- May 7, 2014

District Days at Historic Downs Field


Forklift Danceworks and Austin’s African American Cultural Heritage District are proud to announce the premiere of Play Ball, the latest collaboration from Allison Orr and Forklift Danceworks. Play Ball will be presented in three nightly performances – two of which are free – as part of District Days at Downs Field, a citywide celebration of historic Downs Field May 9 – 11, 2014.

District Days at Downs Field will be a weekend-long festival full of events and activities to help raise funds for much needed repairs and upgrades to historic Downs Baseball Field. Located in East Austin, Downs Field was once home to the Negro Baseball League’s Austin Black Senators and has seen the likes of baseball greats Satchel Paige, Willie Wells, Buck O’Neil and Jackie Robinson.

Saturday, May 10th | 12 noon – 6 p.m.
Family Fun Day – FREE and OPEN to the PUBLIC
» Jump Houses
» Baseball Exhibition Game
» Bus and Bike Tours of the District
» Food, Drinks, Fun

12:15 – 1 p.m.
Exhibition Baseball Game with the Texas Playboys vs. Austin Greyhounds

1 – 5:30 p.m.| On the Concourse Stage
Performances by Serafia; Saint James Baptist Church Youth Choir; Da’Shade Moonbeam; Capoeira and Brazilian stick fighting demonstration, Ballet Afrique and others.

4 p.m. | FEATURED ACT: The Peterson Brothers

Saturday, May 10th & Sunday, May 11th | 7:30 p.m. 
Free Performances of Play Ball 

Play Ball is a celebration of baseball and the vital role that Downs Field has played in the rich baseball history of Austin and the nation. Featuring the Huston-Tillotson Rams baseball team performing choreography derived from the movement of baseball, Play Ball will be performed to an original musical score composed by Graham Reynolds, performed by a cast of notable Austin musicians, including Jazz vocalist Pam Hart and trumpet player Ephraim Owens. 

** Advance reservations are required for all performances of Play Ball. Make reservations for the free Saturday or Sunday night performances here. **

For more information, visit the event website or the Facebook event page.

Downs Field
2816 East 12th Street

Austin, TX 78702

Free Parking/Shuttles
Saturday and Sunday
12 noon – 10 p.m. | Givens Park, 3811 E 12th St
Overflow parking available at George Washington Carver Museum and
Cultural Center at 1165 Angelina St with shuttles.