Virtual celebrations, live concerts and more: Four ways to spend Memorial Day weekend in the Lake Travis-Westlake area

Officers from Lakeway and Bee Cave will participate in the virtual Memorial Day celebration. (Courtesy City of Lakeway)
Officers from Lakeway and Bee Cave will participate in the virtual Memorial Day celebration. (Courtesy City of Lakeway)

Officers from Lakeway and Bee Cave will participate in the virtual Memorial Day celebration. (Courtesy City of Lakeway)

Though a number of traditional ceremonies have been modified to accommodate coronavirus concerns, there will still be Memorial Day celebrations throughout the Lake Travis-Westlake community.

Here is a noncomprehensive list of both virtual and in-person events occurring during the holiday weekend.

Celebrate Memorial Day with the city of Lakeway

Instead of an in-person event, due to concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, the city of Lakeway is releasing a video of its Memorial Day Ceremony at 8:30 a.m. May 25.

The video, produced by Lakeway Communications Director Jarrod Wise, will feature a wreath-laying ceremony from the Daughters of the American Revolution, performances of "God Bless America" and "The Star-Spangled Banner" from musician Mike Hahn and remarks on the significance of Memorial Day from USAF Ret. Maj. Gen. Rod Kelly.



The video may be accessed at the city of Lakeway's official website, www.lakeway-tx.gov.

Tune into the Hill Country Galleria’s Summer Concert Series

Each spring and fall, the Hill Country Galleria debuts its Saturday Night Concert Series in a collaboration with Austin City Limits Radio.

This year, the free series will move to a virtual setting in light of social distancing efforts. Viewers can tune in on ACL Radio, YouTube, Facebook or the ACL Radio
website.

Performances by local artists will take place every Saturday night at 7 p.m. through June 13. The galleria will kick off the holiday weekend with a performance by
Medicine Man Revival on May 23.

Visit Pace Bend Park, Mansfield Dam Park or other Travis County parks

Travis County will extend park amenity openings to include a number of boat ramps on May 22, according to an announcement from Travis County Parks.

Boat ramps opening in time for Memorial Day weekend include Collier boat ramp at Pace Bend Park and the ramps at Loop 360 Park, Mansfield Dam Park, Arkansas Bend Park, Cypress Creek Park, Mary Quinlan Park, Webberville Park and Little Webberville Park. Commercial use of boat ramps remains prohibited.

Visitors should check the opening status of Travis County parks online at
www.parks.traviscountytx.gov prior to visiting.

Live music on Lake Travis

A number of Lake Travis eateries have reopened dining rooms to accommodate limited capacity per Gov. Greg Abbott’s orders.

Emerald Point Bar & Grill, The Gnarly Gar and Beachside Billys at Volente Beach Resort will all host live music events throughout the holiday weekend.

Visitors can catch a performance by Island Mind from 6-8 p.m. at Emerald Point on May 22 or D. Soul Davis at 8:30 p.m. on May 25 at The Gnarly Gar.

The full lineups can be found on the restaurant’s websites or social media pages at
www.gnarlygar.com, www.emeraldpointbarandgrill.com and www.beachsidebillys.com.

By Amy Rae Dadamo
Amy Rae Dadamo is the reporter for Lake Travis-Westlake, where her work focuses on city government and education. Originally from New Jersey, Amy Rae relocated to Austin after graduating from Ramapo College of New Jersey in May 2019.