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Charlotte Center City Partners Announces More Weekend Initiatives Invitation to safely rediscover and commit to the innovative small businesses, vibrant cultural institutions, and beloved places



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Weekend of November 20, 2020

Show UP for Uptown


CHARLOTTE (November 18, 2020)— A “walking theatrical mystery” throughout Uptown, an Art Pop sTREEt Gallery from Truist and Lowes, your favorite “Elf” on the screen, free entertainment, Street Eats outside of some of your favorite restaurants, adult beverages in Victoria Yards, plus free or $1 parking…and Panthers Game Day AGAIN! It’s all happening in Uptown Charlotte this weekend

This is an open invitation to all to #ShowUpForUptown as we add new and exciting activities this weekend. These continuing and new initiatives from Charlotte Center City Partners, Blumenthal Performing Arts, the City, CRVA and others are in support of retail and hospitality businesses and restaurants in Uptown and will happen every weekend through year-end.

Every weekend, we are closing specific blocks of Tryon Street with a phased approach starting with the block between 5th and 6th Streets from Friday at 5:00pm through Sunday at 9:00pm. Cross streets will remain open. We are activating other spaces with cool events and amplifying events put on by our partners. You can find details at UPTownCharlotte.com and below:

Friday, November 20

Movies at Victoria Yards: Elf

Free! Registration required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/movies-at-victoria-yards-elf-tickets-127865953509

Victoria Yards – 7th and Tryon – 408 N. Tryon Street (see parking information below)

6:30pm Live music, food trucks and Resident Culture with adult beverages!! (limited to 21 and up)

8:00pm – movie begins

Socially distanced seating, masks required and COVID screening questionnaire upon admittance. We take your safety seriously!

Friday November 20 – December 13

Art Heist - A True Crime Immersive Theatre Experience

Grab your coat and get ready for an immersive true crime experience!!! This is an outdoor “walking theatrical”, where groups of 35 walk a route, meeting up with actors along the way to receive clues that allow them to ultimately “solve” an art theft. Put on by Blumenthal Performing Arts, this movable mystery takes the masked and socially distanced audience along a route throughout Uptown, with mysterious stops and characters along the way! Opens on the 20th and runs through December 13. Go to Blumenthal Performing Arts for tickets to your mysterious evening out!

November 21-December 20

Art Pop sTREEt Gallery

Truist Plaza

Charlotte Center City Partners in partnership with Art Pop Street Gallery and Lowe’s is creating a holiday art installation in Uptown Charlotte. Local and regional artists will transform the Truist Plaza into a holiday winter wonderland of uniquely decorated Christmas trees. Lowe’s has provided the pre-lit Christmas trees and assorted decorations for the artists to use in their creations. The art installation will be on display from November 21st - December 20th.

“ArtPop Street Gallery is thrilled to partner with our friends again at Center City Partners to promote and commission local artists to bring joy to Uptown through decorating trees for the holidays.

Stop by, visit and engage with the artists! Fill your heart with holiday cheer.

Local artists of Charlotte, the Triad and Atlanta regions will be creating traditional as well as uniquely decorated trees for all to enjoy!” - Wendy Hickey, Executive Director, ArtPop Street Gallery

Saturday, November 21

Saturday fun at Victoria Yards

7th and Tryon – 408 N. Tryon Street

Noon – 5:00pm

Enjoy live music, food trucks and cold brews from Resident Culture

Must be 21 and up

Thursday, November 19 – Saturday, November 21

Middle C Jazz Club Anniversary Celebration of Stevie Wonder

300 S. Brevard Street

A jazz celebration of stevie wonder presented by Noel Freidline. Middle C Jazz One Year Anniversary Show Featuring Noel Freidline, Maria Howell, Adam McKnight, Juan Rollan, Zach Page, & Justin Varnes.

Friday – Sunday

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 5pm until Sunday at 9pm

  • 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 

  • Food Trucks are scheduled throughout the weekend.

Street Closure - Tryon Street between 5th and 6th streets will be closed from Friday at 12pm and until Sunday at 10pm

Programming - We are providing free outdoor programming in and around the closed blocks. The programming includes street performers and musical entertainment.

Discounted Parking and Ride Transit - We are also pleased to announce partnerships with Bank of America, Truist and Cousins for almost 4,000 free and $1 parking spaces in Uptown from 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

  • Truist (formerly Hearst) Parking Deck - $1.00

As always, public transit is a great option. Check RideTransit.org for schedules.

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 11:30-2pm or preorder for Friday & Saturday night pick up between 4-7pm. 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 7thstreetpublicmarket.com.

Night Out at Mint Museum Uptown

Friday, November 20

6:00pm – 9:00pm

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 night. Pre Vox Trio will perform on the Van Allen terrace on November 20. 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 – 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.

Free Self-guided Tours in Uptown


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, CharlotteJoyRides.com. 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 UptownCharlotte.com to give you a one-stop option to find 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 is 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.

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. For more information, please visit www.charlottecentercity.org www.UptownCharlotte.com

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