Weekender Guide: 35 fun things to do this Labor Day weekend, including lots and lots of football

Weekender Guide: 35 fun things to do this Labor Day weekend, including lots and lots of football
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Presented by Charlotte Motor Speedway, host of the Charlotte AutoFair Sept. 9-11. Expect thousands of muscle cars, collectible cars, and one-of-a-kind vehicles. Find hard-to-find parts for your project. Tickets start at $10 and kids get in free.


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 2

85 and sunny in the day, 59 and mostly clear at night. Football weather.

ECU vs. App State in the Duke’s Mayo Classic at Bank of America Stadium: It’s here. The big weekend Charlotte’s been waiting for. The Duke’s Mayo Classic kicks off with a little bit of fun North Carolina arguing — are you a mountain person or a coastal person? Vinegar-based barbecue sauce, or ketchup-based? Oh, and we guess there’s a game too. Details.

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Duke’s Mayo Party Package ticket giveaway from Bossy Beulah’s: Buy a party package (4 sandwiches, 4 packs of nuggets, fries, sauce and coasters) for $79 and look inside the box for a golden ticket. If it’s in there, you’ve won four tickets to one of the weekend’s games.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 3

84. Mostly sunny. 3% chance of rain.

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. Details.

U-Pick Flowers at Cotton Hills Farm at 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. Details.

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. Details.

Live at 11 in Ballantyne’s Backyard at 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. Details.

Concert in the Courtyard at 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. Details.

48 Hour Film Project Screening at 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. Details.

Ballantyne Hotel Whiskey Club at 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. Details.

Silent Disco Labor Day Edition at Brewers at 4001 Yancey: Dance your way into the long weekend at your own personal disco. Headphones will be provided. 7pm. Free. Details.

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. Details.

Candlelight: Songs from Magical Movie Soundtracks at 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. Details.

Charlotte Gaymers Network Gaymer Gathering at 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. Details.

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

UNC Charlotte vs. Duke at Jerry Richardson Stadium: TGIFS – thank goodness it’s football season. The Charlotte 49ers will take on the Duke Blue Devils at Jerry Richardson Stadium. 7pm. $56-$123. Details.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4

86. Mostly sunny. 4% chance of rain.

Georgia vs. Clemson in the 2021 Duke’s Mayo Classic at Bank of America Stadium: It’s one of the biggest college football games ever played in Charlotte. Uptown will be a giant tailgate party all day, with people in red and orange, and grills ablaze. Details.

Labor Day Celebration at the 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. Details.

Hops and Hogs Fest at 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. Details.

Rollin’ Clt Grand Opening at 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. Details.

South End Farmers Market at 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. Details.

Carolina Fine Art Gallery Opening Weekend at 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. Details.

Labor Day Weekend Kayaking at 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. Details.

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. Details.

Triple C Brewing 9th Anniversary Celebration at 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. Details.

Queen City Art Fest at 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. Details.

Game Day Watch Party at 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. Details.

The Carolina Haitian Food Festival at 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. Details.

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

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 5

88. Partly cloudy. 10% chance of rain.

Around the Crown 10K (Start line at 301 East 7th St.): Lace up your running shoes for North Carolina’s largest 10k event Around the Crown. Not running? Cheer for the runners on the overpass along I-277. 8am. Details.

Sycamore Brewing Front Porch Sunday at 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. Details.

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

The Vanity House Presents a Beyoncè Drag Brunch at 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. Details.

The Music Yard’s Nothing Major Market at 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. Details.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 6

LABOR DAY

90. Partly cloudy. 24% chance of rain.

Amazing Maize Maze Season Opening at 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. Details.
Billy BBQ at Billy Sunday at 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. Details.


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