Matthews comes alive with Labor Day festival

Matthews comes alive with Labor Day festival

Celebrate Labor Day with a parade, live music, games, rides and more at Matthews Alive, a holiday weekend tradition in the Charlotte area.

The festival takes place Aug. 30 through Sept. 2 at the corner of John and Trade streets in historic downtown Matthews.

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The parade kicks off at 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning and brings to life the emotion and imagery you’d find in a Norman Rockwell painting.

Admission to the festival is free; tickets are sold on-site for rides and games.

For more information on the festival, visit

Festival hours for the main stage entertainment, food and rides:
Friday, Aug. 30: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 31: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 1: 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 2: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Arts and crafts hours:
Friday: closed
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Sunday: Noon to 7:30 p.m.
Monday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.