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 25 – 28 @ 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.

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Paramount Classic Film Series

May 26 – 29 @ Paramount Theatre

This Memorial Day weekend, catch Casablanca, The Neverending Story, Heat, Jaws, or Cinema Paradiso as Paramount Theatre’s Classic Film Series kicks off for the summer!


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