By Crystal Hessong
Looking for Labor Day fun? You’ll have multiple choices over Labor Day weekend, which lasts from September 1 through 4. Houston has plenty to offer, whether you want to experience thrills or just want a relaxing weekend to close out the summer.
Brewmasters Craft Beer Festival
Moody Gardens Hotel & Convention Center
One Hope Blvd.
Galveston, TX 77554
Date: Friday, Sept. 1 through Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017
If you love local craft beers, the Brewmasters Craft Beer Festival at Moody Gardens is for you. Ticket prices vary depending on what you want to taste, from tequila to beer, and organizers highly recommend patrons purchase their tickets online before the event to ensure entrance in the event of a sell-out. You can sample food and beers at the event, which lasts all Labor Day weekend, through Sept. 3.
Houston Labor Day Cup
7700 Cypresswood Drive
Spring, TX 77379
Date: Saturday, Sept. 2 through Monday, Sept. 4, 2017
Love watching or playing soccer? Check out the Houston Labor Day Cup at both Meyer and Burroughs Parks on the north side. This tournament features local soccer teams pitting themselves against each other to win the coveted Labor Day Cup. Since 1983, this event has been a staple of the end of summer for many soccer players. Teams consist of age groups U9 through U20, and both the Timberline Youth Soccer Association and the South Texas Youth Soccer Association have sanctioned this event. If you’d like to close out summer with a host of youth soccer games, this should be a part of your family’s fun.
Labor Day Weekend in The Woodlands
The Woodlands Waterway Square
31 Waterway Square Place
The Woodlands, TX 77380
Date: Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017 from 4 p.m. through 9 p.m.
The Woodlands really knows how to throw a party. The officials in Houston’s northern suburb recognize that Memorial Day and Independence Day aren’t the only summer holidays that should get fireworks. On Sept. 3, 2017, The Woodlands Waterway Square will host a free event for the entire family, culminating in a fireworks display just before 9 p.m. Live music, strolling entertainers and children’s activities await you in this not-to-be missed event to close out the summer. Just remember, that this event takes place on the Sunday before Labor Day, and not on the holiday itself.
Houston’s Free Day of Yoga and Kirtan Fest
1320 West 34th St.
Houston, TX 77018
Date: Monday, Sept. 4, 2017 from 8 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Though things begin to get busy when the summer ends, Labor Day is the perfect time to kick back and relax. Houston’s Free Day of Yoga occurs every Labor Day, and allows you a chance to try out a way to calm do when life gets hectic. Free classes will be held in participating yoga studios across the city. Check the official page listing to see where you can go for free yoga, or drop by the ISKCON Temple, which will host the Kirtan Fest, where a community-wide yoga class will take place on the lawn.
Towne Lake Triathlon
18915 San Saba Creek Circle
Cypress, TX 77433
Date: Monday, Sept. 4, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
For the last four years, Towne Lake, a small community on Houston’s far northwest side, has hosted a Labor Day triathlon to raise money for charity. Since 2012, local charities have had $40,000 raised for them from this event. You can watch the athletes in sprint and Olympic courses, and if you have a budding track and field star, a junior division is also available for those between 6 and 15 the day before the adult event. Though registration for the event has closed, you can still go to cheer on the competitors and see the excitement of a triathlon in person.