Labor Day weekend unofficially marks the end of summer, and some area establishments are planning accordingly with celebratory events. There’s an end-of-summer happy hour at a local distillery and a tiki drink finale at a south Fort Worth bar. The holiday weekend brings an extra day of brunch, as well as a blues and barbecue festival that draws thousands annually. For olive oil lovers, there’s also a special tasting (with wine) just for you.
Tuesday, August 28
Tiki Tuesdays at The Lazy Moose
Break out the Hawaiian floral print one more time. As summer draws to a close, this Tuesday is the last to sip tropical tiki classics like the Mai Tai, rum runner, Bahama mama, hurricane, blue Hawaiian, and piña colada. The West Magnolia Avenue bar and kitchen is open from 4-11 pm on Tuesday.
Friday, August 31
10th Annual Bedford Blues & BBQ Festival
The three-day event (which draws more than 20,000) combines both music and grilling with performers and pitmasters from across the country. This year there’ll be three competitions with three opportunities to taste plenty of samples: a steak cook-off on Friday, a people’s choice “anything goes” barbecue competition on Saturday, and the battle of the local barbecue vendors on Sunday. Ticket prices vary based on day and event, but range from free general admission (Friday only) to $215 for a shaded table for nine under the party tent with close views of the stage. Beer and wine are available for purchase to wash it all down.
End of Summer Happy Hour at Whiskey Ranch
Firestone & Robertson’s expansive distillery will extend its visiting hours for a Friday night fling featuring summer cocktails and sunset views. There’ll be live music on the spacious back porch and bites available from Oh Balls food truck. No reservations are necessary and admission is free. The happy hour will run from 5-7:30 pm.
Saturday, September 1
Southern Hemisphere Release Party at The Virgin Olive Oiler
Sniff and sip olive oil just like fine wine at this tasting event at the Sundance Square olive oil boutique. Freshly harvested oils from South Africa, Chile, and Australia will be available for sampling and purchasing, and complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres will also be served. Even more, a bottle etching artist will customize bottles at no charge. The event will run from 10 am-6 pm.
Monday, September 3
Labor Day Brunch at Chef Point
The extra day off means an extra day of brunch at this gas station gourmet restaurant, which just announced plans for a second location in Colleyville. Arrive any time from 11 am-2 pm for mimosa flights and stretchy-pants dishes like crab benedict, deep-fried monte cristo, and French toast bread pudding. Or partake in the Instagram-worthy “bloody best” bloody Mary stacked high with skewers of fried chicken, burger slider, and waffle fries.