BBQ, Yard Art, Luau, Derby Watch, Wine Dinners, Trail Race, & More Things to Do This Labor Day Weekend

It’s hard to believe, but the unofficial end of summer is almost here. Whether you’re venturing out or staying in, we’ve rounded up plenty of ways to spend your holiday weekend:


Lail Vineyards Wine Dinner
September 2 | The Pump House | 6:30 pm

Make reservations now for this five-course dinner featuring dishes including peach-crusted scallops and wild boar ravioli with wine pairings. $150++. Call 803.329.8888 to reserve your seat.

Speedway Drive-in Movie
September 2 | Charlotte Motor Speedway

The next chance to experience a drive-in movie at Charlotte Motor Speedways is coming up. Enjoy a screening of the film Rush this week on the speedway’s 16,000 square foot high-definition screen. Gates open at 5 and the movie starts at 7 pm.

Rooftop Yoga with Hygge Wellness
September 3 | METROPOLITAN | 6:30 pm

Head to the Metropolitan parking deck for this 60-minute power yoga class led by Ben Kalra from Hygge Wellness. Bring a water and mat. Free for SweatNET Members, $15 general admission.

Music on the Lawn
September 3 | Anne Springs Close Greenway | 6 pm

At the next Music on the Lawn event, see Todd Johnson & the Revolvers take the stage. The Gateway Canteen will be open for regular dining and bar service. Reservations required.

Sweet Spot Block Party
Saturday, September 5

Celebrate the re-opening of Sweet Spot with a block party including free tours of the new Sweet Spot Studio space (10 a.m. to 12 p.m. – reservation required), an outdoor Bake Sale featuring 6 stellar partners plus Coordinate’s Coffee (10 a.m. to 12 p.m.), and the Grand Opening of our new storefront, Sweet Spot Supply Co (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). The first 50 people to visit the Sweet Spot Supply Co will receive FREE swag bags. Other freebies will be handed out throughout the day with purchase. 

Labor Day Trail Race
September 5 | US National Whitewater Center

Lace up and get ready to beat your personal record on the 5K or the 15K trail race. This year they’ll be using a dispersed start model to allow for distancing. As a reminder, the fireworks and live music portion of the USNWC’s Labor Day Celebration is cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Yoga at The Farm
September 5 | Hodges Family Farm and Pumpkin Patch

Enjoy some fresh air in this weekly yoga class led by Amry Szymanski, a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance. $10 per class. Registration required.

Labor Day Low Country BBQ
September 5-7 | The Ballantyne Hotel

At The Gallery restaurant, lunch guests can enjoy spicy Carolina peach BBQ pork baby back ribs, sweet and savory cherry wood smoked beef brisket in a Cheerwine BBQ sauce, or Chef Adeyemi’s famous buttermilk fried chicken each served with all the fixins. $24 per tray. Cost is $24 per tray. Reserve by calling 704.248.4100 or booking online on OpenTable.

Tega Cay Concerts on the Lake
September 5 | Windjammer Park | 4:30 pm

Make plans to attend the next performance in the Tega Cay Concert Series, featuring live music by Darrell Harwood. The concert may be attended only via Lake Wylie. 

Drive-In Movie in Old Town Cornelius
September 5 | Lake Norman YMCA | 8:15 pm

In Cornelius, drive-in to see a screening of Toy Story 4 on the big screen. Popcorn, candy and concessions will be available. Pre-registration required.

Kentucky Derby Watch Party
September 5 | VANA

Celebrate the 146th running of the Kentucky Derby with Derby-inspired cocktails and special menu items in addition to the regular menu. There will also be prizes for best hat and best dressed. Entry is $25 per person and includes one drink and three sliders.

Bohemian 1 Year Anniversary Celebration
September 5 | The Bohemian: A Wine Bar

via Facebook

We can’t believe our first year is in the books… and a crazy one at that! Your support over the past year means the world to us and we can’t wait to celebrate with you! Join us in celebrating our one year anniversary on Saturday 9/5. We’re planning some awesome stuff so mark yourself as interested or going to this event and you’ll receive updates as we post them!

End of Summer Luau
September 5 | The DreamChaser’s Brewery

Don’t miss this end of summer celebration in Waxhaw. There will be a luau-style whole hog roast and the release of the brewery’s Coconut Yard Breather.

2 Year Anniversary Party
September 5 | Queen City Craft and Gourmet

Help Queen City Craft and Gourmet celebrate two years in business with specially tapped beers, cupcakes, live music by Ben Scott and new menu items.

International Vulture Awareness Day
September 5 | Carolina Raptor Center

Learn about all things vultures and discover the important role they play in keeping our environment healthy. Advance tickets are recommended.

Yard Art Day 2020
September 7 | Various locations

Participate or view the community-created painting, sculptures, sidewalk chalk and performance art that makes up this annual Labor Day event.

Dockside Cinema
Sept. 8 | Papa Doc’s Shore Club | 8 pm

Pull your boat up to the dock or grab a seat on the patio to enjoy a screening of Pirates of the Caribbean on the huge 22-foot outdoor screen. Popcorn and other snacks will be available at the snack shack as well as dockside dinner service for boat slips.


Perspectives: Black Theatre in America #3
September 2 | 7 pm

via Facebook

On the third episode of Perspectives: Black Theatre in America, Corey Mitchell will be speaking with Tony Award winner LaChanze, award-winning stage, tv, and film actor and writer Sharon Washington, and award-winning actor, director and playwright Coleman Domingo.

Online Premiere: Home Studies, Part III
September 3 | 7 pm

Tune in on Facebook to see the third installment of choreographer Helen Pickett’s Home Studies trilogy, a digital performance choreographed and rehearsed entirely over Zoom, featuring artists from Charlotte Ballet along with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Dance Theatre of Harlem.

Virtually Hilarious Comedy Show – Teacher Appreciation Night
September 3 | 8 pm

Get your tickets now for this virtual comedy show featuring teachers in North and South Carolina: Jas Gill, Kennedy Robertson, and Jonathan Williams. A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit The Teachers Edge, a newly formed nonprofit organization designed to celebrate teachers, and all of their perseverance, creativity and passion.

Online: Fall Vegetable Gardening Workshop
September 5 | 1 pm

Get ready for NC’s best gardening season with this online vegetable gardening workshop hosted by the UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens. You’ll learn the best fall vegetables to plant for our region and how inexpensive season extenders can stretch your harvest.

Watercolor Cacti Prints
September 8 | 5 pm

Join local watercolorist and calligrapher Ali Loncar-Bridges in this SkillPop class for step-by-step instruction, demonstrations and guided practice on watercolor essentials. $20.

ONLINE COCKTAIL CLASS – Formal Affair Cocktails
September 8 | 8 pm

Learn to make cocktails worthy of a black-tie charity event from the comfort of your own home. You’ll learn how to make a champagne cocktail, champagne punch, a martini and a Negroni. $20 per person.


11th Annual OrthoCarolina 10K Classic (Virtual)
Sept. 19 

It’s alsmot time to lace up for the 11th Annual OrthoCarolina 10K Classic. This year, participants will run on their own time on their own course on race weekend, but still get all the swag, including a race t-shirt. 

ISF 5K Run & Brunch, The Virtual Edition
Sept. 26 

The 13th annual Isabella Santos Foundation bRUNch/5K/10K for Kids Cancer is going virtual. Register, recruit friends and family and then get active on September 26. After you complete your own Walk/Run 5k, consider supporting a local restaurant for your favorite take out meal or host brunch yourself.


Allison Hancin
A Charlotte-loving adventure seeker with an appetite for discovering local finds. Always planning my next trip!


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