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 has come a long way from when the Frost Bank Tower was crowned the city's first World Class skyscraper by the Austin Chronicle in the early 2000s.
There's now a whole slew of developers trying to make their mark on the capital city's downtown. With announcements of new towers coming out left and right since the beginning of the year, we rounded up some of the most prominent shaping the skyline.
Block 16, 201 San Jacinto Blvd.
While Block 16 is one of the shorter office towers set for downtown with 43-stories, it's out to impress with designs that prioritize wellness and sustainability. That includes access to light and air on each floor and 10-foot floor-to-ceiling windows. Plus, a fitness facility, meeting areas and dining options. Carr Properties teamed up with local partner Manifold Development for this building expected in spring 2026.
Perennial, 204 E. 4th St
This 46-story office building dubbed the Perennial will have a public paseo, a nearly 30 foot waterfall and a sky garden where future tenants will have access to views 200 feet above downtown. The developers, Cielo Property Group, told Austonia they set out to create an environment that could boost moods and mental health once it's completed in late 2025.
The Republic, 401 W. 4th St.
An extension of Republic Square is coming in the form of a 48-story tower. Workers who arrive by bike will have access to a private elevator leading to storage space for bicycles and a spa-quality locker room with showers. And the developers, Lincoln Property, say future tenants can also anticipate amenities like a lounge, conference rooms and a fitness center.
321 West, 321 W. Sixth St.
Similar to the others going up downtown, 321 West will have space for residents on the upper floors. With 58 stories in total, out-of-town developers Tishman Speyer and Ryan Companies plan to have apartments on floors 22 through 54. The rest of the building, which is slated to be finished in late 2024, will have office and retail space.
Hilton Luxury Conrad hotel, 300 East Second St.
(Williams New York)
Sixty-five stories in all, this building doesn't just have height. There will also be a fitness studio, pool and spa with condos taking up floors 39 and above with a Hilton Conrad Hotel for the rest of the floors. On the ground, guests, residents and passers-by will be able to enjoy the restaurant and retail space. No estimated completion date has been revealed.
Sixth and Guadalupe, 400 W. 6th St.
(Sixth and Guadalupe)
This combination of office, residential, retail and outdoor space involves over "a million square feet of excellence" and Meta plans to occupy a good chunk of it with 33 floors leased. Currently, finishing touches are being put in place with the top-off of the development at level 66 expected for the fall. The extravagant resident side will include studios to three bedrooms, 24 penthouses with exclusive benefits, pools, a dog park and even a podcast studio. Interested tenants can sign up for pre-leasing information with projected move-ins starting in spring 2023. When it is complete, it will be Austin's tallest tower.
Name To Be Announced, 98 Red River St.
(Kohn Pendersen Fox Associates/Lincoln Property Co./WGI)
This 74-story project headed by Lincoln Property Co. and Kairol Residential could eventually become the tallest in Texas. With a price tag that could end up around $520 million, it'll include more than 350 apartments, a 251-room hotel and 686,000 square feet of office space. Trail closure notices set an estimated construction time of 64 months, according to Towers; construction had not started as of last month.
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The average used car buyer in Austin is coughing up an additional $8,404 when compared to March 2021, according to a new iSeeCars.com report.
With a 32.1% year-over-year jump, Austin has seen the 11th-highest change in average used car prices in the country. The study, which analyzed 1.8 million car sales from March 2021-2022, found that used cars increased just over 30% nationwide due to microchip and semiconductor shortages disrupting the supply chain for new vehicles.
The study found that smaller, semi-affordable cars and alternative fuel vehicles—like Austin-based Teslas—have taken the biggest leap. Austin's used car prices also saw the largest percentage increase among other Texas cities.
Here's where other metros stacked up:
- No. 1 San Francisco—36.8%
- No. 2 Miami—35.9%
- No. 3 New York—35.2%
- No. 11 Austin—32.1%
- No. 37 Houston—28.7%
- No. 49, Dallas-Fort Worth—21.2%
- No. 50 San Antonio, TX—10.9%
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