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Special Events

Winston-Salem has great events year-round.  Check out the list below to see what major festival or event might be happening while you're here. 

For a complete listing of events, check out our events calendar, click here.

Gears and Guitars, May 25-28, 2018

Gear up for the third annual Gears and Guitars Fest in downtown Winston-Salem -- the biggest party on two wheels! Hosted in Wake Forest Innovation Quarter May 25 - 28, 2018, Gears & Guitars is an outdoor concert series held in conjunction with the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic. Music lovers gather at Bailey Park for nightly concerts featuring national recording artists including indie rock band, Cold War Kids and four-time Grammy Award-winner Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit. Before the sun…


Pride Festival and Parade: October 13, 2018

The Winston-Salem Pride Festival and Parade takes place Saturday, October 13, 2018 from 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. in the Downtown Arts District.  The street festival features live entertainment on two stages, a food truck rodeo and parade beginning at 11 a.m. on Fourth Street.  To see the route of the parade, click here.   Stay Tuned for the 2018 Event Schedule   For additional information on the entertainment, the parade, sponsorship opportunities, volunteering and…


Bookmarks Festival of Books and Authors - September 6-9, 2018

Bookmarks Festival of Books and Authors, the largest book and author festival in the Carolinas celebrates 14 years with the 2018 festival in downtown Winston-Salem September 6 - 9. This year, the festival celebrates "the power of story," encouraging reader and attendees to "travel all over the world" exploring a wealth of subjects and issues. The four-day festival takes place primarily along Spruce Street and inside the contemporary Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts. Special events are also…


The Nutcracker: December 7-16, 2018

For nearly 50 years the first public music conservatory in the country has brought nationally prominent faculty, UNCSA students and icons of the American Ballet Theatre together for the stirring holiday event at the historic 1929 Stevens Center. Experience the lush score, vivid staging, and magnificent performances that have made UNCSA's The Nutcracker a holiday tradition in Winston-Salem. Classical Voice of North Carolina Ranked the 6th best drama school in the world by The Hollywood…


Dixie Classic Fair - September 28 - October 7, 2018

Celebrating 135 years, the Dixie Classic Fair is the second largest agricultural fair in North Carolina, averages 325,000 visitors each year. The 10-day annual fair features a world-class carnival with numerous rides and games, nationally known musical entertainment, delicious food and beverage, and exhibits of livestock, poultry, fine arts and crafts. The 2018 Dixie Classic Fair is scheduled for September 28 - October 7, 2018. For more information on the Dixie Classic Fair, please visit…


Winston-Salem Air Show

Due to construction at Smith Reynolds Airport the 2016 Air Show is cancelled. In 1911, crowds gathered for the first Winston-Salem Air Show and gazed in awe as Lincoln Beachey, then the world’s greatest exhibition flyer, who commanded the sky with his signature  “loop the loop” act in a rickety  wood and canvas biplane.   A century later, the Winston-Salem Air Show continues to celebrate more than 100 years of taking to the skies and spectators will be…


Winston-Salem Open - August 18-25, 2018

Entering its eighth year, Winston-Salem proudly hosts the Winston-Salem Open (WSO) at the Wake Forest University Tennis Complex. In December 2016 the Winston-Salem Open received international attention when the ATP announced the WSO as one of their 2016 ATP World Tour Tournaments of the Year.   The WSO is the last ATP World Tour 250 event prior to the U.S. Open. Each year more than 40 of the world's top 80 players compete for a chance to be named champion. Past athletes to play…


National Black Theatre Festival - July 29 - August 3, 2019

The 16th biennial National Black Theatre Festival (NBTF) rolls out the purple carpet July 29 - August 3, 2019 in Winston-Salem, transforming North Carolina's city of arts and innovation in a mega-performing arts centre with over 100 performances in a number of the city’s venues. Theatre workshops, films, seminars, a teen poetry slam and a star-studded celebrity gala all work together to accomplish the goal of making the National Black Theatre Festivals one of the best…


Twin City Ribfest - June 7-10, 2018

The 14th annual Twin City Ribfest fires up at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds, just five minutes from downtown, June 7-10, 2018. The popular summer barbecue has been featured in USA Today's roundup of barbecue festivals across America and you can get a taste of it right here in Winston-Salem. RibFest is especially loved for placing the spotlight on North Carolina-based food and beverage products, including locally headquartered Texas Pete hot sauce and Foothills Brewing craft beer. For more…


The Annual North Carolina Wine Festival - May 26, 2018

The 18th Annual North Carolina Wine Festival takes place May 26, 2018.  The NC Wine Festival is the largest wine festival in North Carolina and takes place just outside of Winston-Salem at Tanglewood Park. Gates open at noon and wine continues to pour until 6:30 p.m. Tickets provide you tasting from all wineries, artist and crafter displays, great food choices and live music.  You may also purchase by the glass, bottle or case and stock up on all the North Caroilna wines that you…


RiverRun International Film Festival - April 4 - 14, 2019

  One-On-One in Winston-Salem presents: RiverRun International Film Festival    Celebrate and explore the wonderful works of film presented during RiverRun International Film Festival in Winston-Salem, NC. Celebrating 21 years in 2019, RiverRun is one of the fastest-growing regional film festivals in the U.S., and a premier film festival in the Southeast. This Academy Award-qualifying film festival showcases a variety of narrative, documentary, student,…


Piedmont Craftsmen’s Fair - November 17 - 18, 2018

More than 100 of the finest artisans from across the southeastern U.S fill the booths at Piedmont Craftsmen’s 55th Fair in Winston-Salem. The fair presents a sampling of the finest work available in artist-designed handmade home goods, wearables, jewelry, furniture and decorative items. To receive the V.I.P. Piedmont Craftsmen's Fair getaway, see our Special Offers section and fall getaway packages. To get a sneak peek of the festival, check out the video below.  …


Texas Pete Spirits of Summer - 2019 Dates TBD

Stay Tuned for 2019 Dates! Entering its second year in  summer 2019, Texas Pete Spirits of Summer Festival invites you to savor the tastes of North Carolina wine harvests, find a favorite local craft brew, and wake up your taste buds in downtown Winston-Salem, N.C.! The fiery festival puts the spotlight on local chefs, Yadkin Valley winemakers, craft brewmasters, and national recording acts for one sizzling summertime festival. Take a seat in Restaurant Pavilion where chefs are firing…


Tanglewood Park Festival of Lights - November 16, 2018 - January 1, 2019

Tanglewood Park Festival of Lights Tanglewood Park's rolling countryside transforms every holiday season into a shimmering Winter Wonderland with more than a million twinkling lights aglow. Entering its 27th season, the Festival of Lights at Tanglewood Park is open nightly from 6-11 p.m. starting Nov. 16 - Jan. 1, 2019.  Festival of Lights attendees enjoy listening to festive tunes on the interactive musical displays in which the music is original compositions from the UNC School…