Find the perfect things to do in Houston Labor Day Weekend with our Houston Weekend Guide for Friday, August 31 to Labor Day, Monday, September 3, 2018.
Take advantage of your long weekend with Labor Day parades and celebrations, discover the inner workings of vintage aircrafts at the Lone Star Flight Museum, scope out Houston Restaurant Weeks before it’s too late, kick off college football season at NRG Park, dance to the beat of Taiwanese drums, cheer loud for the Astros, and more.
Check below to find great things happening around Houston Labor Day Weekend, from Friday, August 31 to Labor Day, Monday, September 3, 2018.
Things to Do All Labor Day Weekend
- Find Your Beach on Galveston Island| Daily – The water has been amazing in Galveston this summer. Whether you’re looking to join in a game of beach volleyball and toss back some cold ones at alcohol-friendly East Beach, or you’re looking to bond with your family under the sun in a beach challenge at lifeguard-supervised Stewart Beach, Galveston’s got the beach for you.
- A Tribute to Roy Rogers at the National Museum of Funeral History | Daily – Explore the life and legacy of Western movie star and singer Roy Rogers at this memorial exhibit presented by the National Museum of Funeral History. Open through New Year’s Eve, the exhibit showcases a variety of memorabilia, including Rogers’ prized 1963 Pontiac Bonneville convertible. Times vary daily.
- Ring of Fire at Stages Repertory Theatre | Thursday to Sunday – Walk the line to Stages Repertory Theatre for Ring of Fire, a biographical performance about Johnny Cash featuring all of his top hits. $25. Showtimes vary.
- The Mousetrap at the Alley Theatre | Thursday to Sunday – Take a seat for one of the longest-running shows in the world, Agatha Christie’s thrilling mystery, The Mousetrap. In the beloved British play, a group of visitors takes shelter from a snowstorm in a boarding house, only to find that one of their new companions is a murderer. Tickets start at $26. Showtimes vary.
- Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Angels at Minute Maid Park | Thursday to Sunday – Get loud for the Astros when they take the field to play the Angels in a home game at Minute Maid Park. Tickets start at $15. Times vary.
- Feeling Groovy 4 at Music Box Theater | Friday and Saturday – Groove on down to your favorite tunes from the ‘60s and ‘70s when Music Box Theater presents Feeling Groovy 4, an all-new musical featuring songs by Simon & Garfunkel, Fleetwood Mac, Glen Campbell, Diana Ross, The Carpenters, The Bee Gees, and Barbra Streisand. Tickets start at $29. 7:30pm both days.
- Color Your Weekend at Harvest Green | Friday to Sunday – Express yourself with family and friends at the Color Your Weekend event, a colorful Labor Day weekend extravaganza at Harvest Green. The 3-day event begins with an adults-only White Linen Night on Friday, an art market on Saturday, and a Community Coloring Day on Sunday. Tickets are $20 on Friday and free on Saturday and Sunday. Times vary per day.
- Love & Make’s Candle Making Workshop in Rice Village| Saturday and Sunday – The popular, DIY soy candle-making workshops from Love & Make continue into September. Attendees will get to design their very own signature candle fragrances. BYOB is encouraged. Workshop times vary. $45
- Journey and Def Leppard in Concert at Toyota Center | Saturday and Monday – Feed your love of ‘80s rock at a doubleheader concert from Journey and Def Leppard at Toyota Center in Downtown. Expect to hear iconic songs like “Don’t Stop Believin’” and “Pour Some Sugar on Me.” Tickets start at $49.50. 7pm both nights.
- Final Summer Adventure at Lone Star Flight Museum | Saturday to Monday – Take off to the Lone Star Flight Museum for their Final Summer Adventure, where you can watch vintage aircrafts soar through the sky, take (virtual) flight in an aircraft simulator, and walk through educational exhibits that will only be available through Labor Day weekend. Tickets start at $9.95.
- Doug & Mike Starn’s Big Bambú: This Thing Called Life at MFAH | Daily – Duck and dodge your way through a massive tangle of bamboo poles when Big Bambú: This Thing Called Life returns to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston for its fifth consecutive summer season. $18.
Friday, August 31, 2018
- NOLA Nights at Sugar Land Town Square| No Cover – Get your fill of authentic Nawlins music and cuisine when Sugar Land Town Square hosts NOLA Nights, featuring live music by The Zydeco Dots with small plates and beer from Rouxpour on the plaza. 6:30pm to 8:30pm.
- Critical Mass Bike Ride at Market Square Park | FREE – Bike through Downtown Houston during this monthly community ride with Critical Mass. 7pm.
- Summer’s Last Blast Concert & Fireworks Celebration at CityCentre | FREE – Close out the summer season (and kick off the holiday weekend) with live music from local cover band Nightbird and a 15-minute firework show at CityCentre. 7pm to 10pm.
- Brewmasters Craft Beer Festival: Nach-Yo Ordinary Tequila – Sample up to four types of tequila during the Brewmasters Craft Beer Festival’s Friday-night event, Nach-Yo Ordinary Tequila, at the Moody Gardens Floral Room in Galveston. Before hitting the drinks, be sure to fill up on tasty food from the fully stocked nacho bar, complete with all your favorite toppings. Tickets start at $30. 7pm to 10pm.
- The Jungle Book Movie Screening at Levy Park | FREE – Treat the kids to an evening of family-friendly fun when Levy Park presents a free screening of Disney’s live-action film, The Jungle Book. 8pm.
- Avengers: Infinity WarMovie Screening at Memorial City | FREE – Pack your blankets and lawn chairs for Memorial City’s Friday Family Movie Night, featuring this week’s movie, Avengers: Infinity War, on the Square. 8pm to 10pm.
- Viva Las Vegas at Jones Hall for the Performing Arts – Head Downtown to Jones Hall for a night of throwback ‘50s tunes performed by the Houston Symphony. Expect to hear music from legends like Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, and The Beatles. Tickets start at $29. 8pm.
- The Legend of Drums – Drumming the Sky and Earth at Miller Outdoor Theatre | FREE – Discover the evolution of the drum as Taiwan Ten-Drum Art Percussion Group performs a series of compositions that depict the instrument’s history through powerful beats at Miller Outdoor Theatre. 8pm.
- Najee in Concert at Arena Theatre – Hear a smooth jazz concert by acclaimed saxophonist and flutist Najee when he takes the stage at Arena Theatre. Norman Brown will open the show. Tickets start at $39. 8:30pm.
- The Vibe Fridays: ‘90s Throwback Edition at Henke & Pillot | No Cover – Throw it back to the days of boy bands, grunge, and pop princesses, when Henke & Pillot hosts The Vibe Fridays: ‘90s Throwback Edition. KidVicious will be spinning your favorite ‘90s tracks, while go-go dancers keep the party bumpin’. 9pm.
Saturday, September 1, 2018
- Bacon Day at Snooze, an A.M. Eatery | No Cover – Eat all the bacon when Houston locations of Snooze, an A.M. Eatery celebrate the lesser-known holiday of the week, Bacon Day. Diners can taste three bacon-inspired specials and enter to win Tender Belly bacon for a year. 6:30am to 2:30pm.
- Labor Day Backyard Barbecue at George Ranch Historical Park – Chow down on tasty barbecue and play family-friendly yard games during this Labor Day celebration at George Ranch Historical Park. The menu features beef brisket, venison, beef and pork sausage, mesquite con pollo, cowboy beans, potato salad, George Ranch BBQ sauces, and an assortment of cobblers. $15. 9am.
- Gulf Coast Volleyball Association Labor Day Classic on Galveston’s East Beach – The Gulf Coast Volleyball Association (GCVA), the largest outdoor volleyball association on the Gulf Coast celebrates Labor Day Weekend with an all-day tourney. $25 per person; $50 per team. Beachgoers are welcome to watch at no cost. 9am to 9pm.
- Advocare Texas Kickoff: Texas Tech vs. Ole Miss at NRG Park – Jump right into football season with the annual Advocare Texas Kickoff. This year’s game pits Ole Miss against Texas Tech at NRG Park. Tickets start at $25. 11am.
- BYOD Houston UH vs. Rice Football Pawty at Dogwood – Kick off college football season with your pup in tow during a BYOD (bring your own dog) watch party at Dogwood. As you watch the game between University of Houston and Rice University, you and your furry companion can enjoy doggy treats, compete in a most-spirited dog jersey contest, and enter to win game-day raffle prizes. $10. 11am to 1pm.
- First Saturday Arts Market in The Heights| FREE – Browse fine art and eclectic goods at the free monthly First Saturday Arts Market in the heart of the Houston Heights. In addition to shopping and browsing, you’ll find live music, food truck bites, great people watching and more. 11am to 6pm.
- Brewmasters Craft Beer Festival: BrewHaHa Grand Tasting – Sample hundreds of local, domestic, and international brews at the biggest event of the Brewmasters Craft Beer Festival, the BrewHaha Grand Tasting. Participating enthusiasts can access educational seminars, chat with brewmasters and industry experts, sample wines, and enjoy live entertainment. $40. 3pm to 6:30pm.
- HBCU Fest at Jones Plaza – Celebrate historically black universities, culture, and entertainment at HBCU Fest in Jones Plaza downtown. The festival will feature live entertainment, music, games, and vendors throughout the day. Tickets start at $8. 3pm to 10pm.
- Drink Local Art Market at Under the Radar Brewery | No Cover – Shop local vendors and artwork while sipping craft beer at Under the Radar Brewery’s monthly market. 4pm.
- World of Dance Regionals at Warehouse Live – Ooh and ahh as talented dancers take the stage to compete in the World of Dance Regionals at Warehouse Live. Focused on the art of street dancing and modern choreography, World of Dance promises an unparalleled experience to participants and audience members alike. Tickets start at $40. 4pm to 10pm.
- K-Pop Paint & Sip Party at The Teahouse Tapioca & Tea – Sing and dance to the latest K-Pop, K-hip hop, and EDM music while you paint a lovely picture and sip bubble tea during this evening event at The Teahouse Tapioca & Tea. $40. 6pm to 8pm.
- Summer Saturday Nights at The Blue Field Market | No Cover – Shop ‘till you drop, then relax with a cocktail when Blue Field Market opens every Saturday night this summer. The market offers local vendors, live bands, drink specials, sunset yoga, sand volleyball, and both sports and movie screenings on the big screen. 6pm to 10pm.
- Dining with Divas at Hamburger Mary’s – Sit back and get your grub on while watching a delightful show of all-star divas led by two of Houston’s premiere drag artists. $5. 7pm to 9:30pm.
- Yelawolf in Concert at House of Blues – Jam out to raw hip hop beats at a live show by Eminem’s signee, Yelawolf, at House of Blues. Rap-and-country duo Waylon & Willie will open the show. Tickets are $25.
- Vivaldi vs. Paganini at Miller Outdoor Theatre | FREE – Take a seat for this battle of violin virtuosi, as Mercury presents Vivaldi vs. Paganini at Miller Outdoor Theatre. The concert pits heavyweight classical composers against each other, incorporating favorites like Vivaldi’s “La Stravaganza” and Paganini’s “Caprices.” 8pm.
- Givers in Concert at White Oak Music Hall – Head to White Oak Music Hall for a live show by the Lafayette-based music group, Givers, as they promote their newest release, the Movin On EP. Tickets start at $13. 8pm.
Sunday, September 2, 2018
- Stay & Play Sundays on Galveston Island | FREE – Extend your stay, or make a Sunday day trip to enjoy free interactive Bucket Brigade Tours at Stewart Beach (five 45-minute tours offered from (9:30am to 3:30pm) and/or the free Stay & Play Sundays Fireworks Show at 9pm.
- East End Farmers Market Day | No Cover – Browse fresh fruits, veggies, eggs, baked goods, artisan crafts and more at the East End Farmers Market on Navigation. 10am.
- Brewmasters Craft Beer Festival: Brew-B-Que – Chow down on Texas-style barbecue and dance to live music from local musicians during the final event of the Brewmasters Craft Beer Festival, Brew-B-Que, at the Moody Gardens Convention Center in Galveston. Feges pitmaster Patrick Feges will serve up ribs, brisket, sausage, beans, creamed corn, and coleslaw. $30. 11:30am to 2:30pm.
- Chimney Rock Market in West Houston | No Cover – Held on the first and third Sunday of the month near Anderson Park, Chimney Rock Market showcases art, gifts, produce, artisanal food, and refreshments. Noon to 4pm.
- Taste of the Caribbean Festival 2018 at BH Ranch Entertainment and Event Center – Experience the diverse flavors of Caribbean food, while enjoying live music, dance performances, and art as the BH Ranch Entertainment and Event Center hosts Taste of the Caribbean Festival 2018. $15. Noon to 11:55pm.
- Samskriti Bollywood Blast at Miller Outdoor Theatre | FREE – Delve into Indian culture with a performance of popular music, dance, vibrant costumes and imaginative sets in Om Shanti at Miller Outdoor Theatre. 8:15pm.
- Flosstradamus at Stereo Live – Check out a show from Chicago-based trap DJ Flosstradamus when he heads to Stereo Live with a slew of tracks he’s produced alongside names like Diplo, Three 6 Mafia, and Post Malone. Tickets start at $25. 10pm.
Labor Day, Monday, September 3, 2018
- Towne Lake Triathlon – Run, bike, and swim your way around Towne Lake this Labor Day morning at the 9th annual Towne Lake Triathlon. Participants can register for individual races or sign up as part of a relay. Registration starts at $90. 6am to 11am.
- Labor Day Brunch & Patio Party at Fielding’s local kitchen + bar – Make the most of your Monday off with an indulgent brunch at Fielding’s local kitchen + bar in Tomball. The Labor Day menu includes a sirloin English breakfast, pot roast hash, turtle french toast, and cream cheese lemon pancakes, as well as Bloody Mary and mimosa flights. 9am.
- Labor Day Luau at Wet’n’Wild Splashtown – Ride down water slides and make a splash at this Hawaiian-themed Labor Day celebration in Spring’s Wet’n’Wild Splashtown. 10am to 6pm.
- Towne Lake Labor Day Parade in Cypress | FREE – Gather your family and join a Labor Day parade through the streets of Towne Lake in Cypress. As you march, show off your red, white, and blue to compete for the most patriotic walker, pet, bike, golf cart, trailer, family, and most spirited overall. 10am.
- Houston Astros vs. Minnesota Twins at Minute Maid Park – Get loud for the Astros when they take the field to play Minnesota in a home game at Minute Maid Park. Tickets start at $15. 1:10pm.
- 3rd Annual Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Social at Stevenson Park | FREE – Step back in time for the 3rd Annual Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social and enjoy ice cream, cookies, lemonade and root beer, and live music from the Wild River Trio at the Stevenson Park in Friendswood. In addition to the Ice Cream Social, this year they will be including a special Harvey Remembrance Event. 3pm to 5pm.
- Bingo in the Biergarten at Karbach Brewery | No Cover – Sip craft beer, play bingo, and win prizes when Karbach Brewery hosts Bingo in the Biergarten every Monday night. 6pm to 8pm.
- Labor Day Celebration at Lincoln Bar – Live it up this Labor Day with a Monday night bash at Lincoln Bar on Washington Ave. You can expect bottle packages, drink specials, and live music, as well as a photo booth, shot block, dunk tank, and body paint. 7pm to 2am.