University City Wine Fest Returns for Fifth Annual Event With New Title Sponsor – Crescent Communities

Mar 23, 2021 | Dining, Events, Library


Crescent Communities University City Wine Fest

Five days of wine-infused fun, April 14-18!

University City Partners is excited to announce the return of University City Wine Fest with a new title sponsor, Crescent Communities, for the fifth annual Wine Fest this spring. Crescent Communities University City Wine Fest will take place April 14-18 with five boutique-style wine tastings and activities. Events will be held at various locations, including the lake and boardwalk at Shoppes at University Place, and at nearby Armored Cow Brewing.

Presented by Extreme Property Services and Queen City Elite, the 2021 Wine Fest will extend the signature Wine Festival event from one day in past years to both Saturday AND Sunday, April 17-18, this year. Doing so will allow more people to enjoy the fun even as we lower the number of people who can attend on either day as a way to provide adequate social distancing.

Wine Fest collage

Good times at 2020 University City Wine Fest!

From a limited-capacity dining experience at a local chef’s home to sipping wine on the water at University Place, all Wine Fest events will provide opportunities to sample a variety of wines in a safe environment.

“The annual Wine Fest is one of our most popular events in University City,” said Darlene Heater, Executive Director of University City Partners. “The lake and boardwalk are the perfect backdrop for sipping wine, and our business owners in University City are great partners that help to create a full cultural experience. And, I am thrilled that Crescent Communities is joining as the title sponsor to support bringing these wonderful experiences to our community.”


Five days of fun for the entire Charlotte region

Crescent Communities University City Wine Fest was created to deliver a culturally enriching community experience in the Charlotte region.

Activities will begin on Wednesday, April 14, with Wine on the Water and culminate on Sunday, April 18, with the second day of the signature Wine Festival.

Wine on the Water April 14

Wine on the Water launches the 5-day Wine Fest

The two-day Wine Festival at Armored Cow Brewing will feature over 50 different wines, ciders and craft brews. Attendees will have access to as many tastings as they can responsibly manage while enjoying live music.

All events except for the Royal Wine and Dine dinner will take place within walking distance of the JW Clay Blvd LYNX Station. Parking is free and plentiful for people coming by car.

“Our team is proud to sponsor this year’s University City Wine Fest in support of the community and our local libraries,” shared Brendan Pierce, President of Commercial at Crescent Communities. “This year’s event times almost perfectly with the opening of our forthcoming University City office community, Escent Research Park, which completes construction in early April.

“It’s an exciting month for us, and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate than by supporting the University City Wine Fest and the area’s continued growth as a cultural hub within Charlotte.”

“With Crescent Communities’ legacy of successful multifamily communities in University City and the groundbreaking of NOVEL University Place happening this summer, we are thrilled to extend our partnership efforts in support of this remarkable event,” said Ben Watt, Marketing Director of Crescent Communities. “The annual festival has been a wonderful opportunity for us to interact with neighbors and guests alike, and we’re honored to strengthen our commitment as the new title sponsor.”


Royal Wine and Dine

Enjoy fine food and fine wine at the Royal wine and Dine Experience

The full University City Wine Fest schedule

Wine Wednesday on the Water

  • Wednesday, April 14, 6:00  and 7:30 p.m.
  • The Shoppes at University Place. Map

Royal Wine and Dine Experience

  • Thursday, April 15, 6 – 9 p.m.
  • Home of Chef Lisa Brooks

Taste, Sip & Stroll

  • Friday, April 16, 6:00 and 7:30 p.m.
  • The Shoppes at University Place. Map

5th Annual University City Wine Festival – Day 1

  • Saturday, April 17, 2 p.m.
  • Armored Cow Brewing. Map

5th Annual University City Wine Festival – Day 2

  • Sunday, April 18, 2 p.m.
  • Armored Cow Brewing. Map


Wine Fest will benefit our libraries

Wine server

It’s all about the wine!

All proceeds from the Wine Fest will benefit literacy programming at Charlotte Mecklenburg University City Regional and Sugar Creek Libraries. See the list of event sponsors here.

Keeping safe

All 2021 Crescent Communities University City Wine Fest attendees are required to wear masks and follow social distance guidelines. Organizers will continue to monitor and adhere to Mecklenburg County and North Carolina health guidelines.

Learn more, make plans, get tickets now!

Much more information can be found on the Wine Fest website, Facebook page and Instagram page. Explore, make plans and get your tickets soon at

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.

About Crescent Communities

Crescent Communities is a nationally recognized, market-leading real estate investor, developer and operator of mixed-use communities. We create high-quality, differentiated multifamily and commercial communities in many of the fastest growing markets in the United States. Since 1963, our development portfolio has included more than 63 multifamily communities, 21 million square feet of commercial space and 60 single family master-planned communities. Crescent Communities has offices in Charlotte, DC, Atlanta, Orlando, Nashville, Dallas, Denver, Phoenix and Salt Lake City. Our multifamily communities are branded NOVEL by Crescent Communities.


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