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Labor Day holiday offers plenty of free fun

Football

Charlotte Observer Panthers Tailgate Party

Thur 7-9. Whisky River, EpiCentre, 210 East Trade St. https://observertailgate2014.eventbrite.com

Fans can gear up for the new season at the Charlotte Observer Panthers Tailgate Party, powered by OrthoCarolina. Former Panthers players Wesley Walls, Mike Rucker and Travelle Wharton will break down the upcoming season with the Observer’s Panthers coverage team: Scott Fowler, Tom Sorensen, Joseph Person and Jonathan Jones. This is a free event, but you’re encouraged to register in advance. The first 450 guests get a football koozie, and everybody leaves with the Observer’s special Panthers section.

Art

Yard Art Day

All day Monday. Various locations. yardartday.org

Artists around Charlotte and beyond will boast art installations of all kinds in front yards. Yard Art Day, the brainchild of local artist Deborah Triplett, is a “grassroots arts exhibition, curated by the community.” You don’t have to be a professional artist to participate. Use the map on the website to find all the installations.

Whitewater

Labor Day Celebration

Sun 9-10:30 a.m. U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway. usnwc.org

Celebrate Labor Day with a number of races, live music from Langhorne Slim, Joe Pug and Lefty Williams and a fireworks display. Admission is free, but there’s a $5 parking charge. There is also a fee for participating in the races. The music starts at 4 p.m. Bring chairs or a blanket.

Art

My Hand Can

Wed 6:30-7:30 p.m. Mint Museum Uptown, 500 South Tryon St. myhandcan.com.

The new art exhibit, “My Hand Can,” features works produced by hand patients of OrthoCarolina who have healed and then succeeded in some way. Pieces range from images to artwork, crafts and sculpture. Many have hung in OrthoCarolina’s Hand Center but are now are part of this specially curated exhibit. The Mint will unveil the show at a free opening Wednesday, and then keep the exhibit on view through Sept. 14.

Birthday

Bearden Birthday Bash

Fri-Sun. Romare Bearden Park, 300 South Church St. charmeck.org

Celebrate Romare Bearden Park’s first full year of programming at its Birthday Bash. The full weekend of festivities will include live music, local food, an art walk and family activities. On Saturday Radio Disney will lead kids’ activities.

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