Austin might be known as a dog-friendly city, but we love our cats, too. So much so that the POP Cats convention comes back to town in May with plenty of promised feline fun.
So what exactly does a cat convention entail? Well, to start, there will be cat playgrounds for both kids and adults, costume contests, music, face painting, on-site cat adoptions and more than 80 vendors selling cat-themed art and wares. The two-day event will also have a couple of cat-related celebrities giving talks: Kitten Lady and TrapKing.
Kitten Lady — whose real name is Hannah Shaw — is a popular kitten rescuer, humane educator, author and animal advocate who will speak at POP Cats in a headlining role. Plus, beloved cat advocate TrapKing — also known as Sterling Davis — will return, after being the event's first-ever host. Their involvement, delivering inspirational messages about our feline friends, highlights that the conference is more than just a chance to cuddle a bunch of cats. (But oh, there's that, too.)
Eight cat-related nonprofits in the Austin area will participate, including Austin Animal Center, Emancipet, Shadow Cats and Texas Humane Heroes. A portion of the proceeds from ticket and booth sales at the event will be donated to each of them.
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This year's POP Cats runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 4 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 5 at the Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd. One-day passes are $15 for adults, $10 for children. Want a whole weekend surrounded by cats? A weekend pass is $30 for adults, $20 for children. Some of the weekend’s events and workshops, including the meet-and-greet sessions with Kitten Lady, require separate tickets for admission. Grab your tickets at popcats.org.