Hotel to Austin: Skip work today, party like Ferris Bueller instead

Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?

Any fan of the John Hughes classic “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” which was originally released on June 11, 1986, has secretly fantasized about shirking all responsibilities for a day and joyriding around town in a borrowed Ferrari.

Because it’s Friday and, well, this is Austin, one area hotel is encouraging locals to make like Ferris by taking today off work and hanging by the pool for a “Ferris Bueller”-themed party instead.

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The W Hotel is hosting a “Ferris Bueller”-themed party today. credit: Mark Knight

“In thinking about how to kick off our summer season now that the rain has stopped, we kept coming back to the idea that Austin is a city that seems to be working harder than ever, and we knew we wanted to throw a party that would allow our guests to play as hard as they work,” said Drew McQuade, W Austin GM, in a statement. “For us, the idea of ‘playing hooky on a school day’ screamed Ferris Bueller, and with the anniversary of the film approaching, we felt the stars had aligned.”

Related: What Ferris Bueller would have done if his day off had been in Austin

The W Austin’s “summer skip day” is today from noon to 7 p.m. and is open to the public. It will include themed cocktails, Chicago Cubs-inspired treats and “Ferris Bueller”-themed performances as well as pop-up shops, dancers, a photo booth and DJ music.

Related: Four ways to ‘save Ferris’ in Chicago, where the movie was filmed

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Actor Matthew Broderick appears in a scene from the film “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” in 1986. credit: Paramount Pictures

The hotel also hosts parties on the pool deck every Sunday afternoon through the summer for hotel guests and locals alike featuring DJs and drink specials.

Even if you can’t take a skip day today, maybe this is a good reminder to plan out a  staycation that will allow you to fully embrace the summer, ideally somewhere by a pool, drink in hand. After all, in the famous words of Ferris Bueller himself, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”


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