Labor Day is upon us once again. Last year, the long weekend was overtaken by the disastrous Harvey, but this year we hope to have decent weather and opportunities to take advantage of all Houston has to offer. On a Labor Day weekend, it can be overwhelming to decide what to do, but we’ve taken the guesswork out of where to spend each day.
Start things off Friday evening with an outdoor showing of Disney’s The Jungle Book on the lawn at Levy Park in Upper Kirby. Bring a blanket to sit on and your appetite, because there will be beer, wine, and food available to buy. If movies aren’t your thing, you can hit up CityCentre for a concert and fireworks show. Catch Fleetwood Mac cover band Nightbird, followed by a fireworks extravaganza. The event is free, but you may have to pay for parking.
Sleep in! You’ve earned it! Then at 11 am, grab your dog and head to The Dogwood on Bagby street for a BYOD (bring your own dog) kickoff to the college football season. Catch the action as the University of Houston takes on crosstown rivals Rice University in the Bayou Bucket Classic. Don’t have a dog? That’s ok. You can still enjoy the game and play with others’ pups! For those allergic to dogs, check out the giant backyard barbecue at the George Ranch House, complete with 1930s music and games. For dinner, take advantage of the end of Houston Restaurants Weeks and try out a new place you’ve been dying to try!
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Learning about what Carmelo's Cucina Italiana is serving for Houston Restaurant Weeks benefiting the Houston Food Bank. Carmelo's parent company is Berg Hospitality, which also owns B&B Butchers and Restaurant. B&B gives away sponsored $100 gift cards on my food talk radio show every Saturday. http://www.fox26houston.com/good-day/morning-news/cooking-with-cleverley/carmelo-s-cucina-italiana-in-houston-restaurant-weeks
Start out your Sunday at one of the many Farmers’ Markets available. You can stock up on quality produce for the week and maybe pick up something fun for the home! Then, starting at 2 pm, enjoy the sights, sounds, and tastes of the Islands at the Taste of the Caribbean Festival. You can take in the reggae concerts while munching on jerk chicken and curry, celebrating the vibrant culture of Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Cuba, and more.
Finally, the day itself is here: Labor Day. There will doubtless be picnics galore to attend at the homes of co-workers, friends, family, and everyone else. But for those who prefer to make new friends, there are some fun options for you. Monday would be a great day to take advantage of Houston’s beautiful hiking trails. Go out and get a big dose of nature! Or if you want to just relax, treat yourself to a spa day at The Hammam Spa. You’ll feel like a new person after a luxurious day of pampering.
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I took my mom to a Hammam Spa today. The first time I experienced a Moroccan bath was in Dubai, and I loved every minute of it. You start by sitting in a sauna / steam room to open up the pores, then the masseuse applies Moroccan black soap onto your skin and scrubs every ounce of dead skin off your body. You’ll be shocked at how much skin you will shed to reveal a smooth, bright complexion! Most people at traditional hammams will be fully nude (gender separated, of course) although many spas offer underwear for those preferring to cover up. We followed the Moroccan bath with a deep tissue massage 💆🏽♀️ It’s a wonderful experience, and I’m so excited that there is one in Houston!
And that’s it! You’ve reached the end of your long weekend. Tomorrow, the real world comes back. But you’ll always have your memories!