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10 Labor Day weekend events that will end your summer with a bang

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United We Jam in Austin 1112
Austin Music People's United We Jam returns this Labor Day weekend. Photo by Jon Shapley
The Long Center at night for Trailer Food Tuesdays
Get cultured at the Long Center's open house event. Photo courtesy of Trailer Food Tuesdays/Facebook
Austin Free Day of Yoga participants outdoors
Take it easy during Labor Day with the return of the Austin Free Day of Yoga. Photo courtesy of Austin Free Day of Yoga/Facebook
United We Jam in Austin 1112
The Long Center at night for Trailer Food Tuesdays
Austin Free Day of Yoga participants outdoors

Labor Day weekend is upon us. We're here to make sure your summer ends with bang and not a whimper with the 10 best events and activities for your three-day weekend.

2014 Out of Bounds Comedy Festival: Thursday, August 28 – Monday, September 1
Out of Bounds celebrates the best of improv, sketch and stand-up comedy with more than 500 entertainers performing 130 shows across town. This year's featured performers include comics from shows including Key & Peele, Parks and Recreation, Saturday Night Live, making for an eclectic mix of talent from across the globe. You can still grab individual tickets to most of the other great shows occurring this weekend.

Austin Music People's Second Annual United We Jam: Friday, August 29 – Saturday, August 30
Austin Music People supports one of our most cherished attributes — live music. Join other music lovers for a two-night celebration hosted at multiple venues across town (from hole-in-the-walls like Carousel Lounge to downtown icons like Stubb's). The event not only raises money for AMP, it also serves as a major voter registration drive. 

First Annual RAS Day at Kenny Dorham's Backyard: Saturday, August 30
Last year, the City of Austin proclaimed August 29 to be Riders Against the Storm Day. The husband-and-wife hip-hop duo will celebrate that special anniversary with a free day of activities that include yoga workshops, massage therapy, acupuncture and a diverse selection of musicians from the Austin area.

Texas Longhorns vs. UNT Mean Green: Saturday, August 30
The Texas Longhorns begin a new season and usher in the Strong Era on Saturday. We're not expecting a major upset by the North Texas Mean Green, but the game should give us a solid idea of what to expect from Charlie Strong. If you don't have tickets to the game, you have plenty of options for where to watch all over town.

Long Center Open House: Sunday, August 31
Join the Long Center for all-access backstage tours, special ticket offers, free performances, kids’ activities, food and more. The day’s activities will include live and video introductions to resident companies including Austin Lyric Opera, Austin Symphony Orchestra and Ballet Austin, Austin Shakespeare, Conspirare, Pollyanna Theatre and Tapestry Dance Company.

Labor Day Luau Pig Roast at Gibson Street Bar: Sunday, August 31
This Labor Day Luau benefits Habitat for Humanity. Special party perks for the luau include a giant waterslide, raffle prizes, drink specials and a delicious pig roast.

NXNW 15th Anniversary Party: Sunday, August 31
NXNW celebrates its 15th anniversary this weekend. The true Austin celebration features music from Slow Train and Warren Hood, and a special tapping of NXNW Beerliner Weisse, Darkside Cascadian Dark Ale and the rest of NXNW's classic brews. A $2 suggested donation will also benefit 1400 Miles and Pints for Prostates.

Rattle Rager Labor Day Weekend Party: Sunday, August 31
If you're in town for Labor Day weekend, head over to The Rattle Inn for live music from Hello Wheels, Patrick's Beard and The Rusty Razors, and Mayeux and Broussard. Enjoy drink specials that include $2 Mimosas, $4 Bloody Marys, $4 Fireball and $5 Jameson.

2014 Austin Free Day of Yoga: Monday, September 1
Many local yoga studios will offer free classes on Monday. It’s a unique opportunity for people of every fitness level and age to experience yoga for the first time, try out new techniques, meet new instructors or just spend some quality time on the mat. Check out the official website for a complete list of participating studios.

The ABGB's First Anniversary Party and Labor Day Cookout: Monday, September 1
Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co. is celebrating its first year of refreshing craft brews with an an old fashioned cookout. Enjoy happy hour all day, brewery tours, burgers and beer brats, live music and a dunk tank benefiting Habitat for Humanity and the House That Beer Built.

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