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Memorial Day 2019 in Austin: What to do and where to go

10 picks for the holiday weekend

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Editor's Note: The original version of this story map ran May 27, 2016. We've updated it with this year's Memorial Day events.

In addition to being time for reflection and remembrance, Memorial Day is usually considered the first summer holiday of the year. While we feel ambivalent about the onset of summer in these parts, we're definitely happy for the time, if not the temperature. We've rounded up a few places for enjoying and observing the holiday here.

Note: If you are out and about Monday, be sure to watch out for the athletes and spectators in the TriCapTex triathlon.

Finally, here are a couple of additional options, to be found on different maps.

Explore the city

Whether you're visiting for the first time or you just want to get outside, it should be a good weekend to see the River City. Our Austin City Map has 26 places to see, including historic neighborhoods, copious parks, and museums. We also have a guide for kid-centric fun.

Get out of town

We all need an escape from the city sometimes. Our small town guide has some lovely places near Austin (most of them) to visit.

Take a dip

Here's a map of swimming holes that are bound to refresh and enchant.

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A Round Rock Express game followed by fireworks kicks off the long weekend this year. Friday, May 24, 7:05 p.m. Tickets start at $7.

Enchanted Rock

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Although Enchanted Rock and the surrounding area are likely to be extra crowded on Memorial Day weekend, it might be worth planning ahead and leaving early (the park opens at 7:30 a.m.) for the chance to join a park ranger for a hike to the top. Saturday, May 25, and Sunday, May 26, 9:30 a.m.

Texas Military Forces Museum

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The Texas Military Forces Museum will present Close Assault: 1968, and exhibit and event focused on the Vietnam War, on Saturday and Sunday. The two-day program will feature members of the Texas Military Forces Living History Detachment exhibiting the uniform and equipment worn by the American soldiers during the conflict as well as the opportunity to witness firing demonstrations and watch an attack on a small bunker with an M113. The program, parking, and museum entry are all free. Saturday and Sunday, May 25 and 26. Shows at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m, museum open 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Barrel O' Fun

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Located at the kid-friendly daytime venue just inside the Alamo Drafthouse’s Mueller location, Saturday’s Barrel o’ Fun Bring the Sing Family Karaoke is what it sounds like: a free, all-ages karaoke party (that includes props and on-stage challenges for the willing, since it’s the Alamo). Children ages 13 and under must be accompanied by a parent. Saturday, May 25, 12-2 p.m.

The Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum

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To fulfill Johnson’s wish that the library be available to all, it offers free admission on Memorial Day. In addition to its permanent exhibitions, the museum and library present the 60-year retrospective Motown: The Sound of Young America. Monday, May 27, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

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Paramount Theatre

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The historic Congress Avenue theater’s long-running Summer Classic Film Series kicks off the weekend with an armful of beloved movies, starting with Casablanca on Thursday, May 23, and Saturday sees the first screening of this year’s family matinee summer series with The Wizard of Oz.

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Woodland Faerie Trail at Zilker Botanical Gardens

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The popular Woodland Faerie Trail—an annual, pro-am event created by Austinites big and small—opens Friday, May 24, and runs through the summer, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission price is included with Zilker Botanical Garden: $3 for non-Austin residents, $2 for residents, $1 for children and seniors.

Memorial Day Service at the Texas State Cemetery

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This annual Memorial Day Service will take place in the southwest section of the cemetery, known as “Republic Hill.” Monday, May 27, 10 a.m

“Fairground” Memorial Day Party

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“Fairground” is the punny name for downtown food hall Fareground’s annual Memorial Day party, which this year takes place Sunday. The family-friendly event features live music, lawn games, face painting, and pop-up shopping at Austin Flea, as well as picnic baskets ($45, vegetarian option available) and bottles of rosé ($20) for sale and general lawn lounging. Sunday, May 26, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

School’s Out Forever: Girls Rock Austin

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The righteous and mighty Girls Rock Austin’s camper and volunteer drive for its summer programs will be an all-ages live show featuring a Le Tigre cover band as well as Stretch Panic, Jackie Venson, Van Mary, and Blair Robbins of Ama. Sunday, May 26, 4 p.m.-6 p.m.

Dell Diamond

A Round Rock Express game followed by fireworks kicks off the long weekend this year. Friday, May 24, 7:05 p.m. Tickets start at $7.

Enchanted Rock

Although Enchanted Rock and the surrounding area are likely to be extra crowded on Memorial Day weekend, it might be worth planning ahead and leaving early (the park opens at 7:30 a.m.) for the chance to join a park ranger for a hike to the top. Saturday, May 25, and Sunday, May 26, 9:30 a.m.

Texas Military Forces Museum

The Texas Military Forces Museum will present Close Assault: 1968, and exhibit and event focused on the Vietnam War, on Saturday and Sunday. The two-day program will feature members of the Texas Military Forces Living History Detachment exhibiting the uniform and equipment worn by the American soldiers during the conflict as well as the opportunity to witness firing demonstrations and watch an attack on a small bunker with an M113. The program, parking, and museum entry are all free. Saturday and Sunday, May 25 and 26. Shows at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m, museum open 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Barrel O' Fun

Located at the kid-friendly daytime venue just inside the Alamo Drafthouse’s Mueller location, Saturday’s Barrel o’ Fun Bring the Sing Family Karaoke is what it sounds like: a free, all-ages karaoke party (that includes props and on-stage challenges for the willing, since it’s the Alamo). Children ages 13 and under must be accompanied by a parent. Saturday, May 25, 12-2 p.m.

The Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum

To fulfill Johnson’s wish that the library be available to all, it offers free admission on Memorial Day. In addition to its permanent exhibitions, the museum and library present the 60-year retrospective Motown: The Sound of Young America. Monday, May 27, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

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Paramount Theatre

The historic Congress Avenue theater’s long-running Summer Classic Film Series kicks off the weekend with an armful of beloved movies, starting with Casablanca on Thursday, May 23, and Saturday sees the first screening of this year’s family matinee summer series with The Wizard of Oz.

A post shared by CR (@chandlerrenfeldt) on

Woodland Faerie Trail at Zilker Botanical Gardens

The popular Woodland Faerie Trail—an annual, pro-am event created by Austinites big and small—opens Friday, May 24, and runs through the summer, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission price is included with Zilker Botanical Garden: $3 for non-Austin residents, $2 for residents, $1 for children and seniors.

Memorial Day Service at the Texas State Cemetery

This annual Memorial Day Service will take place in the southwest section of the cemetery, known as “Republic Hill.” Monday, May 27, 10 a.m

“Fairground” Memorial Day Party

“Fairground” is the punny name for downtown food hall Fareground’s annual Memorial Day party, which this year takes place Sunday. The family-friendly event features live music, lawn games, face painting, and pop-up shopping at Austin Flea, as well as picnic baskets ($45, vegetarian option available) and bottles of rosé ($20) for sale and general lawn lounging. Sunday, May 26, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

School’s Out Forever: Girls Rock Austin

The righteous and mighty Girls Rock Austin’s camper and volunteer drive for its summer programs will be an all-ages live show featuring a Le Tigre cover band as well as Stretch Panic, Jackie Venson, Van Mary, and Blair Robbins of Ama. Sunday, May 26, 4 p.m.-6 p.m.