- May 23, 2024

25 Free Things To Do In Austin On Memorial Day Weekend


As we head into summer, the long Memorial Day weekend offers a perfect opportunity to recharge and refresh before the final few weeks of school. The weekend is chock-full of opportunities to get out of the house and do something FREE!

Here are 25 things to do in Austin on Memorial Day weekend!

  1. Brush up on your WWII history at Camp Mabry’s Close Assault 1944 exhibition.
  2. Check out one of the special exhibits at the Harry Ransom Center.
  3. Head to the Elisabet Ney Museum for the 1oth annual Ney Day.
  4. Hit up Lustre Pearl East for their Market Day & Dog Races event on Saturday, May 25.
  5. See Romeo and Juliet for FREE Thanks to Austin Shakespeare and University of Austin.
  6. Enjoy live, local music on the patio at Central Market North.
  7. Learn how to use DNA testing in Genealogy at the George Washington Carver Museum.
  8. Visit the Texas State Capitol.
  9. Celebrate and support local arts with at Contracommon’s Summer Arts Festival at Hill Country Galleria.
  10. Put on your dancing shoes and head down to Tapestry Dance for National Tap Dance Day Community Tap Jam. Bring a $5 suggested donation OR a snack to share!
  11. Take the kids to the Mexic-Arte Museum, which is free every Sunday.
  12. Try any of these free things you can always do in Georgetown, Cedar Park, Pflugerville, Lockhart, and more!
  13. Head to the Fieldhouse at the Crossover for a family friendly Sazon Latin Food Festival.
  14. Celebrate President Johnson’s wish for the LBJ Library to “be available to all” with free admission on Memorial Day.
  15. Honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in service for our country by visiting the Texas State Cemetery.
  16. Break out the kayak and hit the water.
  17. Go for a dig in the Dino Pit at the Austin Nature & Science Center.
  18. Beat the heat at one of the City of Austin’s municipal pools. Details on which pools are open here.
  19. Visit a greenbelt like Shoal Creek.
  20. Cool off at a splash pad.
  21. Grab some fresh air and produce at a farmers market.
  22. Embark on a street art scavenger hunt.
  23. Climb to the top of Mt. Bonnell before it gets any hotter. Make a day of it by visiting the peacocks at Mayfield Park.
  24. Stroll and window shop along South Congress.
  25. Take a hike.