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Labor Day Weekend Escape in Dallas

Planning your Labor Day weekend doesn't have to be complicated! Whether you're searching for a relaxing weekend with your family or you and the gang are looking for some fun, Dallas has you covered.

Visit Dallas Staff
Posted on Aug 23, 2019
  • Catch a music festival.

Dallas' best jazz musical extravaganza, the RiverFront Jazz Festival, will be kicking off the Labor Day weekend with an extraordinary experience. This three-day festival will run from Aug. 30 – Sept. 1 at the Dallas Convention Center, with performances from jazz and neo-soul's most popular artists like Erykah Badu, the original Dreamgirl, Jennifer Holliday, Raheem DeVaugh and plenty of more. Shop dozens of vendor booths, with food and drinks available for purchase. 

The show doesn't stop here, because after the festival is the after party, view the hotels that will be offering after party line-ups on here.


  • Chow down on good eats.

The weekend's fun continues at the city's annual food truck haven, the Labor Day Food Truck Rally at Klyde Warren Park on Sept. 1. The foodie festival will feature more than 25 food trucks and carts that can conquer any appetite. Along with great food, there will also be live music from the Downtown Fever Band, giant games for the Jenga aficionados and other activities to enjoy – and it's free! Use Alto rideshare with promotional code FOODTRUCK to receive a discounted ride to the festival.

Since this food festival will have you stuffed, walk it off with a stroll through Downtown to marvel at some of the city's beautiful public art like The Eye (across from The Joule Hotel) or Genesis, The Gift of Life (across from the main entrance of the DMA).


  • Take the scenic route.

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens is the place to be for a relaxed weekend with a touch of nature. Wind down at the Labor Day at the Arboretum festival (Aug. 31 – Sept. 2.) and partake in activities like animal visits from the Dallas Zoo, DIY natural lip balm sessions and more. Grab a hot dog and root beer float (each $2) or a beer before checking out local bands take the stage. Click here for a full list of activities that will be offered throughout the weekend!

After becoming one with nature, head over to Smokey Rose or Sweet Georgia Brown because what's an American holiday without some good ole' Texas smoked BBQ.


  • Explore the Margarita Mile.

Make this weekend the perfect excuse to guzzle down a refreshing margarita from one (or two – or three!) of the many stops on the Margarita Mile. Navigate through the neighborhoods of Dallas with the Margarita Mile app to experience the city like a local and find your favorite margaritas. Download the Margarita Mile app, available on Apple and Android devices and explore why Dallas is the official home of the frozen margarita.

While making your pit stops at the Margarita Mile locations, use the app to check in.  Each check-in puts you closer to earning cool, exclusive Margarita Mile swag like hats, t-shirts and pins, level up to Rita Rookie on your first three check-ins while on the mile.


  • Cool off with a cold one.

The beloved Deep Ellum Brewing Company brew fest, Labor of Love Homebrew Competition and Festival, returns on Sept. 1. Celebrate the day off with unlimited beer samplings from over a dozen local, professional brewers, along with live local bands providing the musical selections for the evening. Tickets are $10 and include endless samplings and a unique tasting glass.

Since this celebration will continue well into the evening hours, grab a quick late-night bite at Serious Pizza or BuzzBrews, both within walking distance from the festival.