Celebrate Your Labor Day in Dallas

by Steven Doyle

Summer is coming to close, but you really wouldn’t notice by the temperatures outside. Perhaps the only indication that Fall is fast approaching are all the blinking school zone signs and talk of the Texas State Fair and all their fried offerings.

Alas, there is one last summer hurrah with a three-day weekend and we want to add to your growing list of pool parties and lake jaunts in case you wanted something different to do. Celebrate with us:   

From 2 to 11pm today enjoy the McKinney Avenue Block Party that will feature all day bands and DJs rocking the streets. They are asking for a $40 donation to their coffers in celebrating the many LSU and Oregon fans that are roaming the streets of Dallas this weekend.

If a huge entry fee isn’t your cup of joe, then check out  Scardello for more mellow tones as they add live jazz with Jody Binford and Karl Lampman performing from 6 to 10:30pm. Find $6 wine by the glass and a slection of over 150 cheeses and charcuterie. Say hello to the most adorable cheesemonger in Dallas, Ali Morgan.

Better Than Ezra & Dash Rip Rock will be playing at the House of Blues tonight starting at 8pm.

Get your pyrotechnics fix at Lake Lewisville Friday night (tonight) at 9:30pm. Best viewed from the massive Gaylord Texan compound.

On the food front North Dallas Deli, Gios is offering a dine-in special this weekend. On both Saturday & Sunday, you will get 15% off the entire menu. They are closed Monday Sept. 5th.

City of Bedford Labor Day Blues & BBQ Festival runs Saturday and Sunday with plenty of food and entertainment. Enjoy bands such as Buckwheat Zydeco and Buddy Guy. Check out the newest food truck to hit the scene Mainstream Fish Camp.

The Dallas Arboretum Labor Day concert features Austin based Asleep at the Wheel, the winning “Kings of Texas Swing.” Enjoy such classics as Cherokee Maiden and Big Balls in Cowtown as the boys pay homage to such greats as Bob Wills. Concert is Sunday at 7pm and very crave-worthy.

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.

The long awaited Hotter Than Hell Margarita Meltdown takes place this Sunday in the Bishop Art’s District in lovely Oak Cliff from 6 to 10pm. For the $20 entry fee enjoy a plethora of margaritas and play judge and jury to all the offerings. Big names in the cocktail front will be on hand vying for your vote as you sample up while enjoying street food, tequila, beer and music.

How about an enticement of free bbq and cheap (but power-packed) cocktails and beer? The Grapevine on Maple near Oak lawn is your party headquarters Sunday from 1pm to 2am with drinks from $2 to $3 all day.

Whatever you do this weekend, play it safe. Our city’s finest will be out in full force.

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