Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

May 24th, 2015, Posted By Austin Housemates

The Alamo

Anyone catch sight of a tornado last night? All of our weather apps were abuzz with warning after warning of flash floods and tornado sightings. But, rest assured, that crazy rain storm from last night is long since passed. The weather should remain like this – sunny, tepid, NOT humid – at least through Monday so you can enjoy the rest of this 3-day weekend.

Austin is rising up to meet the demand for free festivities and delicious junk foods this Memorial Day Weekend. And now that the rain’s stopped, people are actually venturing outdoors in search of something fun to do. Whether you want to honor the troops, enjoy live music, or find yourself some hot dogs and hamburgers to munch down on, Austin’s got you covered. Here’s a few of our favorite things to do! Check it out, stay out late, and enjoy yourself!

For Military
Memorial Day is first and foremost our opportunity to honor the US Troops that risked it all in order to protect our country, and Austin’s Camp Mabry is putting together a special presentation for this weekend only. Starting yesterday and going on through tonight, The Texas Military Forces Museum presents “Close Assault – 1944” to give veterans, their families, and museum visitors an opportunity to see what military life was like during World War II. The event includes displays of military uniforms, supplies, weapons, and equipment along with live shows of military assault. Firing demonstrations, tanks, and other military vehicles will be on display and re-enacting some of their infamous displays of bravado. Admission and parking is free, and with the weather as beautiful as it is now, you can enjoy the show comfortably from the bleachers or from a picnic on the grass.

Of course, if you’re looking to get out of the city this weekend, head to San Antonio. The Alamo is open today and free to the public, giving you the chance to see the famous last stand of Davy Crockett and the other soldiers who gave their lives to protect the Spanish Mission during the Texas Revolution. This weekend too is the premiere of the “Texas Rising” miniseries on The History Channel, meaning the museum may be crowded and special guests may be making an appearance. The Alamo will be open until 5pm tonight, which gives you plenty of time to absorb a little local history before hitting the Riverwalk for a special weekend dinner.

For Music
If you’re looking to honor the tried-and-true live music tradition of Austin, the Austin Jazz Festival is your best bet this weekend. Head up the Bees Cave Parkway and escape the city crowd for the day. Because the show is TOMORROW ONLY (Monday). Enjoy the likes of Kirk Whalum and Jazz Funk Soul on the main stage, while a slew of local jazz aficionados funk it up on the side stages, including Trent Durham and The Matt Butler Quartet. The show starts at 11am and tickets are still available. You can choose to picnic in the grass ($35) or party comfortably in the front seats ($75). Call 512-651-5033 for tickets!

For Food & Fun
We all know no holiday weekend is complete without food, fun, and a little partying. And the Midway Field House (2015 E Riverside Dr) is coming through as your grilling headquarters on Monday. Not only do they host regular games – including their famous divey arcade – they’ll have their mechanical bulldog open and ready for anyone brave enough to take a ride. Starting at 2pm, they’ll have all the burgers and hot dogs you can eat, as well as complimentary Tall Boys to get your evening started. So take a bite, get a drink, and enjoy the rest of the holiday weekend surrounded by your favorite people.

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