Things to Do Labor Day Weekend in Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill
- Catch a game. The Carolina Mudcats and Durham Bulls baseball teams are both at home all weekend as are the Carolina Rail Hawks (soccer).
- First Friday in Raleigh. First Friday in Raleigh is one of the Triangle's favorite events and all of downtown Raleigh gets into the act. There are free self-guided tours of local art galleries, and a number of the museums including Marbles Children's Museum and IMAX theater are open late. Many shops stay open late as well and restaurants offer specials. There's often live music too.
- Bluegrass in Chapel Hill. Fridays on the Front Porch brings the town and university together for live music on the front lawn of the Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill. Starts at 5 p.m.
- Inaugural African American Cultural Festival. Don't miss this first-ever celebration dedicated to African-American arts and culture in Downtown Raleigh. Runs Saturday from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. at City Plaza.
- Farmer's Markets. Gather up the best of the season at your closest local farmer's market. Or use the long weekend to venture out to a neighboring market just to try something new. Tomatoes and corn are sweet and ripe and perfect for your cookout recipes.
- It's Football Time in the Triangle. NC State is at home against Western Carolina and Duke is at home against Elon. Chapel Hill is away against LSU. Here are some favorite Chapel Hill sports bars where you can watch the TarHeels play.
- USA Baseball. The Labor Day Cup is an open invitation tournament comprised of 16 teams (eight 16U and eight 18U teams). Each team is guaranteed four games. The event will is held in Cary, N.C., at the USA Baseball National Training Complex.
- Rock the Cradle. Legendary music venue Cat's Cradle presents Abbey Road Live with all your favorite Beatles music. Take the kids - there's no school on Monday. Doors open at 8 p.m. Show starts at 9 p.m.
- Shop. Labor Day sales are well known for great values. Go to your local boutique downtown or put on your walking shoes and hit the Raleigh-Durham shopping malls.
- Get Outside. Enjoy the last of summer before we have to get all buttoned up again. Here are some ideas for Raleigh-Durham Things to Do Outdoors.
Photo: Hynek Moravec