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A quick primer for those of you new to Splash and/or Austin’s queer scene. First, there are TWO Splash weekends in Austin: First Splash during Memorial Day Weekend and Last Splash during Labor Day Weekend. First Splash is when Austin gays kick off summer, while Last Splash is the unofficial close of summer.


'No Refusal' in Place for Labor Day Holiday

The Austin Police Department’s ‘No Refusal’ DWI initiative is in place daily from 3 PM to 5 AM through Monday, September 3, 2018. If you are pulled over and suspected of driving while impaired, officers will be able to apply for a search warrant to obtain blood from operators who refuse to provide a breath or blood sample.

Last Splash is technically just the party out on the lake at the gay section of Hippie Hollow on the Sunday of the holiday weekend. That’s when the bars come together and load up a couple of barges with booze and bartenders and deejays and head out to the cove. There are several events that pop-up around the lake event. Splash Days, for example, is a multi-day party during Last Splash Weekend. Austin Chill Weekend is a bear run organized by the Lone Star Bears that falls over Labor Day weekend. While these Splash-adjacent events tend to focus on a specific portion of the community, the actual Splash party at the lake is open to everyone … 18 and up, just because that’s the rule at Hippie Hollow.


The weather is looking nearly perfect for the weekend, and especially Sunday, but this is Texas after all and this could change, but we’ll keep you posted on any changes that may affect events.

FRIDAY // AUGUST 31, 2018

SPLASH DAYS 2018: WELCOME PARTY

Splash Days

Start Splash Days weekend off with DJ Mixer Rogers at the Oasis Texas Brewing Company for the Welcome Party. 25% off food and drink all night, plus a discount on refillable souvenir pint glass and refills for hosts and pass holders. Oasis Texas Brewing Company, 6550 Comanche Trail #301, Austin TX 78732. Friday, August 31, 6 PM – 12 MIDNIGHT. 21+. $25-$60

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TUCKED: SPLASH SWITCHEROO EDITION

The Tucked Gals are switching it up this Friday as the Highland queens switch with each others drag personas and styles. Highland Lounge, 404 Colorado St, Austin TX 78701. Friday, August 31, 10:30 PM – Saturday, September 1, 2018, 2 AM . 21+. FREE, no cover.

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LAST SPLASH BY THE BREEDERS

PooPoo Platter presents Last Splash ft. The Breeders

It’s Last Splash Weekend…. the 25th birthday of The Breeders’ Last Splash that is. The party isn’t out at Lake Travis. It’s downtown at Elysium! Poo Poo Platter brings you a drag tribute to one of the most iconic albums of the 90s. We will be bringing you a whole new type of show; a multi-media experience of short films, interviews, burlesque, and of course drag performances. Elysium, 705 Red River St, Austin TX 78701. Friday, August 31, 10 PM – 2 AM. 18+. $7 cover

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SATURDAY // SEPTEMBER 1, 2018


Pick-Up Splash Wristbands

If you plan to head out to Hippie Hollow for Last Splash and plan to partake in the drinks from the party barge, you’ll need to pick up a wristband. Wristbands are available from one of the sponsor bars — Rain on 4th, Oilcan Harry’s, The Iron Bear and Highland Lounge — Saturday night starting at 10 PM. You will need to bring your ID and it will be put on you at the bar. No, you can’t grab a couple for your friends. NOTE: Wristbands to not get you in to the park for free. You still need to play the fee if you drive or walk in. You do not need a wristband to go to the Splash party at the lake. Your wristband only gets you drinks from the sponsored party barge.

SPLASH DAYS 2018: SPLASH DANCE FT. DJ ROLAND BELMARES

DJ Roland Belmares returns to Austin for the Splash Days Saturday night main event — Splash Dance. Passholders 10 drink tickets good for 20% off any drink (2 tickets for doubles) and expedited entry. Rain on 4th, 217 W 4th St, Austin TX 78701. Saturday, September 1, 10 PM – Sunday, September 2, 2018, 2 AM. 21+. FREE, no cover for general public. $25-60 for Splash Days pass, including drink discounts and expedited entry.

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AUSTIN GEARS' GEAR NIGHT

Join the men of Austin Gears for “Gear Night”, the group’s monthly social gathering. What is gear? What ever turns you on and makes you feel sexy…that is gear! (That being said, please remember to keep your gear street legal). Gear Night is a safe zone and welcoming of everyone in the community. The Iron Bear, 121 W 8th St, Austin TX 78701. Saturday, September 1, 10 PM – Sunday, September 2, 2018, 2 AM. 21+. FREE, no cover for general public.

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SUNDAY // SEPTEMBER 2, 2018

LAST SPLASH

Last Splash

This is the main event. This is what Splash is all about. Now, you have to use some imagination to visualize what it’s like when we have a full lake and there isn’t a rocky beach to camp out on. Back in the day we used to find a perch on the rocks or, if you got there late, back up in the trees.

If you haven’t heard, Hippie Hollow is a clothing optional park … actually the only clothing optional park in the state. It’s optional, so you don’t have to take your clothes off … in fact most don’t although, after a few drinks and baking under the sun, there are more nude people out later in the day. Remember, nudity is okay, lewd behavior isn’t and will get you ticketed or arrested.

There is no cost to go the Splash party at the lake, BUT there is a fee to get in to the park. It’s $15 per vehicle if you drive in or $8 per person if you walk or bike in. Cash or check only, no credit/debit cards. There is no fee if you come in off the lake on a boat. Please note that Hippie Hollow Park generally reaches capacity on holiday weekends. When capacity is reached the park is closed for the remainder of the day to all incoming traffic, including pedestrians. So don’t be surprised if you’re turned away at the gate when you show up late in the afternoon.

If you intend to get free drinks from the party barges, you will need to get a wristband. Wristbands are available from one of the sponsor bars/businesses on Saturday night. You will need to bring your ID and it will be put on you at the bar. No, you can’t grab a couple for your friends. Your wristband only gets you free drinks from the sponsored party barge. You do not need a wristband to go to the Splash party at the lake. Your wristbands do not get you in to the park for free. You still need to play the park entry fee if you drive or walk in.

Also, it’s a long hike from the parking lot to the gay section at Hippie Hollow … take this in mind if you plan to haul in a ton of crap. If you haul it in, you haul it out. Dispose of all trash properly in the appropriate containers. If you bring your own beverages, remember, NO GLASS containers. Tobacco is prohibited in all Travis County parks. Pets are not allowed at Hippie Hollow.

After Splash is really up to you … most will go home and (hopefully) shower and freshen up or nap before heading back out for a Sunday Funday on 4th Street. Locals should note that many bars will be treating Sunday night like a second Saturday so most will not have their regularly scheduled Sunday night shows.


If you’re planning on driving out, try to head out early. Because of limited parking, once the lot hits capacity the park temporarily closes the park to new visitors until it clears out a bit. You are encouraged to carpool or riding out on a boat if possible. If you bring your own beverages, remember, NO GLASS containers. Also, it’s a long hike from the parking lot to the gay section at Hippie Hollow … take this in mind if you plan to be hauling in a ton of crap.

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After Splash is really up to you … most will go home and (hopefully) shower and freshen up or nap before heading back out for a Sunday Funday on 4th Street. Locals should note that many bars will be treating Sunday night like a second Saturday so most will not have their regularly scheduled Sunday night shows.

SPLASH DAYS 2018: HIGH TIDE FT. DJ BLACKLOW

After the lake, DJ Blacklow (LA) spins for Splash Days’ Sunday night party — High Tide — at Highland Lounge. This is the final night party for Splash Days before the t-dance on Monday. Passholders get 1 complimentary well drink and $5 Skyy vodka (and all Skyy vodka flavors) all night long, as well as expedited entry. Highland Lounge, 404 Colorado St, Austin TX 78701. Sunday, September 2, 10 PM – Monday, September 3, 2018, 3 AM . 21+. $5 cover for general public starting at 1 AM. $25-60 for Splash Days pass, including drink discounts and expedited entry.

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MONDAY // SEPTEMBER 3, 2018


Free Parking on Labor Day

Just a reminder that the City of Austin does not enforce metered parking on Labor Day. Private off-street parking lots and parking garages not managed by the city will still charge you.

SPLASH DAYS 2018: ADULT SWIM FT. DJ ROLAND BELMARES

Splash Days returns to Rain on 4th for their closing t-dance with DJ Roland Belmares. Passholders get 10 drink tickets good for 20% off any drink (2 tickets for doubles) and expedited entry. Rain on 4th, 217 W 4th St, Austin TX 78701. Monday, September 3, 2017, 1 – 4 PM . 21+. FREE, no cover for general public. $25-60 for Splash Days pass, including drink discounts and expedited entry.

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FAQ

How much does it cost to attend?

There is no cost to go the Splash party at the lake, BUT there is a fee to get in to the park. It’s $15 per vehicle if you drive in or $8 per person if you walk or bike in. Cash or check only, no credit/debit cards. There is no fee if you come in off the lake on a boat.

Where/when do I get my wristband?

Wristbands are available from one of the sponsor bars/businesses on the Saturday night before Splash Sunday, typically starting at 10 PM. You will need to bring your ID and it will be put on you at the bar. No, you can’t grab a couple for your friends. Your wristbands to not get you in to the park for free. You still need to play the fee if you drive or walk in. You do not need a wristband to go to the Splash party at the lake. Your wristband only gets you free drinks from the sponsored party barge.

Can I get extra wristbands for my friends?

No. Wristbands are put on at the bar once your age has been verified. Your friends must be present to receive their wristbands.

What does my wristband get me?

Your wristband only gets you free drinks from the sponsored party barge. You do not need a wristband to go to the Splash party at the lake. Your wristbands do not get you in to the park for free. You still need to play the park entry fee if you drive or walk in.

How long are the sponsored party barges at Hippie Hollow?

The barges are typically at Hippie Hollow from 10 AM to 4 PM. Times can vary each year, depending on lake levels.

Can I bring my dog?

No. Pets are not allowed in Hippie Hollow Park.

Where can I smoke in the park?

Nowhere. Tobacco products are prohibited in all Travis County properties, including parks.

Where is Hippie Hollow?

Hippie Hollow Park is located on the shores of Lake Travis in western Travis County, approximately 20 miles from downtown Austin. It is usually a 30-minute drive, depending on traffic. If you’re driving, use the address 7000 Comanche Trail, Austin, TX 78732 on your navigation app.


The parking lot fills up quickly, especially on holiday weekends. When capacity is reached the park is closed for the remainder of the day to all incoming traffic, including pedestrians. So don’t be surprised if you’re turned away at the gate when you show up late in the afternoon.

Is there a shuttle or bus to get out to Hippie Hollow?

There is no shuttle to the Splash party and Capital Metro, Austin’s public transportation provider, does not have service that reaches Hippie Hollow Park.

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