Thursday, October 16, 2014

Johnson and Wales Homecoming Parade

Johnson and Wales will have the majority of South Cedar Street closed on Saturday morning from 8am-12pm to celebrate their Homecoming.

I wanted to give 3rd Ward a heads up as well as an invitation to have them line Cedar Street to celebrate JWU in the first-ever homecoming parade. The parade starts at 10am and should be completed by 11am. It will go from Draught up Cedar through through Parking Lot A.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Q-City Charlotte BBQ Championship

Hope you will join us for some award-winning ‘cue and performances by the Charlotte Blues Society. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions!

Friday - Saturday, Oct. 17-18
11am-9pm both days
Tryon Street between 3rd and 5th

Uptown Charlotte’s 12th annual BBQ Championship is back uptown and going to offer the best BBQ in the nation! This is what used to be called Brews, Blues and BBQ – it was rebranded last year.

For the first time ever, the Q-City Charlotte BBQ Championship will be sanctioned by the North Carolina BBQ Association (NCBBQA), a brand new sanctioning body specifically focused on the craft of North Carolina-style barbecue. The festival will take place on Tryon Street between 3rd and 5th streets.

The competition will be judged by both NCBBQA-sanctioned judges and by interested fans as part of the People’s Choice tastings, which will feature seven restaurants and cook teams competing for the “Porkmaster Trophy.” People’s Choice sampling will be held on Saturday, Oct. 18 from noon until 2pm. Wristbands are $5 each and can be purchased at the Charlotte Blues Society Main Stage at Trade & Tryon Streets. Each $5 wristband equals seven tokens that will allow sampling from each competitor.

More than $12,000 in prize money is up for grabs in categories such as pork shoulder, whole hog, whole chicken, pork ribs, chicken wings, and the “anything but” category – surf, turf or “exotic” meats. The festival will also feature more than 20 food vendors and a ‘Cue Culture Marketplace, powered by Amazon Local Register.

The Charlotte Blues Society stage will be located at the Square at Trade & Tryon and will feature dozens of Blues Society performers throughout the weekend. Cost of admission for the event? It’s all free. More information is available at

*Street closure info:
The event will be held 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on October 17-18 on Tryon Street from Third to Fifth Street. Fourth and Trade Streets between Church Street and College Street will also be closed. All streets will close on Thursday, October 16, at 9:30 a.m.  Trade and Fourth Streets will reopen for the Thursday evening and Friday morning rush hours.

In addition, the 200 and 300 blocks of East Fifth Street between North College Street and North Brevard Street will close on Friday, October 17, 2014 at 11:30 p.m. to tie the new streetcar track to the existing LYNX Blue Line. It is scheduled to reopen October 20, 2014 at 6 a.m. This closure is necessary to accommodate rail installation related to the CityLYNX Gold Line – Phase 1

Finally, the 200 and 300 blocks of East Seventh Street between North College Street and North Brevard Street will periodically close one lane on Saturday, October 18, 2014 and Sunday, October 19, 2014 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. During the times that a lane will be closed, workers will flag traffic one lane at a time. This closure is necessary to accommodate overhead cable and pole installation for the LYNX Blue Line Extension.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Fireworks Test at BB&T Ballpark

Heads up Uptown! There will be a brief (15-20 minutes) fireworks test at the BB&T ballpark April 3rd around 1:30. Go Knights!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Third Ward Pub Crawl

In an attempt to bring the neighborhood together and build better
relationships in the 3rd Ward with our neighbors, the 3rd Ward Neighborhood
Association is going to start hosting social events specifically for
residents of the 3rd Ward.

That said, we are kicking things off next weekend with a bar crawl in our
own neighborhood.

We realize that this is the Holiday season and everyone is busy, but if you
could come out next Saturday afternoon for a drink or just to say hi and get
involved that would be great.

Please see the attached invitation.

Hope to see you there.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Charlotte B-cycle teams up with CATS to offer discounted membership

Charlotte, NC – June 18, 2013 – Charlotte B-cycle has partnered with the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) to offer riders an opportunity to purchase B-cycle memberships at discounted rates. Effective immediately, riders will be able to purchase 1-year B-cycle memberships for $52.50. In addition, 5-month, $15 memberships will be offered for local students or faculty members (with a valid .edu email address).
Memberships include unlimited access to the Charlotte B-cycle system, which currently includes 200 bikes at 20 stations around Center City. The system has more than 400 annual B-cycle members in Charlotte.
“Many of the CATS bus stops and light rail stops are located near B-cycle stations, so the bikes can become another easy option to help these customers get around. Adding a B-cycle membership helps extend transit for customers – turning walk zones into ride zones,” said Dianna Ward, executive director for Charlotte B-cycle. “When added to CATS bus passes, a membership with Charlotte B-cycle allows riders to have several transit options when deciding how to get around the city.”
Charlotte B-cycle launched in August 2012 as Charlotte’s first and only bike sharing system. The system is designed so that customers “check out” bikes for quick rides between stations. “B-cycle is really perfect for commuters in Charlotte, but the system also helps increase health and wellness of our riders,” said Ward.
“CATS encourages many alternative modes of travel including trains, buses, vanpooling, biking and walking. We are pleased to partner with Charlotte B-cycle to offer convenient and accessible transportation that contributes to the overall health and air quality of the Charlotte region,” said Carolyn Flowers, CEO of CATS.
Discounted B-cycle annual memberships can be purchased online by clicking here.
Charlotte B-cycle, made possible by BlueCross and BlueShield of North Carolina, with Founding Sponsor Carolinas HealthCare System and Communications Sponsor Verizon Wireless is a program of the CCCP Community Trust. It aspires to increase bicycle usage in Charlotte and to decrease vehicle trips, thereby improving health and air quality. Charlotte B-cycle made possible by BlueCross and BlueShield of North Carolina provides a convenient network of public use bicycles rented at a low cost for short-distance trips.  The system will make biking a more convenient and better integrated part of Charlotte’s transportation system. Follow B-cycle on Facebook ( and Twitter ( 

Monday, June 3, 2013

Mecklenburg Library 110th Anniversary Open House

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library is hosting an Open House to celebrate our 110th Anniversary.
This event will take place at our uptown library 310 N. Tryon St. on Friday, June 7, 2013, from 6pm - 9pm.
This will be an “invitation only” event, open to those who live and work in the Uptown area
There will be displays highlighting the library's many resources and offerings.  Many of our cultural partners will also have displays.
Prizes, music and refreshments!
Complimentary parking at Hearst Tower

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Chow Down Uptown

Chow Down Uptown - A Food Truck Festival Announces 2013 Dates
One location, 18 trucks, 6 dates this summer

What:           Chow Down Uptown- A Food Truck Festival
Where:        7th Street Station Parking Lot (224 E 7th Street)
When:          Thursday, May 2, 2013 (Future dates: May 16, June 6, July 11, Aug. 1 and 22)
                        5 – 9pm
Charlotte, NC – May 1, 2013 – Chow Down Uptown is back for its third year! Charlotte’s largest food truck festival showcases local food trucks at the 7th Street Parking Lot (located across from the 7th Street Public Market). Food vendors will be selling delicious choices including gourmet pizza, Italian heroes, pulled pork grilled cheese sandwiches, BBQ ribs, pastries, cupcakes and more.

All Chow Down events this year will be held on Thursdays: May 16, June 6, July 11, August 1 and August 22. The events go on rain or shine (unless there is a severe storm or lightening). Food trucks include:

Auto Burger and Fry Guys
Clover Joe’s
Cupcake Delirium
Gourmet Goombahs
Herban Legend
Icy Treats
King of Pops
Roots Farm Food
Sal’s Roadside Eatery
Smoke and Go
Southern Cake Queen
Sunrise Grill and Sandwich Co.
The Homegrown Crepe
The Roaming Fork
The Wingzza Truck
Turkey And…

Parking is available for $5.00 at the Secure Parking Lot adjacent to Chow Down.  Please do NOT bring a cooler of alcoholic beverages as this is not BYOB. Alcoholic beverages can be purchased across the street from Chow Down at the 7th Street Public Market! FREE admission (food vendor pricing applies). Guests are welcome to bring outdoor chairs.

Please visit for more event information and the latest vendor participants. Some food vendors do not accept debit/credit cards; ATM available in 7th St. Public Market.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Pet Palooza Charlotte

Third Ward residents can be a hero for our community's homeless and at-need pets by participating in Pet Palooza, the Humane Society of Charlotte's largest annual fundraiser, taking place on April 13, 2013. The event attracts more than 2,000 attendees and is fun for the entire family, both two legs and four! Register for the dog walk---form a team with family, friends, or co-workers and compete in the weeks leading up to the event to see who can raise the most money. After the walk, enjoy a vendor fair, fun activities, musical entertainment and the much-loved fido fashion show. We'll also have local food trucks and a beer garden. All proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Charlotte! Registration information and more details are available at