Your guide to spending Memorial Day weekend in the Lake Travis-Westlake and Austin areas

Here are things to do in the Lake Travis-Westlake region this Memorial Day. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Here are things to do in the Lake Travis-Westlake region this Memorial Day. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Here are things to do in the Lake Travis-Westlake region this Memorial Day. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Memorial Day is a federal holiday recognized each year on the final Monday of May to honor the men and women who died while serving in the military. The 2021 holiday will be observed on May 31, and the National Moment of Remembrance will take place at 3 p.m. local time, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Those in search of outdoor activities this weekend may be subject to severe weather conditions, according to the National Weather Service. The Greater Austin area could see continued rain and scattered thunderstorms throughout the holiday weekend.

Memorial day tributes

Lakeway tributes

Residents of the city of Lakeway may notice small American flags placed along local streets including Lohmans Crossing Road and Lakeway Boulevard in honor of those who died while serving in the U.S. military. The effort was made possible by the city of Lakeway parks and recreation staff who placed hundreds of flags this week, according to the city.

Memorial day salute

The Round Rock Veterans Committee will present the annual Memorial Day Salute at the city’s Veterans Park Memorial located at 600 Pecan Ave. The salute will take place May 31 from 10-11 a.m. and will be followed by a community service at the park’s Veterans Monument.

Georgetown parade

The Georgetown Beard Club will host the Honoring Our Fallen car parade May 29 at 9:30 a.m. The parade will begin at the Lone Star Circle of Care on Williams Drive and head towards three Wesleyan Campuses prior to ending at the Delany at the Georgetown Village.

Live music and events

Comedy and music at Iron Wolf

Iron Wolf Ranch & Distillery will host several Memorial Day festivities May 29, including live music performances and late-night comedy acts. Local artists including Owen-Gladd and the Palace Saints and Kewsi will be featured in the line-up alongside comedians Micah brown and Kyle Ruff. The distillery will host several other live music acts throughout the memorial day weekend, which can be found on the businesses’ Facebook page. Noon-9 p.m. Free. Iron Wolf Ranch & Distillery. 101 County Road 409, Spicewood. 512-970-3203.

Family activities at Frontyard Brewing

Frontyard Brewing will host a family-friendly memorial day celebration at its 9-acre Spicewood site. Festivities will include children’s bounce houses and obstacle courses. Bubbles, cake pops, popsicles and other snacks will be served and beer pitchers will be available for select beers. Tickets are sold at the door until sold out or can be purchased online. Noon-6 p.m. $10. Frontyard Brewing, 4514 Bob Wire Road, Bldg. 2, Spicewood. 512-614-4380.

Live music at The Gnarly Gar

The Gnarly Gar will celebrate the Memorial Day weekend with an array of live music performances. South 35 Band, based out of Waco, Texas will take the stage May 29. Sunday’s festivities will feature a live performance by Jonas Lorence at noon. The full line-up can be found on the businesses’ Facebook page. Various times. Free. The Gnarly Gar, 18200 Lakepoint Cove, Point Venture. 512-267-1845.

Lobster Boil

Boston-inspired Italian restaurant, The Garden at Ellera will host an outdoor lobster boil this Memorial Day weekend May 29. The boil will include a whole lobster, corn, potatoes and a choice of a glass of wine, Sam Adam’s Summer Ale or a Truly brand seltzer. Tables can be reserved online. $50 (includes food and drink) 2-5 p.m. The Garden at Ellera, 12432 Bee Cave Road, Bee Cave. 512-401-8113.

City services

City offices will be closed May 31 in Bee Cave, Lakeway, West Lake Hills and Rollingwood in observance of the holiday.

Grocery stores including H-E-B, Randalls, Whole Foods and Trader Joes will be open on Memorial Day with regular operating hours, according to the companies’ websites.

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.