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Memorial Day Weekend 2022

May 25, 2022
Memorial Day Weekend

Happy Memorial Day Weekend, everyone! A special thank you to our veterans and active members of the military for your service to our country.

After searching high and low, we found some exciting ways for you to celebrate your Memorial Day weekend in downtown Austin. Whether you want to squeeze in lots of quality time with family or spend a night on the town with friends, we have you covered. Get ready for some fun exploring our great city!

Take a Tour on Lady Bird Lake

Stay cool, move your body and learn something new by taking a standup paddleboard tour with Austin Rowing Center. Their tours focus on the landmarks and architectural marvels of downtown, Austin’s bats, or Barton Springs. Learn more and book a tour!

Listen to Some Live Music

There is always so much wonderful live music playing downtown in the Live Music Capital of the World, so we thought it would be best to list out this weekend’s lineups for you to choose from! Austin also has a couple of multi-day events for you to enjoy this Memorial Day weekend, including the Austin Live Music Revival! and Hot Luck celebrating live food and music.


Emay Holmes at Punch Bowl Social – 4:30pm
Strand of Oaks at Antone’s – 8pm
Dog Beach Rebels and Cheeba McIntyre at Flamingo Cantina – 9pm
Mamahawk, Caelin, Kind Keith at Swan Dive – 9pm
Tacos, Cervezas y Soda Stereo at Vaquero Taquero – 9pm
Front Line Assembly at Elysium Austin – 9pm
Gimme Gimme Disco: ABBA Inspired Dance Party at Empire – 9pm
Alix Perez at The Venue ATX – 9pm
Birthday Suit at Maggie Mae’s – 9pm
p!nkstar at Punch Bowl Social – 9pm
El Sonido De House: Latin & Afro Beats at Cedar Street Courtyard – 10pm
Venson and Friends at Geraldine’s Austin – 10pm


STS9 / Sunsquabi / Golden Dawn Arkestra / Kaelin Ellis at Long Center – 3:30pm
Rooftop Day Party: Memorial Wknd at Speakeasy – 4pm
Cam Cole at Antone’s – 6pm
Christine Renner, Ruthie Craft, Pearl Z at Swan Dive – 9pm
Hekler at the Venue ATX – 9pm
Fidel Nadal, Son Rompe Pera, Mono Verde Collective at Flamingo Cantina – 9pm
Bulldog Bullies, Wild Tinderbox, Hollow Skulls at Valhalla – 9pm
Joe Marcinek Band with George Porter Jr at Antone’s – 9pm
La Leyenda y Los Cadetes De Linares De Homero III at Mala Vida – 9pm
Blues in the Night at Maggie Mae’s – 9pm
An Intimate Evening with Mark Burgess of Chameleons at Elysium – 9:30pm
Jo James at Geraldine’s – 10pm


Javier Soliz Band at Punch Bowl Social – 12pm
Cam Cole at Antone’s – 5:30pm
Batty Jr, Goth Dad, The Juniper Berries, DJ Doggy Style at Swan Dive – 6pm
NOAHFINNCE w/ Sophie Powers at Empire Control Room – 7pm
Soul Sunday: Memorial Weekend at Speakeasy – 7:30pm

Take a Mural Tour

We have curated a downtown mural tour that is perfect for a fun morning or afternoon walk or short bike trip. Learn more about the local mural artists and the stories behind some of your favorite public art pieces with the help of our map.

Celebrate Maifest

The annual Scholz/Saengerrrunde Maifest returns to Scholz on May 28 and they are rolling out the barrels! Gather your crew to blend Texas flare with German tradition at your new favorite event. Maifest includes a stein holding competition, more than 40 German and local beers, a vendor market, souvenirs, bowling and live music by Lorelei and Schatzi, Austin Polka Band, Austin Saengerrunde Choir and Terry Cavanagh’s Alpine Express. Hurry in, the first 200 guests receive a souvenir Scholz stein.

Watch a New Film 

Throw it back to the times of drive-in theaters and enjoy a film with the skyline as your backdrop. This weekend, the Blue Starlite Drive-In Theater is showing Top Gun: Maverick, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Everything Everywhere All at Once, Risky Business and Men.

Violet Crown Cinemas on 2nd Street features independent films, documentaries, international films, and studio films. They are featuring Top Gun: Maverick all throughout the long weekend. Enjoy snacks or a pizza with your popcorn and don’t forget you get four hours of free parking validation with your ticket purchase.

The Paramount is kicking off its Summer Classic Film Series, just in time for the holiday weekend with showings of Casablanca, Singing in the Rain and Goodfellas. Take an afternoon to take in the ambiance of the most stunning historic theater in all of Austin.

Take in Some Culture

There is no shortage of places to go downtown for an enriching experience. Enjoy art in numerous forms and mediums at the Blanton Museum of Art on the University of Texas campus, the Mexic-Arte Museum with free admission and tours on Sundays, or the The Contemporary Austin’s Jones Center.

For the history buffs out there, you can tour the State Capitol and find out more about Texas, its history, and the building’s art and architecture. On a nice day, the grounds make the perfect spot for a picnic. The Capitol is open on Monday and has materials available for self-guided tours. The Capitol Visitors Center even has a replica made of LEGO bricks of the 1888 Statehouse.

Shop Local 

Plaza de Roses Shop the Block returns to the 600 Block of Congress on Saturday and Sunday with Wild About Music, Hideout Coffeehouse and Theater, Royal Blue Grocery and Jo Koen & Son’s Jeweler and several vendors. Enjoy a variety of unique artisan vendors and delicious food options with an awesome lineup of music including Aaron Navarro, The Side Saddles and Jaime Varela.

If you’re looking for a quirky toy store, a gift for yourself or anyone else, new shoes, or even some cool furniture, you can find just what you’re looking for on 2nd Street while supporting a local business! If you get hungry or thirsty on your stroll down 2nd Street, there is a myriad of restaurants and watering holes to choose from. Check out the 2nd Street District’s business directory to learn more about all the great options.


Whether you want to settle into a comfy chair at a theater or take a float on Lady Bird Lake, there is always something fun to do downtown! If you’re planning your route downtown or are looking for parking options, check out our transportation guide, Getting Around. We hope you have a safe, fun Memorial Day and that you enjoy your long weekend!

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