Everyone loves a good three-day-weekend. But what makes Labor Day so special is the celebration of American workers who have contributed to the strength and prosperity of our country while keeping in mind the attitudes of its foundation - each person working to achieve remarkable things by pullin’ themselves up by the boot straps and using some real elbow grease to get things done. Take a break in Austin this Labor Day Weekend (you deserve it), we’ve got some exciting things planned:

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Twilight at the Congress Avenue Bridge. Credit Pierce Ingram.

September is at the peak of prime bat watching season. Each night as the sun sets, locals and visitors come together to watch the masses of Mexican free-tailed bats swarm out from under the Congress Ave Bridge to grab a bite for the night.

8/29/17 - 9/4/17
The week-long Out of Bounds Comedy Festival showcases improv, sketch, stand-up and other comedic acts leading up to the holiday weekend. Laugh yourself silly across town at featured theaters while taking your pick from more than 130 acts to enjoy.

9/1/17 - 9/3/17
Relax under the stars at Blue Starlite Drive-In. Their “Labor Daze” weekend offers double features of the classics. Watch "Ferris Bueller’s Day Off" paired with "The Breakfast Club" on Friday and Sunday, or "The Princess Bride" with "GREASE: The Sing Along" on Saturday.

9/1/17 - 9/3/17
If you’re looking for one-of-a-kind entertainment, the 2017 World Beard and Mustache Championships will make quite a display. The event will include live entertainment, local food vendors, family-friendly activities (children under 12 have free admission) and of course dozens of facial hair competitions.

9/2/17 - 9/3/17
Explore the soul of Austin in Six Square, Austin's Black Cultural District. Six Square will be hosting two events throughout the weekend for the annual Six Square District Days Celebration. Stop by the historic Downs Mabson Field for the Community Festival on Saturday the 2nd and enjoy live music, food, DJs, and family-friendly fun. On Sunday, tour the vibrant streets of the eastside at the East Austin Stroll. Explore historical destinations and experience performances, exhibits and more.

9/2/17 - 9/3/17
Watch two full days of impressive sports car racing at Circuit of The Americas™ (COTA). The Pirelli World Challenge offers unparalleled access to more makes and models than any other racing series. This series features more than 100 production-based cars (like the ones you drive) that have been prepped specially for racing. There will even be access to the paddock to see the cars up close, hear the engines roar and speak with the drivers.

Discover the story of Texas for FREE during the H-E-B Free First Sundays at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum. Explore three floors of exhibitions and Texas artifacts including the story of La Belle: The Ship That Changed History. Have kiddos or love the classic games? Take a look at the player’s perspective on a worldwide phenomenon as well as play over a dozen iconic video games in Pong to Pokémon: The Evolution of Electronic Gaming.

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Yoga on the rooftop at Whole Foods. Courtesy of Black Swan Yoga.

Zen-out during the Austin Free Day of Yoga (FDOY). Start the morning with the FDOY kick-off class at Whole Foods Market Downtown, or find one of the participating studios around the city. No fear, you don’t have to be a yogi to join in on the fun. These classes are for people of every age and fitness level - perfect for the first-timers!

It wouldn’t be an Austin Labor Day without kicking back with some live music. Head to a few of the towns rockin’ live music venues like Mohawk or Antone’s for soulful blues from the weekend’s featured artists- Tab Benoit, Tameca Jones and Sam Space, the Shelley King Band and the “Godfather of Austin Blues,” W.C. Clark Blues Revue.

Need more holiday ideas? Check out our guide to a perfect long weekend in Austin!