Here are the top 15 things to do in Austin for Memorial Day weekend
Don't let El Niño get you down! Here are our top event picks for this Memorial Day weekend. Check out our calendar for a full list of happenings.
Mix 94.7 presents Tapas & Tequila
Who doesn't love tequila? Enjoy a spread of specialty tequilas along with great bites from Austin-area restaurants at this annual event at Brazos Hall. Tickets range from $45-$65.
Thursday, May 21 at 7 pm
Austin Shakespeare presents The Taming of the Shrew
This is the last weekend to catch the free production of the Shakespeare comedy at the Zilker Hillside Theatre. This version places The Taming of the Shrew in Austin during the 1890s — cowboys included. Bring a picnic dinner to eat while you watch the classic story unfold.
Thursday, May 21 through Sunday, May 24 at 8 pm
Austin Sketch Fest
Catch the tail-end of the sixth annual Austin Sketch Fest, showcases more than 40 comedy acts. The festivities take place at ColdTowne Theater and Spider House Ballroom, with prices anywhere from $5-$15.
Thursday, May 21 through Sunday, May 24
Friday, May 22 at 8 pm and Saturday, May 23 at 2 pm and 8 pm
Blackout 2015: It All Started with a Beat
Where did hip-hop start? Revisit the beginning of this musical genre at this special showing at the Stateside at the Paramount. There is a $10 general admission fee; seniors and children under 12 will be charged $5.
Friday, May 22 at 7 pm
Austin Bakes for Nepal
Austin Bakes is hosting a citywide fundraiser for the victims of the recent Nepal earthquakes. Stop by any of the nine locations (the list can be found here) and snag some sweets for a good cause.
Saturday, May 23 at 10 am
Fork & Vine presents a Pig Roast & Cider Tasting
Party on the Fork & Vine patio with a splendid pig roast and tastings from local cideries like Austin Eastciders, Texas Keeper No. 1 and Argus Cidery. Tickets are $45 each.
Saturday, May 23 at 2 pm
Attendance Records Pop-up Shop
Attendance Records is hosting a special pop-up shop at Studium to showcase the work of its students. Attendance Records is an organization that nurtures arts and creativity in local youth. At the pop-up, enjoy performances from Lizzie Buckley and Chase Weinacht as well as drink specials at The Brew and Brew. Admission is free.
Saturday, May 23 at 7 pm
Brewskee-Ball National Championship
This weekend of Skee-Ball at Full Circle Bar doubles as a festival with cornhole, snow cones, music, movies and food. The best part? Admission is free!
Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24 at 2 pm
The Scottish Rite Theater presents Ashes, Ashes
This is your last chance to see Ashes, Ashes, a steampunk adventure in a mysterious, futuristic world. Admission is $12 for adults and $8 for children ages 12 and under.
Saturday, May 23 at 11 am and Sunday, May 24 at 2 pm
Fusebox Festival presents Traffic Jam
Traffic Jam is an interactive concert with a wide variety of vehicles, from bicycles to trucks. Horns, radios, sound systems and innovative choreography are just a taste of what you'll experience at the Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-in. Audience participation (like honking!) is encouraged.
Sunday, May 24 at 6:30 pm
Austin Civic Orchestra presents Pops Greatest Hits
Experience movie soundtrack hits live during this special concert from the Austin Civic Orchestra. We're talking music from Lord of the Rings, James Bond, Jurassic Park, Star Wars and more. In celebration of Memorial Day, military families get in for free. General admission is just $5-$6.
Sunday, May 24 at 3 pm
Hops & Grain Brewery presents Brews for Better Lives
The local brewery is working with Whole Planet Foundation for a special beer tapping party to raise money for the organization's worldwide work. Enjoy live music, outdoor games, great food and more. Tickets are $25.
Sunday, May 24 at noon
Austin Area Jazz Festival
Catch amazing performances from tons of jazz and R&B stars, including Ledisi, Will Downing, Tortilla Factory and more at Austin360 Amphitheater. Admission ranges from $30-$75.
Sunday, May 24 at noon
The ABGB presents a Memorial Day Cookout
Celebrate Memorial Day in true American fashion with a cookout. Wear your cutoffs, play some cornhole, indulge in bratwursts, drink beer, and listen to live music from Crooks and Anthony Ray Wright.
Monday, May 25 at noon