Labor Day Parade
Monday, 11 a.m.: Parade begins at the Hal Marshall Center at 701 N. Tryon St., turns left onto Third Street and ends at College and Third. Includes labor union floats, political candidates, bands, beauty queens and community groups.
Yard Art Day
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Monday: People all over Charlotte install art in their yards. See yardartday.org for a map of participating locations.
Mommy (or Daddy) and Me Mondays
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont
Monday, 10 a.m.: Bring your child (up to age 5) to explore nature with activities that might include stories, songs, planting seeds and crafts. www.dsbg.org
Author Event: Ron Rash
Park Road Books, 4139 Park Road
Wednesday, 7 p.m.: The author talks about his book “Above the Waterfall,” the story of a small-town Appalachian sheriff who contends with the ravages of poverty and crystal meth in his North Carolina town.
Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St.
Wednesday, 7 p.m.: The band that likes to push the limits plays with Saving Abel and Sons of Texas. Tickets $25/$28, www.neighborhoodtheatre.com.