Every year in late summer, gay men converge for Splash Days. Discover Austin’s charms and the city’s vibrant LGBT community, which pulls out all the stops.
This water-themed long weekend has taken its place as one of the stars of the annual Circuit calendar, and no wonder: Beach boys, cowpokes and greenhorns all converge for a Texas-sized schedule of events.
It all begins with the "Swim Meet and Greet" kick-off party on Friday night with DJ Joe Ross at the beautiful Belmont. The next night is the big main event, “Splash Dance,” featuring superstar DJ Wayne G. You can bet that this is going to be one wet — as in sweaty — night.
On Sunday, everyone gathers at Lake Travis, better known as Hippie Hollow, where nudists bask in the all-in-all amidst limestone cliffs at Texas' only public park that allows it all to hang out. There, participatants splash plenty in the weekend's signature event, "Get Wet." "Keep Austin weird" is the city's unofficial motto, and what could be weirder than hundreds of men (and women!) swimming or rafting to reach a docked barge that is the center of a giant outdoor party?
After you dry off, recover at — what else? — the Recovery Party at North Door. Circuit superstar Roland Belmares will be spinning, so this will be a rocky recovery.
The party ends early in the a.m., but be sure to get some rest, because you want to look relaxed and rested for the final event. It's a Tea Dance at the Belmont Hotel, both inside and outside, with a mimosa and bloody Mary bar.
Never been to Austin? You're missing out on one very cool city, even in late summer. With over 150 flights daily to and from most U.S. cities. Austin's airport (AUS) is surprisingly reachable from just about anywhere in the continental U.S.
Host hotel Embassy Suites Austin—Downtown/Town Lake is an all-suite luxury hotel, complete with fitness center and an outdoor pool/hot tub are with romantic waterfalls. It offers easy access to some of Austin's must-see attractions, such as Lady Bird Lake, the Warehouse District, historic Sixth Street, Barton Springs Pool and the South Congress “SoCo” shopping district. The hotel is also a very short cab ride to Splash Days events.
And best of all, you know that all that hard-driving partying is also driving some very good causes. Splash Days is a 501c3 (non-profit) oragnization. All proceeds go directly back to the LGBT community.