The first Monday in September is a time to celebrate the hard work and achievements of American workers. Whether you are into improv, movies, live music or fitness, check out some of our top picks for Labor Day weekend in Austin:

Sunset over the Congress Avenue Bridge

Labor Day Weekend is in the middle of prime bat watching season! Each night at dusk, both locals and visitors alike gather to celebrate the city's unofficial mascots that flock to Austin between the months of April and October.

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!

Watch a movie under the stars at Austin’s drive-in theatre, Blue Starlite Austin. On Saturday, September 3, celebrate Labor Day weekend with a double feature of the classic films, The Princess Bride and The Labyrinth. On Sunday, September 4 and Monday, September 5, head to the theater and celebrate the 30-year anniversary of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

Santa Elena Canyon from the Journey Into Big Bend Exhibit
Santa Elena Canyon from the Journey Into Big Bend Exhibit. Credit Sarah Wilson.

Enjoy free exhibit admission at the Bullock Texas State History Museum all day during H-E-B Free First Sundays, held the first Sunday of every month. Current exhibits allow you to discover the story of the 17th century French ship La Belle as it is reassembled live in front of you in La Belle: The Ship That Changed History. Explore the beauty and majesty of Big Bend National Park with stunning photography, artifacts, and personal reflections in Journey into Big Bend.

The TriRock Triathlon Series, celebrating 10 years, takes places on Labor Day Monday in downtown Austin. The urban setting provides a swim start at the Stevie Ray Vaughan statue with a swim course in Lady Bird Lake, fast and closed bike course with stunning views over the Congress Avenue Bridge and finishes with a run along the Auditorium Shores running path. 

All day long, participating studios across the Austin area offer free classes as an opportunity for every age and fitness level during the Free Day of Yoga.

Experience live music on Labor Day! Head to Antone’s for a performance by Nakia & the Blues Grifters, playing the best blues and soul covers from the ’50s through the ‘70s. Nakia and the Blues Grifters play at 10 p.m., right after A Special Blue Monday with Whitey Johnson (Gary Nicholson) plus Derek O'Brien & the Texas Horns.

Looking for more holiday ideas? Check out our guide to Your Perfect Long Weekend in Austin!