things to do labor day weekend houston

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:



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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 take part in some special events, there’s a ton of stuff going on all weekend long, including:

  • 10th Annual Brewmasters Craft Beer Festival (Friday, Aug 30 – Sunday, Sept 1)–Craft beer lovers won’t want to miss out on this festival. It’s a great chance to enjoy some of the best craft beer across the region, including many rare selections you can’t get anywhere else. Get your tickets here.
  • Galveston Farmers Market (Sunday, Sept 1, 9 am – 12 pm)–Galveston’s Own Farmers Market lets you shop locally grown fruits and vegetables, farm products, and other foods. Located at the Bryan Museum this Sunday and every Sunday. Get more info here.
  • The Grand’s 125 Year Anniversary (Sunday, Sept 1, 4 pm)–Enjoy an amazing show celebrating the 125th anniversary of the historic Grand 1894 Opera House. You’ll enjoy music from the 1890s at this special concert. Get more info here.
  • Galveston Island Beach Parks–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.





Blood Drive at Memorial City Mall– This weekend, you can feel extra awesome about celebrating Labor Day by donating to the Blood Drive! The blood drive is going on from 1 pm to 7 pm at the Food Court Entrance. The event will be followed by Video Game Night in the Square at Memorial City from 8-10 pm.

Free Live Music at Miller Outdoor Theater–  One of the greatest rock bands of all time also has one of the most popular albums in the world. Who’s Next will be performed live by Classic Albums Live starting at 8 pm. Admission is free!

Free Live Music at The Rustic– Celebrate Labor Day with the Queens of Country. Taylor Nicks and Friends will be on stage, bringing you back to the best of women country music sings. Admission is free when you RSVP.

Happy Hour at Museum of Fine Arts Houston– Head to the MFAH for a free happy hour on the patio. There will be live music, food trucks, and a cash bar. Admission to the patio is free.

Free Live Music at Sugar Land Town Square–  One of America’s most iconic bands is taking the stage this Friday evening in Sugar Land. Baroness is a tribute band, paying homage to Queen and will be playing all of their greatest hits! Admission is free.

Free Movie Screening at Levy Park– Celebrate Labor Day with a low-key evening at one of the best parks in America. Levy Park is pulling out their big screen for a free screening of Solo.

Labor Day & Libations Street Fair in EADO– The East End of Houston is hosting their own Labor Day & Libations Street Fair! There will be live entertainment, music, arts, food, and drinks. There is no admission fee but you’ll definitely want to RSVP.

Party at City Centre– Head to the Plaza inside City Centre for a free, outdoor party! There will be live music playing from 7 – 10 pm. This Friday, enjoy the sounds of Guillermo Serpas playing Nuevo Flamenco. Get your food to-go from the local eateries and bring plenty of bug spray.



Labor Day Weekend Volleyball Classic in Galveston– The Gulf Coast Volleyball Association is hosting their 28th Annual Volleyball Classic on Galveston’s East Beach. You have to pay to play but just watching the show is totally free!

Labor Day Backyard Bash George Ranch Historical Park– Enjoy a Labor Day Backyard Bash at George Ranch Park. There will be period music playing on a vintage radio while you play historical lawn games. There will also be an ice cream social where you can help make ice cream the old fashioned way! Admission is $15 for people aged 13-64 and $10 for kids aged 4-12 {3 years old and under are always free}!

Rad on the Bend at Bayou Bend Collection & Gardens– Rad on the Bend is taking place this Saturday and includes live music, mocktails from Axelrad, popsicles, and tours. All activities are included with general admission from 4 – 7 pm.

Sing-a-Long Karaoke at Sugar Land Town Square– Sugar Land Town Square is hosting a Sing-a-Long Karaoke event open to the public. There is no admission fee, just bring your picnic blankets and your pipes! The event begins at 7:30 pm.

Biggest Labor Day Pool Party at Demers Banquet Hall– Find yourself in deliciously cool water at the Biggest Labor Day Pool Party at Demers. Admission is just $10 per person and includes a cash bar, food, hookah, a live DJ, a swimsuit contest, and more.

Outdoor Party at City Centre– Head to the Plaza inside City Centre for a free, outdoor party! There will be live music playing from 7 – 10 pm. This Friday, enjoy the sounds of Dave Kerly playing Classic Rock. Take your dinner to-go from the local eateries and bring plenty of bug spray!

Free Fun at Memorial City Mall– Settle down with your picnic blankets and dinner to-go for a free evening with the Houston Dynamo! The Square at Memorial City will have plenty of room and a big screen so everyone can see the game.



Labor Day Fest at Acres Homes– The Acres Homes Labor Day Fest is a great way to spend the day with the kids and the families. Admission is free and there will be cooling stations, food trucks, catering, face painting, bounce houses, jumbo board games, and more starting at 12 noon.

Labor Day Celebration at Waterway Square in The Woodlands– This Sunday from 5 – 9 pm, enjoy live music, children’s activities, circus acts, a pie-eating contest, and more in The Woodlands. Head to Water Way Square for this free live event!

Labor Day Party at Ivy Bar & Bistro– This gorgeous, upscale bar on Westheimer is hosting a Labor Day party complete with free Salsa and Bachata lessons. Don’t worry about having a partner, just bring your dancing shoes! Admission is free.

Labor Day Zydeco Classic at El Korral– Bossin’ Up is a Labor Day Zydeco Classic at El Korral night club. This high-energy Latin variety club will have multiple artists on stage. The party starts at 6 pm and admission is $10 for Early Birds.

AAJA at Miller Outdoor Theatre– This tale of Karmic Destiny flawlessly combines BollyWood, Modern dance, and Cirque. This show is totally free and open to the public starting at 8:15 pm.

City Centre– Every Sunday Night, head to City Centre’s green space for Sunday Night Live. This weekend, live music will be performed by Adam & Laura Watson. The show starts at 7 pm.



Labor Day Car Show at Social Pub & Grill– This bar in Katy is hosting a Car Show for Labor Day from 9 am to 3 pm. There will be over 14 classes of Classics, Trucks, Late Models, and more. Admission is free!

Labor Day Luau Play Date at Whitt Johnson Park– This Labor Day Luau Play Date is great for moms, dads, and their kids. Bellaire Young Mothers is helping to host the event. Wear your best hula or tiki outfit and come for frisbees, water play stations, light refreshments, and more. You’ll want to be sure to bring your re-usable water bottles and anything you’ll need for a warm after noon. The party starts at 2 pm.

Labor Day Ice Cream Social at Friendswood Historical Society– Enjoy free ice cream, lemonade, and other sweet treats at the Frank J. Brown Heritage Museum. The social is free to attend and runs from 3 – 5 pm.

Labor Day Party at Lincoln Bar– Starting at 4 pm, Lincoln Bar is giving you the best way to celebrate being off work! General Admission to the party is just $10 and includes body paint, a photo booth, live music, a shot block, a dunk tank, and more.

Labor Day Events at Little Woodrow’s–  This Sports Bar is offering multiple events for Labor Day. The Rice Village location will have burgers on the grill, hot dogs, and beer specials. The EaDo location is hosting Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader Trivia. Plus, there’s no cover charge!

Free Yoga at Bridgeland– Beginning at 8:30 am, Bridgeland in Cypress is hosting a free day of Yoga in the beautiful outdoors. There will be sessions for both adults and kids, refreshments from local food trucks, and vendors on site. Admission is free!



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