Light rail weekender (Jan. 13 - 16)

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Here are the top three things to do in Charlotte by riding the light rail this weekend.

UNC Charlotte students who pay the Transportation Miscellaneous Service Charge may ride light rail and CATS buses fare-free! Just bring along your 49er ID to show to the fare inspector or bus driver.

#3 Start the year with Future and Friends’ One Big Party Tour

Promotional graphic reading "AG Entertainment Touring & Mammoth Inc Presents Future and Friends One Big Party Tour Friday January 13th"

Grab seats to see Future’s first headlining tour in more than three years. The Grammy Award-winning rapper and songwriter will perform with surprise guest artists this Friday, Jan. 13, at 7pm on the Spectrum Center Stage in Uptown. Tickets are available now.

Cost: $58-$263 per ticket

Directions: Take the Blue Line from UNC Charlotte Main Station 12 stops to CTC Arena Station.

#2 Celebrate National Bagel Day at a family-owned restaurant

egg bagel sandwich from Poppys Bagels & More

Image credit: Poppy’s Bagels & More Facebook page

Jan. 15 is National Bagel Day, and it’s the perfect opportunity to try an authentic New York-style bagel from a family-owned business right here in Charlotte. Ronnie Rippner and his family started Poppy’s Bagels & More in 2010, after moving to Charlotte from New York and missing the classic bagels from his hometown. Their bagels are kettle boiled and baked fresh for a “crackly crust and chewy interior.”

Cost: Varies.

Directions: Take the Blue Line from UNC Charlotte Main Station 17 stops to East/West Station. From there, walk 0.4 miles to 2201 South Blvd.

#1 Engage with history at MLK Day 2023: It Takes a Village

 Martin Luther King Jr. addresses a crowd from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial

Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a visit to the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts+Culture in Uptown. Programs will run Monday, Jan. 16, from 9am to 4pm. Explore artist exhibits, create hands-on crafts, listen to live covers of iconic Civil Rights era music, learn the history of movements in Charlotte and NC, and participate in community-led discussion about inspiring change today. Learn more on the Harvey B. Gannt Center website.

Cost: Free, but all program events are available on a first come, first serve basis.

Directions: Take the Blue Line from UNC Charlotte Main Station 14 stops to the Stonewall Station. From there, walk 0.2 miles to 551 S Tryon St.