Here is how to spend a family Labor Day weekend in Texas.
Labor Day is another Texas holiday weekend on Monday, September 4th, 2023. 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. Enjoy that extra day!!
If you plan to spend the holiday at home, you could always plan a backyard barbecue and play outdoor games. But, we have an 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 below.
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 actually bought one), I have a few ideas below 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.
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 Texas.
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 many 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 their families—it’s right in their backyards!
Emerald City Band at Southfork Ranch – Plano
September 3, 2023, 5:30 – 10 pm.
Labor Day Live & Loud – get ready to dance at Southfork Ranch
Tickets: $20-$150 on Eventbright.
Westfest – Labor Day Weekend – (Near Waco)
Labor Day Weekend (starting on Thursday); Downtown West, TX, on South Main Street.
WestFest is a Czech Festival held every Labor Day weekend in the Czech community of West, TX.
Live music, authentic food & entertainment. Lots going on here, including special events and a Kolache baking contest.
Admission: Thursday night is FREE. Parking is FREE too. Friday $22 Adults/ $6 Kids. Saturday & Sunday $15 Adults/ $6 Kids. No Pets.
6th Annual River Front Jazz Festival – Dallas
September 1-3, 2023
Black Academy of Arts and Letters, Inc.
Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center
1309 Canton Street, Dallas
Ticketed Event on Ticketmaster – River Front Jazz Festival
The Grandscape (The Colony)
You could spend an entire day here with all its attractions and live entertainment. It might take two days to see it all. SO MANY NEW ATTRACTIONS HERE IF YOU HAVEN’T BEEN IN A WHILE. See below link.
- Grandscape Wheel
- Movie Theater
- 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 & food trucks
- Scheels (there is a smaller wheel inside to ride for only $1)
And if you haven’t been to Grandscape lately, there are new attractions at Grandscape that have been added in the past six months.
Frisco Star District
Frisco has risen to the top. Visitors are swarming the area from downtown Frisco to the new Starplex to check it all out—another area in North Texas where you could spend the entire day and not see everything.
- 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.
The Boardwalk At Granite Park – Plano
If you haven’t been to The Boardwalk, you need to go. Meander around the small lake 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. Dogs welcome!
Check out what Rory and her family crammed into a weekend in Plano.
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!
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-friendly 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. 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.
Labor Day Weekend Festival – Dallas
Sunday, September 3rd from 1-6 pm
Showcasing Texas’s best caterers and chefs at Lofty Spaces, 816 Montgomery St. in Dallas. What great ideas they have for the public and a perfect day to have something like this. Who’s going? Organizer: Latoya Shelby.
Labor Day Weekend In Granbury
September 1-4, 2023
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 1-4, 2023, 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.
Epic Waters Pool Party Labor Day Weekend – Grand Prairie
September 2-4, 2023
Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark Labor Day Weekend Fun will be filled with live entertainment and interactive activities, dance parties, and a live DJ.
Labor Day River Walk Artisan Show
September 1-4, 2023
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. Labor Day River Walk Artisan Show
Texas Hill Country
Tube The Rivers In New Braunfels
Tubing down the Guadalupe River and the Comal River would be fun for the 3-day Labor Day weekend if you don’t mind crowds. What better way to celebrate the unofficial end of summer than floating down a river? And, yes, the water is cold!
Drink Wine In 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 article Reasons To Visit Dripping Springs for ideas to spend Labor Day weekend.
Fredericksburg Balloon Festival
September 2, 2023
Fredericksburg Balloon Festival is happening on Labor Day weekend at Bankersmith, Texas Dance Hall & Wedding Venue on Saturday. Buy tickets online via Eventbrite.
Tickets: $10-$375 + online fees.
Hill Country Harvest Festival – Fredericksburg
September 1-2, 2023
Come out and celebrate its 11th annual grape picking and stomping tradition while enjoying award-winning Texas wines.
Swim In Wimberley
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 many house rentals, rooms, and rustic cabins to stay at, and you’re in the Texas Hill Country! RESERVATIONS ONLY TO SWIM IN JACOB’S WELL.
Margaritaville Resort Lake Conroe (view from a hotel room)
Two Family Resorts To Spend Labor Day Weekend
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.
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.
Hamilton Annual Labor Day Dove Festival
Hamilton is located on US Hwy 281. I pass this quaint town on my way to the hill country. Every Labor Day weekend, the community celebrates the county’s designation as “The Dove Capital of Texas.” Rodeos, concerts, vendors, 5K, parades, food trucks, and much more entertain the whole family.
Kyle Hot Air Balloon Festival
September 1-2, 2023
Join the Pie Capital of Texas this Labor Day Weekend for the Kyle Pie in the Sky Day Celebration on Lake Kyle. 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! Kyle Pie in the Sky Hot Air Balloon Festival
Admission: $10 for the day, $15 for the weekend
Play In Austin
Known as the Live Music Capital of the World, Austin would make a great trip for Labor Day with the family. Take a stroll down 6th Street, where the music scene is most exciting and where you can see the amazing culture of the town. Go see the Mexican free-tailed bats under the Congress Avenue Bridge to make your trip even more exciting.
Omni Barton Creek Resort – Austin
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.
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.
T&C Family Fun Labor Day Event – Austin
Sept 4th, 8:30 am – 12: 30 pm.
2nd Annual T&C Sports Labor Day Event at 9100 Meadowhealth Dr., Austin.
Labor Day Celebration
September 3, 2023, 4-11 pm
Bring the family to The Place At Lake Whitney for the party.
Amarillo Community Labor Day Picnic 2023
September 4th, 11 am – 4 pm.
At Memorial Park.
Bright Side Musical Festival – El Paso, TX
September 2-3, 2023, 3 pm to 2 am both days.
Two days of Brightside Music Festival featuring The Biggest International Artists Across Electronic, Latin, Hip Hop & Indie! Location: Ascarata Park, 6900 Delta Drive, El Paso, TX.
Here’s to Labor Day Weekend in Texas!