For some people, Labor Day is an indication of summer's end and signals the beginning of fall. For others, it's a weekend full of picnics and cook-outs or the start of football season. Labor Day Weekend is a time-honored tradition that celebrates the workforce that has helped grow our Lake Norman area to be the great place that it is and this year, our workers deserve this more than ever. Read more to find out how you can enjoy your long weekend here at Lake Norman!
Outdoor Activities To Enjoy For Labor Day Weekend
Ramsey Creek Park swimming beach
End the summer with a splash! Ramsey Creek Beach will be open for one last weekend this Labor Day, including Monday! There will be a free shuttle from the Northcross Park and Ride Lot available at 17126 Northcross Drive. With summer coming to a close and autumn quickly approaching, this is a great last chance to lounge on the sandy beach and go for a swim. Not only is there a 40-acre swimming area, but Ramsey Creek also offers boat launching and docks, a playground, picnic shelters, nature trails, and a fishing pier that's ADA-compliant. Shelters are available for rent and provide an instant picnic shelter along the shores of Lake Norman. No matter what you plan for your Labor Day weekend, Ramsey Creek Park would be a great option for the entire family.
The Quest Center is a new nature experience in Huntersville that is open daily. This 13,000 sq. ft. facility is the starting point for your outdoor adventure at the Latta Nature Preserve with educational programs and information on the preserve's natural communities, flora, and fauna. Quest is a joint facility of Mecklenburg County Park & Rec and Carolina Raptor Center, which is conveniently located just minutes away from each other. The Raptor Center is in the process of building out their new Raptor Trail at Quest and will be moving the birds once it is complete!
Quest Exhibit Hall
There are over 16 miles of trails available for hiking where you can enjoy the beautiful scenery within the forest. With two launch spots, those who enjoy paddling and have their own kayak or paddleboard, can get direct access to Gar Creek and Mountain Island Lake. There are also a variety of picnic areas that are first-come-first-serve while the larger shelters are available by reservation with restrooms available nearby along with a sand volleyball court.
Fishing is a great way to spend time with friends and family while relaxing in the beautiful natural scenery of Lake Norman. There is an abundance of great fishing spots here at the lake along with a number of experienced guides who can help anyone catch a fish, regardless of experience.
For the solo fishermen, you can head out to Patriot Pier at Ramsey Creek Park or the shorelines of Jetton Park for a chance at a largemouth bass. No rod? No problem! You can borrow a rod from the Quest Center at Latta Nature Preserve and cast out your line for some blue catfish or crappies. All anglers aged 16 and older will need a North Carolina fishing license. Guided tours are a great way to experience deep-water fishing, and this will be your chance to catch record-setting bass or perch. Check out our list of the best fishing guides in Lake Norman.
Enjoying the great outdoors is easy at Lake Norman with a number of beautiful, local parks. Jetton Park is known for its waterfront views and trails, and you can even have a lakeside cookout with their public grill pits. Bradford Park is home to an award-winning disc golf course and is open to the public for 9-hole and 18-hole games. For those with little ones, Smithville Park has a playground and a splash pad where kids can expend their energy while also staying cool.
Places To Eat During Labor Day Weekend
Would it really be Labor Day Weekend without a heaping plate of BBQ? If you don’t have the chance to have a cookout this weekend, The Crazy Pig has you covered! The Crazy Pig specializes in traditional smoked pulled pork butt and slow smoked beef brisket, and with their delicious mac & cheese and homemade coleslaw, you’ll certainly find the authentic flavors you’d expect in a backyard barbecue. Don't miss out on trying one of their locally crafted beers!
Pulled Pork Sandwich
After a long day at the lake, you’ll be ready to sit back and relax with a cold one. D9 Brewing is a premier brewery in Lake Norman and has become one of the Charlotte area's largest breweries! Enjoy huge notes of tropical lime and passionfruit in their “Oh Be Hazy” IPA, or introduce your taste buds to a luau with the new "Tacky Toucan" release. A sour ale bursting with all the tropical and juicy notes of grilled pineapple!
BoatYard Lake Norman
Boatyard LKN is the place to gather with family and friends, and is a great dining option for your Labor Day Weekend. Their menu features American dishes with classic options like Beef Brisket and a ¼ lb hot dog along with an expansive drink menu featuring beer, wine and spirits. However, their enormous patio is the main attraction with an abundance of outdoor seating and event space. For Labor Day Weekend, Boatyard will also be hosting live music! You can catch the acoustic duo, Simplified, on Friday, rock to throwback jams with Blue Monday on Saturday, or wrap up the weekend with the Dave Matthews Tribute Band on Sunday. For more information, go to Boatyard LKN’s website here.
Who says that dogs have to miss out on the fun? Lucky Dog Bark & Brew is a sports bar with an off-leash indoor & outdoor dog park that also offers daycare, boarding & baths. You can bring the dog in for a beverage or two, or drop off the pup while you spend your day on the lake.
Waterfront dining is always a treat, and a long weekend is the perfect time to treat yourself. Hello, Sailor is renowned for its beautiful waterfront patio and is one of three waterfront dining options in the area. You can even come dine straight off of the boat! Their menu will often change based on the availability of fresh ingredients, but some staples to try include peel n’ eat shrimp, citrus crab louie salad, and the crispy catfish with beef fat fries.
Labor Day Weekend Events In Lake Norman
There are a host of events being held over Labor Day Weekend in the Lake Norman area. Whether you're looking for a concert, family fun, or something in between, there will be plenty of events suited just for you.
Live Music: Nate Sacks
Sept 2 @ 7pm
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Live Music: Simplified
Sept 2 @ 9pm
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Acoustic duo, Chris Sheridan and Clee Laster, created a quartet and are known for bringing back the island rock sound.
Davidson Farmer's Market
Sept 3 @ 9am - 12pm
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The Davidson Farmer’s Market is a producer-only, year-round Market featuring more than 35 farmers and local producers from within a 100 mile radius. The Market is a lively gathering place for meeting friends and for learning about food, agriculture and nutrition.
Live Music: Michael Tracy
Sept 3 @ 6pm
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Live Music: Blue Monday
Sept 3 @ 8pm
BoatYard LKN | More Details
Blue Monday is a tribute to the MTV generation. The 80s/90s classics and a few guilty pleasures of today.
Battle of Charlotte
Sept 3-4 @ 10am
Rural Hill | More Details
Head out to Historic Rural Hill on Labor Day weekend for The Battle of Charlotte! This weekend will mark the 242nd anniversary of this pivotal time in, not only the history of The American Revolution, but also Charlotte Mecklenburg County itself. Through multiple interpretive demonstrations such as kids drill, weapons demonstrations, cooking, music, camp life, and more, you can truly become immersed into what life was like in the 1700s. Rain or shine event.
Live Music: Dave Matthews Tribute Band
Sept 4 @ 8pm
BoatYard Lake Norman | More Details
This 5-piece ensemble strives to pay homage to their famous counterparts by matching the excitement, energy, intensity and intimacy of a DMB live show. Performing sold out shows around the world for nearly 20 years.
Labor Day 2022 will be an action-packed weekend full of events and activities suited for all ages. Let us know how you spend your holiday weekend by tagging us in your pictures @VisitLakeNorman. Have a great weekend and stay safe!