Sticking around for the long weekend? You’ll still find plenty to do and see right here, from drive-in movies to light-saber demos to hot-air balloons—not to mention all the swimming and yoga you can possibly handle.Read More
Where to celebrate Labor Day weekend in Austin
Top event picks for the long holiday
1. Austin Radio Control Associates’ Fall Big Bird Air Show
Austin, TX 78724
The Austin Radio Control Association kicks off the weekend host its 2019 Fall Big Bird RC Airshow. Pilots from all over Texas and the Southwest will be flying scale radio control airplanes, including aerobatic aircraft, WWI biplanes, and modern civilian scale models. Friday and Saturday, August 30 and 31, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., $25 pilot fee, public admission is free.
2. “Top Gun” screening with Val Kilmer
You could argue that 1980s blockbuster hit movie Top Gun doesn’t have much to do with Labor Day. Or you could make the case that it celebrates the struggle of the hard-working, hard-partying fighter pilots of the United States Navy. Either way, the Alamo Drafthouse’s Labor Day screening of the film with star Val Kilmer in attendance sounds like an inspired way to celebrate having the next day off work—especially when it benefits the Austin Food & Wine Alliance. Sunday, September 1, 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 – $150.
3. Landmarks Walking Tour, UT Campus
Austin, TX 78712
UT’s Landmarks program is presenting an hour-long, docent-led walking tour of works in its public art collection. Participants will meet a docent at Nancy Rubins’ Monochrome for Austin at the northwest corner of East 24th Street and Speedway at 10 a.m. Sunday. The group will learn learn how Landmarks artists approach different media and examine 2D and 3D works by Sol LeWitt and Nancy Rubins. Sunday, September 1, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Free and open to the public. Tours are held rain or shine, so dress accordingly.
4. Labor Daze screenings at Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive In
Austin’s Mueller-area drive-in theater will screen a double feature of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Office Space on the main screen to celebrate the holiday weekend.
5. “Star Wars” weekend at Community First! Village
Mobile Loaves & Fishes, the group responsible for the Community First! Village, is hosting an all-ages Star Wars weekend at CF’s awesome amphitheater. Screenings include Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope on Friday and a double feature of Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi Saturday. Jakku Temple will also perform providing a live, choreographed, interactive light-saber battle on Saturday, when the event is a fundraiser. Friday, August 30, $5 suggested donation. Saturday, August 31, 7:30 p.m.-11:55 p.m., $15 general admission, $25 for admission and a combo meal.
6. Bullock Texas State History Museum
H-E-B Free First Sundays at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum offer the opportunity to explore the history of Texas for free. Three floors of exhibitions and Texas artifacts include the story of La Belle: The Ship That Changed History. The museum is also currently featuring the exhibit “Cowboys in Space and Fantastic Worlds,” an exhibit about the history of Westerns in science fiction.
7. Deep Eddy Labor Day Pool Party
As always, the fun on Labor Day is family-friendly at Deep Eddy Pool, one of Austin’s historic, cherished swimming spots. The party features live music from Reveleros and the Minor Mishap Marching Band, synchronized swimming by the North Austin Rivermaids, water polo and lifeguarding demonstrations, and refreshments from Jim Jim’s Water Ice. Monday, September 2.
8. Free Day of Yoga
Labor Day is traditionally a day in many cities, including Austin, when studios and instructors offer free yoga classes all day, all over town. We’ve chosen the downtown Whole Foods for our map point because they’re kicking off the day with a 7 a.m. class, but you can Free Day of Yoga’s website has a list and schedule of all the classes available everywhere.
9. Six Square Cultural Arts Fest
Six Square, Austin’s African American Cultural District, will hold its biggest Cultural Arts Fest on Saturday at the historic Huston-Tillotson University. Billed as the group’s biggest event of the year, the festival features a variety of family-friendly events, including live music and DJs, food, storytelling presented by the Austin History Center, and art installations. Saturday, September 2, 3 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
10. Kyle Pie in the Sky Hot Air Balloon Festival
The annual festival in the nearby town of Kyle takes place all weekend, when more than 20 hot air balloons take to the sky mornings and evenings at Lake Kyle Park every day of the fest. Since Kyle claims the title of “Pie Capital of Texas” there will be a variety of pies for sale, as well as a kid zone, vendors, live music, and fireworks. Friday, August 30-Sunday, September 1, $20 for the full weekend in advance, $30 at the gate. Children ages 10 and under get in free.