Own your Labor Day 2016 in Houston

Photo courtesy of BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival

Zero in on Labor Day Weekend activities with our list of festivities between Thursday, September 1 to Labor Day, Monday, September 5, 2016.

Whether you’re looking to get out on the town, explore some live music, or enjoy some family fun time, we’ve got what you covered from Thursday to Monday and more. Not finding what you need? Check out our Weekend Guide for even more events happening all weekend long.

If you plan to drink, remember that there will be extra cops on the road and you won’t be able to refuse a breathalyzer test. So call a taxi or get on The Wave instead of driving.

Labor Day Weekend 2016 Festivities & Events 

All Weekend Long

  • Houston Street Art Tour | Thursday, September 1 to Saturday, September 3 – Meet up at Empire Cafe and join Destination English on an a/c bus to discover Houston’s vibrant street art scene. Learn about the art and the artists behind the murals. Camera’s are required. Tickets are $35. 10am to 12:30pm daily.
  • The 7th Annual BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival at Moody Gardens | Friday, September 2 to Sunday, September 4 – Toast the end of summer this labor day weekend at the 7th Annual BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival on Galveston Island. The FridayNight Pub Crawl and Nach-Yo Ordinary Tequila Tasting kick off the weekend followed by the Texas Brewery Tasting Tour, the BrewHaHa Grand Tasting on Saturday and new Brew-B-Que on Sunday with smokehouse specialties by local Pitmaster Patrick Feges. Tickets range from $30 to $165. Friday 7pm; Saturday and Sunday 11am.
  • End of Summer Labor Day Music and Art Fest | Saturday, September 3 to Sunday, September 4 – Be entertained by 3 stages of over 30 indie rock bands at this End of Summer festival on Labor Day weekend. Mingle with artists and vendors and enjoy food from local food trucks at Last Concert Cafe and Eastdown Warehouse. Tickets are $10. 4pm to 11pm daily.
  • Drake & Future in Concert at Toyota Center | Saturday, September 3 to Sunday, September 4 – Watch Grammy award-winning rapper Drake along with Future play hits like “Jumpman” at the Toyota Center in this star-studded Downtown concert in Downtown. Tickets start at $49.50, but you may find cheaper of better seats on TicketNetwork’s site. 6:30pm both days.

Friday, September 2, 2016

  • Midtown Wine Down in Bagby Park | FREE to Attend – Wind down from the busy work week with music and happy hour specials at Rico’s Morning Noon Night – featuring food, wine, craft beer and frozen sake. The monthly happy hour programming happens in Bagby Park, home of the giant Midtown sign, on the first Friday of every month. Drinks and food are available for purchase. 5pm to 8pm.
  • Something About A Rose: Music Inspired by Shakespeare at Miller Outdoor Theatre | FREE to Attend – WindSync’s Something About a Rose is a modern take on classical storytelling traditions featuring music inspired by Shakespeare, the rich storytelling history of country music, and a fresh take on storytelling through dance. 8pm.
  • National Beer Mile at Minute Maid Park The National Beer Mile tour rolls into Houston for runners, social drinkers, and party-goers alike. Tickets range from $35 to $40, not including ticket fees. Noon.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

  • Labor Day Weekend Celebration at B-52 Brewing Company | FREE to Attend – Join the B-52 Brewing Co. in Conroe for a Labor Day Weekend celebration with live music by Eightball Aitken as well as The Sauer Kraut and Goat’s Mobile Catering serving up great beer pairing menu items. Noon to 6pm.
  • Red, White & Cruise at Bohemeo’s Bohemeo’s and Big Herd Cycling will be hosting a 20-mile social ride and after party in observance of Labor Day. Music will be provided by Spinn Cycles, and they will be raffling off a new bike. Cost is TBA. Click here for more information. Noon to 6:30pm.
  • Houston Symphony presents The Music of Queen at Jones Hall The ’70s are alive and well as the Houston Symphony celebrates the genius of Freddie Mercury in this electric symphonic-rock tribute to Queen. Enjoy all the classics of this incredible group like “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Another One Bites The Dust,” complete with Brody Dolyniuk’s soaring vocals, a full rock band, and live orchestra. Tickets range from $39 to $115, not including ticket fees. 7:30pm.
  • Viva Venezuela Festival at Great Southwest Equestrian Center Celebrate Venezuelan culture at the Viva Venezuela Festival in Katy. See latin singers like Luis Enrique, Tomas The Latin Boy, and Rafael “Pollo” Brito while tasty authentic Venezuelan cuisine and people-watching. Tickets are $15, not including ticket fees. Noon to 10pm.
  • Xtreme Baroque! at Miller Outdoor Theatre | FREE to Attend – In Xtreme Baroque!, Mercury returns to its roots to play the greatest hits of the Baroque period, including excerpts from Vivaldi, Corelli, Bach, and more. Video screens bring the musicians up close to the audience, while the driving, rhythmic music makes this a rock concert of historic proportions. 8pm.
  • TLC in Concert at Arena Theatre The Grammy-winning sensation TLC comes to Arena Theatre to play hits like “Waterfalls” and “Unpretty” for what’s sure to be a stellar concert. Tickets start at $59.50, but you might find limited discounted tickets for $31.50Click here to check for limited discounted tickets. 8:30pm.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

  • Fall Frozen Fun Event at The Fairytale Headquarters Bring the kiddos to meet the Snow Queen, Princess Ana, the Ice Harvester Dancers, and Olaf at the Fall Frozen Fun Event. Enjoy an interactive storytime with an on-screen singalong, live performances with professional dancers, and a dance party. Tickets are $30, not including ticket fees. 4:30pm.
  • All White Celebrity Charity Fashion Show at the Founders Room in the Hobby Center Be fashionable in all white for this charity runway show. The Labor Day All White Celebrity Charity Fundraiser will raise funds for suicide awareness, bringing services, programs, healing, resources, and support to people facing serious life and emotional challenges. Tickets are $45 and $60 for VIP. 6pm.
  • Seth MacFarlane with the Houston Symphony at Jones Hall The consummate showman and Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane joins the Houston Symphony this Labor Day weekend to lend his baritone voice to the hidden gems of the ‘40s and ‘50s swing era and sing selections from the Great American Songbook. Tickets range from $29 to $139. 7:30pm.
  • All White Affair Labor Day at 1919 Wine & Mixology Lounge Wear your white attire, socialize, and sip on wine for the River Oaks Annual All White Affair this Labor Day Sunday at 1919 Wine & Mixology Lounge. Free with RSVP before 11pm. 9pm.
  • Labor Day Foam Party at Metropolis Come ready in your beach attire for the Labor Day Foam Party at Metropolis. Be prepared to get wet and enjoy the many drink specials they have to offer. Free before 11pm. 9pm to 2am.

Labor Day, Monday, September 5, 2016

  • Labor Day at Galveston Bay Beer | FREE to Attend – Join the Galveston Bay Beer taproom for a Labor Day celebration with finger-licking food from Watson’s BBQ and 1/2 off select beers. Noon to 8pm.
  • Labor Day Rosé Party at Brasserie 19 | FREE to Attend – Join Brasserie 19 and Clark Cooper Concepts for a Labor Day BBQ on the patio. Celebrate, drink rosé, and be there when they draw the winner of a signed magnum of Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie’s Miraval Rosé. 2pm to 9pm.
  • End of an Era Closing Party at Royal Oak | FREE to Attend – After nearly 6 years Royal Oak on Westheimer will be closing their doors, but not without an End of an Era closing party to go out with a bang. 4pm.
  • Open Mic Comedy Night at Rudyard’s | FREE to Attend – Laugh it up with homegrown comedians at this award-winning open mic comedy night at Rudyard’s British Pub in the heart of Montrose. 7:30pm.
  • Little Girl Blue screening at Cafe Brasil | FREE to Attend – One of the most revered and influential rock ’n’ roll singers of all time, Janis Joplin thrilled audiences and blazed new creative trails before her death at age 27. Oscar-nominated director Amy Berg examines Joplin’s story in depth, for the first time on film, presenting an intimate portrait of a complicated and driven artist. 8pm to 10pm.