Events aim to raise money for the Movember campaign.
By Tom Hushen, photo courtesy of Movember Foundation
In a city that is as fascinated with facial hair as it is with tacos, it’s no surprise that November will be a busy month for Austin as it gears up for Movember. The organization called Movember is a nonprofit that raises awareness for prostate cancer. Men are encouraged to donate while growing out their mustaches for cancer research. Throughout the city, many local groups will host donation events to celebrate Movember and raise money for prostate cancer.
The Mustache Dache
One of the biggest events this Movember is the Mustache Dache, a 5K marathon at Camp Mabry. This event is directly sponsored by Movember and will be held Nov. 22 at 9 a.m. All participants receive a T-shirt and mustache finisher’s medal, plus access to the post-race festivities, with a photo booth, costume contest, food and plenty more. The goal of this marathon is not just to support the end of prostate cancer, but also to end testicular cancer and provide help for mental-health challenges as well. This 5K is a national event that will occur in other large cities as well.
For the second Movember in a row, on Nov. 23, Austin will be home to a cycling marathon by the group called Moustache Rides. Riders can choose from two routes: Mo Slow, a 15-mile neighborhood cruise, and Fast Stache, a 30-mile spirited road ride. Rides will depart Cycleast at noon and return for a post-ride party that will include facial-hair contests, a raffle and refreshments from Frank Restaurant and Circle Brewing. The $20 participant donation can be made at registration starting at 11 a.m., or online at mobro.co/moustacheridesatx.
Local favorite coffee house Jo’s Coffee will screen movies to help raise funds and awareness for Movember. The coffee shop will show films that showcase exceptional mustaches while also introducing their Stache Menu. Films The Cannonball Run and Anchorman will show Nov. 13 and Nov. 20, respectively. The new Stache Menu will consist of Frito pies, pulled-pork tacos, Shiner Bock and Shiner Blonde. You can catch these films at the Jo’s Coffee location on South Congress Avenue.
The League Kitchen and Tavern
If you are interested in a more festive event to celebrate your Movember, The League Kitchen and Tavern is waiting for you. As a celebration for the stache, they will be hosting a Prohibition inspired five course meal. Chef Louis Ciola III will be crafting the roaring 20s themed party. Attendees are encouraged to come with their best flapper dress or fedora. The event will also be featuring a live DJ set of the bygone era, as well as a list of vintage cocktails to pair with your meals. Tickets are $65 and the proceeds will be donated to the Movember foundation. You better hurry though, space is limited and a password will be required. For more information, you can check out their Movember page.