Labor Day Weekend Events in Charlotte: 2020

Plenty of socially distanced fun to be had
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TrashSquatch was one popular Yard Art Day participant last year.

Labor Day Weekend may look different this year, but kids and parents can still enjoy the long weekend with family-friendly—and socially distanced—activities around Charlotte


Cabarrus County Food Truck Friday

Come out to Cabarrus Brewing Company between 6 and 10 p.m. for a busy parent’s favorite food—anything prepared by someone else.

  • Location: 329 McGill Ave. Concord, NC 28027
  • Cost: Free admission, cost for food
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The Lucky Duck Gastropub’s Live Music Fridays

Kick off the weekend with live music and delicious eats on The Lucky Duck’s rooftop. Music plays from 6 to 9 p.m., and online ordering is available for those who prefer a night at home.

  • Location: 993 Market St., Fort Mill, SC 29708
  • Cost: Entrees range from $11-$15, kids’ menu available
  • Contact: 803-547-3825



Labor Day Trail Race

The U.S. National Whitewater Center (USNWC) cancelled this year’s Labor Day Festival, but the race is still on. USNWC transitioned the event to a dispersed race model for safety; racers may enter the course at any time after 7 a.m. so long as they finish by 3 p.m.

  • Location: 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy., Charlotte, NC 28214
  • Cost: $35 5K, $40 15K
  • Contact:

Yoga at the Farm

Relieve your stress with morning yoga at Hodges Family Farm and Pumpkin Patch. All levels are encouraged, and participants practice social distancing. Pre-register for the 8 a.m. event.

  • Location: 3900 Rocky River Road East, Charlotte, NC 28215
  • Cost: $10, rent a sanitized mat for $5
  • Contact: 704-503-7436

International Vulture Awareness Day

Celebrate and educate this weekend at the Carolina Raptor Center in Huntersville. The center will host International Vulture Awareness Day, so bring the kids to learn more about “nature’s garbagemen.” Advanced tickets for specific time blocks are required.

  • Location: 6000 Sample Rd., Huntersville, NC 28078
  • Cost: $8-$12, ages 3 and younger free
  • Contact: 704-875-6521

Concerts on the Lake

The Tega Cay Concert Series presents Darrell Harwood at Windjammer Park. This unique concert may be attended only via Lake Wylie. Windjammer Park will close to guests at 3:30 p.m. to prepare for the concert from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

  • Location: Lake Wylie, click for map
  • Cost: Free
  • Contact: 803-548-3512



Drive Thru Carnival

Come for drive-by carnival games, performances, food to-go, prizes, and more. Reserve a 30-minute time slots between 4 and 6 p.m.; an advanced RSVP is required.

  • Location: 6619 Sardis Rd., Charlotte, NC 28270
  • Cost: $5 per “player”
  • Contact:

Camping at McDowell Nature Preserve Campground

Take the kids on a camping adventure for a summer send-off. Reserve your family’s RV or tent site at least 48 hours in advance. McDowell Nature Preserve Campground currently allows groups of 6 or less per campsite.

  • Location: 15222 York Rd., Charlotte, NC 28278
  • Cost: Price varies by site reserved
  • Contact: 980-314-2267



Labor Day Weekend Lowcountry BBQ

Visit The Ballantyne Hotel on Saturday, Sunday, or Monday between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. for a unique dining experience. Cost includes all the fixin’s served with a half-rack of BBQ ribs or Cheerwine beef brisket burnt ends. Call to make a reservation or book on OpenTable.

  • Location: 10000 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy., Charlotte, NC 28277
  • Cost: $24 per entree
  • Website: 704-248-4100

Yard Art Day

Charlotte and Rock Hill created a way for residents to display art and strengthen community bonds. Register online; Rock Hill residents register here. Use sculptures, paint, performance, music, or whatever gets your creative juices flowing to make political, fun, social, or even silly art.