Charlotte Kids Fest Returns For In-Person Learning And Play


Charlotte Kids Fest announces an in-person return of the fun and educational festival sponsored by University City Partners on the campus of UNC Charlotte this spring. The free day-long event will offer over 50 unique experiences that serve to expand the interests and minds of children and parents on April 23. Attendees will engage in creative, informative and kid-captivating activities and live performances.

“This event is one of the most dynamic offerings hosted in University City,” said Interim Executive Director of University City Partners, Tobe Holmes. “It perfectly ties together our rich educational resources in UNC Charlotte and local partners, as well as the area’s commitment to enrichment and growth. Kids love it. Adults with children love it. It’s a fantastic affair that I believe has lasting benefits to all who attend.”

UNC Charlotte academic departments and local youth program providers will present many opportunities for children to explore the world around them through engaging hands-on activities that support child development.

The zones will cover subjects and activities, including:

  • Reading, math, history, science and technology in LEARN!
  • Performing and cultural arts in DISCOVER!
  • Arts and crafts in CREATE!
  • Exploration of all things on wheels in GO!
  • Outdoor activities, exercise and healthy development in PLAY!
  • DJ and musical performances in DANCE!

Entertainment will include robotics, magic, yoga, martial arts, music, dance, emergency and construction vehicle tours, storybook readings and live cultural and musical performances.

Charlotte Kids Fest is the only festival of its kind and scale in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region, attracting 8,000 children and family members in 2019–growth from 5,000 who attended in its first year. The annual event offered virtual programs and performances in 2020 and 2021. The 2022 festival is made possible by the support of Atrium Health University City, Duke Energy, Walmart and many generous Charlotte businesses and organizations.

Festival attendees can ride the LYNX to JW Clay Blvd Station or park on the campus of UNC Charlotte. More information about the event, participants, performances and parking is available online at and Facebook at