Arts & Entertainment

Looking for fun? You’ve come to the right place! University City combines the creative, youthful spirit of a major university community and the pulsing excitement of a great American 21st century city. Explore the Carolinas.


Got Art?

Start at UNC Charlotte, where you’ll find world-class artists, musicians, dancers and actors on our faculty, and budding artists waiting in the wings for the curtain to rise. Learn about all the shows and exhibits at the College of Arts and Architecture website.

Crawl the galleries twice monthly at nearby NoDa, Charlotte’s arts district and growing brew-pub destination just a short drive from campus (and one of the many hot stops along our coming light-rail line).

Take in a Show!

You’ll find top regional acts performing regularly at free lakeside evening concerts at University Place and at popular nightspots like the Wine Vault, Bar Louie and even “21st Century Honky Tonk!!!” at Puckett’s Farm Equipment, a former farm-supplies store.

UNC Charlotte’s Robinson Hall and other campus venues host dozens of student, faculty and visiting artist performances each semester. Find out what’s coming and get your tickets at the campus box office. Or see the summer’s hottest touring shows under the stars at the 19,000-seat PNC Music Pavilion.

Catch a game or a race

We love our sports, especially if they involve big crowds like football or loud noise like NASCAR races.

UNC Charlotte 49ers compete with universities across the South in Conference USA. One of the newest campus landmarks is 15,000-seat Jerry Richardson Stadium, home to 49ers football.

You can hear University City’s other major sports attraction whenever those 200 mph race cars rev up at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Nearby Hendrick and Dale Earnhardt facilities welcome visitors, as does the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Center City Charlotte.

Center City is also the place to watch our Carolina Panthers, Charlotte Hornets and Triple A baseball team, the Charlotte Knights.

Kick Back, Naturally

We celebrate all things green in University City, from our forested greenways to Charlotte’s most extensive botanical gardens.

Springtime is showtime at the UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens. A deep glen overflows with blooming azaleas and rhododendron. Toby, Mallard and Clark’s Creek greenways connect the campus, the University Research Park and a dozen neighborhoods. Bring a bike or rent one at Bike Line of Charlotte, and spend the day in the shade.

Get really wild with a visit to the vast Reedy Creek Nature Center and Preserve. Kids love it, and you can even hike to the ruins of an 18th century rock house!

Let off Steam

Want to burn some calories? Start with a brisk walk around the lake at University Place. Or walk, jog or bike on our 12 miles of greenway trails that connect campus, University Research Park and a dozen neighborhoods. Really get lost on 10 miles of hiking trails at Reedy Creek Nature Preserve. Then flip your disc at the adjoining Reedy Creek Park disc golf course!

Step back in time

If you love history, you will love our stories. Charlotte’s settlers traveled here from Pennsylvania on the Great Wagon Road. Today we call it North Tryon Street! When the British captured Charlotte in 1781, our patriots fought and died within 2 miles of University Place.

You can explore the region’s biggest collection of local history at UNC Charlotte’s Atkins Library. Or explore in person via auto tours of African American history (including the Alexander slave cemetery near campus) and the tour of northeast Charlotte sites.

The Historic Rosedale Plantation is truly the best-kept secret in Charlotte. Take pleasure in exquisitely landscaped grounds or be inspired by the timeless grandeur of this home – with its majestic, century-old trees with year-round blooms. Situated on just over 8.5 acres, the plantation is an incomparable backdrop and can accommodate a wide variety of social events.