Looking for Labor Day Events to savor the last bit of summer and make the most of the three-day weekend? Here are a variety of ideas including some outdoors and some indoors. Enjoy your well-deserved break!
Bass Performance Hall
From August 28 to September 2, you can rock to the hilarious “School of Rock” musical at Bass Performance Hall-Maddox-Muse Complex (525 Commerce, Fort Worth, TX 76102-5440). Based on the hit film, the show follows wannabe rock star Dewey Finn posing as a substitute teacher in a class of straight-A students. He converts them into a “guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band.”
Fort Worth Stockyards National District
Want an authentic western cowboy experience? The place to go is the Fort Worth Stockyards. They have twice-daily cattle drive every day at 11 am and 4 pm. The drive begins on E. Exchange Avenue in front of the Fort Worth Livestock Exchange Building (131 East Exchange Ave., Livestock Exchange Building, Fort Worth, TX 76116) and you can view the livestock behind the building.
At 8 pm on Fridays and Saturdays, you can watch two hours of Stockyards Championship Rodeo at the Cowtown Coliseum (121 E. Exchange Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76164). Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show runs in the same place as the rodeo earlier in the day on Saturdays at 2:30 and 4:30 pm.
Billy Bob’s Texas (2520 Rodeo Plaza, Fort Worth, TX 76164) has shows on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. You can catch the Fabulous Thunderbirds and Kim Wilson on Friday. Saturday’s show presents Los Lonely Boys known for their bluesy “Texican rock.” On Sunday, Ned LeDoux will play country music and you can bet that he’ll play his most requested song “This Cowboy’s Hat.” Get more awesome things to do at the Fort Worth Stockyards.
Heading to the lake tops many people’s list of things to do over Labor Day Weekend. You have many options:
- Burger’s Lake (1200 Meandering Rd., Fort Worth, TX 76114) is a spring-fed lake in a 30-acre park where you can bring grills and coolers.
- Joe Pool Lake (1570 F.M. 1382, Cedar Hill, TX 75104) features fishing, camping, and multiple parks with picnic tables, grills, boat dock, hiking trails, sports fields, and more.
- Lake Grapevine (110 Fairway Dr., Grapevine, TX 76051) contains a floating water park at Meadowmere Park (3000 Meadowmere Ln., Grapevine, TX 76051), marinas, boat ramps, kayak and boat rentals, cabins, and trails.
- Lake Lewisville (Tennie Dr. and N. Mill St Lewisville, TX 75028) and its 662 acres hold a swimming beach, picnic pavilions, camping grounds, restrooms, disc golf, and a golf course.
Sandy Lake Amusement Park
Sandy Lake Amusement Park (1800 Sandy Lake Rd., Carrollton, TX 75006) offers much more than typical fun lake activities. You can play mini-golf, explore the lake on paddle boats, go on any of more than 20 rides, set up a picnic, or enjoy playing SkeeBall and video games in the arcade. If you don’t want to bring your own food, the park sells popcorn, hot dog, pizza, Frito Pies, and more. You can bring a grill and food for grilling.
Thrill rides will have you blast off in the space shuttle ride or bump family and friends on the bumper cars. Everyone in the family can relax on the Merry-go-Round or hop on a train. The little ones can ride a fish, hop on a pony, and drive their first car. There’s something for everyone.
Modern Art Museum
Discover a vibrant-colored anime characters in a special exhibition with more than 50 works by artist Takashi Murakami. In the exhibition titled Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats His Own Leg, Murakami’s inspiration comes from folklore, art history, and popular culture. This exhibition runs through Sept. 16 at the Modern Art Museum (3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth, Texas 76107).
Riverfront Jazz Festival
In its second year, the Riverfront Jazz Festival promises a weekend full of renowned music artists playing a mix of jazz, blues, R&B, and soul. From Aug. 31 to Sept. 2, attendees can wander the festival and browse vendor booths while listening to the music at Texas Horse Park (811 Pemberton Hill Dr., Dallas, Texas 75217).