Post-holiday withdrawal? Re-energize with these great activities!

Winter Craft CrawlJanuary can seem especially dull after the calendar-packed days of December – but you never have to be bored in University City!

Here’s a quick look at a few of the opportunities that await you, including several that are free!


FEATURED: Enjoy 3 Faculty and Friends concerts!

The Faculty and Friends concert series showcases the musical talent of UNC Charlotte’s Department of Music faculty. Upcoming concerts (all starting at 7:30 pm at Rowe Recital Hall) include:

  • Asst. Professor of Oboe Elizabeth Sullivan, Jan. 27. MORE
  • Asst. Professor of Voice Sequina DuBose, Feb. 3. MORE
  • Asst. Professor of Trombone Jeremy Marks,Feb. 10. MORE


Student Spotlight Concert

7:30 pm Jan. 31 in Robinson Hall’s Belk Theater. UNC Charlotte’s Music Department offers an evening of solo and small-ensemble performances by students. MORE


Storytime, chocolate and orchids at the Botanical Gardens!

The UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens offer unique programs nearly every week. Here’s a sampling. See the full calendar for many more events.

  • Stories in the Woods – 12:30-1:30 pm Jan. 19, Feb. 16 and March 15. Enjoy picture books and literacy activities in a beautiful forest setting. Free. MORE
  • Ganache in the Gardens: A Chocolate Celebration – 11 am-4 pm Feb. 8. Romantic music, a movie and free samples are just the start. Free. MORE
  • Annual orchid sale – Feb. 8-14 during normal greenhouse operating hours. Other plants also for sale. MORE


Winter Craft Crawl at Armored Cow Brewing Co.

5-9 pm Jan. 31, 8821 JW Clay Blvd. at University Place. Featuring the year’s first event of 2020 by the Starving Artist Market. Numerous vendors offering local, handmade arts and crafts. MORE


49er Gold Rush 5K at UNC Charlotte

Maybe you need a new goal to shake off the January blahs. If so, consider signing up for the 49er Gold Rush 5K Run/Walk, Virtual Race and Fun Run on Feb. 1. Enjoy a challenging jog around the hilly UNC Charlotte campus while raising money for the University Recreation Student Professional Development Fund. The 49er Gold Rush 5K is part of the Healthy UCity Race Series. Get all the details and register today!


Weekly wine tastings at the Wine Vault

7-8 pm Wednesdays, 9009 JM Keynes Drive at University Place. Sample 6 fines for $5. MORE


49er basketball

Enjoy the excitement of men’s and women’s college basketball right here in University City. All of the home games listed here will be played at Halton Arena at UNC Charlotte.  Tickets and more.   Directions

  • Men’s basketball vs. Old Dominion, 4 pm Jan. 11
  • Women’s basketball vs. Marshall, 7 pm Jan. 16
  • Women’s basketball vs. WKU, 4 pm Jan. 18
  • Men’s basketball vs. Florida Atlantic, 7 pm Jan. 23
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