It’s tempting to want to take advantage of the 3-day weekend and head out of town over Labor Day, but why not save some money and time on travel – not to mention your sanity by skipping the Labor Day traffic – and make it a “staycation” this year? There’s no shortage of fun and entertainment right here in the Big D.

Not sure where to start? We have that part covered. Looking for something artsy? Check. How about something the whole family will enjoy? Done. Maybe you’re looking to spend some time out in the sun – or maybe you’d prefer to hole up in a bar and celebrate the return of College Football. Whatever your preference, we’ve complied a list that includes a little something for everyone. 

Travel back in Time with the Invasion Car Show in Deep Ellum

Historically known for its music and nightlife, Deep Ellum is also home to the Invasion Car Show. Founded in 2007 by the members of the THEM! Car Club, the Invasion Car Show is held annually on the Saturday of Labor Day Weekend. With the goal of keeping the event in-line with old style car shows, Invasion includes only pre ’64 hot rods and Kustom carsThe Miss Invasion Pinup Pageant is also held on Saturday during the event.

Oscar de la Renta Exhibition at the George W. Bush Presidential Center.

Oscar de la Renta Exhibition at the George W. Bush Presidential Center.

Add Style to your Weekend with Oscar de la Renta

If you haven’t made it over to the George W. Bush Presidential Center to check out the Oscar de la Renta exhibition, this weekend is the perfect opportunity. Oscar de la Renta: Five Decades of Style is the largest and most comprehensive look at the award-winning fashion designer’s 50-year career and features more than 60 garments, many on view for the first time. The exhibition runs through October 5, 2014. 

Celebrate the Return of College Football

College football is back! Local favorites SMU and UNT are on the road this week, and TCU plays Samford, but the real excitement in Dallas is happening over at the AT&T Stadium where Oklahoma State will face off against defending national champion, Florida State, in the Advocare Cowboys Classic. You can get tickets to that game here. Of course, if you don't want to commit yourself to only one game, trade in your stadium seat for a barstool and head over to the Nodding Donkey, "Best Sports Bar" in Dallas according to D Magazine’s “Best of Big D” 2014 Readers' Choice Awards. 


Fun for the Whole Family

There are tons of entertaining, creative and educational activities for the whole family to enjoy this weekend. Embrace your inner child in the Children’s Garden at the Dallas Arboretum and take advantage of their last dollar days. Head over to the Perot Museum to check out The World's Largest Dinosaurs traveling summer exhibit during it’s last weekend at the museum, or check out the LEGO KidsFest over at the Dallas Convention Center. 

Spend a Day at the Farmers Market 

If you haven’t been over to the Famers Market lately, do yourself – and your stomach – a favor and head over there this weekend. Take a self-guided tour, or eat at one of the areas many restaurants. The Shed, formally Shed 1, is scheduled to open this Friday in time for the holiday weekend, and will feature both new food vendors and old favorites. The Dallas Farmers Market is one of the largest and oldest public markets in the Untied States. If you’re not taking advantage of having this gem right here in our own backyard, you should be. 

Feel the Beat with these Musical Events 

There’s no shortage of musical entertainment in Dallas all year long, but this weekend NextEpisode Entertainment invites you to a special Labor Day soiree’: Dear Summer: Prestige and Privilege is an ode to the end of summer featuring Big Daddie the DJ. Tickets start at $15. If you’re looking for something a little more mellow, jazz it up at the Savor the Town Winery, Pizza, Chocolate and Jazz Tour presented by Chocolate by Dallas. With one of Dallas’ top food experts as a guide, this event will appeal to foodies as well as music lovers.