End-of-Summer Parties, Festivals, Live Music, Block Party, and More Labor Day Weekend

Bars along Seventh Street in Elizabeth are throwing their annual block party this Sunday.

This is an eventful Labor Day weekend in Charlotte. While a lot of the focus might be on the city gearing up for the start of the Democratic National Convention (click here for my list of more than 30 DNC Week events that are open to the public), here are three days of parties and social events you can enjoy away from the impending chaos.

Friday, August 31

Summer Bar Tour Vol. 2: Concord
Ride the Ragin Uptown party bus through the streets of Concord, making stops at five different bars, including Iron Thunder Saloon, Eastfield Bar & Grill, Tavern at the Mills, and Pippa’s Sports Café. Enjoy complimentary beer on the bus, and drink specials at each participating bar. Presented by Concordfun.com, Red Stag, and Pinnacle Vodka. Registration 6:30-7:30 p.m. $10, or $15 for two. Bonfire Bar & Grill, 970 Branchview Dr. NE, Concord, summerbartour2.eventbrite.com.

Bornmajestic Launch Party
Celebrate with Majesty Timberlake on the launch of her online boutique, Bornmajestic.com. At the event, a collection of apparel and accessories will be on display along with a fashion show showcasing the fall lineup. 7-10 p.m. Free. Kanvas, 525 E. Sixth St., kanvasgallery.com.

Rise Fridays Presented by blu Cigs
Charlotte-based blu Cigs is rapidly expanding in the electronic cigarettes market, and it’s still managing to party at home (see video of a recent blu night at Butter). Enjoy music by Pruitt, and check out the blu VIP room. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Cost varies; guest lists and VIP reservations, rsvp@buttercharlotte.com. Butter NC, 950 Music Factory Blvd., buttercharlotte.com.

This event has been drawing hundreds of partiers each Friday night over the past month, put on by ANTique Events (Anthony McPherson from MAZ Entertainment). Music by DJ Paradime. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Cost varies. Cosmos Café, 300 N. College St., cosmoscafe.com, facebook.com/antiqueeventscharlotte.

Saturday, September 1

Matthews Alive
This four-day holiday celebration is highlighted by one of the largest Labor Day parades in the Southeast, featuring high school bands, parade floats, beauty queens, kids groups, pro sport mascots, and the community. In addition to the parade, there’ll be more than 150 arts and crafts vendors, 30 food vendors, the annual quilt show, Kids Connection interactive area, games and rides for all ages, and four stages of entertainment. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Downtown Matthews, corner of John and Trade streets, matthewsalive.org.

Domestic Violence Bar Festival
Give N Go is putting on this second annual fundraiser, with a portion of the proceeds going to assist creating an emergency stipend for domestic violence victims who attend UNCC. Admission includes one free beer, a complimentary buffet, and drink specials. 12-5 p.m. $10. Boardwalk Billy's, 9005 JM Keynes Dr., boardwalkbillys.com, eventbrite.com/event/4032571530.

Pre-Labor Day Shindig
Party to an eclectic mix of music by Hey Whore Hey and KT Caustic. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Free for ages 21 and up; $5 for ages 18 to 20. Dharma Lounge, 1440 South Tryon St., dharmacharlotte.com.

Summer Breeze: The Linen Affair
It’s a celebration for the Virgos. Linen attire preferred, but not required. Presented by DrillemDre Events, The Pristine Group, and SoSExpress Ent. 9 p.m. Free until 11 p.m. Privilege, 223 S. Brevard St., privilegecharlotte.com, facebook.com/tpgevents.

Happy Juice: The Party
Renowned DJ from South Carolina, DJ B-Lord, commands the turntables on this night. Presented by The Sol Kitchen and Roundtable Entertainment. 10 p.m. $10 in advance; VIP tables available, tami@republicofcharlotte.com. Re:Public, 314 N. College St., facebook.com/republic.charlotte, thesolkitchen.com.

Rí Rá Live
Each Saturday night features a popular local or regional band, and alternative rock band U-Phonik hits the stage this week. Enjoy plenty of drink specials: $2 Miller Lite, Coors Light, and PBR, $3 Heineken, and $5 Jager bomb. 10:30 p.m. Rí Rá Irish Pub, 208 N. Tryon St., rira.com/charlotte.

Sunday, September 2

Occupy Seventh Street: Second Annual Labor Day Block Party
This isn’t about the protesters, but is for the partiers who want to hear live music, play bar games, and enjoy food and drink specials, including $3 Bud Light and $4 Southern Comfort Black Cherry. There will also be a wing-eating contest for cash prizes. Bar-hop between Kennedy’s, Jackalope Jack’s, and Philosopher’s Stone. 1 p.m. Free. Kennedy’s Premium Bar & Grill, 366 N. Caswell St., kennedyscharlotte.com.

The Last Night in White
Summer is coming to an end soon, but party the night away with a performance by Java, and music by DJ 06. Hosted by V101.9 FM’s Chirl Girl. 9 p.m. Free until 10 p.m. Tempo, 4809 Wilkinson Blvd., tempocharlotte.com.

Solstice: The Unofficial End of Summer
With no work tomorrow, keep the party going. Music, lights, and crowds are sure to fill the three levels of this nightclub and its rooftop patio. And with four bars, you shouldn’t have to wait long for drinks. Music by DJ Shaun Nyce and Ciroc Boyz’ DJ Quicksilva. Presented by The Sol Kitchen, King Ent., and Roundtable Entertainment. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $15 in advance; VIP tables available, tami@republicofcharlotte.com. Phoenix, 300 N. College St., phoenixcharlotte.com, 2012solstice.eventbrite.com.

Verify dates, times, prices, and other info at the web addresses listed for each event.

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