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The Ultimate Guide to College GameDay and Duke's Mayo Classic in Uptown

Prepping for the Duke's Mayo Classic: Uptown Charlotte Adventures

Gear up for the thrilling Duke's Mayo Classic showdown between the University of South Carolina and the University of North Carolina by making the most of your time in Uptown Charlotte. Here are fantastic activities to elevate your experience:

Culinary Delights: Fuel Up for the Showdown

  • Elevate dining with open-air rooftop or patio options like Aura Rooftop, Merchant & Trade, Graham St. Pub, Fahrenheit, and Nuvole Rooftop TwentyTwo.
  • Satisfy your sweet tooth with pastries from Amelie's, inventive ice cream at Golden Cow Creamery, or unique milkshakes from Day & Night Exotic Cereal Bar.
  • Get a caffeine boost from Not Just Coffee, Coquette, Waterbean Coffee, or Queen City Grounds.
  • Craft a perfect picnic with artisanal snacks from Rhino Market & Deli.
  • Discover tailgate essentials at The Market at 7th Street, including wings, beer, and more.
  • Stay refreshed with organic smoothies and cold-pressed juices from either Hip-Hop Smoothies or Clean Juice.
  • Enjoy a quick snack at Sweet Crunch Waffles or savor a sit-down brunch at Mariposa, 204 North, and more.

Lunch Options

  • 204 N. Kitchen & Cocktails: Indulge in a delightful fusion of kitchen creations and crafted cocktails at this local gem.
  • Angeline's: Discover Italian-inspired flavors and a warm ambiance that captures the essence of Italian hospitality.
  • The Asbury: Immerse yourself in Southern charm with locally sourced ingredients and innovative Southern cuisine.
  • Dandelion Market: Experience a vibrant atmosphere paired with a diverse menu of shareable plates and drinks.
  • Dean's Italian Steakhouse: Elevate your dining with exceptional Italian steakhouse fare and an inviting atmosphere.
  • Fahrenheit: Savor contemporary American cuisine while enjoying breathtaking rooftop views of the city.
  • Famous Toastery: Start your day right with breakfast favorites and a warm, welcoming ambiance.
  • Haymaker: Delight in modern Southern cuisine that pays homage to heritage flavors and techniques.
  • Ink N Ivy: Immerse yourself in an eclectic dining experience with a diverse menu and lively atmosphere.
  • Mariposa: Unwind in a cozy setting while enjoying Latin-inspired flavors and craft cocktails.
  • Mimosa Grill: Experience Southern cuisine with a contemporary twist and a commitment to local ingredients.
  • Sophia's Lounge: Discover a sophisticated lounge atmosphere paired with creative cocktails and light bites.
  • Tupelo Honey Cafe: Enjoy Southern comfort food with a modern twist, highlighting regional ingredients.
  • The Market at 7th Street: Dive into an urban food hall experience with a variety of local food vendors.
  • Fin and Fino: Indulge in a seafood-centric menu showcasing the freshest catches and inventive flavors.
  • Jinya Ramen Bar: Warm up with authentic ramen bowls and Japanese cuisine in a cozy setting.
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Culture & Community: Dive into Uptown's Richness

  • Immerse yourself in art and culture at the Mint Museum Uptown, Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, and Harvey B. Gantt Center.
  • Experience NASCAR history at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
  • Explore the innovative artist community at the Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Center.
  • Connect with resident artists and their creations at McColl Center.
  • Discover murals and public art on a self-guided ArtWalk throughout Uptown (Don't forget to check out Luminous Lane).
  • Experience Uptown's murals deeper with Uptown Interactive, revealing artist stories through QR codes, face filters, and 3D models.
  • Engage the little ones with storytime at ImaginOn.

Heritage & History: Uncover Uptown's Past

  • Explore Charlotte's role in the American Revolution through the Charlotte Liberty Walk.
  • Unveil Uptown's past with guided tours from Charlotte NC Tours.
  • Stroll through Fourth Ward on a historic district walking tour.
  • Discover the city's history with a comedic twist on a Funny Bus Comedy City Tour.

Outdoor Oasis: Uptown's Parks

Explore the serene side of Uptown with these key parks:

1. Romare Bearden Park: Art Meets Nature

  • Interactive water features and sculptures honoring Romare Bearden.
  • Amphitheater hosts performances against the city skyline.
  • Engage in a dynamic artistic atmosphere.

2. First Ward Park: Serenity in the First Ward

  • Green spaces for picnics, playing, and relaxation.
  • Family-friendly playground and art installations.
  • Stay cool with interactive fountains and community events.

3. Fourth Ward Park: Historic Charm and Tranquility

  • Experience historic Fourth Ward's charm.
  • Lush greenery, pathways, and seating areas.
  • Enjoy skyline views amidst serene surroundings.

4. Frazier Park (Third Ward): Play and Community

  • Dog park and athletic fields for outdoor fun.
  • Gather for community events and cultural performances.
  • Children's playground and picnic spots for family enjoyment.

Even if you don't have tickets to the game, bring your friends and family to explore all that Uptown has to offer and have a blast. Looking for parking info? Click here. Need help finding your way around? Just look for the Center City Ambassadors. They’re wearing bright orange and can’t wait to help you make the most of a day in Uptown!