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Labor Day weekend is here, and I for one have been needing a long weekend. Not only do most of us get an extra day off of work, but we also will have beautiful weather this weekend. Temperatures will be in the mid 80s and sunny which will be a nice break from the debilitating humid 90 degree temperatures we have been seeing.

Many people travel for Labor Day weekend, but if you’re staying in town, there are still plenty of options to keep you busy. Just remember to follow CDC recommendations to stay safe from COVID. Here is a list of some of the events going on around Charlotte this weekend.

 

FRIDAY

Free doughnuts at Krispy Kreme

  • Participating locations
  • For only three more days, Krispy Kreme is giving out two free doughnuts with proof of vaccination; one original glazed and one heart doughnut.
  • Now through Sept. 5.
  • Free

U-Pick Flowers at Cotton Hills Farm

  • 2575 Lowrys Hwy.
  • For the first time, Cotton Hills Farm is offering U-pick flowers with a selection of zinnias, sunflowers, and cosmos. Simply purchase a jar from The Market for $6.95 and fill it up with the flowers of your choosing.
  • 9am to 5pm.
  • 6.95 per jar.

South End First Friday Gallery Crawl

  • Take in South End’s local art scene on an evening when galleries and shops offer extended hours, special receptions, live painting and music.
  • 5-10pm.
  • Free

Live at 11 in Ballantyne’s Backyard

  •  11611 North Community House Rd.
  • Now through October, a lineup of local artists will be performing every Friday evening in Ballantyne’s Backyard. There will be live music, food trucks and fun.
  • 5-8pm.
  • Free parking; $1 donation.

Concert in the Courtyard

  • Optimist Hall at 1115 North Brevard St.
  • Grab food from your favorite OH tenant, then head out to the courtyard to enjoy music from DJ Nat Black.
  • 5-8pm.
  • Free.

48 Hour Film Project Screening

  • 130 North Tryon St.
  • More than 500 local artists have come together to create 15 short films, in under 48 hours. This event will screen the best of the 2021 entries.
  • 6:30pm.
  • $12.

Ballantyne Hotel Whiskey Club

  • 10000 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy.
  • Join fellow whiskey lovers for this monthly tasting event featuring a curated selection of Maker’s Mark Whiskey paired with small bites.
  •  6:30pm.
  • $65 per person

Silent Disco Labor Day Edition

  • Brewers at 4001 Yancey
  • Dance your way into the long weekend at your own personal disco. Headphones will be provided.
  • 7pm.
  • Free.

Colorful Lights Historic Concord Walking Tour

  • Participating residents of this almost 4-mile loop through North and South Union Street will illuminate their homes for those walking by.
  • Weekends in September; 7-10pm.

Candlelight: Songs from Magical Movie Soundtracks

  • 1520 South Tryon St.
  • Experience a candlelight concert performance by the Listeso String Quartet at The Collector’s Room. Tickets include a complimentary glass of wine.
  • 7-8pm.
  • $40-$55.

Charlotte Gaymers Network Gaymer Gathering

  • 1300 South Blvd., Ste. D
  • Join the nonprofit and LGBTQ+ youth advocacy group Charlotte Gaymers Network for their monthly mix-n-mingle gaming social. There will be a variety of consoles (retro and modern) set up and an assortment of board games.
  • 7-10pm.
  • Free, registration required.

Charlotte Symphony Orchestra al Fresco

  • online
  • Tune in to hear the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra performs in this virtual concert series.
  • 7:30pm.
  • Free.

UNC Charlotte vs. Duke at Jerry Richardson Stadium

  • The Charlotte 49ers will take on the Duke Blue Devils at Jerry Richardson Stadium.
  • 7pm.
  • $56-$123.

 

SATUDAY

Georgia vs. Clemson in the 2021 Duke’s Mayo Classic

  • Bank of America Stadium

Labor Day Celebration

  • Whitewater Center
  • Enjoy two days of outdoor fun at the Whitewater Center’s Labor Day weekend celebration. Activities include the 5K and 15K Trail Race on Saturday, live music and all your favorite pass activities like rock climbing and whitewater rafting.
  • September 4-5.
  • Free.

Hops and Hogs Fest

  • Park Expo Center at 2500 East Independence Blvd.
  • Name a better combo than barbecue and brews… we’ll wait. The Hops and Hogs Fest is back with a mouthwatering lineup of barbecue vendors and breweries.
  • September 4-5.
  • $20-$60

Rollin’ Clt Grand Opening

  • 500 West 32nd St.
  • Grab your skates and join Rollin’ Clt for their Queen City debut event “Rollin’ Out”, an outdoor skating experience. Skate and dance to music by DJ Micki Blendz, then refuel with some of the best food truck and dessert vendors in the city.
  • Sept. 4-6; times vary.
  • $11.83-$69.61.

South End Farmers Market

  • 2000 South Blvd.
  • Bring a reusable bag and stock up on all those good fruits and veggies at the South End Farmers Market.
  • 8am to 1pm.
  • Free

Carolina Fine Art Gallery Opening Weekend 

  • 2400 Park Rd.
  • This new Dilworth gallery opened its doors on Sept. 1 and is extending the celebration through the weekend. The artist-operated gallery features nine local artists whose works include original paintings and pottery.
  • September 4-5
  • 10am to 5pm.
  • Free.

Labor Day Weekend Kayaking

  • 724 Elm Ave.
  • Spend the day kayaking on the Catawba River and take in views of the tree-lined banks. September 4-6
  • 10am to 2pm.
  • $25.

Labor Day at Skiptown

  • 222 Rampart St.
  • Skiptown is celebrating Labor Day by offering free day passes all weekend, so bring your pup to run around the dog park and meet new friends.
  • August 4-6.
  • Free.

Triple C Brewing 9th Anniversary Celebration

  • 2900 Griffith St.
  • Triple C Brewing is releasing five beers leading up to its big 9th-anniversary celebration on Saturday. All of the newly released beers will be on tap, plus there will be live music, and food from Izzy’s Wood Fired Grill and Honeybear Bake Shop.
  • Noon to 10pm.
  • Free

Queen City Art Fest

  • 8929 J M Keynes Drive
  • Head to the Shoppes at University for a celebration of the arts through dance, drumming, live music, spoken word.
  • 2pm.
  • Free.

Game Day Watch Party

  • The Music Yard at SouthBound
  • It’s college game day at SouthBound, so cheer on your team, watch the game on the big screen and enjoy drink specials, delicious food and music from DJ Method during commercials.
  • 3-11pm.
  • $15-$150.

The Carolina Haitian Food Festival 

  • 1817 Central Ave.
  •  All are welcome to attend the first annual Carolina Haitian Food Festival — the largest celebration of Haitian food, culture and community in the Carolinas. Expect Haitian food trucks, Haitian-owned businesses and vendors to shop from plus music and performances.
  • 3pm.
  • $7-$50

Glass Animals Dreamland Tour

  • 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd.
  • British pop/electronic band Glass Animals are making a stop in Charlotte for their Dreamland Tour.
  • 7pm.
  • $120+

 

SUNDAY

Around the Crown 10K (Start line at 301 East 7th St.)

  • This is North Carolina’s largest 10k event Around the Crown. Not running? Cheer for the runners on the overpass along I-277.
  • 8am.

Sycamore Brewing Front Porch Sunday

  • 2161 Hawkins St.
  • Support local businesses by shopping their pop-ups at Sycamore Brewing’s Front Porch Sundays. There’s live music, food trucks, dozens of awesome vendors and of course cold craft beer.
  • 11am to 4pm

Piedmont Social House Sunday Funday

  • 2135 Ayrsley Town Blvd.
  • Celebrate the long weekend Piedmont Social House style. Expect pool, bowling, $5 drink specials.
  • 11:30am to 8pm.
  • Free.

The Vanity House Presents a Beyoncè Drag Brunch

  • 200 East Bland St., Ste. A
  • Category is: Queen Bey. Spend Sunday Funday with the divas of drag from The Vanity House and enjoy brunch at Hot Taco.
  • Noon, show at 1pm.
  • $10.

The Music Yard’s Nothing Major Market

  • 2433 South Blvd
  • Bop while you shop at the Music Yard’s Nothing Major Market. Expect Charlotte’s top local businesses, DJs, drinks, tacos and more.
  • 1-7pm.
  • Free.

 

LABOR DAY MONDAY

Amazing Maize Maze Season Opening

  • Rural Hill 4431 Neck Rd.
  • Get lost in one of the largest corn mazes in the Southeast. Rural Hill is open for the season and is a great socially distanced, outdoor activity that the whole family can enjoy.

Billy BBQ at Billy Sunday

  • 1115 North Brevard St.
  • Join Billy Sunday for an afternoon on the patio complete with cocktail specials and snacks for purchase.
  • Noon to 6pm.
  • Free.