1 It helps support autism research. Elephants for Autism was started by Jerry Ryan, inspired by his son who is on the spectrum. Now in its seventh year, the festival raises money for different charities supporting people with autism. This year’s proceeds will go to MUZIQUE, a program that focuses on music therapy. Normally a multi-day festival, this year’s show will be condensed to one day, held from 10 a.m. to midnight, Saturday, May 19.
2 Music takes center stage. Elephants for Autism is primarily a music festival, with three different stages — two rotating outdoor stages and one indoor stage — jam-packed with local music acts. Performers include Malcolm Tent, Bosom Band, Midnight-Khalid Quesada, Jessica Graae, Valentina Janie, the Arato Brothers and more. Check out a full schedule on the Elephants for Autism Facebook page.
3 You can enjoy food and drink specials. As always, the Watering Hole will offer food and drink specials throughout the day during the Elephants for Autism festival. So far, the venue will offer $2 Rolling Rock drafts and $5 appetizers, though it’s likely more will be announced day-of.
4 More entertainment is on the docket. While the main focus of the festival is the music, magician Jeff Kempton will also be there to entertain through the day. Kempton has more than a decade of experience performing illusions, and specializes in close-up magic. Expect surprises, mind-bending ticks and a lot of audience interaction with Kempton on the scene.