By Ben Posey
As holidays go, Labor Day gets a little bit of a bum treatment. There’s no big parade (no disrespect to Garland’s annual event), no huge Labor festival. (Though you can get plenty festive at Bedford Blues & BBQ.)
All this doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do. Quite the contrary. We’ve rounded up a great list, with something for every letter in the holiday that needs a little love: L-A-B-O-R D-A-Y.
L is for Lakes and keeping cool
Get out and enjoy the water all around the area, whether it’s cruising on a pontoon on Lake Worth, paddling a kayak on Benbrook Lake. Try Burger’s Lake, located in Fort Worth, Texas, Burger’s Lake offers summer fun for everyone. Burger’s Lake is a 30-acre park featuring a one-acre spring-fed lake for swimming. Our facility includes: Two sandy beaches for sunning; wonderful big trees for shade, A complete staff of certified lifeguards, Over 300 picnic tables, Six diving boards, a 20-foot slide and 25-foot trapeze, Charcoal grills for cooking.
A is for Art and enjoying friends
In Fort Worth, you can explore a variety of museums that are world-famous for their architecture and the quality of their collections. The Fort Worth Cultural District, home to six museums in a relaxing, park-like setting is a great place to start your tour. Considered “the museum capital of the Southwest,” Fort Worth is also home to museums devoted to Western heritage the city’s colorful past.
B is for Biking and getting some exercise
Since 2013, Fort Worth lays claim to the only city-wide bike share system in North Texas. Fort Worth B-Cycle features a network of 300 public use bicycles available for check out from 35 bike share stations located throughout Downtown, Near Southside, Cultural District, TCU, and the Trinity Trails. Membership rates include $8 for a one-day pass, $15 for a 3-day pass and $20 for a 7-day pass. Each pass includes unlimited rides of 30 minutes or less during the membership period. Each time you dock the bike at a station, the clock resets to 0 minutes. Riders begin to accrue overtime fees should they keep a bike out for longer than 30 minutes at a time without docking at a bike share station.
O is for Outdoors and soaking in the sunshine
Enjoy the captivating beauty of the oldest botanic garden in Texas. Fort Worth’s Botanic Gardens are home to more than 2,500 species of plants in its 23 specialty gardens. Plan a visit to the world-renowned Japanese Garden, where the koi-filled pools, sculptured hillsides, crafted stonework and dramatic waterfalls provide a view of exotic conservation. Or explore the winding paths of luxuriant tropical foliage in the 10,000-square-foot Conservatory.
R is for Roadtrip around Texas history
Jump in the car and head to a small town in Texas for some weekend fun. There are lots of festivals all over the State. Here are just a few.
BEDFORD: September 2-4 Bedford Blues and Barbecue Festival Music lovers with an appetite for tasty blues and mouth-watering barbecue will savor this feast for the senses. Featuring blues legends Dr. John, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue plus a barbecue cook-off. Bedford City Hall Complex, 1951 L. Don Dodson Drive. http://www.bedfordbluesfest.com 817/952-2128
GLEN ROSE: September 2-October 29 “The Promise” Music of contemporary Christian artists. Texas Amphitheatre, 5000 Texas Drive. http://www.thepromiseglenrose.com 254/897-3926
GRANBURY: September 3-5 Labor Day Weekend Celebration Lake Granbury/Historic Granbury Square. granburysquare.com 682/936-4550
LINDSAY: September 3-4 Antique Tractor and Farm Machinery Show Event includes wheat threshing, hay baling, demonstrations, a parade, and arts and crafts. Three miles north of Lindsay on F.M. 1199. http://www.antiquetractorshow.net 940/665-6823 or 940/736-4541
WEST: September 2-4 West Fest Enjoy traditional Czech food and drinks, parade downtown, polka dancing arts and crafts. West Fest Grounds, 1110 S. Main Street. http://www.westfest.com 254/826-5058
Busy this weekend, try these for later in September.
ALVARADO: September 7-10 Pioneer and Old Settlers Reunion of Johnson County, Texas Includes a parade, carnival, queen contest, baby contest, fiddle contest, music, car show and vendors. Pioneer and Old Settlers Facility, 111 Reunion Drive. http://www.alvaradopubliclibrary.org/johnson_county_pioneers.htm 817/538-2337 or 817/790-2480
SPRINGTOWN: 32nd WILD WEST FESTIVAL, Saturday, September 17, 2016, On-The-Square in Springtown, Texas from 9AM to 4PM, Car Show, BBQ Cookoff, Family Fun, Parade starts at 10AM
D is for Dining Out with family and friends
Fort Worth cuisine is as flavorful as the city’s rich Western heritage and world-class artistic masterpieces. Featuring Texas’ best ingredients and a mix of flavors from around the world, our award-winning chefs are serving up dishes from “off the beaten culinary trail.” Try some of these local favorites: Joe T. Garcia’s, Angelo’s BBQ, Fred’s Texas, Kincaids, The Original, Woodshed Smokehouse, and The Paris Coffee Shop.
A is for Animals in the house
Home to more than 7,000 native and exotic animals and several indoor and outdoor exhibits, the Fort Worth Zoo provides an entire day of fun for any family. Kids can learn how to round ’em up and move ’em out at Texas Wild!, a hands-on exhibit that showcases the unique wildlife of the Lone Star State and includes a petting zoo. They can visit all four great ape species in the 2.5-acre world of primates or get eye-to-eye with some of the most endangered reptiles and amphibians on the planet at the Museum of Living Art (MOLA).
Y is for Yelling for your favorite team
This is one of the best college football opening weekends in more than three decades, with key showdowns throughout the Labor Day weekend. Check out the line up: Kansas State at No. 8 Stanford Friday, 9 p.m., Fox Sports 1, No. 3 Oklahoma vs. No. 15 Houston Saturday, Noon, ABC – NRG Stadium, Houston, No. 5 LSU vs. Wisconsin Saturday, 3:30 p.m., ABC – Lambeau Field, Green Bay, No. 20 USC vs. No. 1 Alabama Saturday, 8 p.m., ABC – AT&T Stadium, Dallas, No. 2 Clemson at Auburn Saturday, 9 p.m., ESPN, No. 13 TCU vs. S. Dakota State, 7 p.m. at Amon Carter Stadium, FSN, No. 10 Notre Dame at Texas Sunday, 7:30 p.m., ABC.