University City Wine Fest to Offer Socially Distanced Activities

Aug 31, 2020 | Events, Press Release

New This Year: Wine on the Water and a Boutique Dining Experience. 

University City Wine Fest

Five days of fun start Sept. 16. Get tickets now!

Greystar University City Wine Fest will return this fall at multiple locations around the lake and boardwalk at Shoppes at University Place.

The fourth annual festival will take place from September 16-20 with smaller-scale events. New this year, attendees can experience three additional ways to enjoy wine throughout the festival.

Daily events range from sipping wine on the water while paddle boating to a limited capacity dining experience at a local chef’s home.

“We look forward to holding the festival to most importantly support local business owners that have been impacted by the coronavirus, and to provide a safe way for individuals to enjoy community,” says Darlene Heater, Executive Director of University City Partners. “University City Wine Fest is lots of fun and has met the growing interest for programs and activities in University City. We will engage more area businesses surrounding the lake and boardwalk, which offers an accommodating location to enjoy scenic views while social distancing.”


A festival for the Charlotte region

University City Wine Fest was created to deliver a cultural community experience in the Charlotte region.

Activities will begin on Wednesday, September 16 with wine on the water and end on Sunday, September 20 with a festival brunch.

The main event on Saturday, September 19 will feature a large variety of wines from several regional wineries. Attendees will have access to as many wine, cider and brew samples as they can responsibly manage while enjoying live music.

The festival is accessible by LYNX light rail at JW Clay Blvd Station.  Directions

The fourth annual University City Wine Fest was postponed in April 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The festival was adjusted to ensure safety protocols are in place for adhering to social distancing guidelines. Events will be smaller to support fewer attendees. Organizers will continue to monitor and adhere to Mecklenburg County and North Carolina health guidelines.


The full University City Wine schedule


Wine Wednesday Sept. 16Wine Wednesday on the Water

Wednesday, September 16, 6 pm and  7:30 p.m.

The Shoppes at University Place  Directions

Details and tickets


Wine and Dine Sept. 17

Royal Wine and Dine Event

Thursday, September 17, 6 – 9 p.m.

Home of Chef Lisa Brooks

Details, full menu and tickets


Champagne, Nails and Shopping Sept. 18

Nails, Champagne & Shopping

Friday, September 18, 6 – 9 p.m.

The Shoppes at University Place  Directions

Details and tickets


University City Wine Festival Sept. 19

4th Annual University City Wine Fest

Saturday, September 19, 2 – 6 p.m.

Armored Cow Brewing at University Place  Directions

Details and tickets


Rose Mimosas Soiree Sept. 20

Rose’ Mimosas Sioree

Sunday, September 20, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The Shoppes at University Place  Directions

Details and tickets


Wine Fest benefits literacy programs

All proceeds from University City Wine Fest will benefit literacy programming at Charlotte Mecklenburg University City Regional and Sugar Creek Libraries.


Thanks to our sponsors

The Wine Fest is presented by title sponsor Greystar, University City Partners and Courtyard by Marriott & Springhill Suites, with support by UNC Charlotte, The Shoppes at University Place, Morningstar Storage and Phoenix Landscape Management.

See the full list of sponsors.


Get your tickets!

Tickets are now available for purchase at
More information can be found on the website, Facebook and Instagram.


About University City Partners

University City Partners invests resources in shaping public spaces and planning for a better-built environment in University City that influences the way we live, work, play and learn.

University City Partners invites others to invest in the University City community, whether that is by way of a headquarters or home.

Building University City is not only about new development, new businesses, and new road and transit infrastructure. It is about building relationships and building a community.


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