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BeachFest set for downtown Matthews this weekend

Matthews will host its annual BeachFest event Friday and Saturday, bringing a taste of the Carolinas coast to the Charlotte region, but the two-day festival also will require motorists to make a few changes in their habits.

BeachFest will feature live music, sand volleyball, sand sculptures and arts and crafts. Performers will include well-known beach music acts the Fantastic Shakers and Ken Knox and The Company on Friday; and the Band of Gold, the Extraordinaires and the Tams on Saturday.

Saturday’s schedule also will include the Sandy Feet 5K and Fun Run at 8 a.m., with proceeds benefiting the Habitat for Humanity organization in Matthews.

Festival hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday.

For motorists, BeachFest means Trade Street will be closed, between John and Main streets, from 5:30 p.m. Friday to midnight Saturday. McDowell Street also will be closed to through traffic. But motorists trying to reach the arts district and the Community Center can take Kent Street off East Johnson Street, then follow Sadie Drive and go through the First Baptist Church of Matthews parking lot.

Festival information is available online.

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