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Join our 10th Annual Pop-Up Picnic at Waterloo Park!

AUSTIN, TX – February 22, 2022 – Waterloo Greenway announces the return of its signature Pop-Up Picnic fundraiser on Saturday, April 9 from 6:00-10:00 p.m., supporting its year-round free public programming.

In this special decade anniversary, Austin’s favorite community picnic will be celebrated for the first time ever at the newly reopened 11-acre Waterloo Park. All are invited to mix and mingle with neighbors, listen to music, and enjoy a wonderful family-friendly evening benefiting Waterloo Greenway Conservancy.

Chefs from many of Austin’s most beloved restaurants will curate picnic basket dinners for two, starting at $100 per basket. Participating restaurants include: 68 Degrees/La Traviata, Antonelli’s Cheese Shop, Easy Tiger, Franklin Barbecue, Hildee’s Texas Dine-Inn, Home Slice Pizza, Lucy’s Fried Chicken, MML Hospitality, Uchiba, and more to be announced. All proceeds from basket sales will benefit the Conservancy to keep Waterloo Park beautiful and activated with free, family-friendly, cultural programming throughout the year. 

Pop-Up Picnic baskets go on sale March 7 at 10 a.m. at along with a limited number of free Bring Your Own Picnic Tickets for those who would like to attend the event and pack their own spread. Purchase raffle tickets online in advance for a chance to win exciting prizes.

Waterloo Greenway’s 10th Anniversary Pop-Up Picnic will celebrate its vision for a boundless urban park system in the heart of downtown Austin. This year’s event will be double the size of previous years with an estimated 2,000 picnic participants. The annual event has been previously held at Palm Park and celebrates its return this year after being postponed due to COVID-19 in 2020 and 2021.

“Pop-Up Picnic is such a fun way to support this amazing, growing park system. And in the newly reopened Waterloo Park, this year’s will be our best yet. More room for more friends and neighbors to come together, spread blankets on the Great Lawn, enjoy delights from Austin’s favorite restaurants and watch the sun set over Waller Creek,” said Picnic Co-Chair Lauren Moorman.

A special thank you to 2022 Pop-Up Picnic Chairs: Julie Blakeslee, John Spong, Lauren Smith Ford, Elaine Garza, Caroline Haley, Lauren Moorman, and Courtney Trucksess.

Pop-Up Picnic is presented by PNC Bank, with support from DEN Property Group, DLA Piper, H-E-B, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, and The Modern by Urbanspace. For more information on sponsorship opportunities and ways to support Waterloo Greenway, contact Brendan Bujold at

Per current Austin public health guidelines, masks are required at all times for Waterloo Park attendees, regardless of vaccination status, except while actively eating or drinking. Waterloo Greenway will follow all state and local COVID-19 health and safety guidelines.