Venture out to UNC Charlotte, even if you’re not an alum


Universities are a great way to connect with the community, learn something new or take advantage of a program at a low cost or even for free. Check out what UNC Charlotte has to offer:


Art Storrs Gallery features student and professional art exhibits. Now – December 1, 2016, view Jarod Charzewski’s “War and Other Remnants” exhibit. Free, 704‑687‑0833.

Botanical gardens – Explore the campus’s three gardens and McMillan Greenhouse. The gardens are meant to inspire ideas for your own garden. They feature native and non-native plants, hardscape and different styles of gardens.

Sporting events – College soccer, football, basketball, baseball and volleyball games can be an affordable option. Buy tickets here. $5-$35, 704-687-4949.

Movies – Mix of old and newer movies on a full-size screen at the Popp Martin Student Union. This Halloween weekend, Thursday-Sunday, watch “Don’t Breathe,” “Ghostbusters” (2016) or “Hocus Pocus.” $2. 704-687-7872.

Performances – Find music, dance and theater events in a variety of venues. “She Kills Monsters”, a play by Qui Nguyen will be in the Lab Theater November 16-20, 2016. $8-$18, 704-687-1849 or 704-687-0152.

Take a…

Walk or Jog – Wander around campus and connect with Ruth G. Shaw Trail on the Toby Creek Greenway.

Class – Coding Boot Camp, certificate programs, professional development courses, online and exam prep classes are offered. Costs vary. 704-687-8900.

Book – Do your research in Atkins Library’s special collections and archives. Become a community borrower for $50 per year. Free to visit. 704-687-0491.



Attend a speaker/lecture seriesNC Activists Series, Food for Thought, Women Empowerment are just a few of the current event discussions about social justice, and diversity issues open to the public. Free. 704-687-7121.

In an outdoor adventure – Hike, camp, raft or climb with Venture, the campus outdoor recreation department. Customized team-building and challenge courses are available for corporate and non-profit groups. Costs vary. 704-687-0697.

In a run or walkSign up for the 49er Gold Rush 5K in February. Proceeds benefit a UNC Charlotte scholarship program.

Vote – UNC Charlotte’s Cone Center is an early voting site Oct. 27-Nov. 5. It is sponsored by the 49er Democracy Experience.


Check the website for detailed program information. Parking for a fee is available for visitors throughout the campus.

Photos: UNC Charlotte


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