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 2020 Events Calendar Click Here!

COOL VIBES Winter Concert Series
Cool Vibes
A new concert series featuring two unique performances in the historic Fullwood Theater in the Matthews Community Center. It is the talk of the town, with a cool, speakeasy vibe! Ticket price includes pre-concert hors d'oeuvres (while they last). Cash bar for beer/wine. Social hour at 5:30pm, concerts begin at 7pm. RESERVED seating--get your tickets early! The COOL VIBES WINTER CONCERTS are "the place to be seen" this winter! Be there, and Be Cool!

Details  HERE !
Purchase Sidecar Social Club tickets  HERE !
Purchase Blues Beatles tickets  HERE !

Check out Sidecar Social Club
Check out Blues Beatles

Valentine Dance -- CANCELLED for FEB 2021

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! 
Valentine hearts
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. 
Due to the Governor's restricted outdoor gathering maximum limit, the Food Truck Friday/Concert series has been suspended. We are monitoring the Governor's orders each week/month, and will begin the events as soon as his limits are raised to a number that is logical for hosting an event. UPDATE: ALL events in the series are CANCELLED FOR 2020.

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:

      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 $7 per person, available online at matthewsfun.com or in person at the Matthews Community Center.   Tickets go on sale Friday, March 6 at 9am.
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 

March 27th through April 13th, several golden eggs will be hidden throughout the parks, downtown hot spots, and Greenway in Matthews!
Get out with your family, enjoy our town, and help us find them!

Clues and details about the golden egg locations will be posted closer to the event--stay tuned, and join our
Parks & Recreation electronic newsletter list!

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

golden egg

Free Document Shredding Event

This event has been postponed.

The Town of Matthews and Record Storage Systems are hosting a FREE document shredding event to help residents and businesses safely and securely dispose of unwanted documents. Drop-off will be in the parking lot behind the Matthews Community Center.

-Practice green and sustainable document destruction.
-100% of shredded material is recycled.
-Protect against identity theft and preserve privacy.
-Fulfill ethical requirements to safely destroy sensitive information.

Limit of 4 bankers boxes per person
Paperclips and staples ARE allowed
NO metal or plastic allowed

Information security is our highest priority. Enjoy HIPAA-compliant document destruction. All records are securely destroyed inside of the local Record Storage Systems facility equipped with 24/7 security monitoring and video surveillance. A Certificate of Destruction will be provided to you.

Earth Day with Kids In Nature Day - CANCELLED FOR 2020

Saturday: April 18, 2020  
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:
earth day
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
FREE Family Fun

For more info, check out HAWKNCWF.org

Thank you to our sponsor, Williams Subaru

 BeachFest new logoBeachFest Matthews  --MOVED TO NEW DATE! UPDATE: CANCELLED for 2020

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: October 16-17, 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!

June 19, 2020
Prelude act at 7:00pm
Symphony performance at 8:15pm

Click here for program, coming soon!

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

Fun Family 4th of July--CANCELLED, due to the Governor's limitation on outdoor gathering totals. 

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!--CANCELLED for 2020Matthews 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 - CANCELLED FOR 2020

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 --CANCELLED for 2020

Trick-or-Treating, Curley the Clown,  face painters, sweet treats, and more beginning at 10am. 
Saturday: October 31, 2020
Stumptown Park 

The Great Halloween Heist
Witches have stolen our baby jack-o-lanterns, and are hiding them all around Matthews during October! 
Find clues on our Parks & Recreation Facebook page on Oct 16th, 23rd, and 30th.

If you find a jack-o-lantern, bring it to the Matthews Community Center to redee
m for a $50 gift card!
But call before you come--building hours are quite varied during COVID: 704-321-7275
Limit one jack-o-lantern per family. 
Please take extra care around businesses, buildings, plants, wildlife, and private property.


Matthews Playhouse Haunted Trail - CANCELLED FOR 2020

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


Pawsitively Matthews  --  CANCELLED for 2020        

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 7, 2020
Stumptown Park 

    We cannot host Pawsitively Matthews this year, but there are still fun things to do
                                              with your canine BFF this Fall!

DOGA in Stumptown Park

Join us for an instructor-led DEEP STRETCH class in Stumptown Park--WITH YOUR DOG!
Saturday, October 10th
Register by clicking HERE , choose "full calendar," move to October, choose October 10 
$10 per human/dog pair.
Humans must be 18+ years old, please.

FREE Fall Photos with your DOG
Saturday, October 10th
On the Stumptown Park stage
Spaces are limited--you MUST PRE-REGISTER
Click HERE to register

Matthews Finest Fido Photo Contest
Enter your dog's photo and tell us why he/she is Matthews' Finest!
Entries will be accepted September 1-30
Public voting via Facebook October 23-30
CLICK HERE  for details, prize package, guidelines, and to enter the contest

Holiday Events

The Nutcracker
2020 tickets will go on sale Friday, November 6, 2020 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 28, 2020
Performance at 2pm
Saturday: November 29, 2020
Performance at 7pm  
Sunday: November 29, 2020 
Performance at 3pm 
Saturday: December 5, 2020
Performance at 2pm
Saturday: December 5, 2020
Performance at 7 pm 
Sunday: December 6, 2020 
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
2020tickets will go on sale Friday, November 6, 2020 at 9:00am

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

Saturday: November 28, 2020 
Matthews Community Center
Immediately following 3pm Nutcracker performance.

Saturday: December 5, 2020
Matthews Community Center
Immediately following 2pm 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 5, 2020 
Matthews Station St. (in front of Town Hall) 


Breakfast with Santa 
2020 tickets will go on sale Friday, November 6, 2020 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 12, 2020 - 9:00AM 
December 12, 2020 - 10:45AM 
December 19, 2020 - 9:00AM 
December 19, 2020 - 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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