- November 5, 2014

2014 Veterans Day Events & Freebies in Austin


On Tuesday, November 11, 2014 we celebrate the men and women who have served our country, past and present. Starting this weekend, there will be several parades and ceremonies in and around Austin to honor members of our military, as well as promotional Veterans Day offers, from free meals to free museum visits.

Close Assault at Camp Mabry Saturday, November 8 and Sunday, November 9

Remember the true meaning of Veterans Day with this stirring look back at World War II. Close Assault 1944 honors the service and sacrifice of America’s veterans by focusing on the history of the 36th Infantry Division of the Texas Army National Guard during World War II. The free program, now in its eighth year, features members of the Texas Military Forces Living History Detachment exhibiting the uniform and equipment worn by the American GI in the European Theater of the Second World War, as well as those of his German opponent. In addition, the two-day event will provide guests the opportunity to witness firing demonstrations of the most famous U.S. and German small arms of World War II, as well as see everything from tents and radio equipment to GI baseball gloves and mess kits and operational vehicles such as an M4 Sherman Tank, M3 Halftrack and Jeeps.

The event will take place rain or shine and bleachers will be available for seating. Souvenirs and concessions will be available. Show times are at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. both days. The 45,000 square-foot Texas Military Forces Museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the weekend and on Veterans Day as well. Both the program and admission to the museum are free.

Camp Mabry is open to the public and adults will need to show a valid photo ID such as a driver’s license or a military ID to come on post.

Veterans Day Parade in Downtown Austin  Tuesday, November 11 at 9:30 a.m. 

The 61st Annual Veterans Day Parade to honor our nation’s members of the armed services will begin at the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge at 9:30 a.m., after a flyover, and continue to the Capitol building. The Del Valle High School Band will perform and the Memorial Ceremony will begin at 11:00 a.m. on the south steps of the Capitol. This year, honor the sacrifice and service of veterans of the Gulf Wars with a tribute to all World War II Veterans, on this 70th anniversary of D-Day. See the program here.

Veterans Day Parade and Event (Cedar Park)Saturday, November 8, 2014, from 9:30 a.m. – noon

Come honor our veterans and show your patriotic pride at Cedar Park’s Veterans Memorial Ceremony and Parade. Please bring blankets or lawn chairs, as seating is limited. For more information, call 512-401-5500. Veterans Memorial Park, 2525 W. New Hope Dr., Cedar Park, TX 78613.

Veterans Day Car Show (Bastrop)November 7-9, 2014  

Join car enthusiasts in Bastrop, The Most Historic Small Town in Texas, for the 9th Annual Veterans Weekend Car Show. On Saturday, November 8 at 11 a.m., there will be a Veterans March and Tribute Ceremony, honoring veterans of all branches of service past and present. Downtown Bastrop.

Veterans Day Parade (San Marcos)Saturday, November 8, from 8:30 a.m. – noon. 

Free breakfast at 8:30 a.m., kids’ bike brigade, performances, and a main parade. Downtown San Marcos.

Veterans Day Ceremony (Pflugerville)Tuesday, November 11, from 11 a.m. – noon.  Fallen Warrior Memorial, Pfluger Park, 515 City Park Road, Pflugerville.

More Events for Veterans:

Adaptive Outdoor Sports Expo!Thursday, November 6 and Friday, November 7

Join the City of Austin for a Veterans Day celebration to raise awareness about Austin-area adaptive outdoor recreation, including rock climbing, fly fishing, paddle and trail sports. The Expo will feature an adventure sports presentation by Gene Rodgers on November 6 from 5-7pm at Camacho Activity Center. On November 7 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Expo will hold a Capital Area Food Bank Drive and host over twenty vendor booths at Fiesta Gardens (2101 Jesse E. Segovia St.). The first 50 people to bring two canned goods will receive a swag bag of donated goodies!

For more information about the Adaptive Outdoor Sports Expo, please call Sandra Heath at 512-974-3922.

Bring Your Veteran to Storytime at Laura’s Library Tuesday, November 11 at 10:30 a.m.

Join Ms. Kristi for a very special storytime at Laura’s Library. You and your preschooler (ages 3-5) are encouraged to bring a loved one who has served, or is serving in the military, to storytime. Together, you will celebrate their service and sacrifice by making a scrapbook page as a way to memorialize their legacy.

Veterans Appreciation Pot-Luck and Show and Tell at TechShopTuesday, November 11, from 6-8 p.m. 

Whether you are a member or not, TechShop in Round Rock welcomes all to bring their family and friends out for an evening of inspiration! Light snacks and appetizers will be provided. (Veterans may also be interested in applying for a free one-year membership and $350 of training at TechShop.)

Free Admission for Veterans:

Austin Aquarium Tuesday, November 11, from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. All veterans (active and inactive) get in free! 13530 N HWY 183 #101, Austin.

LBJ Presidential LibraryTuesday, November 11. Active military always receive free admission. On Veterans Day, admission is free for everyone! 2313 Red River Street, Austin.

Umlauf Sculpture Garden & MuseumTuesday, November 11. Veterans get in free! 605 Robert E. Lee Road, Austin.

National Parks Tuesday, November 11. Everyone can enjoy free entrance days at participating National Parks for Veterans Day weekend.

SeaWorld San Antonio – Waves of Honor invites any U.S. active duty military, activated or drilling reservist, or National Guardsman to one complimentary admission per year for military personnel and as many as three direct dependents. Claim complimentary tickets here.  Also, for a limited time, qualified service members and veterans which include active, retired, honorably separated officers and enlisted personnel of the U.S. military
may purchase up to six tickets at half price.  Tickets must be purchased by November 11, 2014 and used by December 21, 2014. Click here to purchase half price tickets.

iPicTuesday, November 11. All veterans that show proof of service will get a free Premium Plus seat (based on availability). Proof may include Military ID, Veterans ID, DD214, etc. Call 512-568-3400 with questions. iPic, 3225 Amy Donovan Plaza (The Domain), Austin.

Free Food for Veterans:

In honor of Veterans Day, several restaurants are offering free food for veterans and active duty military. To redeem dining deals, veterans and active-duty military will need to show proof of service or military ID. Please click on the links below for more details on each promotion and, as always, give your local restaurant a call to confirm their participation:

Applebee’sTuesday, November 11. Veterans can receive a free entrée. Dine-in from a limited menu. Choose from: Three Cheese Chicken Penne, 7 oz House Sirloin, Chicken Tenders Platter, Fiesta Lime Chicken, The American Standard All-In Burger, Oriental Chicken Salad, and Double Crunch Shrimp. Proof of service required. For a participating location near you, contact your local Applebee’s.

California Pizza KitchenTuesday, November 11. All veterans or active duty military personnel will be able to get any pizza from the CPK menu for free (dine-in only). This is just a small way of saying thank you for the tremendous commitment, sacrifice and heroism that service men and women exemplify. Guests must show military ID or other proof of service to participate. Offer valid at participating CPK restaurants, excluding Guam, airport, stadium and university locations.

Denny’sTuesday, November 11, from 5 a.m. – noon. To honor and thank our nation’s heroes this Veterans Day, Denny’s invites active, inactive and retired military personnel to stop by participating locations for a free Build Your Own Grand Slam® on Tuesday, November 11, from 5 a.m. to noon. At participating Denny’s restaurants nationwide, diners with a valid military ID can order and enjoy a free Build Your Own Grand Slam®, which includes four of Denny’s beloved breakfast items such as fluffy buttermilk pancakes, eggs cooked to order, bacon strips, sausage links and hash browns or toast. These all-American staples can be customized to create the perfect breakfast or lunch for the brave men and women of our armed forces.

Golden CorralMonday, November 17, from 5-9 p.m. Any person who has served in the US Military (retirees, veterans, active duty, National Guard or Reserves) is invited to enjoy a free buffet and beverage at Golden Corral. For more information, visit the Military Appreciation FAQs, or find a Golden Corral location near you.

Krispy KremeTuesday, November 11. Show your military ID or wear your uniform to receive a free doughnut and small coffee.

McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks Sunday, November 10. Veterans are invited to enjoy a free meal from a special menu. All veterans must show official verification. Make your reservation online.

Outback Steakhouse Tuesday, November 11. Free Bloomin’ Onion and a beverage.  In addition, Military Mates will receive 15% off their entire guest check (excluding alcohol, applicable taxes and gratuity) November 12 through December 31, 2014 at any Outback Steakhouse® in the U.S.

Starbucks Tuesday, November 11. Starbucks is thanking all veterans, active duty service members and spouses with a free tall (12 fl oz) hot brewed coffee. At participating Starbucks® stores. Limit one per customer.

Texas RoadhouseTuesday, November 11. If you are a Veteran or Active Military Personnel, bring your military ID, Veterans Affairs Card, or discharge papers to select a free lunch entrée and soft drink/tea from the Veterans lunch menu. Call ahead to see what time the location near you will be serving lunch. (Texas Roadhouse is not usually open for lunch during the week.)