With long weekends comes a need to fill your time. Lucky for you, there are endless things to do in Austin this Labor Day weekend.
We've got you covered with events going on during your time off.
Jurassic Quest, 500 East Cesar Chavez Street
Sept. 3-6 @ 9 a.m.
The Jurassic Quest is back, this time as a real event you can attend rather than just drive through. At Austin Convention Center, Jurassic Quest will feature over 100 lifelike dinosaurs, rides, shows, interactive science and art activities, a kids area, temporary tattoos, bounce houses, plenty of photo opportunities and more! Tickets start at $19.
Labor Day Weekend at Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa, 8212 Barton Club Drive
Sept. 3-6 @ 11 a.m.
Take the long weekend to relax at the Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa, where they will celebrate with live music, glow-in-the-dark mini-golf, a petting zoo, desserts via food trucks and golfing. Make sure to check out their amenities which include their gigantic fitness center, a nature trail, swimming pools and their Mokara Spa. You can check out their Labor Day schedule here.
Labor Day BBQ + Day Party, 1716 West Howard Lane
Sept. 6 @ 11 a.m.
If these events weren't enough, here's another party for ya! Down South CaJJun Eats will be hosting a BBQ and day party on Labor Day featuring an all-day open bar and local DJs Donte and Melissa Bellz.
Work in 1800s Texas, 10621 Pioneer Farms Drive
Sept. 6, open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Ever wondered what Texas was like during the 1800s? For this special Labor Day event, Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms will be showcasing hands-on demonstrations of labor life in the 1800s in Texas. Think churning butter, spinning and sewing, walking the Chisholm Trail, and catching a glimpse of the longhorn cattle on the Blackland Prairie. Other family-friendly activities include live music and concessions.
Free Day of Yoga, various locations
Labor Day Weekend is a time known for rest, and what's more peaceful than yoga? Multiple locations throughout Austin are celebrating this free day of yoga by hosting free classes. Some of these participating studios include Castle Hill Fitness (all-day yoga at Waterloo Greenway and virtual or studio classes), Charles MacInerney (15-people max class at Cafe Dance at 7 p.m.), and Yoga Meditation Group (classes throughout the day). All ages and skill levels are welcome.
Carpenter BBQ + Pool Party, 400 Josephine Street
Sept. 5 @ 3-8 p.m.
It has become the American tradition to eat barbecue at some point during Labor Day weekend, and this time, Carpenter Hotel is hosting. Join them for an end-of-summer backyard barbeque which will feature live music, food from Carpenters Hall, boozy snow cones, two-stepping lessons in the swimming pool and performances by Spliff Kazoo and Teenage Cavegirl. They are also offering 20% discounts if you stay at the hotel in August and September when you use the code UNION.
For The Culture Brunch & Day Party, 208 West 4th Street Suite C
Sept. 5 @ 12-10 p.m.
Looking for a good time? Cedar Street Courtyard is hosting a brunch and day party featuring an open bar, hookah, games and tunes by DJ Hella Yella, Concept, HimShawty and Grip. Brunch will be provided by Smokey Creek Cajun and Grill until 4 p.m.
Goodbye Beaches! Labor Day Party, 11500 Rock Rose Avenue Suite D
Sept. 5 @ 6 p.m.
Soak in the last few days of summer with Wonder Bar as they celebrate Labor Day weekend with a tropical party. Get out your grass skirts, coconut bras and sandals, and get ready for some drink specials and giveaways!
The Vibes Day Party + Rooftop After-Party, 412 Congress Avenue D
Sept. 5 @ 4 p.m. & 9 p.m.
Looking for an all-day event? Come to Speakeasy for a day party starting at 4 p.m. and transition into a night out at 9 p.m. for its after-party on the rooftop. Tickets range from $10-225.
Labor Day Lake Rave, 17172 Rocky Ridge Road
Sept. 5 @ 9 p.m.
What's better than a lake day for Labor Day? A rave on the lake for Labor Day! Dance your feet off to EDM by Lake Travis where two DJs will provide their tunes. A silent disco experience will also be offered outside the house. Tickets are $20.
You Betta Werk! Community Workout for a Cause, 3300 West Anderson Lane #301
Sept. 4 @ 10-11:15 a.m.
Feel guilty about not working? Consider using this time off your day job to do work for a cause. Lions Krav Maga is offering a workout led by Jason Fryer welcomed to any fitness level. Tickets are free but donations are appreciated as they will go toward Austin ECHO to serve the homeless community in Austin.
Party hard, rest easy!
Airbnb is moving to make its COVID-induced ban on house parties permanent—but from the affordable housing shortage to
"Under 25" bans, the short-term rental service may be losing its shine in Austin.
In 2019, the company moved to prohibit “open-invite” parties that were advertised on social media and “chronic party houses." By 2020, its ban broadened to all parties and events "until further notice," which was officially coded into policy Tuesday.
From August 2020 to January 2022, Airbnb denied over 48,000 reservations in Texas from serial party offenders, and around 3,300 reservations were declined through the "Under 25" system in Austin.
For some Austinites, the party ban may be the last straw.
Society has progressed past the need for Airbnb's https://t.co/44rTBDQPX1
— Caleb (@ipleadthef1th) June 20, 2022
But Airbnb has already caught plenty of flack for its possible contributions to the nation's housing shortage.
In Austin, short-term rentals are required to be registered through the city. And while the city reports around 1,900 rental units in the rental registry, according to city demographer Lila Valencia, data collection site Inside Airbnb has tracked close to 12,000 in the area.
Inside Airbnb founder Murray Cox said that too many Airbnbs in Austin could shrink the available housing market.
"If the housing units (have) been taken off the market, that's displacing people, it's making housing more scarce. And it's probably driving the cost of housing up," Cox told Austonia.
Short-term rentals could also eat into new housing in Austin, from apartment buildings to accessory dwelling units on single-family properties.
"If new housing has been built, and it's being tied to Airbnb, that's also really just servicing the tourism industry as opposed to the housing needs of the city," Cox said.
Because a large portion of its customers are tourists, Airbnbs may also tend to crowd around desirable areas, such as downtown or South Congress. South Congress's average rent now rivals New York City, according to Austin Business Journal.
"When that happens, you're taking away housing units in an already densely-populated area where there is more of a shortage of housing," Valencia said. "And so then the people who historically once lived there are no longer able to afford to live there, and the unit itself isn't even going to somebody who could afford to rent it on a more permanent basis, but rather to people who are coming in and visiting for a weekend or two."
Despite the pandemic—and growing frustration among homeowners and renters—Airbnb saw a record year in 2021. But two of Airbnb's billionaire founders have quietly sold $1.2 billion in company stock in the last year, a possible premonition of what's to come.
And while some have created an Airbnb "empire"—one company owns 338 available listings in Austin—many priced-out Austinites are fed up with big investors' influence in the tight housing market.
These are not imperialist conquerors; they’re over leveraged milk toast millennials who probably borrowed money from their wealthy boomer parents and be bailed out by the same #housingmarket#airbnb#recessionpic.twitter.com/K6DM8bT730
— Texas Runner (@OGtexasrunner) June 21, 2022
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Enjoy live music all weekend long and check out the hotels’ state-of-the-art amenities between sets. Make a splash in the pool, enjoy outdoor fire pits, or challenge your friends in a yard game while enjoying a weekend full of live music! Did we mention the package includes deluxe accommodations and a bucket of beer? Oh, and if you needed more convincing, this pet-friendly hotel means the whole family can join in on the fun.
Explore any of the Court Hotels by Valencia Hotel Group for a memorable escape. Each property offers a unique experience remnant of yesteryear but with all of the modern amenities that make for a fun and comfortable stay. With acres of landscaped courtyards, relax and unwind in an outdoor environment perfect for doing everything or absolutely nothing at all. With locations in Austin, College Station, Irving, and Lubbock your urban retreat has never been so close.
Locals and travelers alike are invited to enjoy the deep roots of Texas music all summer long with a robust lineup of live performances. From the banks of the San Antonio Riverwalk to Irving’s manicured streets, Valencia’s hotels are a place to gather and reconnect, offering uniquely Texan settings for the weekly performances.
“We’re proud of the community we’ve fostered among Texas musicians and the many rising stars who perform at our properties,” says Amy Trench, corporate director of brand marketing & PR for Valencia Hotel Group.
With unique programming at each of Valencia’s properties, there’s something for everyone to enjoy all summer long.
If you’re a Valencia Hotel Group Rewards member, the perks are plentiful. Enjoy up to 10% off the Best Available Rate, and for a limited time, members can save up to 15% off a stay of 2 nights or more, for select stays in 2022.
But that’s really just the beginning. At select locations, you can enjoy discounts on weeknight stays, a complimentary third night, or curated packages for a romantic getaway or a night of watching the Verde at Q2 Stadium. You’ll also find special rates for AAA and AARP Members, educators, and front-line heroes including military, law enforcement, fire, and rescue workers.