Labor Day Weekend, Last Hurrah of Summer with Exciting Activities

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As the Labor Day weekend draws near, it becomes abundantly evident that its historical associations with returning to school and colder weather have changed in the modern era. The holiday has a new meaning now that many schools resume as early as mid-August and that record-breaking heat waves are still present. It nevertheless serves as a helpful reminder to relax, refocus, and make the most of the remaining summertime days.

Labor Day Planner:

Here is a list of some fun activities to help you enjoy the long weekend and say goodbye to summer:

Museums:

The Perot Museum’s exhibit on Pixar’s science

Where: Dallas’s Perot Museum, 2201 N. Field St.
When: Now through September 4th.
Cost: $25-$45

Why not switch gears and learn how Pixar movies are created if your head is feeling a little “streamed out” from all the summer binge-watching? The Perot Museum’s interactive exhibit digs into the STEM ideas that underpin Pixar’s acclaimed movies. As this show closes on Monday, move quickly.

Avon Carter Museum of American History’s Avedon’s West

Where: 3501 Camp Bowie Boulevard, Fort Worth, home of the Amon Carter Museum

When: Currently running through October 1 (Mondays closed)

Price: Free

The Carter is displaying 13 pieces from renowned portrait photographer Richard Avedon’s celebrated “In the American West” project in honor of his 100th birthday. These fascinating portraits show common Americans from different Western U.S. locales.

The Nasher Sculpture Center’s First Saturdays are free.

Where: 2001 Flora St., Dallas, Texas, USA, Nasher Sculpture Center
When: September 2, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Price: Free
Take advantage of the Nasher Sculpture Center’s Free First Saturday event while basking in the sun this weekend. Explore the garden-like setting of the center, look around the galleries, and participate in art activities with visiting artists.

observing the stars

Rafes Urban Astronomy Center’s Star Party

In Denton at 2350 Tom Cole Road
When: At dusk on Saturday, September 2
$5 (cash only);

The Rafes Urban Astronomy Center in Denton is hosting a Star Party where you may get a closer look at distant galaxies. Engaging star presentations, space-related activities, and the chance to view celestial objects through telescopes are all available. They don’t accept credit cards, so make sure to have cash on hand.

Fireworks:

Lake Grapevine fireworks

Where: Several sites across Grapevine
When: After dark on Friday, September 1
Cost: $10 – Free
A traditional fireworks show at Lake Grapevine will help you say goodbye to summer. At Rockledge and Lakeview Parks, you can watch the performance for a charge, or you can go to Oak Grove Park to watch it for free on Labor Day.

Gardens:

Family entertainment on Labor Day at the Dallas Arboretum

Where: 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas, USA
When: September 2 to September 4, Saturday
Cost: $12-$20

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The Dallas Arboretum is a fantastic family destination for the holiday weekend since it has a lot planned on Labor Day, including live piano music, dancing performances, a petting zoo, and a bird exhibit.

Fort Worth Botanic Gardens’ Garden with Florigami

Where: 3220 Botanic Garden Boulevard, Fort Worth Botanic Gardens
When: Right now through February 14, 2024.
Cost: $6-$12

Explore the newest outdoor exhibit at the Fort Worth Botanic area over Labor Day weekend. It includes more than a dozen sizable sculptures of birds, butterflies, flowers, and deer made in the style of origami that have been scattered across the area.

Movies:

Movies on Main at Irving

Where: Irving’s Heritage Park, 217 South Main St.
When: 7:30 p.m. on September 1st.
Price: Free

Watch “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial,” a 1982 movie, with your family in Heritage Park as the City of Irving shows it with Spanish subtitles. You can also purchase food from nearby vendors or in the Irving Heritage District.

Movies are shown in Klyde Warren Park.

Where: Klyde Warren Park at N. Olive Street and 2012 Woodall Rodgers FWY, Dallas

When: September 2, 2017, at 7 p.m.

Price: Free

Spread out a blanket, have a food truck picnic, and enjoy an outdoor movie night in Dallas while watching the 2022 hit “Top Gun Maverick” in Klyde Warren Park on Labor Day occasion.

A Trip to Gibberitia: Ernest and Célestine at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

Where: 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth, Texas; Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
When: September 2 until September 4.
Cost: $10
The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is showing the French animated film “Ernest and Célestine: A Trip to Gibberitia” for people who like their movies cool. It’s a wonderful sequel to the adventure that was nominated for an Academy Award, and it’s in French with English subtitles.

Festivals:

At the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, there is a Riverfront Jazz Festival.

Where: Dallas, Texas, 650 S. Griffin St.
When: September 1, 2018, until September 3, 2019.
Price: Free
The Riverfront Jazz Festival this year will include a Tina Turner musical homage as well as performances by renowned musicians in the jazz, blues, R&B, soul, pop, and neo-soul genres.

Festival of Bedford Beats and Eats at Boys Ranch’s Generations Park

Where: Bedford, 2801 Forest Ridge Drive
When: September 2, 2 to 11 p.m.
Price: Free

The Josh Abbott Band, Stoney LaRue, and four more bands will perform at the inaugural Bedford Beats and Eats Festival, so come out and enjoy yourself. Enjoy the food trucks, merchants, children’s area, classic vehicle display and other activities on amazing Labor Day .

At Grandscape, taste

Where: The Colony, 5732 Grandscape Blvd.

When: September 3, from 12 to 5 p.m.

Price: Free

Enjoy a leisurely, gourmet experience at the Taste at Grandscape to round off your weekend. Here, you may sample a range of cuisines from regional exhibitors.

These events provide a variety of chances to maximize the Labor Day holiday and enjoy the remaining summer days as Labor Day weekend draws near. This holiday weekend has much to offer everyone, whether they prefer festivals, astronomy, fireworks, movies, or the arts.

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