get inspired for the summer adventures. 

Fifteen vendors attended the block party and engaged with the Austin community in an authentic way, enjoying the ability to connect with the community as well as share their culture. The vendors brought the party! KEEN inspired folks to contact their congressional representatives using their onsite phone booth, and Patagonia educated folks on their new Action Works program. Lower Colorado River Association Parks challenged folks with their archery course, and Kammok brought their incredible hammocks for folks to enjoy while drinking a cold brew and listening to music. Crux Climbing Gym encouraged participants to make their way around their bouldering table, and trust us it wasn't easy! This event brings together such an amazing community, and the vendors hosted plenty of games and challenges that kept the energy high and the laughter roaring throughout the day.

Thanks so much to our National Sponsor, KEEN, along with the following local sponsors:

The amazing Josh Klaus kicked off the dance party, and it was continued by the one and only Old Salt Union

The Block Party raised $973 for Explore Austin! 

Proceeds from our Stanley pint cup sales went to Explore Austin along with a percentage of beer sales from Hops and Grain Brewing. Thank you to everyone for the support toward Explore Austin. 

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for the warm welcome at our inaugural Austin, Texas, block party. This event wouldn't have been possible without our sponsors. We are looking forward to continuing the Block Party series this summer. 


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