9 a.m.-9 p.m. (also 6-10 p.m. Friday, noon-9 p.m. Sunday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday). John and Trade streets in historic downtown Matthews. Admission is free; rides, games, food and drink are available for a charge. www.matthewsalive.org.
Three live-music stages, arts-and-crafts area with more than 160 regional artisans, plus rides, amusements, carnival midway, games and more. The Matthews Alive Parade kicks off at 10:30 a.m.
Fresh Dance Series
8 p.m. Duke Energy Theater, Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. $20. 704-372-1000.
Three modern dance companies – Drye/Marinaro Dance of New York and Pennsylvania, Valerie Ifill of Pennsylvania and 4thrightdance of North Carolina – present a mixed program.
Sundae Run 5K
9 a.m. Carmel Middle School, 5001 Camilla Drive. $25-$30. sundaerun.racesonline.com.
Burn a bunch of calories by running the 3.1-mile course through south Charlotte neighborhoods, then put those calories back by chowing down on a free post-race sundae.
Revolutionary War Re-enactment
2 p.m. (also Sunday). Historic Latta Plantation. 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville. $8; $7 for students and seniors (free for kids 5 and younger). 704-875-2312.
Learn about the battle that took place in Mecklenburg County in 1780 (when Lord Cornwallis and his army entered Charlotte) through demonstrations, talks and activities for all ages.