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!


UNC Charlotte’s International Festival Is Back

After a three-year hiatus due to the pandemic, UNC Charlotte’s International Festival returns. Started in 1975, the event was one of Charlotte’s first intended to celebrate the area’s rich multicultural community. Today the International Festival is one of the largest...

Meet Brittany Anderson, a Teacher on a Mission 

Brittany Anderson is on a mission to change systemic educational challenges, particularly for young Black girls. At 37, the UNC Charlotte professor and University City resident has already won a National Science Foundation grant for over $1 million and was included on...

5 Questions With: Chef Tara Quinones, Papi’s Puerto Rican Cuisine

Where are you from and when did you open Papi’s? I was born in Manhattan and raised in the Catskill Mountains of New York. I opened Papi's four years ago in June. Our family has been in the restaurant business sharing Puerto Rican cuisine for generations. My...

Famous Toastery Updates

On May 1, Famous Toastery franchise owner Patrick McManaman and his wife, Charlotte (among other teammates), celebrated the grand reopening of their University City location, which included new floors and fresh paint. See updates below.

What to do in University City this month

April/May 2023 Events April 20: "Celebrating the Life of Bertha Maxwell Roddey," by Dr. Sonya Ramsey. book discussion at University City Regional library. Register here.  April 21: UNC Charlotte Department of Theatre's production of A Hatful of Dragons April 22: UNC...
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...