Labor Day weekend provides one last opportunity to celebrate summer (as much as the season ever really ends in Texas). With that, here are the best celebrations to check out in Austin, happening starting on Friday, August 30 through Monday, September 2.
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Saturday and Sunday, August 31 and September 1
- Upscale Texas restaurant Rosewood is hosting a two-day lawn party for Labor Day weekend, complete with picnic baskets and games. It runs from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. each day. (1209 Rosewood Avenue, Rosewood)
Sunday, September 1
- In honor of the enacting of the beer-to-go bill in Texas, several Austin-area breweries are participating in a beer biking crawl. It begins at Austin Beerworks at 10 a.m. and includes stops at Zilker Brewing and Live Oak Brewery. It ends at 3 p.m. (3001 Industrial Terrace, North Burnet)
- Clarksville restaurant Cafe Josie is also throwing a lawn party with $5 pork sandwiches and cocktails, $3 beers, and more. Facebook RSVPs are recommended. It runs from 5 to 8 p.m. (1200 West Sixth Street, Clarksville)
- East Austin Hotel is throwing its last summer pool party during Labor Day weekend with discounted drinks, food specials, and more. Tickets are $10 and it runs from 2 to 6 p.m. (1108 East 6th Street, East Side)
Monday, September 2
- Far south Austin bar Little Darlin’ is hosting a whole big Labor Day party with Houston rapper Bun B and Comedor chef Philip Speer, who will cook up three entire goats for the occasion. While advanced tickets with entry before 4 p.m. are already sold out, it appears as if doors will reopen after that time, though expect a long wait. It runs from 2 to 10 p.m. (6507 Circle South Road, Far South Austin)
- Live Oak Brewery is hosting its annual party. The dog- and kid-friendly brewery will host a flea market, beer, and food. It runs from noon to 8 p.m. (1615 Crozier Lane, Del Valle)
- All locations of higher-end Thai restaurant Sway will extend its weekend brunch into Monday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with dishes like French toast made with mango bread custard and togarashi fried chicken and Thai basil waffles.
- The Linc location of beer garden and bakery Easy Tiger is also extending its brunch into Monday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with shrimp and grits, avocado toasts, and mimosas, among other dishes. (6406 North Interstate 35 Frontage Road, Linc)
- Rainey Street beer bar Craft Pride is also offering Labor Day brunch with Via 313. It runs from noon to 3 p.m. and free registration is recommended. (61 Rainey Street, Downtown)
- Another Labor Day brunch option can also be found on Rainey Street at sausage and beer spot Banger’s. It runs from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. (79 Rainey Street, Downtown)