Spend Your Labor Day Weekend in Raleigh

Women of color parade through downtown wearing African garments

By Brittany Bass

In 1894, a law was passed to set aside a day to celebrate and acknowledge the achievements of American workers. Labor Day, which is on the first Monday of each September, provides an opportunity for the working class to relax and do something they enjoy.

Luckily, you live in a city that provides many activities that makes planning your holiday weekend stress-free. Below is a list of some events that are taking place this weekend.

Raleigh Seafood Festival
Swing by the N.C. State Fairgrounds this upcoming Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. – 11 p.m. to take part in the second annual Raleigh Seafood Festival. This year’s event is devoted to being bigger and better than the last. There will also be the signature Southeast Crab Feast “All You Can Eat” Blue Crabs eating sessions. There will be free parking and various vendors as well as live entertainment. For more information, be sure to check out www.raleighseafoodfestival.com.

Treasures of the Earth Labor Day Gem, Mineral, and Jewelry Show
September 2 to 5 , Treasures of the Earth will be hosting a show with vendors from all over the country.  Also located at the fairgrounds, jewelers are presenting contemporary as well as homemade jewelry. For more details, log on to www.treasuresoftheearth.com.

2016 African American Cultural Festival of Raleigh
Come celebrate and show your appreciation for African-American culture this Labor Day Weekend. This two-day festival located in downtown Raleigh provides fun for all ages including a family village, art galleries, vendors and live entertainment on the Main Stage on City Plaza. The Governing Board strongly encourages people to volunteer. For more volunteer information, sign up at www.aacfestival.org/volunteer.

William Peace University Soccer
On Saturday, come out and support the lady Pacers as they play at home against Guilford College. The game starts at 1 p.m. The team has been practicing and they are ready to perform this season. “We’ve improved so much in the last four years I’m excited to see what this season has in store for us,” said Caylin Yarbrough, a senior player at WPU.

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