Labor Day has come and gone but summer is not over technically until September 23, 2014. If you want to squeeze in some more summer fun before too late, Charlotte is offering a lot in the next few weeks. Here is a list of 5 fun events to consider for September, when the temperatures will have cooled a little. Most events are free, but check websites for concert admission information for the Bounce TV concert and the Festival of India.
Ice cream cone
The Charlotte Folk Society hosts their 8th annual Ice Cream Social in conjunction with the Hezekiah Alexander Homesite and Museum's Backcountry Days event on September 6, 2014. Activities will include dulcimer music, storytelling, crafts demonstrations and a free tour of the Hezekiah Alexander home, the oldest structure in all of Mecklenburg County. Admission is free.
Patti LaBelle about to take flight
The Bounce TV Music Fest comes to the PNC Pavillion (formerly Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre) on September 13, 2014. Featured artists are Soul music favorites Frankie Beverly and Maze, American Idol season 2 winner Ruben Studdard, and the fabulous Patti LaBelle, whose stage show must be witnessed at least once in life. This entire event should be over the rainbow.
Traffic in Uptown Charlotte will be slow as thousands drive there to attend the 20th Festival of India presented by the India Association of Charlotte at the Belk Theater on September 13-14, 2014. The appeal is broad for children and adults alike. Art, dance, music and food are just some of the attractions. Bollywood performances will be in full effect, and there will be dancing in the street to live music.
Festival in the Park
This rain or shine event enters its 50th year on September 19-21, 2014. Go to Freedom Park to see artists working their craft and selling their work. Food vendors are ever-present with irresistible breezes wafting through the park. Meanwhile, in another area with stages, performance arts are presented. Admission is free to Festival in the Park, but bring cash to add art to your collection and to taste the food vendors' wares.
Jeffrey Broussard and The Creole Cowboys will appear at this year's final Bearden Music Series concert on September 20, 2014. Opening acts will include Mel Melton & the Wicked Mojos and Bayou Diesel. Food trucks usually gather at Romare Bearden Park to feed the people at events such as this. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome, but this will be a night for dancing. Admission is free.