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Paid to Party: Dance, laugh, celebrate community in Charlotte

By Brittney CasonBy Brittney Cason
Brittney Cason
Brittney Cason writes about nightlife for The Charlotte Observer.

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As August wraps up and school begins, the dog days of summer come to a close, but the fun never ends here in Charlotte. Plus it’s a long weekend to celebrate working ... by not working. Time to play!


Charlotte Knights vs. Norfolk Tides at Knights Stadium (2280 Deerfield Drive, Fort Mill, S.C. – for now): One of the Charlotte Knights’ final games at the Fort Mill stadium before they relocate to uptown. And on Saturday, when they take on the Gwinnett Braves at home, it’s Country Night featuring the KnightenGals. (Did you know the Knights had cheerleaders?) Both games start at 7:15 p.m. $8-$14. 704-357-8071.

Jon Reep at The Comedy Zone (900 NC Music Factory Blvd.): The former “Last Comic Standing” winner (and Hickory’s most famous stand-up comedian, by far) brings jokes back to North Carolina. 8 and 10:15 p.m. $20. 980-321-4702.


UNC Charlotte’s Inaugural Game After Party and Labor Day Celebration at RE:Public (314 N. College Ave.): 49ers alum DJ Ngenius will keep the action going on the dance floor. Doors open at 10 p.m. $10 cover. 980-322-9859.

Elizabeth Avenue Block Party (1400 block of Elizabeth Avenue): Local musicians, artists, food trucks and businesses present their inaugural block party in celebration of community and creativity. Starts at 5 p.m.; the Carolina Funk Dance Crew performs at 8:30; Simplified goes on at 9:30. Free.

The Legacy Committee presents CharMecca: The Queen City’s First Annual Music Festival at the EpiCentre Pavilion (210 E. Trade St.): Another inaugural event, but this time for a Charlotte-based music festival featuring six DJs – along with 15 bands and artists spanning EDM, rock, pop, acoustic and hip-hop. 5-11 p.m. Free.


Colossal Labor Day Weekend Celebration at Suite and Bubble (210 E. Trade St.): Music from DJ B-Lord and DJ Mars. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Tickets are $15-20 and can be purchased at

Brittney Cason is a writer who talks for a living at CBS Radio – mornings on WFNZ, nights on WSOC.
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