Memorial Day weekend in Central Texas: A guide to events in the area

The 50th Anniversary El Amistad Festival takes place on Saturday,

The 50th Anniversary El Amistad Festival takes place on Saturday,

It's officially summer in Central Texas, and there will be plenty of sunshine and heat approaching for Memorial Day. Check out some of the events happening around the area this weekend.


Round Rock
Friday
Dedication ceremony for new Veterans Memorial Garden at Seton Medical Center

James Geracci, Seton Medical Center Williamson chief medical officer and retired colonel, will be the keynote speaker and Regional President Kate Williamson will cut the ribbon. The garden will recognize the sacrifices U.S. military members have made for their country.
3 p.m. Free. 201 Seton Parkway, Round Rock







Saturday
50th Anniversary Fiesta Amistad

El Amistad Club, a local nonprofit civic organization, will honor soldiers during its 50th Anniversary Fiesta Amistad. The event features performances by musicians, Round Rock Ballet Folklorico, food, arts and crafts, and games. Noon-midnight. $5. Old Settlers Park, 3300 Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock. www.elamistadclub.org





Cedar Park
Monday
Poolapalooza

The 10th annual event features popcorn and hot dog concessions, airbrush face painting, live music from 1 to 6 p.m. and a cannonball contest.
Regular pool fees apply. Veterans Memorial Park Pool, 2525 W. New Hope Drive, Cedar Park. www.cedarparktexas.gov





Lakeway
Friday
Lakeway Memorial Day Ceremony

The annual ceremony brings together the Standing Military Committee, members of the Lohmann’s Ford Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Lakeway Police Department Color Guard, the Lakeway Sing Along Choir and the Lakeway Heritage Commission to present a service remembering the fallen. This year's guest speaker will be Bryan Degner, director of education at the National Museum of the Pacific War. 11 a.m. Free. Emmaus Catholic Parish, 1718 Lohmans Crossing, Lakeway. www.lakeway-tx.gov





Georgetown
Sunday-Monday
Georgetown Memorial Day Ceremony

Members of the 36th Infantry Band from Camp Mabry will play at 7 p.m. Sunday evening in the pre-Memorial Day concert.

Monday morning, the Memorial Day ceremony to honor military members who have died in service to their country, begins at 9:30 a.m. This year's featured speaker will be U.S. Sen. John Cornyn. Free. Georgetown-Williamson County Veterans Memorial Plaza, 2 Texas Drive, Sun City. www.sctexas.org






Austin
Thursday-Sunday
Hot Luck Fest

The event from Franklin Barbecue's Aaron Franklin, Mohawk owner James Moody and Feast Portland's Mike Thelin features food and music all over Austin throughout the weekend. The main event is  "Al Fuego," which takes place Saturday at Wild Onion Ranch and features chefs from local favorites, such as Dai Due, Contigo and Easy Tiger. https://hotluckfest.com/







Thursday-Sunday
Paramount Summer Classic Film Series kicks off

The first weekend of the series at the Paramount Theatre features films like "Casablanca," "Dr. Strangelove" and "Bridge on the River Kwai." Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave., Austin. $12. www.austintheatre.org






Saturday-Sunday
Close Assault: 1944 at Camp Mabry

The Texas Military Forces Living History Detachment re-enacts an American attack on a German strongpoint during World War II. The event features tanks, small-arms fire with blanks and the uniforms and equipment of the time. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Free.
texasmilitaryforcesmuseum.org






Sunday
Author Dave Gutierrez, "Patriots from the Barrio" book signing and lecture at Camp Mabry

Gutierrez's book tells the story of Company E 141st Infantry, a Mexican-American unit of the Texas National Guard that led the invasion of Salerno, Italy, in 1943. 12:30-1 p.m.
texasmilitaryforcesmuseum.org






Monday
LBJ Library offers free admission

The library and museum are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Memorial Day and will offer free admission throughout the day.

Through January, the LBJ Library is currently featuring an exhibit called "Get in the Game: The Fight for Equality in American Sports," which examines the intersection of social justice and sports through the eras of athletes, such as Jessie Owens, Jackie Robinson and Billie Jean King through today. Admission is normally $10 for adults. www.lbjlibrary.org







Monday
The Hell Yes Project Olympics at the ABGB

The Austin Beer Garden Brewing Company donates 5 percent of its profits to nonprofit partners through its "Hell Yes Project."

On Monday, the ABGB will invite some of those partners to compete for a $1,000 grand prize. Events include a water balloon toss, cornhole and a live band karaoke contest judged by the crowd. Competing nonprofits include Austin Pets Alive!, Health Alliance for Austin Musicians and Austin Habitat for Humanity. https://theabgb.com/event/hell-yes-project-olympics-memorial-day-party/






Monday
Memorial Day ceremony at the Texas State Cemetery

The annual ceremony honoring members of the U.S. armed forces who gave their lives features several chapters of the Texas Sons of the American Revolution and Texas Daughters of the American Revolution.
The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. in the southwest section of the cemetery. Free. http://www.cemetery.state.tx.us/