Labor Day Weekend Getaway

Get a head start on planning out your Labor Day weekend in Dallas – whether it involves taking the family to the Arboretum or sipping on local brews with friends.

Visit Dallas Staff
Posted on Aug 20, 2018

Looking for a getaway this Labor Day? Dallas has you covered. Here are some of the many ways you can enjoy your Labor Day weekend in the city:

Attend a jazz festival.

For a phenomenal live music experience and an all-around good time, Riverfront Jazz Festival should be at the top of your to-do list. The festival takes place Aug. 31-Sept. 2 at the Dallas Convention Center and features some of the best national and international artists playing jazz, blues, R&B and soul music. Between sets you can shop vendors and taste diverse foods.

Don't miss out on the Opening Night After Party Music Jam Session on Aug. 31 at the Black Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as other after parties taking place at hotels in Downtown to keep the party going well into the night. 


Spend a day in nature.

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden has a weekend full of events lined up between Sept. 1-3 for the whole family. Snack on $2 hot dogs and root beer floats, take part in sampling craft beer, listen to a live cover band and catch a viewing of the movie The Blind Side as well as a livestream of the Texas Tech vs. Ole Miss game. See here for a complete list of events, dates and times.

After taking in the gardens and festivities, wind down the day at Smoky Rose for a dinner of delectable smoked meats and a killer house margarita.


Catch a baseball game.

Take your family and friends out to a Texas Rangers ballgame at Globe Life Park any day Labor Day weekend. On Aug. 31-Sept. 2, the Rangers will face off against the Minnesota Twins, followed by a firework show after the game. They'll next go head-to-head with the Los Angeles Angels, starting Sept. 3.

Before the big game, spend some time in Bishop Arts to get a quick bite to eat at Eno's Pizza Tavern or Oddfellows.


Grab some craft beer.

Deep Ellum Brewing Co. is hosting their 7th Annual Labor of Love Homebrew Festival on Sept. 2 to celebrate the art and craft of homebrewing. Gather your friends and savor different beers from more than 30+ homebrew teams while enjoying live local music. Tickets are $20, and along with entry you'll receive a custom tasting glass.

Fill up at one of the many delicious eateries in Deep Ellum before heading to the festival, like the award-winning BBQ joint Pecan Lodge or comfort food-favorite Angry Dog.


Experience Dino Fest.

The Perot Museum will be hosting their inaugural Dino Fest on Sept. 1 and 2 where you and your fellow dinosaurs fanatics can celebrate all things dino-related. Get a first look at the new Paleo Lab where you can meet the museum's in-house paleontologists, enjoy drinks at the Beer Garden and compete in dinosaur trivia. Meanwhile, young aspiring paleontologists can practice excavating dino pits, participate in crafts and more.

Hop over to Meso Maya after a full-day of dino activities, where you can relish in top-notch Mexican cuisine like carne asada or mole poblano enchiladas.


Visit The Sixth Floor Museum.

Learn about the life and legacy of John F. Kennedy at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza this Labor Day, which is when the museum will be open for extended hours. The museum will open at 10 a.m., so take advantage of the extra time and get there early. It's also your last chance to experience special exhibit Rebel Spirits: Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. (included with general museum admission) before it wraps up its stay on Sept. 3. The museum tends to be busy, so buy tickets in advance for best times and possibly shorter lines.

To top off the day, grab a late lunch in Downtown Dallas at Savor or one of the many food trucks at Klyde Warren Park.