Everyone loves a good three-day-weekend. But what makes Labor Day (Monday, September 6, 2021) 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, here are some great ideas for things to do this Labor Day Weekend in Austin.
Blue Hole in Wimberley. Credit Pierce Ingram.
Things to Do Outside over Labor Day Weekend
Take a dip in one of Austin’s many popular natural swimming holes. 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. Drive 45 minutes south of Austin to reach the glorious Blue Hole, located just outside of Wimberley. The crystal-clear waters of Blue Hole stay an ideal 75 degrees all year round, and are shaded by towering cypress trees (reservations are required for swimming, so make your reservation online here). More swimming around Austin.
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. Visit a local tube rental shops or bring your own tubes, rafts or kayaks for a leisurely trip down the river.
Take a Hike
Drive out to the Hill Country for spectacular hikes, state parks and picnic spots. While Hamilton Pool Preserve isn't allowing swimming right now, spend the day at picture perfect parks like Jacob’s Well (reservations required), Emma Long Metropolitan Park (passes required over Labor Day Weekend), Reimers Ranch Park, Lockhart State Park and more.
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 or from kayaks on the lake to celebrate the city's unofficial mascots that flock to Austin between April and October.
Go for a Cruise
Rent a boat on Lake Austin or Lake Travis for a fun day in the sun. Or, sit back and let the captain do the driving on a Lady Bird Lake boat cruise from Lone Star Riverboat or Capital Cruises, complete with cityscape views and Austin landmark sightseeing.
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. Watch a newly released flick from the famed Circuit of The Americas venue at MoonStruck Drive In. Or head to nearby Buda for adult beverages and tasty food at the Doc's Drive In Theatre.
Courtesy of Hula Hut.
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 catching up with friends over a big BBQ breakfast with breakfast Frito pie and tomatillo chilaquiles at Lamberts, or indulging in a plate of gorditas rancheras and a michelada from El Alma, Austin doesn’t disappoint when it comes to providing local, delicious brunches each and every weekend. On Sunday, don't miss The Peached Tortilla's tasty brunch featuring items like BBQ pork buns, Thai chop chop salad, Korean steak & eggs bowl and more.
Central Texas 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. Explore the vineyard and tasting room at William Chris Vineyards, located in Hye. Make your reservation in advance for a Wine and Food Tasting or the Library Wine tasting experience. While in Austin, stop by Still Austin Distillery for a straight bourbon whiskey in the tasting room or on the expansive patio.
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!. Cool down on the bright and floral patio at Verbena, a new restaurant on West 6th Street, helmed by Chef Nic Yanes of Juniper and Uncle Nicky's. The restaurant delivers a menu reminiscent of old-world farm-to-table fare, that's artfully composed in a modern presentation. Spend a waning afternoon of late summer on the patio at Pool Burger, a tiki bar just off the shores of Lady Bird Lade. Opt for $5 frozen hurricanes for weekday happy hour, or draft Zombies paired with an old fashioned burger, crinkle cuts and soft serve. Watch the world go by on the patio at Hopdoddy, where you can pair house margaritas with sharable green chile queso fries for the table.
Looking for more holiday weekend ideas? Check out our guide to Your Perfect Long Weekend in Austin!