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CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - APRIL 21: A general view of the Charlotte skyline during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on April 21, 2020 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The city of Charlotte issued a Stay at Home Order on March 26, 2020 in order to further combat the spread of COVID-19 in the community. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Get out of the house this weekend and head to Uptown Charlotte for some free entertainment! There’s Street Eats outside of some of your favorite restaurants, plus FREE or $1 parking. Friday the 13th it’s “talk like a pirate” night in Uptown, and Hook is the movie at Victoria Yards where you can buy some adult beverages in the “Yard”, so come on down!  If Friday the 13th isn’t your thing, what about Panthers Game Day on Sunday!

I’m even thinking about going to the signature Market Sidewalk popup and the Uptown Farmer’s Market before Thanksgiving for fresh fall veggies. Find details at 

Ok folks, this is an open invitation to Show Up for Uptown as they’ve added new and exciting activities this weekend, so make notes and mark your calendars! Every weekend, they are closing specific blocks of Tryon Street with a phased approach starting with the block between 5th and 6th Streets from Friday at 5:00 pm through Sunday at 9:00 pm, but cross streets will remain open. They are activating other spaces with cool events and amplifying events put on by Charlotte Center City, and their awesome partners. You can find details at

8:00 pm – movie begins and registration is required. There is socially distanced seating, masks required, and a COVID screening questionnaire upon admittance. Meet us at Victoria Yards – 7th and Tryon – 408 N. Tryon Street. Get there early because at 6:30 pm there’s LIVE music, food trucks, and Resident Culture with adult beverages!! (limited to 21 and up)

Saturday, November 14: Saturday fun at Victoria Yards – 7th and Tryon – 408 N. Tryon Street  -Noon – 5:00 pm. Enjoy live music, food trucks, and cold brews from Resident Culture, and you must be 21 and up.

All Weekend: Street Eats – We are participating in the City’s Street Eats program by closing specific blocks of Tryon St. in Uptown, and by placing tables in the sidewalks and curb lanes. This allows restaurants to have additional outdoor seating. We are partnering with the new Uptown-focused Intown Delivery Service, to allow restaurants outside of those specific blocks to have food delivered.

  • Street Eats hours are Friday at 5 pm until Sunday at 9 pm
  • 204 North, SIP, and The Asbury are participating in the Street Eats Program with extended patios.
  • The block will have picnic tables and special lighting for an inviting experience
  • Center City Ambassadors will be on hand to answer questions and provide hospitality
  • And our favorite Food Trucks are scheduled throughout the weekend.

Heads up for street closures at Tryon Street between 5th and 6th streets will be closed from Friday at 12pm and until Sunday at 10 pm. There’s discounted parking and ride transit, plus Bank of America, Trust, and Cousins have almost 4,000 free and $1 parking spaces in Uptown from this Friday at 5:00 P.M. until Sunday at 9:00 P.M. in support of this initiative for Uptown. Cars must enter decks after 5:00 P.M. on Friday and vacate by Sunday at 9:00 P.M to qualify for this special flat-rate pricing. The decks are:

  • Seventh Street Station – Free
  • Fifth Third Center – $1.00
  • Trust (formerly Hearst) Parking Deck – $1.00

7th Street Public Market – Freshlist has made it easier to check off your Thanksgiving shopping list. Preorder your Turkey and Pies now to pick up at the Market on November 24th. And Jimmy Pearls, our popup dinner concept, will be extending hours! Starting November 12th they will be open for lunch Thursdays 11:30-2 pm or preorder for Friday & Saturday night pick up between 4-7 pm. For a decade, locally-owned restaurants and retailers in the 7th Street Public Market have created an urban Public

Market vibe. Weather permitting, the Market will have a special pop-up Sidewalk Markets on Saturdays from 11:00 A.M. until 4:00 P.M. The indoor Market is open Thursday – Sunday from 10:00 A.M until 5:00 P.M. with coffee, breakfast/lunch/dinner, juice, fruit specialties, salads, wine by the bottle and glass, beer on weekends, Italian specialties, salads, and desserts, as well as special retail finds, specialty popcorn. Try out the new curbside pickup and delivery Uptown. There are two new businesses to check out: Good Earth Essentials and Momo Station. For more info, visit Night Out at Mint Museum Uptown


Friday, November 13 – 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Plan a Friday night out at Mint Museum Uptown complete with art, live music, and a cash bar. Enjoy live music and a cash bar at Mint Museum Uptown from 6 PM to 9 PM every Friday. Pre Vox Trio will perform on the Van Allen terrace on November 13. Be sure to reserve your timed ticket in advance.

Inter|Sectionality: Diaspora Art from the Creole City – Harvey B. Gantt Center for African- American Arts + Culture. Now thru January 2021 – Gallery admission. A bold, multi-regional, multi-disciplinary curatorial collaboration and exploration of the emergence of the “Creole City” as a local, regional, and global phenomenon. This collaboration provides a lens through which communities and community leaders internationally can begin to better understand themselves, their diversities, and their unlimited possibilities.

Want a free self-guided Tours in Uptown? Click here

Cool Globes “Hot Ideas for a Cooler Planet”- Installed at the end of June, the globes are displayed along N. Tryon from Trade to 11th. Public art with a purpose, Cool Globes are designed to educate and inspire on solutions to climate change, with each globe illustrating individual steps we can each take.

There are a total of 35 globe-trotting globes in Charlotte, 7 of which are designed by local Charlotte artists: Max Dowdle, Britt Flood, Norma Gely, Rosalie Grubb, Jackie London, Rosalia Weiner, and the students at Trinity Episcopal School. The Cool Globes Charlotte exhibit was made possible with the support of Discovery Place, Trane Technologies, and the City of Charlotte.

Charlotte Joy Rides, Made Possible by Blue Cross and Blue Shield – As part of this activation, the bike share system Charlotteans have loved and trusted since 2012 has launched a new and improved bike experience called Charlotte Joy Rides. There is now a fleet of 343 e-assist bicycles and the addition of 4 docking stations throughout Center City, bringing the system total to 33 stations. The bikes are all painted as art bikes by seven of Charlotte’s best muralists. And, as part of this re-launch, Charlotte Joy Rides is providing simplified, introductory pricing:

  • Flash Pass: $5 for 30 minutes
  • Joy Pass: $30 All Day (no docking required in a 24-hour period)
  • Monthly and Annual Memberships: $50 per month or $150 per year
  • All bikes must be docked at the end of your chosen ride

The Flash and Joy Passes are available at any Charlotte Joy Rides kiosk, on our mobile app or website. Subscriptions (monthly or annual memberships) are available on the app or website, Charlotte Joy Rides is accessible to all. Passes will be made available on an as-needed basis to anyone who would like to use the system but cannot afford the fees. Website – We are also utilizing our new website to give you a one-stop option for fine dining, entertainment, and things to do all in one place.

These are clearly unique times. They require intentionality, creativity, listening, and action. Our team has been working on a multifaceted plan to support the residents and businesses that are foundational to this place and its character…while positioning Center City and specifically Uptown, to thrive in the recovery. We’re making it easy to Show UP for Uptown.

The face and personality of Uptown are driven by small businesses, smart entrepreneurs, and by so many in the world of hospitality who have faced tough choices throughout this pandemic. Those tough choices continue. But we continue to believe that our thriving Uptown community offers Charlotte the recipe for restoration and economic recovery. Our goal is to provide an opportunity for everyone to #ShowUPForUptown.

Want to know more about Charlotte Center City Partners?

Charlotte Center City Partners envisions and implements strategies and actions to drive the economic, social, and cultural development of Charlotte’s Center City. The organization envisions a Center City in Charlotte that is viable, livable, memorable, and sustainable, with modern infrastructure, a tapestry of unique neighborhoods, and a diversity of thriving businesses.

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