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!
An Austin-based program manager for Apple Maps and one of two leaders for the #AppleToo activist movement said she has been fired after a suspension.
According to the New York Times, Janneke Parrish said she was put on suspension for several days while the company investigated her activities before she was fired by a human resources employee via phone call on Thursday.
Parrish was under investigation for allegedly leaking a recording of an Apple staff meeting to the media, which she said she didn't do.
The report said the company told Parrish, who is 30, that she was being fired for having deleted files off her company-issued phone and computer before handing them in for examination. Parrish said the files she deleted contained her personal and financial information.
Among the files she deleted were the Robinhood app, which she said was to keep Apple from seeing "how much money I lost investing in GameStop," the Pokemon Go app and screenshots of programming bugs she was fixing.
Parrish said she believes Apple was retaliating against her efforts in organizing #AppleToo, a group of employees working to expose the company's "culture of secrecy" that has been "faced disproportionately by our Black, Indigenous, and other colleagues from minoritized racial, gender and historically marginalized groups of people."
Parrish had been publishing weekly accounts of workplace problems that had been shared anonymously with her from other employees, though she did not verify employment on all of them. The accounts she received were in the hundreds, so Parrish said she was hopeful her termination would lead to some justice within the company.
Employees at tech giants have been more outspoken than usual in recent months—with former Facebook data scientist Frances Haugen speaking out against her former employer—and Parrish said the company's desire to keep under wraps has eroded trust by discouraging employees to come forward with issues like harassment or wage disparity.
Apple spokesman Josh Rosenstock commented on the matter: "We are and have always been deeply committed to creating and maintaining a positive and inclusive workplace. We take all concerns seriously and we thoroughly investigate whenever a concern is raised and, out of respect for the privacy of any individuals involved, we do not discuss specific employee matters."
Additionally, the email detailing her termination, which was obtained by the New York Times, said Apple had determined that Parrish "engaged in conduct in violation of Apple policies including, but not limited to, interfering with an investigation by deleting files on your company provided equipment after being specifically instructed not to do so."
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Republic Square Park has turned into a Ford-themed fiesta for its Built to Connect pop-up experience, complete with test drives, off-roading and an inside look at the Tesla-rivaling electric vehicles that the motor vehicle company is planning to integrate over the next decade.
The outdoor driving event is free, open to the public and will stay in the park from now until Oct. 24, offering rides on Bronco Mountain, a 0-40 mph zip in the 2022 all-electric Ford F-150 Lightning and a chance to win an original Ford Bronco.
The event kicked off with a panel of speakers, including Austin Director of Transportation Rob Spillar, Ford General Manager Darren Palmer and engineering specialists discussing Ford's goals to make it so that 50% of the vehicles on the road are electric by 2030.
As an eco-conscious city, Spillar said that around 4,000 vehicles, or 22% of the Texas electric vehicle market, as well as over 15,000 plugins lie in Austin, meaning driving electric just got accessible.
"Austin, as you know, is a fast-growing modern city that is committed to protecting the long term health and viability of our communities and strategies that reduce greenhouse gases, mitigate the effects of climate change and improve the drone quality of life here in Central Texas for all of our residents," Spillar said.
And Ford's electric vehicles are putting up some steep competition for newly-Austin-based company Tesla. The new electric Mustang Mach-E and F-150 Lighting offer amenities that used to be exclusive to Musk's brand, such as the BlueCruise self-driving network. The cars also boast a 300-mile range on a single charge, assisted reverse technology and access to the biggest charging network outside of the home.
Plus, Ford's got affordability on its side. The F-150 Lightning starts at $39,974 and the Mustang Mach-E starts at $42,895, while the cheapest Tesla model, the Model 3, starts at $41,990 and averages 262 miles on a single charge.
Speaking of price, the numbers on the electric vehicles may look like a little more than you'd like to pay for your transport, but Palmer promises it will pay off. In addition to a $7,500 tax credit you can earn for your sustainability, you'll never have to buy a pricey tank of gas again.
"Personally, I have not found one customer ever, who would go back to gas so that says something," Palmer said. "I realized, at $51,000, that car outruns every childhood hero car I ever had."
Texas buyers: take note. The Ford Lightning can power your house for three to 10 days, just in case the statewide power grid fails. You can take it glamping with you, so you don't have to leave the comfort of modern life behind, and in a pinch, Palmer said he's even seen a wedding party powered by the truck.
Ford is investing $30 billion into the U.S. market to meet demand by 2025 and the new electric truck already has over 150,000 reservations.
"I think they're going to take off much faster than you expect—they're going to be extremely, extremely popular next year," Palmer said. "With the incentives that are available today, this is starting to become more mainstream and viable for more and more families. We couldn't have done that before, we didn't have the technology, or the technology at that price."
The event is ongoing through next weekend from 12-9 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.- 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
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