With the end of summertime on the horizon, it’s time to celebrate the symbolic close of the season: Labor Day. While most of us are probably looking forward to fall temperatures (or at least a few days below 98 degrees), it’s hard to say goodbye to the outdoorsy summer activities we North Texans know and love.
Here are some Labor Day events in DFW to help you enjoy the last hurrah of the season and kick off your well-earned, extended weekend.
Float the Trinity at Sunday Funday
As summer comes to an end, so too do the Sunday Funday events at Panther Island Pavillion. This Labor Day Weekend, you’ll have one more chance to soak up the sun, grab a beer, and float the Trinity River. Play on the water with tubes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, and other gear available to rent from Backwoods Paddlesports. You can also enjoy free yoga classes, live music, and food trucks.
Spend a Day In Nature at the Dallas Arboretum
The Dallas Arboretum is offering a full slate of Labor Day weekend events between September 4th-6th perfect for the whole family. Snack on $2 hot dogs and root beer floats, sample food from local vendors, and listen to live bands on the Martin Rutchick Concert Stage and Lawn— all while taking in 66-acres of floral paradise and stunning landscapes.
And on Sunday only, you can watch a free-flight bird show where macaws, hawks, and other exotic birds will soar overhead on the concert lawn. Hosted by Window to the Wild, this free-flight show weaves conservation messages about each species with spectacular performances of their natural flight behaviors.
Snag Fresh Finds at the Farmers Market
Stock up on fresh summer produce before it goes out of season by visiting one of the many farmer’s markets in the North Texas area. Thanks to our rich agricultural roots, there’s plenty of markets to choose from, like the Frisco Fresh Market, the Clearfork Farmers Market, and of course, the sprawling 26,000 square foot Dallas Farmers Market.
We recommend the Grand Prairie Farmers Market.
Recently voted the number one farmers market in Texas, this community favorite takes place in Grand Prairies’ market square every Saturday. Come for the homemade tamales, stay for the fresh fruits, veggies, honey, salsas, and locally crafted goods.
Join the Crowd at the Garland Labor Day Parade
Revel in all things Americana at the Garland Labor Day Exchange’s 75th annual community parade. Touted as the “largest Labor Day parade west of the Mississippi,” the Garland Labor Day Parade will feature floats, marching bands, and local sports groups winding through the streets of historic downtown Garland.
The parade starts at 9 a.m. on September 6th at Glenbrook and Avenue D, ending at Fifth and Austin.
The parade is one of a trio of events kicking off that day. Following the parade, gather at the square for a classic car show and a karaoke competition.
Attend a Jazz Festival
Soak up some sun and some tunes at the fourth annual Riverfront Jazz Festival. Dallas native and grammy award winner, Erykah Badu, headlines this tribute to jazz, R&B, soul, blues music. The festival will feature three days of music performances, food, and vendor booths at Dallas City Hall Plaza. Other lineup highlights include legendary R&B pioneer, Millie Jackson, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Will Downing, Pete Escovedo, and many more.
Watch Fireworks at Lake Grapevine
Catch the last show of Grapevine’s Summer Friday Night Firework display before summer firework season officially ends. This free 11-minute show will kick off at 9:30 p.m. on September 3rd.
Head up to Oak Grove Park to get an up-close view from where the fireworks are launched. Or, if you own a boat, you can watch the fireworks from the water as they light up the night sky over Lake Grapevine.
Put These Labor Day Weekend Activities On Your Calendar
Don’t let your extra day off go to waste. From festivals to firework shows, there’s plenty of events in North Texas to help you make the most out of your Labor Day weekend.