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!
Austin's Delta 8 industry has been turned on its head after Texas health officials clarified that the cannabinoid is on the state list of illegal substances, though it was previously believed to be legal by most retailers, consumers and manufacturers.
House Bill 1325, which was signed in June 2019 by Gov. Greg Abbott, and the Farm Bill, signed into law by former President Donald Trump in 2018, legalized any hemp product containing less than .3% THC. The same bills were thought to have made Delta 8 legal, though the Texas Department of State Health Services added a notice on its website saying it was still a controlled substance as of Friday, Oct. 15.
Both the federal and state governments keep separate lists on what is considered a controlled substance. Marijuana is considered Schedule I, a category reserved for substances with "no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse," both statewide and federally.
Austin-based CBD retailer Grassroots Harvest CEO Kemal Whyte, like many CBD shop retailers, was blindsided by the announcement. Many small businesses rely on Delta 8 for their sales—Green Herbal Care CBD said about 90% of its sales come from Delta 8—and Whyte said he is frustrated by the inconsistencies in the drug scheduling system.
Since 87% of Texans support the legalization of marijuana, at least for medical use, per a recent poll, Whyte said he wonders who this legislation is for.
"It's gonna have a massive impact on small businesses—there's just no way around it," Whyte said. "The reality is, we don't want to push out anything bad for our customers, we want this to benefit our customers and to help them. If we can make money while doing it, that's the American dream. What are we doing, whose benefit is this for?"
Delta 8 surged in popularity after the perceived legalization—consumers enjoyed its lower psychotropic potency, decreased anxiety while using it and the peace of mind as a legal way to get high. So in order to protect their products and livelihoods, both Grassroots Harvest and Austin-based manufacturer Hometown Heroes are taking legal action.
Whyte said Grassroots Harvest is suing DSHS, saying their action is creating negative effects in the market. Meanwhile, a Hometown Heroes spokesperson said the company is in the process of filing a temporary restraining order that would pause the ban on Delta-8 in the state of Texas.
Threats against Delta 8 are not new—DSHS lost a lawsuit trying to make "smokable hemp products" illegal last year and Texas lawmakers had been considering a bill that would make Delta 8 illegal, though it was dropped after the clarification was made.
Hometown Heroes released a formal statement in response to the DSHS rule.
"I need to be clear—we love Texas, we're just choosing to fight for the will of the people in regards to cannabis in Texas," Hometown Hero CEO Lukas Gilkey said in a statement. "(Texas DSHS) are using backhanded ways to create legislation and go against the will of the people."
Whyte laments the fact that it would be easier legally to "open up a strip club that also sells guns," and said he can't post customer testimonials that mention the benefits of Delta 8 without getting hit with a cease and desist from the Food and Drug Administration. Whyte said he isn't opposed to regulation—far from it—he just wants to see it go through the correct channels.
"The fact that they're stunting our ability to communicate with our clients that want to learn about this, you're preventing us from communicating with them and teaching them, or spreading information that we know," Whyte said. "I think that that in and of itself opens up a lot of questions."
Grassroots Harvest still has Delta 8 products on its shelves for the time being but for how long, Whyte doesn't know.
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Austin Public Health and other clinics around Austin are now providing booster shots for all three vaccines, including Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, to fully vaccinated individuals after both Pfizer and J & J were approved by the CDC on Wednesday.
APH and Austin clinics, which were already administering the approved Pfizer booster, will begin distributing shots as soon as Friday.
Those who received the second dose of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine more than six months ago are elligble to receive a booster if they are over 65 or if they are over 18 and:
- Live in a long-term care environment
- Have underlying medical conditions
- Work or live in high-risk settings, such as schools, hospitals or correctional facilities
Austin-Travis County Health Authority Dr. Desmar Walkes said in a media Q&A Friday that APH is encouraging boosters just as much as they have urged residents to get their first and second doses.
"Boosters are incredibly important to keeping our community protected and hospitalizations low," Walkes said. "If we can stay on top of our vaccinations, we provide protections for our most vulnerable and make it that much harder for COVID to spread in our community."
Eligible residents are free to choose the same booster as their first doses or "mix and match," per the CDC announcement.
Those looking for another dose can simply bring their vaccination card to APH centers or the dozens of Walgreens and CVS locations in the metro, which began administering doses Friday.
Additional updated guidance from the CDC allows for all eligible individuals to choose which vaccine they receive as a "mix-and-match" booster dose. It is advised to remember to bring your CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Card showing the original doses with you when going for booster shots.
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