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The “unofficial” end of Summer is this weekend and maybe there is no BBQ in site for you go to or everyone is going out of town except….YOU.

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We all tend to scrap for last minute plans when it comes to huge holidays like Labor Day but don’t fret! Here are seven free things to do in the Queen City all weekend long! And YES! you read that right…all FREE!

1. Bearden Birthday Bash

Saturday, September 1st, 2018

7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Romare Bearden Park, 300 S. Church Street

Free

The annual birthday bash at Romare Bearden Park features live music and food trucks. The musical performers this year are saxophonist Shableek and violinist Ken Ford.

2. U.S. National Whitewater Center Labor Day Celebration

Sunday, September 2nd, 2018

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

3. Matthews Alive Festival

Friday, August 31st, to Monday, September 3rd

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.

4. Fifth Annual Charlotte Kosher BBQ Championship

Monday, September 3rd, 2018

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.

5. Front Porch Sunday in South End

Sunday, September 3rd, 2018

12 p.m. to 5 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 70+ local vendors, a couple of food trucks, live music, yoga, pet adoptions and more.

6. Charlotte Labor Day Parade

Monday, September 3rd, 2018

11 a.m.

Uptown Charlotte (see below for exact route)

Celebrate the American worker at Charlotte’s 18th annual Labor Day Parade. The parade will start at the Hal Marshall Center, 701 North Tryon Street, at 11:00 a.m., and will proceed down Tryon Street, past the square, turning left onto 3rd Street, and ending up at College and 3rd Street. The parade features labor union floats, vehicles, marchers, political candidates, stepping groups, bands, car clubs, beauty queens and community groups.

7.  Charlotte Labor Day Parade

Monday, September 3rd, 2018

11 a.m.

Uptown Charlotte (see below for exact route)

Celebrate the American worker at Charlotte’s 18th annual Labor Day Parade. The parade will start at the Hal Marshall Center, 701 North Tryon Street, at 11:00 a.m., and will proceed down Tryon Street, past the square, turning left onto 3rd Street, and ending up at College and 3rd Street. The parade features labor union floats, vehicles, marchers, political candidates, stepping groups, bands, car clubs, beauty queens and community groups.

Extra Event:

Blue Blaze Brewing Labor Day Celebration

Monday, September 3rd

2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Free

Blue Blaze Brewing, 528 S. Turner Avenue

Free

Live music, discounted beer and free grilled hot dogs. If it’s cool enough they’ll be having a firepit jam sessions, with instruments on loan.

You can find more events happening around Charlotte HERE.

What is your favorite thing to do during Labor Day Weekend?

7 Free Things To Do Labor Day Weekend In The Queen City was originally published on praisecharlotte.com

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