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First Splash Austin 2021
First Splash is when Austin gays kick off summer over the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The party takes place out on the lake at the gay section of Hippie Hollow on the Sunday of the holiday weekend.
First Splash has grown into a weekend series of events, circuit parties and and the perfect excuse to throw a party as the Texas heat gets everyone hot and bothered!
The gay section is located at the very end of the park. Just keep on the paved walkway until it runs out … and you’re at the gay section. Each year, for both Sundays on Splash weekends, several of the bars come together and load up a couple of barges with booze, bartenders and deejays and head out to the cove.
If you want to grab drinks from the party barge, you’ll need to grab a wristband from one of the sponsor bars and be sure to bring your photo ID.
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.
Most of the gay bars are located in Downtown and you can walk from one to the other,
Here are the hotels we recommend that have good reviews and keep you close to all the action
Gay Map of Austin
The gay clubs in Austin are largely centered around the 4th street gay district and don’t get going until around midnight. Most of the city’s gay bars are within walking distance not only of each other but of dozens of other cool mainstream bars and clubs downtown, mostly in the hip Warehouse District that’s between the Texas Capitol building and the Colorado River. The gay scene in Austin is well integrated with the town so people mix and you’ll often spot gay folks hanging out at the music clubs, trendy lounges, coffeehouses, and restaurant bars that everyone else in town likes.
Also, Austin is home to a very popular and scenic gay sunbathing area, Hippie Hollow Park, a county-operated, clothing-optional park that’s about a 30-minute drive northwest of downtown, on the rocky but scenic shore of Lake Travis.
Recommended Apartments in Austin
Sleeps up to 6 Guests
High-end, environmentally friendly condo near Central Downtown District. Located in the heart of highly desirable East Austin surrounded by nightlife, restaurants, breweries, music venues & one-of-a-kind businesses
Luxury SoCo Retreat
Sleeps 2 Guests
The Retreat is just four blocks from vibrant South Congress shopping & restaurants. Experience high design in a tranquil resort setting. The Pool & Patio area are shared with two rental units on the same property
Sleeps 2 Guests
Relaxing treetop hideaway in Historic downtown Austin. Explore the Capitol City from this central, highly-walkable, newly-renovated condo. Walk to Zilker, UT campus, nightlife, restaurants, Texas State Capitol, museums
Sleeps 2 Guests
Hideaway in a pocket of W 6th. This newly renovated condo with a HUGE patio, just steps away from restaurants, shopping, bars, and nightlife. Explore Austin on foot or by bike, but enjoy quiet seclusion, when you need to escape
Video Of First Splash Austin
UnderGear at Splash Days
Recommended Hotels in Austin
We have chosen hotels close to the best gay clubs in Austin which are largely centered around the 4th street gay district.
1 Star, Great Value
Gay Friendly hostel within the oldest standing firehouse in downtown Austin offers a budget accommodation option for those who want to be close to all the bars and events.