Labor Day Weekend in Dallas-Fort Worth

Concerts, Picnics, Bucking Bulls, Yoga and More Fun

French sculptor Auguste Rodin's bronze titled "Eve.". Angela Patterson

Labor Day is always the first Monday in September. It was original a tribute to labor unions but now it's just a four-day weekend.

Despite the hot temperatures in DFW in the beginning of September, you can just feel the change in the air. You know that fall is coming -- even though temps may still be near triple digits. There are a lot of fun activities to enjoy with friends or the family. Don't miss the last big holiday before it's time to put the pumpkins on the porch.

Labor Day weekend is also the start of dove hunting season in Texas. Be sure to get your hunting license.

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    Professional Bull Riders rodeo action means the top 40 riders in the country. The Built Ford Tough Series will be back in action Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 in Thackerville, Okla., for the WinStar World Casino Invitational. (It's just a short drive up the road from DFW). It will be the second year in a row that the BFTS will compete under the stars in a custom-built arena adjacent to the WinStar World Casino. In 2011, Thackerville became the first outdoor BFTS event since 2005 in Laughlin, Nevada. Tickets are available at online, through or by telephone at 800-745-3000.
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    Sept 1: Dove Hunting Season Opens

    Grab your guns because dove hunting season is finally here.

    • It opens Saturday, September 1, 2012
    • Where to purchase a dove hunting license in DFW
    • It's no longer birds, bros, and BBQ
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    Sept 1: Nasher Sculpture Center

    French sculptor Auguste Rodin's bronze titled "Eve.". Angela Patterson

    Target First Saturdays is a great time to take the whole family to the Nasher Sculpture Garden. Enjoy free admission and a Children's Art activity at 10 a.m. The Nasher Sculpture Center is a beautiful art collection where you will find world-class works by Picasso and Rodin plus almost 300 other unique pieces.

    Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201. 214-242-5100.

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    The Bedford Blues & BBQ Fest includes great blues from Kenny Wayne Sheppard, Texas Cotton Kings, Keb Mo and more. Part of the fun is naming your BBQ team. September 1-2, 2012at the Boys Ranch Activity Center, 2801 Forest Ridge Drive, Bedford, TX 76021.

    Kenny Wayne Sheppard is an amazing band. I bought their first CD and played it a bajillion times. It's some fantastic rockin' blues. It's a must for guitar fans.

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    Sept 1-2: "Museums on Us" Program Offers Free Admission to Participating Museums

    The perfect photo op at Planet Shark. © Angela Patterson
    Bank of America's Museums on Us offers free access to Bank of America and Merrill Lynch cardholders in Dallas and Fort Worth. Saturday, September 1 and Sunday, September 2 (and the first full weekend of each month). Please note: The Museums on Us program is not valid on Labor Day, Monday, September 3. Please check participating museums' days and hours of operation. Holiday schedules may apply. Dallas Museum of Nature & Science, Fort Worth Museum of Science and History Dallas Museum of Art. Don't miss "Planet Shark" at the Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas.
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    Beautiful view. © Angela Patterson
    Catch the colorful Chihuly exhibition. Hurry, it's only here through November 5, 2012.
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    Frisco RoughRiders Baseball and Fireworks

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    When you think about Labor Day weekend, you probably think about some great memories with friends and family. Here is a chance to make the RoughRiders part of your memories this Labor Day weekend.

    Friday, August 31 there's a great fireworks display after the game. Sunday is also a special day and Kids Run the Bases after the game.

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    ©Angela Patterson

    Some of your favorite restaurants are still participating in KRLD's Restaurant Week. You must have a reservation and some restaurants are already booked. Be sure to call ahead for seating.

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    Sept 1: The Invasion Car Show

    What: A car show. Bring the whole family, look at the cars, browse the vendors. There will be live music on the outdoor stage, a swimsuit contest. Best of all it's free. There are lots of restaurants within walking distance. The only thing you would have to buy tickets for is if you are entering a car, or going to the afterparty at Trees. Tickets available at the door.

    When: Saturday, September 1, 2012. Gates open at 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

    Where: Deep Ellum

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    Sept 2-3: 303 Bar & Grill Honors Dallas City Workers on Labor Day

    What: 303 Bar & Grill wants to serve those who serve us. They are inviting city employees and service personnel (police, fire, ambulance) to celebrate Labor Day with us as they commend those employees for their service to the city and its citizens. Show ID or business card and receive 25% off brunch on Sunday, or lunch on Monday, and a complimentary drink with that purchase.

    When: Sunday, Septemer 2, 2012 (brunch) and Monday, September 3, 2012 (lunch).

    Where: 303 Bar & Grill 303 W. Davis St., Bishop Arts Dallas, TX

    303 Bar & Grill is one of the newest additions to the Bishop Arts District, located at 303 West Davis Street in Dallas, TX. 303 Bar & Grill offers a variety of your favorite bar cuisine with an upscale twist. 214-942-3030 or visit for more information.

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    What: DFW Free Day of Yoga is a great opportunity to try yoga for the first time -- or try a new style of yoga, studio or instructor. Free classes have been offered at over 170 yoga studios throughout DFW since 2007.

    When: Monday, September 3, 2012

    • Dallas kickoff event September 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Crow Collection of Asian Art, 2010 Flora Street, Dallas, TX.
    • Fort Worth kickoff event Sunday, September 2, 2012 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Fort Worth Water Gardens, 1502 Commerce, Fort Worth, TX.

    *Consult with your physician before joining or participating in any exercise program.

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    Sept 3: Fireworks Over Lake Grapevine

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    What: It's the end of Summer Fireworks Festival. Enjoy a spectacular 12-minute Fireworks show at 9:30 p.m. Fireworks can be seen from any Lake Grapevine park. Also visit the Summerblast Party on the Gaylord parking garage roof top!

    When: September 3, 2012 at 9:30 p.m.

    Where: Over Lake Grapevine and the fireworks can been seen from many vantage points -- including from your boat on the lake!

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    Seasonal Water Parks, Spray Parks and Public Pools

    Photo ©Hurricane Harbor

    Labor Day is usually the last big weekend for water parks, spray parks and public pools to open. The kids will be sad that their favorite beat-the-heat spots close down for the fall/winter, but you can all look forward to when they reopen again next May.

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