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Memorial Day weekend: Street closures

Tri Cap Tex triathlon, UT graduation, and food will occupy central Austin

Leaving the daunting highway and air travel aside, Memorial Day weekend sees a few events that will complicate traffic inside the city as well.

Weekend festivities start early (naturally), with barbecue maestro Aaron Franklin’s Hot Luck Festival officially starting up Thursday—though only for those with big passes and other VIPs. A (very small) street closure for that event starts Friday, when the Hi How Are You? Backyard Barbecue starts up.

Hot Luck Festival

Thursday, May 23-Saturday, May 25

Branch Street will be closed between 11th Street and Juniper

University of Texas Commencement

UT graduates and their guests will keep small but usually busy areas around campus and the Frank Erwin Center blocked off for most of the weekend.

Friday, May 24, 6 a.m.-10 p.m., and Saturday, May 25, 6 a.m. to midnight

Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard from IH-35 southbound frontage to Trinity Street

Trinity Street from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to 18th Street

Red River Street (southbound only) from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to 15th Street

Red River Street from Robert Dedman Drive to

Southbound IH-35 from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to the IH35 Southbound Exit Ramp

Saturday, May 25, 7 a.m.-Sunday, May 26, 2 a.m.

University Avenue between MLK Blvd and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard West 20th Street

Saturday, May 25, 3:45 p.m.-midnight

West 21st Street from Whitis Avenue to Speedway

Life Time Tri Cap Tex

Friday, May 24, 6 a.m.-10 p.m., and Saturday, May 25, 6 a.m. to midnight

As is appropriate to a triathlon, this event has three different routes: one for running/walking, one for bicycling, and for swimming.

Closures north of Barton Springs Road and south of the lake are between Lee Barton Drive and South First Street.

Closures north of the lake along West Cesar Chavez Street and Veterans Drive are between Congress Avenue and Atlanta Street, just west of MoPac.