Labor Day Events in the Triangle

8 things to do over the long weekend
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Labor Day is right around the corner, and we believe you deserve a break. Here is a list of 8 amazing things happening in the Triangle during the long weekend. Shop till you drop, fly airplanes, sit in the driver’s seat of a firetruck, or even be a part of a BBQ competition, it’s all here. As the saying goes, “Work hard, play hard.”

Equestrian Exchange Tack Consignment Sale

  • NC State Fairgrounds, Holshouser Building, 1025 Blue Ridge Blvd, Raleigh, NC 27607
  • Thursday-Monday, Sept. 2-6; Thurs. 5-10pm; Fri. 10am-10pm; Sat. & Sun. 10am-9pm; Mon. 11am-7pm
  • Cost: Free to enter
  • Buy horse items and tack, riding attire and barn supplies. All disciplines of riding needs are represented. You can also check out their Facebook Page to see their most up-to-date merchandise.

Wings Over Springs 4th Annual Charity Electric Fly In

  • Jefferson L. Sugg Farm at Bass Lake Park, 2401 Grigsby Avenue, Holly Springs, 27540
  • Saturday, Sept. 4; 8am-5pm
  • Cost: Free for public/ $20 for pilot landing fee
  • Organized by Holly Springs Skyhawks Radio Control Group, this annual charity event will take flight once more! Proceeds will go to Meg’s Smile Foundation, a nonprofit that provides special gifts or days out to children affected with serious illnesses. Be wowed by radio control model flying and drone races. All sizes and types of electric aircraft are welcome to be a part of the fun-filled day. Food and drinks will be for sale.

Forest Playgroup

  • Prairie Ridge Ecostation, in the nature play-space area, 1671 Gold Star Drive, Raleigh, 27607 
  • Saturday, Sept. 4 at 10am
  • Cost : Free
  • Play in a natural woodland setting with other families. Hosted by WildRoots Nature School of North Raleigh, the organization encourages unstructured play that will create a nature-childhood connection. The playgroup happens once a month so if you are unable to make it this Labor Day Weekend, there are other chances available.


  • Sanderford Road Community Center, 2623 Sanderford Road, Raleigh, 27610
  • Saturday, Sept. 4; 11am-2pm
  • Cost: Free
  • Raleigh Parks presents Touch-A-Truck, a hands-on experience for families to explore different trucks and machinery. See, touch, and even sit in the driver’s seat of your favorite vehicular transportation. Moreover, meet the personnel who ride in these vehicles day in and day out for their jobs. Have a child with sensitive hearing? A “no horn hour” will take place from 11am-12pm.

Bull City BBQ Bash

  • Mike D’s BBQ Supply & General Store, 306 S. Driver Street, Durham, 27703
  • Saturday, Sept. 4; 12-5pm
  • Cost: Free
  • Join Mike D’s BBQ and 8 of the best BBQ pitmasters in NC for a BBQ festival and competition too good to be a one time event. Although this is the inaugural year of the event, there are already plans for it to become an annual one. One can see the instant popularity by only looking at the details of the day. The main event will be a BBQ competition showcasing ribs, brisket, and pulled pork from the 8 pitmasters. Not to mention, there will also be an Art N Soul Market, live music, and Kidz’ Zone complete with balloons, face painting, and activities. We’ll see you in East Durham!

County Line Country Fair

  • Old Mill Farm of Durham, 8913 NC Highway 751 South Durham, NC, 27713
  • Saturday-Monday, Sept. 4-6; 10am-8pm
  • Cost: $10-75 (see more details below)
  • Practice your potato sack racing and hop on down to the Old Mill Farm of Durham. Reminiscent of an old-timey carnival, this event will feature games of skill, fishing, cake walks, and of course several potato sack races. Prices range from $10 for general admission to $75 for Premium Family Admission. The former gets you in the gate and one game token, while the latter includes four tickets, ten game tokens, and four drink vouchers.

12th Annual African American Cultural Festival of Raleigh and Wake County

  • Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E South St, Raleigh, NC 27601; Moore Square, 200 Blount Street, Raleigh, NC 27601; John Chavis Memorial Park, 505 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Raleigh, NC 27601
  • Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 4-5; 1-10pm
  • Cost: Free
  • Celebrating African-American culture through art, music, food, and community, the event organizers aim to link up families with local vendors. The festival will take place at three downtown Raleigh locations this year: Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Moore Square, and John Chavis Memorial Park. On Saturday, “Fun Day in the Park” will be happening at Moore Square from 1-4pm, while the “Vendor Village” will be at the Duke Energy Center for  Performing Arts’ parking lot from 1-7pm. Additionally, stick around and catch the outdoor concerts at the plaza of the Center from 6-10pm. On Sunday, the schedule remains the same except the family-fun portion will be at John Chavis Memorial Park instead of Moore Square.


  • DPAC123 Vivian Street, Durham, North Carolina 27701
  • Sep. 45; Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 1 & 7pm
  • Cost: Seats start at $24.50 + taxes & fees
  • Runtime: 1hr and 45min with no intermission
  • STOMP made its explosive debut in 1994. Almost 30 years later it is still a must-see hit. From matchboxes to hubcaps, the eight players create music by manipulating objects into the most unique pieces of percussion. This experience is for all ages so bring the whole family along for this pulsating show.
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