Things to Do

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Some of Charlotte’s hottest events and activities take place in University City. Concerts at PNC Pavilion, recreation at Topgolf, NASCAR races at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the International Festival at UNC Charlotte, seasonal University City Farmers Market, pop-up shops, the Cross Charlotte Trail and Charlotte New Year’s Day 5K are just the start.


With cultural and community events like the University City Wine Fest, Charlotte Kids Fest and a variety of races from 5k to marathons, there is always something fun to do! Visitors plan trips to lodge at one of our premium hotels to attend conferences or signature events around the Boardwalk and at local stadiums and arenas. Residents enjoy historic and neighborhood events. Explore annual, pop up and community activities to enjoy with friends, family, or on your own.

Parks & Greenways

Our greenways provide a bike-friendly way to travel as well as escape. Toby Creek, Mallard Creek and Clarks Creek greenways run 14 miles through the university campus, University Research Park and a dozen neighborhoods.


Golf, soccer or cricket, anyone? If you like college athletics, you will love cheering the Niner Nation men’s and women’s Division I NCAA teams. Several are nationally ranked. Athletes will find many places to play here, including three 18-hole golf courses, Topgolf’s premier entertainment destination and three parks with extensive sports fields. A cricket league holds matches at Reedy Creek Park. Mallard Creek Park hosts major youth baseball tournaments.

Shop Dine & Stay

University City has everything you need for your lodging, dining, and shopping pleasure. Whether you are a visitor to University City or a long time resident, this community has a lot to offer that makes it like none other. So visit University City to relax, unwind and celebrate!


What to do in University City this month

March/April 2023 Events March 18, 1-4 p.m.: Poetry Workshop: Angelo Geter at University City Regional Library  March 22: Community Read: Speed Friendshipping March 26, 1:30-2:30p: Women Mean Business: An Entrepreneur Empowerment Series March 27: 3:30-4:30p: University...
University City Regional Library

University City Regional Library celebrates 30 years 

University City Regional Library celebrates 30 years  On the eve of major change, we take a past, present, and future look at the longstanding community anchor Cameron Smith was just 8 years old when he and his grandmother started visiting the University City Regional...

2023 Charlotte NYD 5K

Photos by Mariah Graham and Tracy Watts.

University City students paint Hornets mural at Spectrum Center

On November 25, three talented University City art students had a very special afternoon. In late October, Spectrum Center had invited Julius L. Chambers High School art students to paint a mural inside the home of the Hornets uptown.  They were invited back for the...

6 Things to Know About the Charlotte New Year’s Day 5K

Get a jump on your New Year goals and sign up for the Charlotte New Year’s Day 5K! When: Sunday, January 1, 2023 at 10 a.m. Start: The Shoppes at University Place, 8956 JM Keynes Dr. Finish: 9041 Robert D. Snyder Rd. at UNC Charlotte University City greenways make...

2022 St. Patrick’s Day Specials in University City

Looking for a little luck of the Irish this St. Patrick’s Day? Check out these University City spots for specials and events.  Ninety’s Milkshake Bar | Seasonal shakes at Ninety’s include a “Lucky Charms” concoction that’ll turn your milk green, a shamrock shake with...
Historic Newell School still stands in University City

Black History Month: Remembering Newell School

As our name suggests, University City is rich in educational history. While we’re anchored by a major urban research institution, we’re also home to significant historic landmarks of Black education. During the Jim Crow era, segregation meant that many Black children...

Cinergy Dine-In Cinemas

Come April, you will have the option to watch movies in heated recliner chairs at 5336 Docia Crossing Road, formerly Studio Movie Grill. The Cinergy Dine-in Cinemas movie theater will have 10 screens, swivel tables, with a full bar and menu available to patrons. Read...

Mobile Library in Prosperity Village

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s Mobile Library, MoLi (“Molly”), is now hitting the streets. The 33-foot-long vehicle is equipped with a wheelchair lift, side awning, Chromebooks, and over 1000 books. MoLi was built to help serve high-need areas of Mecklenburg...