Tuesday, August 27, 2013
10 things to do Labor Day Weekend in Dallas-Fort Worth
Unless you consider watching football and drinking beer work.
Labor Day is intended to celebrate the "social and economic achievements of American workers," according to the U.S. Department of Labor. You work hard, right? For all your trouble, you deserve a three-day weekend cushioned with sleeping in, swimming, and barbecuing.
Here are 10 great activities for your Labor Day weekend that won't seem like work.
Are you ready for some football?: It. Is Here. Whether you're a college football fan or NFL fan, it's time for the boys to play some ball. You can see the Dallas Cowboys play the Houston Texans Thursday in the pre-season, or, let's be honest, see a game that actually counts this weekend, like LSU vs TCU at AT&T (formerly Cowboys) Stadium. See a list of Dallas' best bars to watch football, and get your hiney in a bar stool.
It's O-prah: Oprah Winfrey will appear at the American Airlines Center Thursday morning as part of T.D. Jakes MegaFest, a three-day Christian festival happening all over Dallas that's expected to bring in 50,000 people. If you want to see O work her magic, you'll need a ticket.
Get on your knees: Trust us, you want to see The Book of Mormon, as it's only in Dallas until Sunday, September 1, after which the irreverant, funny show picks up and moves to Houston and out of our lives. Say a special somethin' to the man upstairs if you don't have tickets yet, then put your name in the lottery for $25 tickets on the day you want to see the show. Who knows? Maybe your prayers will be answered.
Rock your body: So, 'N Sync reunited on the MTV VMAs. Wake up the tween inside you with another middle-aged boy band reunion: Backstreet Boys performs at Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie Friday, with opener DJ Pauly D (yes, the guy from Jersey Shore). We're not saying this is a good idea, OK? But we're not saying it's a bad one.
Home brew HQ: You don't have to be a home brewer to attend the Home Brew Competition at Deep Ellum Brewing Company on Sunday. (And good thing: If you've ever home brewed before, it's a smelly operation. A labor of love, you might say.) This Labor Day, all you need to love is beer drinking. Get thee to DEBC from 6-10 p.m. Sunday for an evening with music, food trucks, and, of course, suds.
Kick back, old-school: Have you made it to Fort Worth's drive-in movie theater yet? Called Coyote Drive-In, the newish theater is dog-friendly (and horse-friendly and bike-friendly, for that matter) and features new, wide-release movies like We're the Millers and Kick-Ass 2. You can't BYOB, but you can purchase alcohol and food from the Canteen.
Run, run, run for the home team: Labor a little this Labor Day. On Monday at 7:30 a.m., a 5K race starts and ends at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Runners will jog past Cowboys Stadium and through Arlington's "entertainment central." Participants actually finish on the Rangers' field -- cool! (Then turn on your TVs at home: The Rangers play the Athletics in Oakland at 3:05 p.m. later that day.)
Kick up your boots: Just $20 will get you into a concert packed with Texas country names. And even better, the money benefits Cook Children’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in an event adorably called Pickin' for Preemies at Billy Bob's Texas. Musicians include Wade Bowen, Cody Johnson, Josh Weathers, Zane Williams, and more.
Get back to nature: If you just want to get away from it all, put away your laptop, leave the iPad at home, and drive to White Rock Lake to spend a few hours kayaking, canoeing, or paddle boarding in the serene, motor-boat-free waters. A recent trip there yielded a stress-free lake positively brimming with reasons to unplug. Get your gear from White Rock Paddle Co.