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.

Happy Holidays from Austin Housemates!

December 7th, 2014, Posted By Austin Housemates

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Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, we still have two huge days approaching. Celebrating Christmas and ringing in the New Year are always better spent with a crowd of our favorite people, or at least those few special someones that you only see once or twice a year. But while friends, family, and feasts are on the agenda in the coming months, don’t let accommodating all these guests in a shared living space put a damper on holiday plans. Here are a few ways you can entertain your guests in Austin during their holiday visit.

When it comes to the holidays, we’re lucky to live in Texas. Our winters are fairly temperate, meaning you can explore the city, the night life, and some of our historical landmarks here in Austin without bundling up and fighting the cold and snow. Take advantage of the warmth and avoid overcrowding in your living space by taking your guests out and about. If the weather is going to be particularly nasty, choose a venue with both indoor and outdoor accommodations – because you know the weather often changes its mind halfway through the day! And because there are a slew of events going on this holiday season, finding one to entertain everyone in your group won’t be too hard.

This Christmas, Zilker Park will be hosting its annual Trail of Lights, a mile-long walk through the park complete with hot cocoa. But if you’re looking for something a little more off the grid, check out the light show on 37th Street. These quirky and outrageous neighbors design their own light décor, making for interesting and festive displays. For the New Year, Austin’s annual New Year celebration ANY is in Barton Park on New Year’s Eve with live music, famous food trucks, and local vendors and artists selling their wares. It’s a must-see for visitors to get a showcase of local food, art, and music. And since the festivities end at 10pm, you’ll have your pick of parties downtown.

Accommodating visiting guests over the holidays should not be stressful, whether you live alone or with roommates. If you share your living space, don’t hesitate to let your holiday plans be known. If you are inviting friends and family over for dinner or to stay with you for a few days, discussing this with your roommates is very important. They live there too, and if the shared space is going to be utilized by your guests, communicating with one another can help you avoid any holiday drama. Inviting them along is a nice, friendly gesture, but just simply giving people a heads up can work wonders. They can help you cook, clean, and they may even have furniture you can borrow for that big dinner party.