Celebrated on the first Monday of September, Labor Day pays tribute to the achievements of American workers and became a federal holiday in 1894. Significance of this holiday aside, who doesn’t love a long weekend? If you’re looking for some ideas to celebrate Labor Day in Austin and the surrounding areas, we have some suggestions for you below, ranging from scenic hikes to water parks to party boats!
Immediately following August, the hottest month of the year in Austin, Labor Day is often still sizzling hot in central Texas. Fortunately, there are pools all over town that you can gain access to via a day pass! Enjoy the holiday by cooling down poolside in one of these luxurious Austin pools.
Here are two hotels that offer Day Pass tickets today:
Austin Southpark Hotel
Adult – $25
Child – $15
Infant – Free
Located at 4140 Governors Row, Austin Southpark Hotel is centrally located in the heart of Austin. The best thing here is the connected outdoor and indoor pool that gives you the best of both worlds – sun and shade! It’s a perfect spot to bring along friends and family. We suggest you get there early to save your spot or pre-book using Resort Pass!
Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol
Adult – $20
Child – $10
Infant – Free
Take time to relax and refresh yourself at the Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol in the heart of downtown Austin, where you can enjoy their outdoor and indoor pools. Plus, you won’t run out of things to do with their amenities including a fitness center, grab-and-go beverages, and outdoor cornhole and Jenga. Check out their remaining availability.
Other area hotels that offer a pool day pass can be found at https://tribeza.com/pool-pass/ or by searching for your desired criteria on ResortPass! https://www.resortpass.com/hotel-day-passes/Austin-23
BMI Songwriters’ Series at Saxon Pub
1320 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Located on South Lamar nestled between the Bouldin Creek and Zilker neighborhoods, Saxon Pub is a go-to place for people who love music! Boasting over 30,000 performances since its opening in 1990, Saxon Pub has had a hand in launching the careers of many prominent musicians. The BMI Songwriters’ Series: 6 features performances by Kendall Potesta, Rio Tripiano, David Beck, Sherita Perez, Galvezton, and TIMLIGHTYEAR. Enjoy music from local artists, beer, and more at this free event at the Saxon Pub.
Statesman Bat Observation Center
305 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704
Early fall is still a great time to catch the sunset flight of Austin’s resident Mexican free-tailed bats – North America’s largest urban bat population. Head down to the South Congress Avenue Bridge anywhere from 7:30 to 9:45 pm to witness the bats emerging for their nightly flight and enjoy the backdrop of a beautiful sunset over Ladybird Lake. Make sure to arrive early to secure a front-row spot facing the east!
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Cost: $8 – $15
If you’re seeking something more active today, you may find the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is the perfect space for you to connect and discover nature. They have a number of meadows, trails, and family gardens that you can explore!
Located at 4801 La Crosse Ave., they are open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM today and admission rates are as follows:
$10 Seniors (65+)
$13 Military (with ID)*
$8 Youth (Ages 5 – 17)
FREE Children 4 years and under
FREE UT Austin faculty, staff and students (with ID)
$3 Museums for All
Downtown River Walk near Chamber of Commerce and Shops at River Center
602 E Commerce St
San Antonio, TX 78205
September 2th – 5th, 2022
Friday – Sunday: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Monday: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
If you’re in San Antonio, or in the mood for a day trip from Austin, head down to the San Antonio River Walk and discover local artisans and their masterpieces at the Labor Day River Walk Artisan Show. While you’re at it, show your support and shop from their booths featuring goods such as pottery, textiles, jewelry, woodwork, paintings, beadwork, and more. Is it too early to start thinking about holiday shopping?
400 N. Liberty Ave.
New Braunfels, TX 78130
11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
The self-proclaimed “hottest, coolest time in Texas” can be found at Schlitterbahn Water Park in New Braunfels. Schlitterbahn New Braunfels Waterpark was voted the #1 Waterpark in the World for 23 Years. Located on the banks of the spring-fed Comal River in New Braunfels, Texas, Schlitterbahn has 51 attractions on over 70 acres. Schlitterbahn provides a staggering variety of river rides, waterslides, and adventures from mild to wild. Bring the entire family or a group of friends and enjoy the day!
The park is split into four distinct sections, with each area as large as most regional waterparks. Enjoy swim-up bars (though they also allow coolers if you want to pack your own items in), lazy rivers, designated children’s areas, and unique signature attractions like water slides, pools, and river rides.
Schlitterbahn Water Park is open today from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM and daily tickets start from $49.99.
Labor Day Cornhole Tournament At Jester King
Jester King Brewery & Kitchen
13187 Fitzhugh Road
Austin TX, 78737
1:00 – 3:00 PM
Jester King is a brewery, restaurant, farm, and event hall situated on 165 gorgeous acres of live oaks in Dripping Springs. While the brewery is world-renowned for its farmhouse ales, they also offer wines and ciders, and have a fantastic pizza menu in the kitchen.
This Labor Day, you wont want to miss this single-elimination cornhole competition organized in partnership with the Austin Yard Games, open to beginners and experts alike. Recruit a friend to join, because tickets are offered by the team.
The competition runs from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. If you want to participate and not just spectate, we suggest early sign-up as only 30 team spots are available.
Pedernales Falls State Park
2585 Park Rd 6026
Johnson City, TX 78636
8:00 AM – 10:00 PM
For active individuals who want to spend the holiday in nature, Pedernales Falls State Park is an excellent choice. The 5,212-acre park sits along the banks of the scenic Pedernales River in Blanco County east of Johnson City. Formerly the Circle Bar Ranch, the area is typical Edwards Plateau terrain. The river awaits those who wish to swim, hike, camp, mountain bike, picnic, bird watch, horseback ride, and more. The river limestone is 300 million years old, and over 150 species of birds have been identified in the park. It’s a great place to take in the serene beauty of central Texas nature.
You can visit the park from 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM. Reserve your Day Pass here.
If you are seeking a wine-tasting retreat this Labor Day, then we definitely recommend the epicenter of Texas Wine Country – Fredericksburg! The Texas Hill Country is home to over 100 vineyards, wineries, and tasting rooms with over 50 located in Fredericksburg’s Gillespie County alone.
It’s easy to tour several and find your new favorite local wine. With many Austin restaurants and grocery chains offering a selection of local brews, it should be easy enough to seek out your favorites once back home.
Details on Fredericksburg’s Urban Wine Trail can be found at the visitfredericksburgtx.com website where you can search, filter, and plan your stops!
Beach Front Boat – Volente Beach
16120 Wharf Cove
Volente, TX 78641
Cost: $35 – $65
Pack your sunscreen and towel – Splash Days is a barge party event on the Colorado River, and a fundraiser benefiting the Austin LGBTQIA+ community. 100% of proceeds will benefit ASHwell Clinic in Austin. 2 barges will cruise with DJ-curated tunes and a Drag Brunch – so if you’re looking for a lively party atmosphere, this may be the event for you!
Be sure to get your tickets ASAP and don’t miss this day on the Party Barge!
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