Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Two events this week could impact downtown traffic : Turkey Trot and Zilker Holiday Tree Lighting 2023


On Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23, runners, walkers and racers in wheelchairs will burn off some pre-meal calories at the ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot, benefiting Caritas of Austin. 

From 5 a.m. to 1 p.m., expect closures on the following roads:

  • South First Street between Barton Springs Road and Cesar Chavez Street
  • Colorado Street south of Fifth Street
  • Lavaca Street
  • West 15th Street
  • Enfield Road east of MoPac
  • Newfield Lane south of Enfield Road
  • The ramp to Enfield Road and the MoPac eastbound ramp to Cesar Chavez Street
  • West Cesar Chavez Street
  • West Riverside Drive (from South Lamar Boulevard to Barton Springs Road) 

Public transit is available to reach the starting area at Vic Mathias Shores — use the CapMetro Trip Planner to find your route. For those wishing to drive, free parking for the Turkey Trot is available — visit the event's website to find out the locations.

The lighting of the Zilker Holiday Tree – actually the 155-foot tall Zilker Park moontower decorated with 39 streamers containing a total of 3,309 lights – is an Austin tradition going back to 1967, when it was first lit by Mayor Pro Tem Emma Long. 

This year’s event takes place on Nov. 26, from 6-7 p.m. No road closures are anticipated, but traffic delays are likely. Carpooling or riding CapMetro is encouraged.

Parking is free at the Polo Field on the south side of Zilker Park or at the Stratford Rock area north of Barton Springs Road, but it is first-come first-served with no guarantee of availability.

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