Wednesday, November 21, 2018

2016 Guide to Last Splash

After a very busy and eventful summer, Austin gays prepare to shut down the season, with Last Splash, the unofficial end of summer in the gAyTX. A quick primer for those of you new to Splash and/or Austin’s gay scene. First off, there are two Splash Weekends: First Splash during the Memorial Day holiday weekend in May to kick off summer and Last Splash during Labor Day holiday weekend in September to close out the season.

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Splash is technically 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 circuit party during Last Splash. 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 good for Sunday, but this is Texas after all and this could change, but we’ll keep you posted on any changes that may affect events.



Splash Days

Start Splash Days weekend off with DJ Benson Wilder at The Belmont for the Welcome Party . The Belmont, 305 W 6th St, Austin TX 78701. Friday, September 2, 10 PM – Saturday, September 3, 2016, 3 AM. 21+. $30-$180

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Big Gay Brunch WHite Party

abcde events presents its annual White Party at its new location at The Rattle Inn, featuring a brunch buffet catered by Trudy’s, with beats by DJ Tony Castro and performances by Sabel Scities and Colleen DeForrest. A portion of proceeds benefit Out Youth. The Rattle Inn, 610 Nueces St., Austin TX 78701. Saturday, September 3, 2016. 11 AM – 4 PM. $5 cover or FREE with buffet purchase.

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Stoplight Party

DJ Alpha spins the latest, hottest hits while he give our red, yellow and green dog tags at the door. RED = I’m just here to dance, but I still give Bear Hugs. YELLOW = proceed with Caution, but give it a shot. and GREEN = Let’s Party. The Iron Bear, 121 W 8th St, Austin TX 78701. Saturday, September 3, 9 PM – Sunday, September 4, 2016, 2 AM. FREE. 21+.

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DJ Roland Belmares returns to Austin for the Splash Days Saturday night main event — Splash Dance. V Austin, 409 Colorado St, Ste B, Austin TX 78701. Saturday, September 3, 10 PM – Sunday, September 4, 2016, 4 AM. 21+. $45-$180.

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Last Splash

This is what Splash is all about. Now that the lake is full again after years of drought, we’re finally getting a chance to celebrate Last Splash as it was meant to be. If you haven’t heard, Hippie Hollow is a clothing optional park … actually it’s the only clothing optional park in Texas. It is 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.

therepubliq is proud to be a sponsor of this year’s Last Splash party barge along with Oilcan Harry’s, Rain on 4th, The Iron Bear, Highland, Brass House and Splash Days. You will need a wristband if you intend to get drinks from the party barge.Be prepared to show your ID. You can get these wristbands at sponsor bars/businesses starting on Saturday. You do not need a wristband to go to the Splash party at the lake. There is no cost to go the Splash party at the lake, BUT there is a fee to get in to the park. Hippie Hollow charges $15 per vehicle or $8 per person if you walk/bike in. There is no fee if you come in off the lake on a boat.

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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If you’re looking to get wet, but don’t necessarily want to trek out to the lake, the W Hotel hosts its weekly pool party up on the hotel’s Wet Deck with beats by Bird Peterson + special guests. Get there early to claim your spot as it can get pretty crowd, especially in the heat of the afternoon. WET Deck @ W Austin, 200 Lavaca St., Austin TX 78701. Sunday, September 4, 2016, 12 – 8 PM. All ages. $20.

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Matthew’s Easter Circus makes a ‘splash’ on Lake Travis with the largest house boat on the lake! The boat heads on over to Hippie Hollow with non-stop entertainment, including beats by DJ Tony Castro on the roof deck, dance floor, open bar, food, Jacuzzi tub, water slide, rafts & much more! Indoor space with A/C and entertainment. Portion of proceeds to benefit Equality Texas. Lake Travis. Sunday, September 4, 2016, 1 – 5 PM. 21+. $50-60.

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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.


After the lake, DJ Grind spins for Splash Days’ Sunday night Recovery Party over at The North Door. This is the final night party for Splash Days before the sold out pool party and t-dance on Monday. The North Door, 502 Brushy St, Austin TX 78702. Sunday, September 4, 10 PM – Monday, September 5, 2016, 4 AM . 21+. $35-$180.

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