GAYTRIPPER: The 2017 Big Gay River Float

May 21, 2017 - 12 NOON - 5 PM

SAVE THE DATE! The second annual Big Gay River Float down the San Marcos River is scheduled for SUNDAY, May 21, 2017.

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After last year’s phenomenal response, even after the rains washed out the first date, pretty much guaranteed that we’d host another event this year.

Just like last year, there are two options. The first option is for those who want to ride the bus from Austin. It includes transportation to and from the float as well as all tube rentals. The second option is for those who want to drive their own vehicle. It includes tube rentals and a shuttle back to your vehicle.

If you want to take part in the float but don’t need the transportation or tube rentals, you are welcome to join us, but note that the outfitter does charge walk-up fees.

The float lasts about 3 – 3 1/2 hours. The full trip will total approximately 5 – 5 1/2 hours. NOTE: Float time will vary depending on the speed of the river which will vary depending on recent rains.

Option #1

Full Package w/bus – Austin-San Marcos

We’re meeting up on SUNDAY, MAY 21, 2017 down on 6th Street at Bikini’s. They’re opening up early for us and they’ll have $3 mimosas and Bloody Mary’s and $2 off sandwiches and burgers while we get everyone checked in, before we load up. The first bus will head out at 12 NOON. It’s BYOB so bring what you want to drink … EXCEPT, NO GLASS OR STYROFOAM, these are banned on the San Marcos River. We’ll provide tubes, coolers, cooler tubes and ice. Tickets are $60 and include transportation to and from San Marcos.

Book This Package - $60

Option #2

Float Only Package – No Bus

If you don’t need transportation between Austin and San Marcos (you’re opting to drive your own vehicle down, you’re from the surrounding, or maybe you’re coming in from out-of-town someplace south of Austin, e.g., San Antonio, Corpus Christi), we do have a “no-bus” option for $30 that includes the tube rental and shuttle back to your vehicle.

Book This Package - $30


We will have food trucks at the end of the float for those of you who have built up an appetite on your way down the river. We’ll post the specific trucks closer to the event date.

Still Thirsty?

After the float, the buses will drop GayTrippers off at Rain on 4th for our official after party. They’ll be serving food out on the patio if you’re (still) hungry. PLUS, your float wristband gets you the friends discount your tab.

If you can’t make it up to Austin, we’re hosting another after party in San Marcos at Stonewall Warehouse. We’ll post details closer to the event date.

Want to become a GayTripper partner? Email Chase Martin at about becoming a sponsor or promotional partner for an upcoming event.