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Things to do in Austin this Labor Day weekend

The Texas Longhorns are kicking off their season this Saturday. (Texas Longhorns/Twitter)

🗓 All weekend

🎸 Lakeside music at Mozart’s

Enjoy summer music with lakeside views all weekend long at longtime Lake Austin hangout Mozart’s Coffee Roasters. Free acoustic performances kick off Thursday and run throughout the weekend.

All weekend | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters, 3825 Lake Austin Boulevard


🗓 Friday

🐶 Puppy Party with Austin Humane Society

Swing by Jo’s Red River for a coffee and pet some pups along the way to start your weekend. All pets are adoptable, and 20% of drink sales go to the Austin Humane Society.

9-11 a.m. | 📍Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, 2100 San Jacinto Blvd


🗓 Saturday

🏈Texas Longhorns

Texas football is back! The Longhorns are kicking off their 2022 season with a home matchup against the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks.

7 p.m. | 📍Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, 2100 San Jacinto Blvd


📽️ Screen on the Green “Luca”

The final showing of the Screen on the Green summer series will feature a screening of Luca, $4 happy hour and popcorn and cotton candy.

8:30 p.m. | 📍 Fareground Austin, 111 Congress Avenue



🗓 Sunday

🎵 Stretch Musik Band: Pre Labor Day Party

Celebrate (or mourn) the symbolic end of summer with a Pre-Labor Day party at the oldest bar in Austin. Entertainment includes food, drink and old-school jams from Stretch Musik Band.

7 p.m. | 📍 Historic Victory Grille, 1104 East 11th Street


🍖 Weaselfest 2022

Seven hours of live music, local brews, cigars and BBQ. It doesn’t get more Texan than that.

3- 10 p.m. | 📍Fair Market, 1100 East 5th Street


🧘Sunset Yoga and Moonlight Swim at Barton Springs

Wind down from the weekend with a free, donation-based sunset yoga session beside the Barton Springs pool. The event wraps up with a post-yoga night swim dip in the pool.

3- 10 p.m. | 📍Barton Springs Municipal Pool, 2201 William Barton Drive

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ACL Festival

Remember that ticket you and hundreds of thousands of others bought to get into this year's Austin City Limits Music Festival in Zilker Park? Well it turns out it guarantees you a lot more than just music this year.

"By purchasing a ticket, you agree to submit to a full body pat down and magnetometer screening before entry," says the festival's website, which goes on to add, "Persons that refuse to comply with the search will be refused entry to the event."

It's all part of a safety and security plan festival organizers say they're working on 24/7 that changes every day.

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Brutally honest ACL lineup review
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Editor's note: the author is an Austin-based music journalist.

There are only two logical reasons for you to click on an article about Austin City Limits one week before the annual festival makes its grand return to Zilker Park: You’re either psyching yourself up for another whirlwind weekend, or you want to justify your decision for not snagging tickets.

Luckily, there’s something in this article for both parties.

This year’s ACL lineup delivers several heavy-hitting triumphs along with a few puzzling inclusions. One praiseworthy feature that immediately sticks out: There’s at least one woman occupying the top line of each day on the festival poster, and two on Friday (The Chicks, SZA) and Sunday (Kacey Musgraves and Paramore) apiece. It might not seem like much, but in an era where music festival lineups are still overwhelmingly male (and white), it’s a notable gesture that hopefully signals even greater diversity in future bookings.

Female headliners are also supplying the bulk of the star power this year. C3 Presents had their work cut out for them matching last year’s megawatt George Strait headlining performance, but they rose to the occasion with the savvy booking of the Chicks, who haven’t played a proper Austin show since 2016 at the Germania Insurance Amphitheater (they also dropped by the Moody Theater in 2018 to perform at Mack, Jack & McConaughey’s annual gala). And with Musgraves returning just three years after her last Zilker Park romp (admittedly a strange move), ACL further shores up its identity as a top-draw festival that’s more country-friendly than many of its contemporaries — this is the Lone Star State, after all.

Unfortunately, this comes at the expense of a solid rock lineup, which feels increasingly like an afterthought at ACL. Don’t get it twisted: Paramore are poised to make a triumphant ACL debut, and with a new song, “This Is Why,” out this week and an album of the same name coming in February (their first since 2017’s After Laughter), they’re a no-brainer booking. But it’s harder to get excited about their Sunday night counterparts, Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Sure, the veteran funk-punks recently reunited with classic-era guitarist John Frusciante and will be promoting two new albums, April’s Unlimited Love and the brand-new Return of the Dream Canteen, out Oct. 14. But the band headlined ACL just five years ago, and in a year featuring mammoth tours and residencies from Rage Against the Machine, My Chemical Romance, Elton John and Aerosmith (not to mention the Strokes, who just finished supporting RHCP on their U.S. stadium tour), the booking feels particularly uninspired.

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