If you’re sticking close to North Texas for your final official summer weekend, we have plenty of options for things to do, from rodeos to movies to spa days.
You can kick off your Labor Day shopping by supporting small businesses at M.A.D.E. Dallas at the Dallas Farmers Market. Find local boutiques along Pearl Street; the event showcases makers, artisans, designers, and eateries. You can also hit a happy hour and take in some live music. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dallas Farmers Market, 920 S. Harwood St. Learn more here.
Salumi and Formaggi Board Class
If you’re starting to think about all those holiday parties coming up in a couple of short months, Eataly’s salumi and formaggi board class can have you wowing your hosts with Italian cheeses and salumi with the perfect wine pairing. 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. $65. Eataly, NorthPark Center. Learn more here.
Dallas Mimosa Walk: Labor Day Weekend Edition
Everyone knows a cardinal rule of fashion is “no white after Labor Day.” So this Saturday’s Dallas Mimosa Walk is encouraging all its attendees to dress to the nines, and to dress in all white. (The most outrageously dressed will win a $250 grand prize.) During the 3.5-hour event, you can stop into nearly 20 different Deep Ellum shops and enjoy free mimosa samplings as you browse. Noon–3:30 p.m. $35. Check in at Deep Ellum Outdoor Market entrance, 2803 Main St. Learn more and get tickets here.
Fans of Johnny Cash can head to Grapevine for CASH Bash, a memorial tribute to Johnny Cash. The production features Johnny Cash tribute artist Bennie Wheels from Houston and Roy Orbison tribute artist Colin Dexter from Ferris. Doo-wop group Shake Rattle & Roll opens, backed by the Fever Band. $35-40. 7:30 p.m. Palace Arts Center, 300 S. Main St., Grapevine. Learn more here.
College Football: UNT Mean Green vs. SMU Mustangs
If you’re ready for college football, there’s no better way to start the season than a trip north to see two local teams go head to head. Who will prevail—the Mean Green with their home field advantage, or SMU? Tickets start at $19. 6:30 p.m. Apogee Stadium, Denton. Learn more here.
Pick Your Concert
There are two shows Saturday to choose from: Imagine Dragons at Dos Equis Pavilion in Dallas, or Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant with Alison Krauss at the Texas Trust CU Theatre in Grand Prairie. Lawn tickets for Imagine Dragons start at $100 each, and Robert Plant tickets start at $52. Learn more here and here.
Free First Saturdays at the Nasher
Enjoy the sculptures inside and outside the Nasher, take part in a fun family activity, sip some horchata, and attend an art chat with a Nasher educator Saturday. Free. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora St. Learn more here.
Movies on the Pegasus Lawn: Sing
It’s the last movie on the Pegasus Lawn at the Dallas Omni Hotel, so why not gather up the family, grab some dinner at one of the Restaurants on Lamar, and then bring your blanket to a viewing of Sing? 8:30 p.m. Omni Dallas, 555 S. Lamar St. Learn more here.
National Cinema Day
See a movie. Heck, at $3 a flick, see several. Movie theaters across the country are celebrating National Cinema Day with $3 admission. Taxes and fees might apply, but you will still see first-run movies in any format for less than a small popcorn. See the list of local theaters participating here.
Bad Bunny Themed Pool Party @ CANVAS Hotel Dallas
Hang out at the CANVAS Hotel in the Cedars this Saturday during its Bad Bunny-themed pool party. DJ Hardbox will spin the Puerto Rican singer’s most popular hits and there will be plenty of Bad Bunny themed eats on the menu. 1–4 p.m. $35. CANVAS Hotel, 1325 Botham Jean Blvd. Get tickets here.
Labor Day Weekend Luau Plano’s Legacy Hall is bringing back its Labor Day Weekend Luau this Sunday. All afternoon long, you can sip a Bacardi rum Tiki cocktail in a coconut cup, munch on poke, watch hula and fire dancers, and enjoy music from Jimmy Buffett and Kenny Chesney tribute bands. 2–9 p.m. From $15. Legacy Hall, 7800 Windrose Ave, Plano. Get tickets here.
Lee Harvey’s Dive In
Even though Lee Harvey’s Dive-In only opened last June, it already loves a good pool party. Seth Smith’s aquatic companion to his beloved Cedars dive bar is hosting DJs all weekend. Head to the pool Monday to enjoy the day off and beats from DJ Sober. 3–7 p.m. $5–$15, adult day pass. Lee Harvey’s Dive-In. 1315 Beaumont St.
Sfereco Has Pizza Deals
Monday happens to also be National Cheese Pizza Day, and Sfereco wants to celebrate. At The Statler pizza joint (plus its Lewisville and Flower Mound locations) Monday, order either a 12-inch or 16-inch El Presidente pizza, and get a free order of either cheesy garlic bread or toasted ravioli. Learn more here.
Reunion Tower Lightshow
Reunion Tower will illuminate this Labor Day in a patriotic-themed light show. If you’re driving through downtown, or just admiring the cityscape, keep your eyes peeled in the wee morning hours and in the evening Monday for the two shows. 12:01 a.m.–8 a.m.; 7:30 p.m.–11:59 p.m.
Riverfront Jazz Festival
The fifth-annual Riverfront Jazz Festival is back this weekend to highlight some of the best jazz, blues, R&B, soul, pop, and neo-soul musicians from across the world. Presented by the Black Academy of Arts and Letters, the festival will feature 30-plus jazz artists, as well as young performers from area schools and music programs, across three stages. Sept. 2–4. From $69, one-day ticket; from $109, weekend pass. Multiple venues. Learn more here.
Spa Adolphus’ Summer Serenity Trio
Labor Day weekend is your last chance to enjoy the Summer Serenity Trio special at Spa Adolphus. The package includes a 50-minute massage, the “Mango Papaya Summer Pedicure,” and a hydrating and anti-aging facial. Complimentary massage add-ons include lemon, sweet orange, or French lavender “aromatherapy enhancements.” Through Sept. 4. From $360. Spa Adolphus, 1321 Commerce St. Learn more here.
Labor Day Weekend Stockyards Style
Head to the Fort Worth Stockyards for an entire weekend of events, including live music from Calamity Janes, Aurora Bleu, Salt Creek, and others; three different rodeos on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday; and lawn games. Rodeo tickets start at $15. Fort Worth Stockyards, 131 E. Exchange Ave. Learn more here.
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