Everyone loves a good three-day-weekend. But what makes Labor Day (Monday, September 2, 2019) so special is the celebration of American workers who have contributed to the strength and prosperity of our country. If you're planning to spend your Labor Day Weekend in Austin, we’ve got some exciting things planned. Here are the best events and things to do this Labor Day Weekend in Austin.
Congress Avenue Bridge at sunset.
Outdoors Things to Do over Labor Day Weekend
Take a dip in one of Austin’s many popular spring-fed swimming holes. Located in Zilker Park near downtown Austin, Barton Springs Pool maintains a refreshing temperature of 68 degrees year round, and has plenty of grassy areas for people watching. Hike along the picturesque Barton Creek Greenbelt to reach Gus Fruh, a swimming hole known for its famed Urban Assault limestone rock wall that’s a favorite of climbers, as well as the hidden Twin Falls and Sculpture Falls areas.
Head to the Hill Country and get on the river with some friends, a cooler and a tube. Float the day away on the super clean, spring-fed San Marcos River. Swish down the Comal River near New Braunfels and enjoy shuttle service to and from the river. In Gruene, it’s all about the Guadalupe River. Rent a tube, raft or canoe or take a guided trip down the river.
See the Bats
Labor Day Weekend is in the middle of prime bat watching season. Each night at dusk, both locals and visitors alike gather on the Congress Avenue Bridge to celebrate the city's unofficial mascots that flock to Austin between April and October.
See a Movie at the Drive-In
Watch a movie under the stars at Austin’s drive-in theater in the Mueller neighborhood, Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In. Celebrate Labor Daze with special showings of "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" and "Office Space."
Courtesy of Cat's Pajamas.
Where to Eat & Drink over Labor Day Weekend in Austin
Labor Day is the perfect time to check out some great brunch spots around Austin! Whether you’re enjoying a cinnamon sugar Bavarian brunch pretzel on the patio at Scholz Garten, catching up with friends over breakfast negronis and the Eggs Dominico (poached eggs, focaccia, prosciutto cotto, fontina hollandaise) at Uncle Nicky's or indulging in a Migas Royale Plate from Tacodeli, Austin doesn’t disappoint when it comes to providing local, delicious brunches each and every weekend.
Hill Country Tasting Rooms
Austin and the Hill Country are home to a spectacular selection of craft beverage makers, from award winning wineries and distilleries to sprawling brewery complexes with food trucks and more. Be one of the first to explore the new welcome center at William Chris Vineyards, located in Hye. Make your reservation in advance for an exclusive VIP Tour and Tasting or the Winemaker's Choice tasting experience. Just outside of Austin, Deep Eddy Vodka recently unveiled their newly expanded tasting room and visitors center. Enjoy a tasting flight on the outdoor patio, overlooking the expansive Texas Hill Country.
Patios for a Long Weekend
Labor Day Weekend is all about spending time with friends and family, while surrounded by great food and fabulous music. No one knows this better than Austin (we've kind of mastered the whole patio scene). What better way to celebrate the season than a fresh-air feast with your favorite people? Soak in the views over Lake Austin from Hula Hut's patio, a tiki-inspired restaurant serving up delicious Polynesian-meets-Mexican food and refreshing libations. Enjoy ranch-style Tex-Mex, reminiscent of the vaquero and cowboy way of life, under the shaded patio at ¡Vamonos!. If you're craving fresh seafood, find a spot on the Holly neighborhood patio at Monger's Market + Kitchen to enjoy classic, simple seafood dishes, combined with a retail market highlighting freshly caught Texas Gulf shrimp and fish. Spend a waning evening of late summer on the rooftop deck at the new Cat's Pajamas, a tiki bar overlooking the action of West Sixth Street.
ABGB. Courtesy of Mountain Trout Photography.
Labor Day Weekend Events
8/27/19 - 9/2/19
Out Of Bounds Comedy Festival
The Out of Bounds Comedy Festival is a seven day live performance independent festival that showcases improv, sketch, stand-up and other acts leading up to Labor Day weekend. Check out some of the different shows at theaters across the city - this year’s festival hosts more than 500 performers in 180 shows!
8/30/19 - 9/1/19
Capital City Black Film Festival
CCBFF celebrates African American filmmakers from across the nation and provides a stage for burgeoning talent. This festival packs in the fun with four-days of events, seminars, parties, screenings and more.
Don't miss this annual party at Barracuda celebrating the local music scene, featuring live music from local bands like Magna Carda, Ringo Deathstarr, TC Superstar and more.
ABGB's Sixth Anniversary Party
Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co.
Celebrate ABGB’s sixth anniversary on Sunday. Grab your fill of pizza and beer, listen to some local live music and get a slice of the birthday cake. This year, The Derailers and The Nightowls are performing, so kick back, relax and enjoy the show.
Labor Day Lawn Party
Close out the summer at Cafe Josie's family-friendly lawn party, featuring live music along with food and beverage specials.
Free First Sunday at the Bullock
Bullock Texas State History Museum
Enjoy free admission at the Bullock Museum all day during H-E-B Free First Sundays. Step into the world of nineteenth- and twentieth-century suffragists in Sister Suffragettes, celebrating the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment. Or, discover more than 150 years of western and science fiction history in Cowboys in Space and Fantastic Worlds, a journey through the history of westerns in science fiction.
Free Day of Yoga
All day long, participating studios across the Austin area offer free classes as an opportunity for every age and fitness level.
Explore our online calendar to find more Labor Day Weekend events!
Looking for more holiday weekend ideas? Check out our guide to Your Perfect Long Weekend in Austin!