Houston is the place to be over the Labor Day weekend. The fall season is officially kicked off each year with the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff college football game at NRG Stadium along with numerous other events around town. From epic tailgating parties to international festivals and world class art, Houston’s got your Labor Day weekend plans covered. 


Are you a die hard #GoCoogs fan or a #BoomerSooner? Regardless of who you’re rooting for, you don’t want to miss the Bud Light Fan Fest, the official pregame party for the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff, from 7 a.m. – 10:30 am prior to the big game. Bud Light Fan Fest is a free event that will feature live music from Houston’s own The Suffers and Bun B, great food and drinks along with giveaways, contests and more. Stay for some great tailgating before the game begins at 6 pm.

Get international at the Houston Indonesia Festival this weekend. The festival will feature live music, cultural performances, fashion shows, and handmade crafts. The event is hosted at Central Green park in Katy.

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Looking to avoid the NRG Stadium crowds but still love football? Check out the Houston Super Bowl Host Committee’s Touchdown Tour at Sugar Land’s Constellation Field. Fans can enjoy everything from interactive football-themed games, a Houston Texans mobile locker room, and a beer/food garden.

Celebrate Labor Day with a festive weekend event at the Woodlands’ Waterway Square. Enjoy two evenings of live music, children’s activities, strolling entertainers and fireworks. Each night concludes with a dazzling fireworks display over the waterway and fountains.

Food & Drink

Don’t miss the final weekend of Houston Restaurant Weeks. For thousands of Houstonians and visitors to the bayou city, Houston Restaurant Weeks provides a month-long passport to the city's top restaurants and award-winning chefs. For more than four weeks, diners get to taste prix-fixe menus specially priced at $20 for lunch and $35 and $45 for dinner – with 100% of proceeds going to the Houston Food Bank.


Toast to the end of summer at the seventh annual BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival in sunny Galveston Island, Texas. Named as USA Today’s “Best Destination Event” and ranked as the “Best International Event” by Thrillist, BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival is an immersive multi-day event over Labor Day weekend that lets visitors tap into over 400 craft beers and local cuisine.

Art Exhibits

Head to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston to experience one of the last weekends of Kusama: At the End of the World. The much acclaimed immersive art environments by contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama were recently cited as she was named on TIME magazine’s “100 Most Influential People.” On view until September 18, 2016, the exhibition brings to Houston two of the artist’s signature infinity rooms—Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity (2009) and Love Is Calling (2013).

Visit the four acres of historical gardens at Rienzi this Labor Day and enjoy special holiday programming, including family activities, house tours, story time, and a special lecture on growing roses in Houston by award-winning master gardener John Jons.

Live Music

The Houston Symphony’s Classic Rock Weekend is back at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion with 2 nights dedicated to some of the most iconic rock bands of all time, The Rolling Stones and Queen. Experience the classics with acclaimed vocalists and a full orchestra.


One of Houston biggest fans, Drake, returns to the Toyota Center with Future for his Summer Sixteen Tour. The hip hop artist has close ties to Houston recording many of his albums here and calling it his “ favorite place in the world!" 

For a full list of events taking place in Houston this weekend, see our events calendar.