POP Cats, the feline-themed festival that debuted its cats + pop + art formula in Austin last year, will bring “cattitude” back to Central Texas the weekend of May 4-5, 2019 at the Palmer Events Center. The popular event draws cat lovers from all over Texas and is expected to host its biggest event to date in 2019, advancing its mission of providing feline education and advocacy through entertainment. POP Cats Austin will feature more cats, more interactive fun and an expanded schedule of educational programming – all celebrating the spirited connection of the cat community. Tickets for 2019 POP Cats are on sale now.
More than 80 exhibitors — with a full cat-alog of feline-themed art and wares — will showcase at POP Cats. Other interactive “cattractions” include cat playgrounds for kids and adults, onsite cat adoptions, “cattitude” costume contests for kids and adults, art workshop series, music, face painting, live painting, caricatures and a weekend full of Instagrammable moments.
This year’s POP Cats features Kitten Lady (Hannah Shaw), the popular kitten rescuer, humane educator, author, and unwavering animal advocate, in a headliner role. The event will also feature its first-ever host, celebrated cat advocate TrapKing (Sterling Davis.) Kitten Lady and TrapKing have both risen to fame through their hip, inspirational digital content that displays the importance of taking action in the community to improve the lives of our beloved feline friends. Their participation highlights the event’s advocacy and educational programming – a core component of its mission.
Eight feline-friendly Central Texas-area non-profit organizations, including Austin Animal Center, Austin Humane Society, Austin Street Cat Rescue, Bastrop Animal Rescue, Emancipet, Texas Humane Heroes, Shadow Cats, and Williamson County Regional Shelter, will participate in the event. POP Cats supports the participating organizations through a comprehensive series of initiatives, from donating partial funds from ticket and booth sales proceeds to providing them with a platform for cat adoptions, volunteer recruitment, volunteer appreciation, and education.