7 free Labor Day Weekend festivals and parties


Yard Art Day

Monday, September 2nd, 2019
Various times and locations

After a year’s hiatus, the tradition of Yard Art Day returns to Charlotte (and other locations) on Labor Day. Residents and business owners, professional artists, hobbyists, and families, will be creating art in their yards for the community to enjoy. Follow the above link to learn how to participate in creating the art and enjoying it.

U.S. National Whitewater Center’s Labor Day Celebration


U.S. National Whitewater Center Labor Day Celebration
Sunday, September 1st, 2019
9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
Free admission. $6 for parking, and a charge for races and other activities

The Whitewater’s annual Labor Day celebration features live music by Durand Jones and the Indications, yoga, trail races and fireworks.


Matthews Alive

Friday, August 30th, to Monday, September 2nd, 2019
Stumptown Park, S. Trade Street Matthews
Admission is free. Charge for rides.

Matthews’ annual Labor Day festival includes a parade, music, kids’ activities, crafts and games. Admission is free, but you have to buy tickets for the rides and games.


Sixth Annual Charlotte Kosher BBQ Championship

Sixth Annual Charlotte Kosher BBQ Championship

Monday, September 2nd, 2019
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Levine Jewish Community Center, 5007 Providence Road
Admission is free. Charge for food.

Admission and parking are free for this fun event. There will be live music, kids’ activities and a mechanical bull. A limited number of tasting tickets are available for purchase, and lunch will be sold as well.

Front Porch Sundays

Front Porch Sunday in South End
Sunday, September 1st, 2019
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Shook Kelly, 2151 Hawkins Street
Free admission, but it’s a market, so bring money for shopping, food, and drinks.

The first Sunday of the month the South End puts on an event with 65+ local vendors, a couple of food trucks, live music,  pet adoptions and more.

Charlotte Labor Day Parade

Charlotte Labor Day Parade
Monday, September 2nd, 2019
11 a.m.
Uptown Charlotte

The parade route is from the Hal Marshal Center, south on Tryon St. through The Square, turning on 3rd St, and ending on College Street.

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