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Things To Do in Texas This Labor Day Weekend: Sept. 1-4

Written by , published August 28, 2017

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Labor Day weekend's numerous event offerings include the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series at Possum Kingdom Lake and the long-running Fayette County Fair in La Grange. It's also the final weekend of "Wild Weather," an exhibit at San Antonio's Witte Museum that explores how scientists are working to better forecast severe weather events like Hurricane Harvey.

Helping after Harvey

The Harvey-stricken areas of Texas continue their recovery process. Many of the weekend's events—like the Brewmasters Craft Beer Festival in Galveston, the Texas Women's Angler's Tournament in Port Aransas, and the Lone Star Flight Museum Grand Opening in Houston—have been postponed or canceled after storm and flood damage, so double check with organizers before getting on the road.

Donate some of your time this weekend. Volunteer opportunities are available in Houston and communities, such as Austin, that have taken in evacuees.

More Events

Find more exciting things to do using the Texas Highways Events Calendar database.

Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series

Graford: Sept. 2-3 
The competition will return to Texas' Possum Kingdom Lake this year for the fourth stop of the world series, where it will host the world's most elite cliff divers going into the second half of the current season. This event is free and no tickets are needed. There is no public land for viewing and you must have a watercraft (boat, paddle board, kayak, etc.) to view the event at Hell's Gate. 

"American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition"

Austin: Sept. 2-Jan. 7, 2018
Step back in time to an era of flappers and suffragists, bootleggers and temperance workers, and real-life legends like Al Capone and Carry Nation with the Bullock Texas State History Museum's first comprehensive exhibition about the temperance movement and the unprecedented repeal of a constitutional amendment. View more than 100 rare artifacts, visit a recreated speakeasy, and explore multimedia exhibits highlighting the 18th Amendment and the fashion, music, and culture of the Roaring '20s. 

Out of Bounds Comedy Festival

Austin: Aug. 29-Sep. 4
Comedians from around the country show Austinites their comedy chops and throw down in a mini-golf tourney. 

Experience Bandera

Bandera: Sept. 2-3
This is the time of the cowboy—and music, horses, and a longhorn cattle drive down Main Street. The event includes arts and crafts, music, reenactments, a parade, and a ranch rodeo.

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Oatmeal Festival

Bertram: Sept. 2 
The 40th annual event promises food and craft vendors, games, a fun run, a horse trail ride, pet and grand parades, an oatmeal drop flyover, a bake-off, music, dance, and a vintage movie theater. 

World Championship Barbecue Goat Cookoff

Brady: Sept. 2
The 44th annual cookoff features 206 cooking teams, a 5K fun run and walk, arts and crafts and food vendors, kids games, and live entertainment including the Josh Abbott Band. New this year is a Texas beer and wine tasting. 

Pie in the Sky

Kyle: Sept. 1-2
Head to Lake Kyle where this hot air balloon festival will feature more than 25 colorful balloons. While you're there, you can also visit various vendors, enjoy the "All Things Pie" tent, a large kid zone, and witness a Guinness World Record attempt for the most people named "Kyle" in one location. 

Cal Farley's Boys Ranch Rodeo

Amarillo: Sept. 2
Each Labor Day weekend, Cal Farley's Boys Ranch welcomes thousands of visitors to enjoy an authentic Western barbecue lunch and exciting rodeo action. Youth compete in events like mutton busting, bronc riding, and barrel racing. A relatively new feature is a family-centric festival with games, fun, food, and souvenirs.

Fayette County Fair

La Grange: Aug. 31-Sept. 3
Established in 1927, this long-running fair offers carnival rides, a cookoff, culinary delights, creative competitive venues, livestock, and local talent. Also features exhibitions, entertainment, a pageant, parade, food, fun and live music—this year's headliners include Kevin Fowler and Clay Walker. 

Labor Day Artisan River Walk Show

San Antonio: Sept. 1-4
Vendors display and sell beautiful handmade merchandise along the river. Artisans are different for each show but usually include pottery, textiles, jewelry, woodwork, paintings, beadwork, and more.

"Wild Weather"

San Antonio: Through Sept. 4 
After the wild weather Texans experienced with Hurricane Harvey this past weekend, it's a good time to head to the Witte Museum and experience this interactive exhibit—your final weekend to see it—as it reveals how scientists are working to better forecast severe weather events and help mitigate the impact on communities, infrastructure, and lives. Experience the extreme weather patterns of tornadoes, hurricanes, heat waves, thunderstorms, and severe winter storms from the safety of the exhibition hall and discover the effects of climate change from around the globe, and learn how you can weather the storm.

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