University City Delivers New Shopping & Entertainment Experience


University City Partners announces the start of an outdoor nighttime marketplace, University City Night Market, at the lake and boardwalk at Shoppes at University Place. University City Night Market will support small local businesses, while building and highlighting some of the best of the city’s culture. The market will open on Small Business Saturday, November 28, and each Saturday through December 19 from 6 – 9 p.m.

In time for the holidays, the open-air night market will offer fun and adventurous retail shopping, holiday beverages and festive music.

“If there is ever a time to shop small, it is now,” said Darlene Heater, Executive Director of University City Partners. “University City Night Market creates an opportunity for us to back local restaurants and small retail vendors, as well as activate a safe social space. We ask visitors to come out, follow all safety precautions and support our small businesses.”

University City Night Market follows the opening of University City Farmers Market and University City Food Truck Friday in partnership with the City of Charlotte’s StreetEats program. Both programs have been successful in safely supporting local businesses and nurturing the community in the heart of University City.

At University City Night Market, shoppers will find an array of vendor goods like handmade crafts, jewelry, art and clothing. Surrounding the shopping experience, attendees will encounter live entertainment. Whatever your taste, University City Night Market will have something to offer. All events are open to the public and free to attend for all ages. Following the four-week long grand opening, University City Night Market will reopen next spring.

Each Night Market will practice social distancing in accordance with Mecklenburg County and North Carolina State guidelines for the health and safety of all visitors. Similarly, capacity will be limited for shoppers to increase social distancing. Guests are encouraged to access the market by riding the LYNX Light Rail, walking or biking on the Barton Creek Greenway, or parking at Shoppes at University Place, 8929 JM Keynes Drive. More details about University City Night Market can be found online at and on Facebook at