Austinites love nothing more than a long holiday weekend, and who can blame them? There’s something for everyone, whether it’s food, entertainment, the outdoors, music, or dogs. Lots of dogs. Whatever your particular brand of fun is, here’s a list of things to do in Austin to make your Memorial Day weekend unforgettable.
It’s gonna get blazing hot in Austin, so take advantage of the relatively cooler temps (no seriously — at this point, 90 degrees is “cooler”) by spending the long weekend outside! Go tubing in San Marcos, take a hike at one of Austin’s many beautiful trails like Inks Lake or McKinney Falls, or venture a little bit outside the city to Krause Springs.
Wanna get adventurous? Celebrate Memorial Day at Zip Lost Pines Memorial Day Splash and Bash. Food, art, games, water slides, snow cones and zipping through McKinney Roughs. Um … sounds like a dream.
Finally, Whole Foods’ Yoga on the Terrace starts on May 29. It’s the perfect way to finish out the holiday weekend and decompress (not to mention the mochi ice cream bar downstairs).
See a Show
Austin is home to some serious entertainment, and Memorial Day weekend will be no exception. If you’re in the mood for a classic movie, you’re in luck: Bonnie and Clyde is screening at the Paramount Theater on Sunday, May 28 as part of the Classic Film Series. Also check out Ferris Bueller’s Day Off or the Grease Sing Along at the Blue Starlite Drive In (perfect for breaking in your car, btw).
If you’re more in the mood for live entertainment, get all your lolz out during stand-up comedy night at Coldtowne Theater.
Go to the Flea Market
Support local businesses and artists AND get something unique for your family, friends or yourself. From jewelry, to original artwork, the Austin Flea has pretty much anything you’re looking for — and that no one else will have. All items are local, handmade and/or vintage. Get your Christmas gifts now (and keep some treasures for yourself — we won’t tell).
A holiday weekend is the perfect excuse to go HAM on Austin food. Check out some newly opened spots like Kula Sushi, Veggie Heaven and The Halal Guys.
Or do a food trailer tour and hit up both old standbys and new faves like Torchy’s, Gourdoughs, Veracruz, La Barbecue, Wholly Cow, Hey Cupcake!, the South Austin Trailer Park and Eatery and more.
OR just stick to the basics and feast at Kerbey Lane, Magnolia Cafe, Rudy’s, 24 Diner, Polvo’s, Hopdoddy or Homeslice.
If you’re feeling truly bold, check out the end-of-season crawfish cookoff at Moontower, which boasts 250 lbs of crawfish.
Does all this sound like too much for you? Do it the analog way: Rent some bikes, pack yourselves a smorgasbord of food, and have a picnic in Zilker Park.
Visit the Music Festival Exhibition
If you’re a music and music history buff, don’t miss Common Ground: The Music Festival Experience at The Bob Bullock Museum. This awesome exhibition takes a look at the history of the music festival and is curated by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.
However you choose to spend the holiday weekend, just remember, y’all: Memorial Day kicks off what’s known as 100 deadliest days for teen drivers. Be safe behind the wheel, don’t let your friends distract you on the road, and don’t even think about texting and driving. Have fun!