Austin event news: Turkey Trot returns in person, Moontower Comedy Festival expanding

The Turkey Trot is returning in person after a virtual year. (Courtesy ThunderCloud Subs)
The Turkey Trot is returning in person after a virtual year. (Courtesy ThunderCloud Subs)

The Turkey Trot is returning in person after a virtual year. (Courtesy ThunderCloud Subs)

After the pandemic forced many iconic Austin events to be canceled or adapted to virtual settings, many are starting to get back to normal—both by bringing back in-person options and by expanding current offerings.

On Sept. 23, the ThunderCloud Turkey Trot announced it would offer a hybrid event this year, allowing people to return to in-person participation after operating entirely virtually in 2020.

On Sept. 24, Moontower Comedy Festival announced it would partner with Just for Laughs to offer a 10-day comedy event in April. This festival will be larger than past Moontowner Festivals have been.

Turkey Trot

Participants will be allowed to attend the 31st anniversary event in person. The organizers will work with Austin Public Health to establish safety protocols ahead of the Thanksgiving Day run.


There will be a virtual options for individuals to participate in, according to a press release from organizers.

All proceeds will go to Caritas of Austin.

“Caritas of Austin needs our support more than ever, to continue helping thousands of people to get off the streets, realize their full potential and contribute to our community,” said Mike Haggerty, co-owner of ThunderCloud and executive director of the trot in a press release.

Over the last 30 years, the event has raised $4.4 million for Caritas of Austin.

ThunderCloud has been a local sub shop since 1975 and has 29 Central Texas locations.

Registration starts at $10-$27.

Moontower Comedy Festival

Moontower Comedy Festival announced Sept. 24 that it would partner with Just for Laughs, a national comedy show organizer, to launch Moontower Just For Laughs Austin.

The event will take place in April at the Paramount Theatre and other local venues.

The festival will be extended from four to 10 days. The lineup has not been released.

The 2020 festival, which would have been the ninth annual event, was pushed back to 2021 and broken into smaller events throughout the year. The 2022 event will follow the more traditional format of a multiday event spread throughout several downtown venues, according to the press release.


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