Your Essential Guide to Celebrating Memorial Day Weekend in Austin

Everyone celebrates Memorial Day differently, but one thing we all have in common is that this weekend is the perfect time to get together with friends and family. Whether that’s heading to an event, hosting backyard barbecue, camping and hiking, or — one of our faves — hitting the lake! There’s plenty to do around Austin, so here’s Memorial Day weekend done our way.

Barton Springs Pool

2201 William Barton Dr, Austin, TX 78746

Barton Springs is free for swimming all day on Monday, May 31 from 5 am – 10 pm. Make sure to get in line early so you can secure a spot!

Rent a Boat

3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

You don’t have to own a boat to have a lake day this weekend. There’s lots of ways to rent boats around town, and it’s honestly so much fun! You can head out to kick back and relax all day, or work on your wakeboarding skills, whatever floats your boat… sorry, we had to.

Picnic at Zilker

2207 Lou Neff Rd, Austin, TX 78746

Picnics are a great way to celebrate Memorial Day if you’re wanting something super fun that also doesn’t take as much planning. Zilker is one of the best places for a picnic; there’s room for games, all your furry friends are welcome, and there will probably be a DJ in the park — wouldn’t be Austin without it.

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Hot Luck Festival

May 26 – 29 @ Multiple Locations

Hot Luck Festival combines the best of food and music into one massive, legendary, spectacular event annually in Austin on Memorial Day Weekend. Featuring some of the best chefs from around the world and hottest local and national music acts across four days and multiple venues, Hot Luck is a great way to spend your weekend.

Memorial Day at Iron Wolf Ranch

101 Co Rd 409, Spicewood, TX 78669   |   Saturday, May 28 @ 11 am – 6 pm

Bring your pack and get your shop on! Join Iron Wolf Ranch & Distillery for a Sip & Shop Outdoor Market during their Memorial Day Weekend Celebration. Enjoy specialty cocktails, good eats from CraigO’s pizza, yard games, live music, and even a bounce house and water slide for the kiddos!

Memorial Day Crawfish Boil at Chisos Boots

3507 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704   |   Saturday, May 28 @ 1 – 5 pm

If hosting your own crawfish boil sounds like a lot of effort, Chisos Boots Company has you covered! There will be live music and dancing, a giant slip-n-slide, and plenty of food and drinks. The event also benefits the Texas Military Forces Museum, which keeps the stories of Texas Veterans alive.

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Memorial Day Weekend Rooftop Day Party

412 Congress Avenue #D, Austin, TX 78701  |  Saturday, May 28 @ 4 – 9 pm

Not only is Speakeasy one of the coolest entertainment venues around, but they are also having an all-day rooftop party over Memorial Day weekend. Enjoy music from the best DJs, hookah and bottle service, and a full bar. 


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