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Written by:  Compiled by Michele Huggins
Date: September 1, 2013

Matthews Alive!
Labor Day weekend celebration dedicated to the support of local non-profit organizations through music, arts and community involvement. Free. Aug. 30-Sept. 2. Fri. 6-10pm; Sat. 9am-9pm; Sun. Noon-9pm; Mon. 9am-5pm. Downtown Matthews, corner of John and Trade Streets, Matthews.

Yiasou Greek Festival.
Enjoy homemade Greek classics, kiddie rides, Hellenic cultural exhibits, art and shopping. $3: Children under 12 are free. Sept. 5-8. Thurs. 11am-9pm, Fri-Sat. 11am-10pm, Sun. Noon-8pm. Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 600 E. Blvd.

Cabarrus County Fair.
Packed with state-of-the art rides, exhibitors, concerts, fair food, livestock, crafts and children's entertainment. $3-$7. Sept. 6-14. Mon.-Fri. 4pm-11pm, Sat. 1pm-11pm, Sun. 1pm-10pm. Cabarrus Arena, 4751 NC 49 N., Concord. 704-786-7221.

Uniquely Union Festival.
Enjoy food, live entertainment and the Kidz Zone with mechanical rides, inflatables, face painting and an eating contest. Free. Sept. 13-14. Fri.-Sat. 10am-11pm. Downtown Union National Historic District, 322 E. Main St., Union. 864-424-2340.

Festival of India.
Enjoy Indian food, art, dance, music and Bollywood entertainment. Sept. 14-15. $7; Children under 10 are free. Noon- 7pm. Parking $5 at Wells Fargo parking deck on Stonewall St. Belk Theatre, 130 N. Tryon St.

Festival in the Park.
Enjoy music, art, food and children's activities taht will stimulate interest in the arts. Free. Sept 20-22. Fri. 4-9:30pm; Sat: 10am-9:30pm; Sun. 11am-6pm. Freedom Park, 1900 East Boulevard, Charlotte. 704-432-4280.

Lincoln County Apple Festival.
It's all about apples at this festival, plus live entertainment, food, crafts and children's activities. Free. Sept. 21. 9am-4pm. Downtown Linclolnton, Main St. 704-736-8452.

Denver Days.
Carnival rides, games and food, plus crafts and jewelry from local vendors. Free. Sept. 25-28. Downtown Denver, corner of Business Hwy. 16 and St. James Church Road, Denver.

Artfest of Matthews.
Enjoy the art of more than 60 artists on display and for sale. Featuring a hands-on art area for children with pottery lessons and craft making as well as live music. Free. Sept. 28. 10am-5pm. Matthews Town Green, 232 Matthews Station St., Matthews. 704-847-4411.

Fall Into Fun Festival.
Celebrate fall with local entertainers, arts and crafts, food, inflatables, putt-putt, and games. Free. Sept. 28. 10am-3pm. City of Light, 3000 World Reach Drive, Indian Land. 803-804-7042.

Mount Holly Arts Festival.
Enjoy a day of art, live music, fine arts and crafts, and a kid's zone. Free. Sept. 28.  11am-10pm.Historic Downtown Mount Holly, Main Street. 704-827-5262.

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