Labor Day is almost here but Houston likes to get the party started early! There are plenty of events and activities going on all across the city, however, most of them come with a price tag. Let us do the work for you- we’ve found plenty of ways for you to celebrate without spending a ton of dough.
Here is our weekend-round up of Free and Cheap Labor Day Events in Houston:
All Weekend Long
Labor Day Weekend on Galveston Island
A long holiday weekend is the perfect occasion to head down to Galveston Island for some fun. Whether you just want to relax on the beach or explore the island, there’s plenty you can do while being safe and staying socially distant. Galveston Island’s many beach parks remain open all throughout Labor Day weekend, so if you didn’t get a chance to enjoy the beach this summer, now is the perfect time. Check out the full guide to Galveston Beach Parks for more info.
See the new House of Cards exhibit at Discovery Green
Discovery Green is one of the city’s best parks, and it’s always adding new exhibits and installations to keep guests engaged. Check out the new 18-foot tall House of Cards art installation that was created by numerous Houston artists. During high-attendance time periods, (Fridays and Saturdays from 6 – 10 pm: Sundays from 6 – 9 pm) reservations will be required to view House of Cards.
Enjoy Houston’s best breweries
What better way to relax this weekend than with some tasty, locally-made craft beers? Houston has a ton of great craft breweries, many of which are offering beer to-go right now. You can also hang out at outdoor beer gardens and socially distance at many of these breweries.
Check out Houston Restaurant Weeks
The popular foodie event has been extended for the entire month of September! This year, 250+ restaurants have signed on to participate in Houston Restaurant Weeks, including a diverse group of eateries from fine dining to casual and everything in between. Many restaurants will be offering their special multi-course, discounted menus for takeout and delivery, as well as for dine-in as usual. In general, diners can expect 2-3 course lunches for $20, 2-3 course brunch for $22, and 3-4 course dinner for $35-$45.
OTHER LABOR DAY EVENTS IN HOUSTON
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4
Family Nights at The Aquarium–The Houston Downtown Aquarium is offering a discounted night for family fun! Take advantage of kids meals for just $2.99 when you purchase an adult entree purchase, plus an all-day ride and exhibit pass for just $14.99! These deals are only good when you visit on Friday afternoons, after 3 pm.
BLCK MRKT–The Buffalo Soldiers National Museum hosts a monthly outdoor market featuring Black-owned businesses. Admission is totally free, just bring your shopping bags and wear a mask. Takes place from 6-10 pm.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 5
Just Between Friends Largest Kids’ Consignment Sale in HTX!— Welcome to Just Between Friends of Central Houston — THE LARGEST CHILDREN’S & MATERNITY CONSIGNMENT SALE IN HTX! We understand that children grow fast, and keeping up with their needs can be expensive, so we created a community event where families can sell the things their children are no longer using and buy what they need at 50-90% off retail. We sell everything you need from pregnancy through your child’s transition into adolescence. This includes clothing (maternity, infant, children’s, teens), shoes, toys, furniture and everything in between! This event happens only twice a year. Takes place Saturday from 8 am to 2 pm and everything is 50% Saturday.
Virtual Chalk the Block–This annual free event is one of Houston’s favorites but this year, they’re making it virtual! Local artists will still be creating their best sidewalk chalk art pieces and you can still see it in person. For an even cooler experience, tune in to Midtown Houston on Facebook for a time-lapse video of how each artist created their work. For artists and park locations to visit in person, follow Midtown Houston on Facebook. The event takes place at 10 am on Facebook Live.
Summer Movie Nights at Redemption Square– Bring your picnic blankets and head out to Redemption Square for a free screening of Avengers Endgame at 8 pm. Admission is free and there is always live music before the show! Wear your bug spray, keep at least 6 feet apart from others, and wear a mask.
Free Yoga at Discovery Green–Enjoy a free, in-person workout at Discovery Green Saturday morning at 9 am! This class will require you to stay at least 8 feet away from others and bring your own yoga mat. You will need to get there early for the best spacing and to complete a waiver of participation. Wear a mask when you are not on your mat.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6
1st Sunday Slow-Ride–See some of Houston’s best public murals as you slowly bike through downtown! Meet up at Guadalupe Plaza at 7:30 am and bring all you need for a slow, 14-mile bike ride. It’s recommended you bring what you need to fix a flat and stay hydrated. Be sure to wear a mask and use hand sanitizer. This event happens on the 1st Sunday of every month and always rides by Houston’s public art murals.
Labor Day Weekend Beer Can Tours–The Beer Can House is finally re-opening and they’re celebrating with public tours starting at 2 pm! Learn the history of the house and how it was built. Admission is just $5 for adults, free for kids 12 and under. Tickets are very limited so you will need to RSVP in advance.
Montrose Market Days — This farmers market at the Houston Eagle is perfect for fresh produce, locally-sourced honey, freshly prepared foods, local art, handmade goods, and much more. Admission is always free, bring your shopping bags, and wear a mask. Takes place from 10 am to 2 pm.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 7
Labor Day Market at Karbach–Support local businesses at this mini market hosted at Karbach’s outdoor beer garden. There will be plenty of local artists and makers on hand selling their goods. Plus you can enjoy some tasty beers while you’re there. Event goes from Noon until 5 pm.
Labor Day Fun at Lone Star Flight Museum–The popular flight museum will be hosting numerous activities on Labor Day, including free flight simulators, a paper airplane toss contest, and the Victory Garden Make & Take where you can explore their garden and start your own to bring home. Takes place from 10 am to 5 pm, click here to learn more.
See Tenet on the big screen at a drive-in theater–Moonstruck Drive-In Cinema in Houston (100 Bringhurst St.) will be screening the highlight anticipated new film Tenet from Christopher Nolan (Inception, The Dark Knight, etc.). It’s $25 per vehicle with various showtimes.
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