Fun Family Time: Matthews Alive Festival

Over Labor Day weekend, carnival rides, inflatables, games, food trucks, and live music come together for Matthews Alive Festival. Downtown Matthews buzzes while hosting their single largest annual fund raising event. This fun festival brings the community together in a fun way while giving back into the community – 100% of the proceeds go back into local non-profit organizations. Come on out for a good time while helping others – it’s a win for everyone!

When: Labor Day Weekend, September 2 – 5, 2016

Who: Everyone – adults and kids of all ages!

Where: At the corner of John and Trade streets in Historic Downtown Matthews

Festival Hours:

Friday 6 pm to 10 pm

Saturday 9 am to 9 pm

Sunday 12 pm to 9 pm

Monday 9 am to 5 pm

Arts & Crafts Hours:

Friday – closed to the public

Saturday 9 am to 7:30 pm

Sunday 12 pm to 7:30 pm

Monday 9 am to 5 pm

Cost:Tickets for Single rides - $1

Sheet of 20 tickets - $15

All-you-can-ride Wristbands - $15 (Friday night only)

Please note: some rides require more than 1 ticket.

Games and Food are additional costs.

Cash or checks only! No credit cards.

Parade: The Matthews Alive Parade is the single largest Labor Day Parade in the Southeast. The parade will kick-off at 10:30 am on Saturday, September 3. It will last approximately 1.5 hours with over 100 participants.

Live Music: On the Wells Fargo Main Stage, the weekend lineup ranges from a rock band, beach music, a country legend to a Heart tribute band. On the Home Depot Children’s Stage, there will be singers, magicians, and more kid-friendly entertainment to please the kids.

Entertainment: On the Woodforest Bank Indoor Cultural Center Stage, festivalgoers can enjoy a wide variety of performers. On Saturday, check out dancers from Irish dancers to belly dancers to shaggers. On Sunday, the lineup is a musical range of many different songwriters. On Monday, watch a Matthews Playhouse performance and a show by the Carolina Voices.

Kids Connection: Surrounding the Home Depot Children’s Stage, Kids Connection is the place to bring the little ones. Here kids can participant in arts and crafts, enjoy a performance, ride on a pony, and go for a train ride.

Food: Think barbeque, kettle korn, blooming onions, corn dogs and cotton candy plus so much more. Over 30 food trucks will be lined up on Trade Street. Come hungry!

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Sara Kendall has traveled halfway across the globe with her kids and lived to tell about it. Stay tuned to hear about family destinations around Charlotte and beyond. Check out more of Sara’s travel at her website or email her at