As Labor Day weekend begins, so does Matthews Alive!, a long-time local festival of good times. If you're in town, set aside some time to browse this four-day family-oriented event that features music, locally made arts and crafts, a parade, quilt shows, a Kiwanis race and lots of activities for children. Tons of entertainers will be there too, from acoustic, folk, bluegrass, jazz, R&B and blues musicians, theatrical groups, comedians and more. Aug. 29-Sept. 1. Aug. 29, 6:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.; Aug. 30, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; Aug. 31, 12 p.m.-9 p.m.; Sept. 1, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free admission. Tickets 75 cents or 20 for $12. Stumptown Park, Matthews Community Center, 120 S. Trade St. 704-814-9779. www.matthewsalive.org.