Welcome to Downtown

We’re looking forward to Olivet College students coming to enjoy downtown Charlotte. We know you will love this community as much as we do. Below is a map of downtown and a top 10 list of things to do.


Top 10 Things to Do in Downtown Charlotte

  1. Grab Something to Eat

    Charlotte is known for having great dining options in downtown. There are 10 delicious eateries in downtown. Each one has their own unique style and menu offerings. Check the map linked above to learn more about our downtown restaurants.

  2. Enjoy a Show

    Between the Eaton Theatre and Windwalker Underground Gallery, there is always some form of entertainment going on in downtown. Windwalker offers live performances weekly on Friday and Saturday and Eaton Theatre is famous for their $5 movies.

  3. Shop Local

    Downtown Charlotte is filled with 14 downtown retail shops where you can get everything from a new pair of shoes to a gift for a friend. Our retail shops work hard to support the needs of Charlotte area consumers and always have changing merchandise. Go see for yourself!

  4. Pub and Bar Entertainment

    Not only do we have pubs and bars in downtown, but they also provide key nightlife entertainment. Mike’s Sports Page frequently has live music and local sports games playing. Eaton Pub and Reidy’s both offer DJ Trivia nights, pool tables, and host local events. Thirsty Bird offers corn-hole and yard games for friends and families to play. These four powerhouses of downtown keep Charlotte lively every day of the week!

  5. Game on!

    Arcade games, VR rooms, and board game tournaments all have found a home in downtown Charlotte. Go to the Eaton Theatre to enjoy the local arcade and pop in next door to experience their new VR room. If board games are more your speed, stop in to the Gaming Cantina. They not only sell board games and merchandise, but also host board gaming sessions and local tournaments.

  6. Get Active

    Stay healthy by participating in a martial arts classes at Leaders 4 Life. They offer classes for youth and adults weekly to keep your mind and body sharp.

  7. Pamper Yourself

    Maybe you just want to relax a little bit while in downtown. If that’s the case, Charlotte is ready. We are home to 8 hair salons, a tanning salon, and nail salons (offering both pedicures and manicures). To look your best all you need is a trip to downtown Charlotte.

  8. Grab a Cup of Coffee

    The best part of waking up is Evelyn Bay Coffee in the morning. You’ll find many locals here doing business and gathering with friends throughout the day. Alongside these residents, Charlotte artisans are frequently showcasing their talents. This coffee shop is beloved by all, with its freshly roasted coffee, sweet treats, and lunch-time wraps, it’s a can’t-miss stop in downtown.

  9. Build and Drive RC Cars

    RC Car Enthusiasts, Welcome! Cochran RC is here and ready to provide you with the tools and information needed to build the best car possible. After stopping in to build your dream car, visit Lincoln Park to try out our local track.

  10. Enjoy Local Art

    Charlotte is an arts destination like none other. With new art displays popping up throughout downtown, Charlotte has become a hub for those who love and appreciate art.

Charlotte is continuing to rise year after year. We’re proud of the growth and development of our downtown. We want you to enjoy it here too. If you have any questions or need help navigating our downtown please reach out to us. We want to help make your trip to Charlotte the best it can be.