Labor Day is just around the corner – that last weekend hurrah to bid farewell to summer and usher in the beginnings of fall with football, cooler temperatures and all things pumpkin flavored. But, hey, let’s not end summer too quickly. Use the long Labor Day weekend to squeeze in as much fun as possible. In fact, we’ve put together a list for you. Whether you live locally or you’re visiting Charleston for the long weekend, there’s plenty to keep you busy.
No Labor Day weekend is complete without a trip to the beach. It’s almost a requirement to dip your toes in the water before you get too busy with school activities and fall festivities. Folly Beach is actually hosting a Labor Day weekend fireworks show. Inclement weather caused the Folly Association of Business to cancel the July 4 fireworks so they’ve been rescheduled for Saturday, Sept. 5. Head to 2nd Street East for the 9 p.m. display (rain date is Sunday, Sept. 6).
Take in a show. “Groovey Kinda’ Love” is playing at 34 West Theater Co., 200 Meeting St., through Sept. 26. A small town flips when a mod rockster helps a shy outcast find her groove. This musical-comedy features 1960s tunes from Motown to the Beach Boys. Or catch “The Producers, A New Mel Brooks Musical” at the Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St., through Sept. 20. This show is a funny follow-up to “Young Frankenstein” as Max and Leo return with their hair-brained scheme to make a fortune by deliberately mounting a Broadway flop.
Enjoy local music. The Rockin’ on the River free summer concert series comes to a close with a performance by Plane Jane on Thursday, Sept. 3. Start the long weekend a little early and enjoy food trucks, a beer and wine garden and music in North Charleston’s Riverfront Park, 1001 Everglades Ave. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. The Greater Lowcountry Jazz Festival runs Sept. 3-6 at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center, featuring some of the best jazz artists locally and nationally.
Fly high. Wild Blue Ropes, a ropes challenge course, is offering $25 climbs on Labor Day. This maze of ropes rises 35 feet off the ground with an intricately designed series of rope walkways and climbing structures that create 72 different obstacles. Fun for children and adults.
Get your art on. From 5-8 p.m. on Sept. 4, stroll gallery row on Broad Street as part of First Fridays on Broad. Also, stop off at The City Market for a special evening event. The market is open 6:30-10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights through December. Shop the many artists and vendors and then enjoy dinner or drinks at one of the many restaurants along Market Street and the surrounding areas.
Have dinner on the patio. Circa 1886 on the grounds of the beautiful Wentworth Mansion is open for dinner on Labor Day. Why not dine on the patio and raise a glass to the end of summer. Make reservations online or call 843-853-7828.
Also Charleston’s Days of Grace will be Sept. 5-6, a rally and conference focused on bringing an end to racist violence. The event is born of two recent events in Charleston – the shooting of Walter Scott by a North Charleston policeman and the shooting of nine people at Emanual AME Church in downtown Charleston. Learn more at www.daysofgracecharleston.org.