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My Labor Day weekend started with the excitement of a shark-catching (not sighting) in Hilton Head Island. Here I am, chilling on Folly Beach, when a man nearby yells shark. I thought he was playing around. I look up and a couple of guys are hauling in a baby shark caught on a fishing hook. With the help some nearby fisherman, they free the shark and set it free. Be free baby Jaws!
Now, let’s get this party started.
Throwback Jams – If you like old school hip-hop and R&B then the I Love The 90’s Part 2 is for you. It’s an ‘80s Hip Hop and R&B Themed Brunch. Music by DJ Hot Rod. 11 a.m. Sports One Bar & Lounge, 521 N College St. http://www.sportsoneclt.com
Free Jazz – Grab a blanket and bring the family out for Jazz in the Park featuring
saxophonist Tom Braxton, guitarist Steve Oliver, and bassist John Dillard. Presented by Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation. 6 p.m. Romare Bearden Park. Starting at 3:30 PM until 9 p.m. Free. Details.
Dress Code Party – Buck Long & DJ Stacey Blackman present the Pre-Labor Day Denim & White Party. Special performance by Shableek 9 p.m. Press Box , 9609 N. Tryon St.
Celebrity Appearance – Join the cast of VH1’s “Wildn’ Out” for a Celebrity Block Party. Appearances by Chico Bean B Daht, Darren Brand. Performance by Mo Beatz singing “Breadwinner.” Hosted by Money Man Jones and Neezy The Great. Re:Public and 300, 300 block of N. College St.
Family Fun – The four-day family event Matthews Alive Festival returns to downtown Matthews. Peruse more than 30 interactive sponsor displays, a carnival, kids crafts and inflatables, three stages, more than 170 arts and crafts vendors, 25 street food vendors, pony rides, train rides and more. Proceeds benefit more than 30 area non-profits. Free Admission. 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. tonight. Sat., Sept. 5, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun., Sept. 6, 12-9 p.m. and Mon., Sept. 7, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Buy Local – Local vendors will takeover NoDa at the Queen City Conscious Market. Enjoy goods, music and food. Vendors include: Collett Couture, CreativeLove – an Etsy Shop, Clean Line Soap Company, Amahoro Handcrafts Burundi, Ginger & Juniper, Ellie Court Designs, Lighthouse Paper Co., Suzeebee, Add Some Zing, Beautiful Idiot, Carolina Reclaimed, CocoPits, Let Love Shine Candles, Shannon Newlin LLC, Avant Garland, ObabyGanic, Thirty Seven Stars Crochet, Peace&Pallets. 11:30 a.m., Heist Brewery, 2909 N Davidson St. Ste 200.
Fight Night – Watch Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson vs John “The Magician” Dodson in this addition of Strike Fight Night: UFC 191. 10 p.m. StrikeCity, 210 E Trade St. Ste D164. Say “knock out” at the door and get in for free. Details.