What to do Labor Day weekend in Austin

4:10 p.m Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017 Things to Do
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Michael Jefferson, from Houston, Texas, shows off doing a headstand on the paddleboard in the middle of Lady Bird Lake on Labor Day Monday Sept 5, 2016. CONTRIBUTED BY JOHN GUTIERREZ

It’s a three-day weekend for most folks in Austin. Wondering how to spend your extra day off? We’ve got some ideas. 

Heatwave at W Austin Wet Deck. The W Hotel is bringing back its beloved weekend day party on a Friday this weekend, encouraging you to “skip work and come play.” Why not make it a four-day weekend. Tickets are $20.

Bob Schneider’s Labor of Love. One of Austin’s most famous musicians is throwing a big end-of-summer party at Nutty Brown Ampitheatre. 

Body Rock ATX: Kanye vs. Beyoncé at Empire. “Give back and dance!” is the theme for this installment of the monthly Body Rock party. The Body Rock crew will be donating $3 from each ticket sold to social justice organization Counter Balance ATX for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. “They’re one of the organizations taking the charge right now to step up and give the aid and the help that’s needed,” Chaka Mandla Mhambi Mpeanaji said in a Facebook live video this week. They will also be collecting canned goods and non-perishable food items, new underwear (all sizes) and toiletries to donate to shelters. For the sake of Houston, let’s go ahead and give this showdown to Queen Bey, who pledged this week to ‘help as many as she can’ in her hometown. $10. 10 p.m. 606 E. Seventh St. 

Black Joe Lewis, Octopus Project and more at the Mohawk. Black Joe Lewis and Octopus Project headline this big dog 2-stage fundraiser at one of Red River’s premiere live music clubs. The lineup also features Robert Ellis, Walker Lukens, the Deer and Otis the Destroyer. Several local businesses including Titos Vodka, Brown Distribution, Austin Eastciders, Karbach Brewing Co. and Big Bend Brewing Co. are also involved in the event and club-goers are encouraged to bring donations. “Tito’s will be pulling their bus up that folks can fill with donated goods,” says Austen Bailey, a Mohawk staffer and native Houstonian. The most needed items right now are diapers, baby formula, blankets, feminine products, and toiletries like toothpaste and deodorant. All proceeds from the show will go to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts being administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation. $20. 7 p.m. doors. 912 Red River St. More info.

The Austin Cactus and Succulent Society Fall Show and Sale. Get yourself some new plant friends at the Zilker Botanical Garden.

Sunday, Sept. 3
The Austin Cactus and Succulent Society Fall Show and Sale. It lasts two days, y’all! 

Rotel Vegas Chili Cook-off at Hotel Vegas. The Chili Cook-off hosted by El Brujo and featuring musical performances from Sailor Poon and the Sun Machine was already in the works, but now it’s a benefit for the Houston Food Bank. 9 p.m. doors. 1500 E. Sixth St. More info.

ABGB’s fourth anniversary party. One of South Austin’s best beer-and-pizza hangs is turning four years old and celebrating with its annual Labor Day party with music, food, beer and more.

Labor Day brunch at Banger’s. One extra day of weekending = one extra day of brunching. Oh, and Sake Bloody Marys.

If these events don’t tickle your fancy, try one of our fun summer date ideas (after all, summer lasts way past Labor Day in Texas), wet your whistle with a frozen drink or check out one of Central Texas’ swimming holes.

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