Labor Day Celebration

There is no shortage of ways to get outside and explore at the Whitewater Center’s Labor Day Celebration; activities, music, and races await all weekend long. Kick off Saturday morning with the Labor Day 5K and 15K Trail Race, followed by yoga at the South Ridge, pass activities, and live music on the River Jam Stage. Sunday is another day full of outdoor adventure, continuing with more yoga, pass activities, and live music. Join us for a firework display after sunset on Sunday to cap off the Labor Day Celebration. As with all of Whitewater’s festivals, the Labor Day Celebration is free to attend, open to the public, and does not require tickets.

Weekend Events:

Saturday, September 4, 2021:

Sunday, September 5, 2021:

Labor Day Trail Race:

Jumpstart the holiday festivities with the Labor Day Trail Race. Challenge yourself with either the 5K or the 15K race that weaves through wooded trails along the Catawba River.


Join us at the South Ridge (see festival map below for location) for yoga during the Labor Day Celebration. Practices are one hour in duration and are led by a certified yoga instructor. More information and details on Whitewater’s Yoga Series can be found here.

SUP Yoga:

SUP Yoga offers guests the chance to take their yoga practice to the water atop stand-up paddle boards. Practice will be led by a local certified instructor on the flatwater of the Catawba River. All guests must register for a SUP Yoga time slot in order to participate in the class. For guests looking participate in SUP Yoga, there will be a $25 SUP Yoga registration fee; for Annual Pass holders and Day Pass holders there is no charge, but guests must register for the class at Guest Services or at the Kayak Center to secure a spot. Guests bringing their own board will be allowed to take the class at no cost, but are not guaranteed a spot on the anchor system.

  • Registration is first come, first serve. Check-in begins 30 minutes prior to class start.
  • All equipment is provided with registration fee. This includes SUP board, paddle, PFD (Personal Flotation Device), and anchor.
  • Suggested personal items include: hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, towel, and comfortable walking shoes.

SUP Yoga times and registration coming soon.

Festival Map:


Additional Event Info:

  • You are responsible for your own safety at all times and you must exercise extreme caution during your visit due to the inherently dangerous activities and elements at the USNWC.
  • The USNWC does not allow coolers or outside food and beverage. All bags are subject to search.
  • The USNWC is a smoke-free facility. This includes electronic cigarettes and vapes.
  • Pets must be on a leash at all times.
  • Events are scheduled to proceed rain or shine.  In the event of severe weather, the USNWC reserves the right to reschedule/cancel live music performances.
  • Please visit our Festival & Concert FAQ for venue guidelines and additional information.
  • The USNWC does not have lodging or camping available on site. For local lodging, please visit our Accommodations page.

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