Special Events

No Pets Allowed at Special Events per Town Ordinance

Below we have provided information about upcoming Special Events from the Matthews Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resource Department. For more specific information, sponsorship opportunities, or further questions, call 704-708-1261.

To View the 2019 Events Calendar Click Here!

Valentine Dance

A chance for adults and their children to spend some quality time together, in the transformed gym at Crewsd Rec Center. Dinner, refreshments, and plenty of desserts will be served. Photography will be on site to capture the memories!  The DJ will keep the evening fun, with plenty of current music and dancing. Valentine crafts and special takeaway gifts round out the night!
Any combination of significant adult and child are welcome! 
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Saturday: February 8, 2020
Crews Recreation Center

$15/per person - Tickets go on sale January 4; will be available online or in person at the Matthews Community Center or Crews Recreation Center. 
Space is limited!

For more information call
704-321-7275 or 704-708-1289 

Matthews Food Truck Fridays & Concert Series 

HTeeterA variety of food trucks will roll into downtown Matthews on the second and fourth Fridays, April through September. Get dinner from up to 10 eclectic area trucks, relax in the park, listen to good music, let the kids play in bounce houses, and enjoy the downtown vibe! Be sure to like us on Facebook at "Matthews Food Truck Fridays" to see the line-up each week and keep up with your favorite food trucks. 

Click Here for More Information about Matthews Food Truck Fridays!

Second & fourth Fridays: April 10 - September 25, 2020
(There will be no Food Truck Friday on May 8)
Stumptown Park

Sorry--Only event sponsors will be allowed to exhibit during this series. Sponsorships are full for 2019--thank you to Harris Teeter, and the following partners:
801South      Credit Union Andersen

Lunch With The Easter Bunny  

Children will eat lunch, do a fun craft activity, and get their picture taken with the guest of honor!
Friday: April 3, 2020

Ages 2 to 5; Tickets are $10 per person, available online at matthewsfun.com or in person at the Matthews Community Center.
For more information call 704-321-7275.easter bunny

Photos with the Easter Bunny
Saturday: April 4, 2020                                                                                                                                                                  10:00am-1:00pm
Matthews Community Center
Mr. & Mrs. Easter Bunny will be available for three hours on this Saturday, to take posed pictures with children and family. (Furry family members are welcome, too!)

 easter eggsThe Great Easter Egg Expedition 

April 1st through April 11th, several golden eggs will be hidden throughout the parks and Greenway in Matthews!
Get out with your family, enjoy our parks, and help us find them!

The golden eggs will be hidden in Stumptown, Squirrel Lake, Windsor, and Sardis parks.
Eggs will also be hidden along the Greenway. 

Find one of the GOLDEN EGGS, bring it to the Matthews Community Center, and you will receive one of the Expedition's Grand Prizes!!

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Earth Day with Kids In Nature Day

Saturday: April 25, 2020 TBD 
10am - 1pm
Squirrel Lake Park

Presented in partnership with Habitat and Wildlife Keepers (HAWK) and Great Outdoors University

Come out to Squirrel Lake Park to celebrate Earth Day with Kids In Nature Day!
Activities/Displays Include:
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Eco-Friendly Exhibits & Vendors
Rain barrels from Coca Cola (Limited supply)
HAWK-cycling: egg cartons, corks, pull tabs, etc.
E-cycling by Goodwill Industries
Hikes and Scavenger Hunts
Kids nature crafts and STEM activities
Fishing and more FREE Family Fun

For more info, check out HAWKNCWF.org

Thank you to our sponsor, Williams Subaru

Free Document Shredding will be held 9am-12pm at the Matthews Community Center
Limit 4 bankers boxes per person

 BeachFest new logoBeachFest Matthews       

Come put your toes in the sand!
Beach Fest Matthews has rides and amusements, boardwalk style food, shagging and more. Bring the family to celebrate spring and have some fun!

Click Here for More Information about BeachFest Matthews!

Friday and Saturday: May 8-9, 2020
Friday 6-10pm
Saturday 10am-10pm 
Stumptown Park



Charlotte Symphony Night in Stumptown Park

Join us for the annual performance of the Charlotte Symphony in Matthews!

Date TBD in 2020
Prelude act at 7:00pm
Symphony performance at 8:15pm

Click here for program

Bring a blanket or chairs, and enjoy dinner from area food trucks!

Fun Family 4th of July

Come decorate your bikes, scooters and wagons, then join us in the People's Parade, a non-motorized/non-commercial parade from Matthews Station St. (in front of Town Hall) to Stumptown Park.
The evening will be capped off with a concert in the park by "TOO MUCH SYLVIA".
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Saturday: July 4, 2020 
Bike decorating at 5:00 PM (Town Hall Green, Matthews Station St.), People's Parade at 5:30 PM
Concert at 7 PM 
Stumptown Park 

Matthews Alive!Matthews Alive logo

A Labor Day weekend celebration dedicated to the support of local non-profit organizations through music, arts and community involvement.
The festival is a grand, four-day family event. Expect to see more than 150 arts and crafts vendors, 30 food vendors, one of the largest parades in the Southeast, the festival’s annual quilt show and the Kids Connection interactive area, as well as a fantastic Midway full of games and rides for all ages and four stages of free entertainment all weekend.

 For more information, including vendor applications, contact info and more visit  www.matthewsalive.org

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday: Sept 4-7, 2020
Historic Downtown Matthews 

Kids In Nature Day 

You won’t want to miss this day of FREE family fun in the park presented by HAWK (Habitat and Wildlife Keepers), the Town of Matthews, and NCWF’s Great Outdoors University! Invite your family and friends to join us for a scavenger hunt, nature walks, STEM activities, animal explorations, nature crafts, and much more! 

Saturday: October 10, 2020HAWK
Squirrel Lake Park 

Not So Spooky Halloween 

Trick-or-Treating, Curley the Clown, carriage rides, face painters, sweet treats, and more beginning at 5pm. 
Pumpkin Contest judging will take place! (Entry details on flyer below)
Halloween movie starts at dusk (approx 7pm) "Haunted Mansion" 

Saturday: October 26, 2019
Stumptown Park 
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Matthews Playhouse Haunted Trail

The Matthews Playhouse takes over the Haunted Trail in 2019! 
Located on the Greenway Connector Trail behind the Community Center - 100 McDowell St East. 
MatthewsPlayhouse.com for more information!


Pawsitively Matthews               

Presented by Jamison Realty -- A fun-filled day for dogs and their people!

*Pets are allowed for this event!*

 Over 50 pet-friendly vendors and exhibitors, Michelle's Magical Poodle Shows, Matthews Police Department K9 Unit demonstration, adoptable dog parades, Beer & Wine Pawvillion, and more!

The Late Night Special Band
plays three sets on the main stage from 11:30am-4pm!

Saturday: November 2, 2019 
Stumptown Park 

Holiday Events

The Nutcracker
2019 tickets will go on sale Friday, November 1, 2019 at 9:00amnutcracker
Presented by Matthews Ballet and Dance

Come get in the holiday spirit with the performance of the famous Nutcracker Ballet!

Saturday: November 30, 2019
Performance at 2pm
Saturday: November 30, 2019
Performance at 7pm  
Sunday: December 1, 2019 
Performance at 3pm 
Saturday: December 7, 2019
Performance at 2pm
Saturday: December 7, 2019
Performance at 7 pm 
Sunday: December 8, 2019 
Performance at 3pm 

Matthews Community Center 

Adults: $7       Children (12 & under): $5
Tickets may be purchased at the Matthews Community Center, or online starting November 1 ( click here)
Space is limited! 
For more information call 704-321-7275

Sugar Plum Party
2019 tickets will go on sale Friday, November 1, 2019 at 9:00am

Meet the cast of the Nutcracker after the performance while enjoying some decadent treats and refreshments!sugarplum 

Sunday: December 1, 2019 
Matthews Community Center
Immediately following 3pm Nutcracker performance.

Sunday: December 8, 2019
Matthews Community Center
Immediately following 3pm Nutcracker performance.

Price: $5 per person. Tickets may be purchased at the Matthews Community Center or online ( click here)
Space is limited!  
For more information call 704-321-7275


Hometown Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration         

A traditional small-town holiday celebration. An afternoon filled with holiday crafts, activities, entertainment and a tree lighting with lots of surprises! You won't want to miss it! 

Saturday: December 7, 2019 
Matthews Station St. (in front of Town Hall) 


Breakfast with Santa 
2019 tickets will go on sale Friday, November 1, 2019 at 9:00am

Bring your camera and take your picture with Santa and Mrs. Claus!
Come enjoy breakfast, a photo with Santa and Mrs Claus, and make a take-home holiday craft.

Matthews Community Center
$10 per person
December 14, 2019 - 9:00AM 
December 14, 2019 - 10:45AM 
December 21, 2019 - 9:00AM 
December 21, 2019 - 10:45AM 

For ages 2 to 8. Tickets are $10 per person, at any seating (including adults). 
Tickets can be purchased at the Matthews Community Center, or online ( click here)
Space is limited! 
For more information call 704-321-7275

Earth Day on the Greenway with Kids In Nature Day
Earth Day on the Greenway with Kids In Nature Day

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