Local Labor Day Activities
Labor Day is a US federal holiday observed on the first Monday in September that celebrates the economic and social contributions of workers. It was first nationally recognized in 1894 to placate unionists following the Pullman Strike. With the decline in union membership, the holiday is generally viewed as a time for barbeques and the end of summer vacations.
If you aren’t firing up the grill this weekend, there are plenty of other ways to enjoy the holiday around town. Check out the options below for some fun weekend activities.
The Bull City Rumble: NC’s Largest Vintage Motorcycle and Scooter Show
Where: Casbah Durham, 1007 W. Main St., Durham, NC
When: Saturday, August 31 1:00 pm to Sunday, September 1 12:00 pm
What: The Bull City Rumble will fill downtown Durham with the sights and sounds of vintage scooters, motorcycles and enthusiasts from all four corners of the globe. The historic Lucky Strike Tobacco Warehouses in Durham’s Brightleaf District serves as the backdrop for the annual bike show on Saturday, August 31. Later, festivities move indoors to the Casbah for some of the finest burlesque dancers in the South, Rock and Roll music and refreshments.
Cost: FREE for bike show specters, $7.00 for Rockability/Burlesque Show (entry 21 and over)
African American Cultural Festival of Raleigh & Wake County
Where: City Plaza and Charter Square, Downtown Raleigh
When: Saturday, August 31, 11:00 am -10:00 pm
and Monday, September 1, 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm
What: The African American Cultural Festival, in partnership with the City of Raleigh and Wake County, is proud to present a family-friendly celebration of African American arts and culture in downtown Raleigh. The Festival takes place on the Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day weekend along Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina.
Labor Day Cemetery Tour of Raleigh’s City Cemetery
Where: Raleigh City Cemetery, 15 S. East St., Raleigh, NC
When: Monday, September 2, 10:00 am
What: Wake County Historical Society and Raleigh City Cemetery Preservation, Inc. will co-host a walking tour of Raleigh’s City Cemetery on Monday, September 2nd at 10:00. This year’s tour will feature prominent Civil War Confederate soldiers buried in City Cemetery. Local historian Betsy Shaw will lead the tour. The tour is free and open to the public. City Cemetery is located on the corner of New Bern Avenue and East Street. Participants should meet at the East Street gate at 10:00.
Mother’s Night Out
Where: Buffalo Lanes Bowling Alley North, 5900 Oak Forest Dr., Raleigh, NC
When: Saturday, August 31 7:00 pm
What: TriangleMommies, a nonprofit online support website for mothers in the Triangle area, is celebrating a national Mother’s Night Out on Saturday by inviting all moms in the community—not just TriangleMommies members— to meet at Buffalo Lanes North, in Raleigh. Moms attending the event should ask for TriangleMommies when they arrive. If you’re planning to bowl and rent shoes, you’ll need to pay to do so, but you’re welcome to stop by to chat and watch others bowl. TriangleMommies is part of The Mommies Network, which is hosting the National Mother’s Night Out as a celebration of motherhood intended to bring together moms, physically and virtually, across the U.S. The Mommies Network is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping moms find friendship in their local communities. Its mission is to provide a safe, secure, free place for mothers to find support from other mothers and to empower them to be better women, mothers and community leaders.
Cost: FREE to attend, bowling ticket and shoes require purchase
Historic Yates Mill County Park “A Side of History: Paddle Power”
Where: Historic Yates Mill County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh, NC
When: Monday, September 2, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
What: The Historic Yates Mill County Park, in Raleigh, will host “A Side of History: Paddle Power”. Celebrate Labor Day by discovering how simple machines make our work easier and more fun. Explore the awesome combination of green energy and simple machines on a special mill tour. The program is for all ages. Pre-registration is encouraged. Call (919) 856-6675
Cost: $5 per adult, $4 per senior (ages 60+), and $3 per child (ages 7-16). Children ages 6 and younger are admitted for free
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