Enjoy your day off on Monday, May 28! Memorial Day is a great time to chat with the kids about the importance of the amazing men and women who provide service to our country. And it’s also a great occasion for some good old American fun — BBQs, picnics, swimming, baseball, etc. Here’s a round-up of Memorial Day weekend events in Austin, ideas for planning your own family play day and a list of special deals for military families!

–> Memorial Day Weekend Events Around Austin:

Memorial Day Tours @ Zip Lost Pines (Cedar Creek, TX)
Friday, May 25 – Monday, May 29, Tours at 10 a.m. & 2 p.m/
Zip Lost Pines offers a unique side-by-side zip line experience while taking in views of the lost pine forest, steep canyons and Colorado River valley.  Hang around for lawn games—Corn Hole, Giant Jenga, Bocce Ball, Horseshoes, Hanoi Tower—and feel free to BYO food and beverages! Click here for more info and to reserve your zip tour.

Close Assault: 1944 @ Camp Mabry
Saturday, May 26 & Sunday, May 27; Shows at 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. each day
This is a free, two-day event includes demonstrations and displays featuring tents, equipment and vehicles such as an M4 Sherman Tank, M3 Halftrack and Jeeps. Click here for more info. Free admission.

Go Outdoors: Catch & Release Pond & Kids Workshops @ Bass Pro Shops
Saturday, May 26 & Sunday, May 27, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Go fishing in a catch and release pond, make crafts, take part in a variety of free in-store workshops. Click here for more details.

Summit Hike @ Enchanted Rock (Fredricksburg, TX)
Saturday, May 26 & Sunday, May 27, 9:30 a.m.
Join a park ranger or Master Naturalist as we climb to the top of Enchanted Rock! Along the way, we’ll learn about the geology, history and biology of this special place. Meet at the Gazebo at the base of the Summit Trail. Entrance fee for the park is $7/person (children 12 and under are free); no additional fee for this program. MAX CAPACITY ALERT: The park is extremely busy during the weekends! Plan on arriving very early to get in the car line-up (park opens at 7:30 a.m.) if you want to attend this event.

Red, White and Blues on the Falls @ Cypress Falls Event Center (Wimberley, TX)
Saturday, May 26, 10:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
This annual event was created in 2016 as a way to create positive vibes in Wimberley on the anniversary of the 2015 floods. Come swim, float & relax on Cypress Creek while jamming out to live music with your family & friends! Admission is $21 for adults and only $1 for kids. Click here for more info and to get your tickets.

Heroes of the Galaxy Family Party @ Barrel O’ Fun
Saturday, May 26, 12-2 p.m.
Stop by this celebration of favorite heroes (and villains) from a galaxy far, far away. There will be themed crafts and activities, and welcome some special quests. Practice your galaxy-saving skills. This family-friendly event is free!

Woodland Faerie Trail @ Zilker Botanical Garden
Saturday, May 26 & Sunday, May 27, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
It’s opening weekend of the annual Woodland Faerie Trail. Take a stroll with the kids to view faerie homes and gardens created by Austin area gardeners, architects, artisans, businesses, clubs, families and school groups. It’s included with your General Admission — $3 for non-Austin residents, $2 for Austinites, $1 for children and seniors.

Memorial Day Weekend Pig Roast @ Duchman Family Winery (Driftwood, TX)
Sunday, May 27, 6:30 – 9 p.m.
Head down to Driftwood for the annual pig roast on the lawn of this family-friendly winery.  $25.00 per adult includes pig roast buffet ticket and one wine glass ticket. Children’s tickets also available for $10. Must purchase in advance online here.

Memorial Day Service @ Texas State Cemetery
Monday, May 28, 10 a.m
This annual Memorial Day Service will take place in the SW section of the cemetery, known as “Republic Hill.” The service honors all those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in service for our country.

Free AdmissionLBJ Library & Museum
Monday, May 28, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum will offer free admission to all guests visiting on Memorial Day. Austinites are invited to visit the museum’s interactive exhibits and watch compelling films about LBJ and Lady Bird.

Memorial Day Open Skate @ Playland Skate Center
Monday, May 28, 12 – 6 p.m.
Have some fun with the family roller skating in this classic, air-conditioned skate center. $8 per person.

Creative Action Presents: Mural Unveiling & BBQ @ Lott Pocket Park
Monday, May 28, 5-7 p.m.
See a colorful new mural designed by Color Squad, a Creative Action teen public arts collective! At the event, we’ll have BBQ from Micklethwait Craft Meats, live music by Cecil Lockwood, mural tours led by our teen artists, a splash pad, and art activities! The event is family-friendly and FREE.

Memorial Day Grease Sing-Along @ Blue Starlite Drive-In
Monday, May 28, doors 7:45 p.m., show 8:45 p.m.
Sing along with Sandy & Danny while watching this classic at the drive in. Click here for tickets and more info.

–> Want to plan a family outing this Memorial Day?
Here’s some helpful info to help you prep for a great family day.

aam2520sunday2520fun25205Special Memorial Day Deals for Military Families:

— Free Museum Admission through Blue Star Museum Program
The Blue Star Museums program offers FREE ADMISSION to more than 2000 museums across the country for military families from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Click here to view a list of local participating museums.

— Free Admission @ Schlitterbahn Waterpark
Members of the Military, Police, Firefighters and EMTs will be welcomed at every Schlitterbahn waterpark FREE starting on Memorial Day and continuing through June 3. They can bring their spouse and dependents for 50% off the gate price. Click here for details.

We hope you have a happy Memorial Day!