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The Happening

Thursdays, 8 p.m.-2 a.m.
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The Happening has been going on for over six years in Charlotte and is a FREE weekly art and music event. Every week in the BIG room we provide paint, paint supplies and canvases for people to create art, musicians play and we always feature regional and national DJs on the main stage. On the back patio we have a drum circle where other musicians also bring their own instruments and plug in as well. The front patio features fire spinners and drummers. FREE
Petra's Piano Bar and Cabaret (map)
1919 Commonwealth Ave.
Plaza Midwood
phone 704-332-6608
The Happening

Matthews Alive! Labor Day Weekend

Aug. 29-Sept. 1

The Matthews Alive! Festival is a Labor Day weekend celebration that takes place in historic downtown Matthews and is dedicated to the support of local non-profit organizations through music, arts and community involvement.

Queen City Bike Fest

Aug. 29-31

The event brings together motorcycle riders and enthusiasts for custom bike shows, stunt riding and more. For tickets, visit


Sat., Aug. 30, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun., Aug. 31, 12-6 p.m. and Mon., Sept. 1, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

One event. Two great causes. Support animal rescue and autism awareness! PAWTISM Festival will feature Pickles Da Clown, Snow Queen, bounce house, face painting, mega-raffle, vendors, and more. $0 (free)
HIstoric Downtown Matthews (map)
McDowell and Trade Street

Labor Day Celebration at USNWC

Sun., Aug. 31, 9 a.m.-10:30 p.m.

Enjoy an all-day celebration in honor of Labor Day. Enjoy trail races in the morning followed by food, drinks, live music and fireworks. For more information, visit

U.S. National Whitewater Center (map)
5000 Whitewater Center Parkway
General Charlotte Area
phone 704-391-3900

Labor Day Celebration

Sun., Aug. 31, 4-10 p.m.
phone 704-391-3900

Spend your Labor Day weekend at the USNWC as we celebrate with an all-day festival on Sunday, August 31. The day begins with 5K and 15K trail races in the morning, followed by food, drink and live music performances throughout the day. The festival will wrap up with a stunning display of fireworks over our man-made whitewater river after the sun sets. Free
U.S. National Whitewater Center (map)
5000 Whitewater Center Parkway
General Charlotte Area
phone 704-391-3900
Labor Day Celebration

Matthews Auto Reunion & Motorcycle Show

Mon., Sept. 1

The Matthews 24th annual Auto Reunion sponsored by and The Motorcycle Show sponsored by Harley Davidson-Charlotte. A day filled with classic cars and motorcycles in downtown Matthews. Bring the whole family for a day filled with hot rods and choppers.
HIstoric Downtown Matthews (map)
McDowell and Trade Street

2014 Labor Day Brunch & Barbecue

Mon., Sept. 1, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
phone 704.773.1573

Join Local Loaf and the vendors of the 7th Street Public Market for their Labor Day Brunch & Barbecue event. Attendees will enjoy house-marinated grilled entrees, live entertainment, churned ice cream, face painting, balloon art, and give-a-ways. Market
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7th Street Public Market (map)
224 E 7th Street
phone 704-750-9977
2014 Labor Day Brunch & Barbecue

Charlotte Kosher BBQ Championship

Mon., Sept. 1, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Charlotte's first annual kosher bbq championship comes to the Queen City! Teams can compete for best brisket, chicken and beans. Live music, kosher bbq for purchase, and a kids zone. Everyone is invited to come out and experience kosher bbq at it's best! $250 to enter as a team; free to general audience
Levine Jewish Community Center (map)
5007 Providence Road
South Charlotte
phone 704-366-5007
Charlotte Kosher BBQ Championship

Charlotte Fashion Week

Sept. 2-6

Charlotte Seen’s annual event offers a mix of designers with collections for various occasions. The week gears up with the emerging designers competition and an official Hornets basketball celebration. It’s followed by a fashion designers and recyclable arts competition — the latter being an artistic wonderland of attire made from materials you’d never think of putting on your body under normal circumstances — and a black tie formal. For more information, visit (Anita Overcash) Prices and locations vary

Yiasou Greek Festival

Sept. 4-7

One word: Baklava. Yes, there's more to this signature Q.C. event than gooey honey goodness, but ... baklava. With a reputation that precedes itself, Charlotteans greet this yearly celebration of Greek culture with all the Tzatziki-tinged enthusiasm they can muster. Food aside, the Greek dancing is pretty neat, too. For more information, visit . $3; children under 12 free

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral (map)
600 East Blvd.
phone 704-334-4771

Vintage & Antiques Show

Every 4 days, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
phone 704-714-7909

You can expect NEW items at every show! Scattered all over this marvelous property are one of a kind artists, antique dealers and collectors that have been selected for their quality items. $5 good for all 4 days.
Metrolina Tradeshow Expo (map)
7100 Statesville Road
phone 704-596-4650
Vintage & Antiques Show

Mystics' Ball: A Masquerade Event

Fri., Sept. 5

The event theme is "Secret Societies" and it will feature music, and fetish shows and stations, including rope suspension, wax-play and body painting. Masks will be available for purchase and benefit A Child's Place. For more information, visit

Chop Shop (map)
399 E. 35th St.
phone 704-765-2467

Jazz at the Bechtler

Fri., Sept. 5, 6 & 8:15 p.m.

Tribute to jazz piano legends.

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art (map)
420 S. Tryon St.
phone 704-353-9200

Hidden Valley Festival - Now accepting Vendor Applications

Sat., Sept. 6, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
phone 704-507-3456
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We are now accepting vendor applications for the 34th Annual Hidden Valley Festival and Parade. Vendors have the ability to advertise their food, products, or services to the 2nd largest community in Charlotte. The only requirement we ask our vendors to do is to be at the location by 9am. For more information please contact us for details. NONPROFITS ARE ALWAYS FREE TO SIGN UP! 40.00
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Hidden Valley Elementary (map)
5100 Snow White Lane
phone 980-343-6810
Hidden Valley Festival - Now accepting Vendor Applications
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