IMAGE: Music for Wilderness Lake. Performance documentation, The Contemporary Austin – Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria, Austin, Texas, 2014. Photograph by Brian Fitzsimmons.

Drift-In Theater: Moonrise Kingdom

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The Drift-In Theater Series presents films to Contemporary Austin Members in Laguna Gloria’s scenic, secluded lagoon. Watercraft both large and small are invited to anchor at sunset and enjoy this unique opportunity to experience The Contemporary Austin by water.

Due to recent rainfall in the Austin area and watercraft bans initiated by city officials, this event (previously scheduled for June 3) has been rescheduled for Friday, June 17. All tickets will transfer over to the new date. If you are unable to attend on June 17, we are happy to refund your ticket! Please contact us at for ticketing and refund information.

Join us for a special floating screening of Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom. Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, Moonrise Kingdom tells the story of two twelve-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. But a storm is brewing offshore—and the peaceful island community is turned upside down in every which way. (2012, 94 min.)


Lagoon opens at 7:30P, Film begins at 8:30P.

Please launch your boat from the Public Dock at 1600 Scenic Drive, Austin, TX 78723, a two-minute walk from Hula Hut and a fifteen-minute motorized ride to the Laguna Gloria Lagoon. There are no boat launching facilities at Laguna Gloria.

BYOB and picnics are welcome!

Portable audio is available for all watercraft.

Tickets are available for purchase by all Contemporary Austin Members only. (Not a Member? Join today to drift with us!)

Ticket price includes admission for 1 watercraft (either owned by ticket purchaser or rented separately) + all guests on board.

Large watercraft include motorized boats. Small watercraft include canoes, kayaks, and rowboats.

UPDATE 6/1/16: Tickets for both large and small watercraft are now SOLD OUT. Contact us at if you would like to be placed on our waiting list.

Please contact Caroline Smith,, with any event questions.

Boat Rentals

Looking for a boat to float you to the Drift-In Theater?

For guests without their own watercraft who would like to attend, a limited number of pontoon boats will be available for the evening at a 25–75 percent discounted rate of $350 per boat with a captain for up to four hours, courtesy of our sponsor Float On Boat Rentals.

Boats will be rented on a first-come, first-serve basis, and tip for the captain is not included in the rental rate. Tickets to the Drift-In Theater event must be purchased separately.

Please contact David at 512 436 3505 or with inquiries.

Float On is located at 1600 Scenic Drive, Austin, TX 78723 (a two-minute walk from Hula Hut and a fifteen-minute ride to the Laguna Gloria Lagoon).

Important Note: There are a limited number of tickets available to the Drift-in Theater, and a boat rental from Float On does not guarantee entry. Please book your ticket separately to guarantee admission.

UPDATE 6/1/16: Tickets are now SOLD OUT; please contact to be placed on our waiting list.


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