Scope these places to spend a family Labor Day weekend in Texas.
Labor Day is another Texas holiday weekend on Monday, September 5th, 2022. Better yet, a long weekend to enjoy! Labor Day is about celebrating the achievements of American workers. If you’ve ever worked a day in your life in the USA, we celebrate you! Labor Day is for you to rest and relax anywhere you feel comfortable.
The first day of school is earlier this year, at least for us it is (Aug. 17th). So, if you plan to spend the holiday at home, you could always plan a backyard barbecue and play outdoor games. But, we have one more opportunity to extend summer for one more weekend. If this is you, plan your Labor Day weekend in Texas on the road with our tips and recommendations.
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Labor Day Weekend In Texas
Now that July 4th is behind us, it’s time to start planning for the 3-day Labor Day weekend. Besides all the mattress discounts you’ll ever want to hear about, I have a few ideas below about where you can spend Labor Day weekend in Texas. I would love to plan a road trip every time a three-day weekend rolls around.
We don’t know what the gas prices will be in September, but as far as I’ve been seeing and reading, high gas prices are not stopping people from taking road trips. Staying close to home is a great possibility for a lot of us. It’s still hot in Texas, and almost everything related to summer is still open through Labor Day. That is good for us.
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Places To Spend Labor Day Weekend In Texas
Some great options could be a resort with a pool, nearby beaches, lakes, golf courses, and your favorite water park. Or rent a cabin at your favorite state park or bring a tent to camp out under the stars. These fun activities can continue in September. So, if a pool party in your backyard is out of the question because you’ve already had plenty of those, it’s time to plan to go somewhere.
Labor Day is filled with festivals, food fests, and even a few balloon fests. Here are a few ideas and plenty of things to do for you and your kids.
Areas north of Dallas like Plano, The Colony, Frisco, and even Irving, which is west of Dallas, are getting a lot of hype these days. And, for a good reason. More and more entertainment is coming to each city. And the best part is that residents of these areas no longer have to leave their city to find fun and excitement for the family—it’s right in their backyards!
The Grandscape (The Colony)
You could spend an entire day here with all the attractions and live entertainment it offers. Actually, it might take two days to see it all.
- Grandscape Wheel
- Movie Theater
- Special Entertainment Exhibit (Marvel Avengers happening now, but exhibits do change)
- Andretti Indoor Karting & Games
- Shopping major brands and boutiques
- Nebraska Furniture Mart
- Lots of dining options
- Plenty of free parking
- Live Music at the Truck Yard & plenty of food trucks
- Scheels (there is a smaller wheel inside to ride for only $1)
Visit Kim’s blog for more in-depth fun on things to do at Grandscape.
Frisco Star District
Man, Frisco has risen to the top. From downtown Frisco to the new Starplex, visitors are swimming to check it all out.
- The Starplex
- National Soccer Hall of Fame
- Shopping Mall
- Dining, bars, tea room, sweets
- Hotels (Omni & Hyatt) and the many all around the Starplex
Plus tons of other things to do in the Rail District and all over town. See what my friend and I did on a Weekend in Frisco.
The Boardwalk At Granite Park (Plano)
If you haven’t been here, you need to go. Meander around the small lake of water while marveling at the foundation in the middle. Take your pick of restaurants to enjoy with inside and outside seating. Play the yard games that are available for all. Sit and watch people. And, you can bring your dog.
Check out what Rory and her family crammed into a weekend in Plano.
Toyota Music Factory (Irving)
A live music venue is what you’ll find at the Toyota Music Factory, but there’s more. All around the lawn are restaurants with outside and inside seating. Picnic tables are on the grounds; you can even bring a blanket to sit on the grass. This is always a family-freindly event arena with pizza, hamburgers, chicken, tacos, and everything else!
And, if you go across the street to the Las Colinas Canal, there are more eateries over there, plus you can walk around the canal, rent a kayak, and even get serenaded on a riverboat for dinner. This area would make a lovely Labor Day weekend in Texas.
Legacy Hall In Plano
One area with your favorite food is what you’ll find at Legacy Hall. Order what you want and meet your gang at a table. It’s fabulous!
Texas Food Fest – Dallas
On Labor Day, September 5th, Texas Food Fest will showcase the best caterers and chef’s in Texas at Lofty Spaces in Dallas. What great ideas they have for the public and a perfect day to have something like this. Who’s going?
Admission: Free online, $10 at the door.
Labor Day Weekend In Granbury
If you’ve ever attended special events or a fun family festival on Granbury Square, you know the town knows how to throw a party. From September 2-5, 2022, the town will rock with another fun Labor Day festival, including a sidewalk sale on the square, live music, and a lighted boat parade on its city beach on Lake Granbury. Activities are free.
I think I’ll attend this festival just for its annual sidewalk sales. You? There’s sure to be some good sales going on. This will be a special Labor Day event for sure.
Labor Day River Walk Artisan Show
The river walk always knows how to celebrate a holiday. It may be a little crowded, but Labor Day is something to be proud of – right? September 2-5, 2022. This might be fun for adults and great fun for the entire family.
JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort And Spa
Backyard BBQ Labor Day Bash
JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa will host its Backyard BBQ Labor Day Bash for its guests to help celebrate the end of summer and the beginning of fall. I sure hope this includes cooler weather!
Things To Do In the Texas Hill Country For Labor Day Weekend
Tubing and floating down the Guadalupe River would be a fun thing to do for Labor Day weekend. If you don’t mind crowds, this would be something to check into. What better way to celebrate the unofficial end of summer than floating down a river! And, yes, that water is cold!
Lady Bird Lake, Travis Lake, and any lake in or around Austin will be packed with people. But it is something to consider. Bring your own kayak so you don’t have to wait in line to get out on the water.
Dripping Springs / Driftwood
If I lived closer, this is where I’d be. With the only town in the hill country to have wineries, distillers, and brewers, you know there will be some good parties. Check out my articles Reasons To Visit Dripping Springs and Waterfalls In Dripping Springs for ideas to spend Labor Day weekend in Texas.
Jacob’s Well swimming hole is a great place to spend a couple of days in the sun rounding out the last weekend of the summer. There are lots of house rentals, rooms, and rustic cabins to stay at, and you’re in the Texas Hill Country!!
Fredericksburg Balloon Festival
Fredericksburg Balloon Festival is happening on Labor Day weekend at Bankersmith, Texas Dance Hall & Wedding Venue on Saturday, September 3, 2022, from 3-8 pm. Buy tickets online.
Tickets start at $20 + online fees.
Labor Day Lobster Boil – Fredericksburg
Fredericksburg Labor Day Lobster Boil at Bankdersmith, Texas on 9/3 from 4-8 pm. Buy Tickets online.
Tickets are $10-$69 plus online fees.
Find these events and all others at BankersmithTexas/events.
Hill Country Harvest Festival
Messina Hof Hill Country Winery’s 10th Annual Harvest Festival. September 2 & 3, 2022.
Kyle Hot Air Balloon Festival
NEW LOCATION – 4th Annual Kyle Pie in the Sky Hot Air Balloon Festival held at Gregg-Clarke Park on September 2-4, 2022.
Join the Pie Capital of Texas this Labor Day Weekend on Saturday, Sept. 3rd, for the Kyle Pie in the Sky Day Celebration. Expect entertainment for the whole family, a vendor market, live music, a kids’ area, and tethered hot air balloon rides. And don’t forget the pie baking contest, pie-eating contests, and many pie vendors. OMG. I would love to go here!
Admission is free, but balloon rides will cost.
Family Resorts To Spend Labor Day Weekend In Texas
Margaritaville Resort On Lake Conroe
Nowhere else can you play in the sun, eat, swim, and walk barefoot while listening to music than at the Margaritaville Resort on Lake Conroe. For everything you need to know about this place – read Margaritaville Resort Lake Conroe.
Oh, and …It’s 5 o’clock somewhere!
Tanglewood Resort On Lake Texoma
This resort is located on the Texas-Oklahoma border and has everything your family needs to have a great time. There are new owners and managers and a new 3-tier pool with a slide. We were there two weeks ago and stayed in a villa suite, which was more than we expected. Check out our weekend at Tanglewood Resort below.
Omni Barton Creek Resort
Part of the Omni Hotel family. Barton Creek Resort has it all.
They offer special packages throughout the year, and my favorite is their Sunrise, Sunset & S’mores Package – great for the entire family and a good place to party. Available through Labor Day.