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Things To Do in Texas This Labor Day Weekend: Aug. 31-Sept. 3

Written by , published August 27, 2018


What do flip flops, oatmeal, rodeos, sorghum, and animatronic dinosaurs have in common? They're all the centerpiece of events happening across Texas this Labor Day weekend.

Out of Bounds Comedy Festival

Austin: Aug. 28-Sept. 3
Comedians from around the country show Austinites their comedy chops. 

Labor Day Bluegrass Festival at Salmon Lake Park

Grapeland: Aug. 30-Sept. 2
An annual four-day event held over Labor Day weekend featuring national, regional, and Texas bluegrass and country bands. Find more than 300 RV full hookups, food vendors, and a huge lighted stage. 

Fayette County Fair

La Grange: Aug. 30-Sept. 2
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. 

Flip Flop Festival

Port Lavaca: Aug. 31-Sept. 2 
Where US 87 ends, the party begins. This year's festival on Labor Day weekend features performers Loverboy, Tommy Tutone, The Swon Brothers, and more.

Kerrville Fall Music Festival

Kerrville: Aug. 31-Sept. 2 
A three-day event at Quiet Valley Ranch that combines camping, music, and the best Texas wines and beers.

PalominoFest & Pro Rodeo Labor Day Weekend Celebration

Uvalde: Aug. 31.-Sept. 2 
Enjoy a rodeo, carnival, food booths, and live music at the Uvalde Country Fairplex. 

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Oatmeal Festival

Bertram: Aug. 31-Sept. 1 
The 41st annual event includes 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. 

Dinosaurs Live!

McKinney: Sept. 1-Feb. 18
At this new exhibit at the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, encounter the 46-foot T-Rex and nine new life-size animatronic dinosaurs along the nature trails. This year's exhibit also features an outdoor fossil dig.

USO-Style Hangar Dance

Fredericksburg: Sept. 1 
The 1940s-style dance—held at the Pacific Showroom at the Hangar Hotel—includes swing dance lessons, big band live music, a costume contest, a photo booth, and concessions.

Frontier Days Celebration

Harper: Sept. 1 
The 54th annual event includes a parade, rodeo, dance, roping and barrel racing, kids fishing contest, washer pitching, 42 tournament, and more. 

Transborder Biennial

El Paso: Sept. 1-16 
The El Paso Museum of Art and the Museo de Arte de Ciudad Juarez present the 5th Transborder Biennial exhibition including paintings, sculptures, videos, and sound works by 32 contemporary artists or collectives living along the US-Mexico border. The artwork explores issues related to the U.S.-Mexico border region, including immigration, crossing, and physical, linguistic, and cultural hybridity.

Experience Bandera

Bandera: Sept. 1-2 
Honors Bandera's cowboy and western heritage with a parade on Saturday, arts and crafts, music, re-enactments, and a ranch rodeo

Music Fest at Southfork Ranch

Plano: Sept. 1-2
This inaugural music festival features adult contemporary, country, jazz, and old-school R&B. Enjoy two days of food, exhibitors, arts and crafts, and special festival souvenirs. 

Yellow City Sounds Music Festival

Amarillo: Sept. 1 
Amarillo’s hottest bands of the '90s will reunite to play the second Yellow City Sounds Music Festival: Music Made Here. Bands include The Groobees, Krakt, and Mount Ivy. The concert is part of the ongoing commemoration of Panhandle PBS's 30th anniversary. The free festival will have food trucks and children's activities. 

Cal Farley's Boys Ranch Rodeo + adventureFEST

Boys Ranch: Sept. 1 
This rodeo and festival features family-friendly fun, games and souvenirs, an authentic Western barbecue lunch, and exciting rodeo action with the young people who call Boys Ranch home. Events range from the mild, such as stick-horse barrel racing, mutton busting and roping, to traditional thrills such as bronc riding, pole bending, and barrel racing. 

Sorghum Festival

Waco: Sept. 3
At Homestead Heritage's 24th annual festival, watch the entire process of making sweet sorghum syrup—from pressing raw sorghum cane with a horse-powered mill to cooking the sap into rich, golden brown syrup. Taste samples of sorghum syrup on freshly-baked cornbread made from stone ground cornmeal. 

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