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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.


Music Academy of the American South

 The University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) is hosted the second annual Music Academy of the American South (MAAS) June 14 through June 16, 2013.  MAAS celebrates the music of the American South through dynamic performances and workshops by noted musicians and takes place on the UNCSA campus at 1533 South Main Street and at nearby Old Salem Museums & Gardens in Winston-Salem, N.C. About The Music Academy of the American South (MAAS) MAAS is unique among…

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The Nutcracker: December 13-22

For over 47 years the immensely popular Tchaikovsky Nutcracker ballet music is performed every year by the UNCSA Nutcracker Orchestra in downtown Winston-Salem.  2013 will mark the second year of production under the leadership of Susan Jaffe, the new dean of the UNCSA School of Dance.  Jaffe is widely regarded as one of the priemere ballerinas in America. This production is a collaborative effort of three UNCSA schools - Dance, Design & Production, and Music. 2013 Dates…

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Dixie Classic Fair - October 3-12, 2014

Celebrating 132years, 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 2014 Dixie Classic Fair is scheduled for October 3-12. For more information on the Dixie Classic Fair, please visit www.DCFair.com. Hours…

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Rock the Block, Friday and Saturday, September 20 & 21.

The Moonlight Madness 5K and Fun Run is Friday, Sept. 20, 6:30-10:30 p.m. Register online at www.rocktheblockws.com. Free beer and pizza for 5K runners. Proceeds benefit the United Way. Downtown Winston-Salem, Civic Plaza at 4th and Trade streets. Rock the Block Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Downtown Winston-Salem Three stages: All-American Stage (Civic Plaza); Rock This! (Winston Square Park); International Village (Corpening Plaza). All-American Stage presented by Millennium Fund…

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Winston-Salem Air Show

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 celebrates more than 100 years of taking to the skies and spectators will be no less amazed at the dazzling lineup of military and civilian aircraft performing feats of…

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Winston-Salem Open - August 17-23, 2014

The Winston-Salem Open, an ATP World Tour 250 event with a total purse of $625,000, will take place from August 17-23, 2014, with qualifying set for August 16. The tournament will be the final men’s event of the Emirates Airline US Open Series and takes place the week before the US Open. The tournament receives national television exposure via Tennis Channel and ESPN2, including the singles final broadcasted by CBS.  For more information please…

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National Black Theatre Festival - August 3-8, 2015

Every odd year the National Black Theatre Festival (NBTF) transforms Winston-Salem into 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 theater festivals in the country. The history of celebrity appearances and performances at the National Black Theatre…

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Texas Pete Twin City Ribfest - June 5-8, 2014

2014 marks the 10th annual Texas Pete Twin City RibFest.  Twin City Ribfest is a food festival and take great pleasure in promoting NC-based food and beverage products like Texas Pete hot sauce, Foothills beer and Cheerwine and continues to thrive with its simplistic combination of national BBQ purveyors competing for awards and customers, and quality entertainment on its music stages. Musical acts over the years have included local, regional and national acts including the Avett…

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The Annual North Carolina Wine Festival

The largest wine festival in North Carolina takes place just outside of Winston-Salem at Tanglewood Park.  Ticket provide you tasting from all wineries, artist and crafter displays, great food choices and last year music featured The Chairmen of the Board, The Band of Oz and The Plaids!  You may also purchase by the glass and the case and stock up on all the North Caroilna wines that you love!   To learn more, visit www.ncwinefestival.com.

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RiverRun International Film Festival - April 4-13, 2014

The 16th annual RiverRun International Film Festival runs April 4-13, 2014. Last year's 10-day festival presented 143 films, which included 66 features and 77 shorts from 35 countries. Held each spring, RiverRun screens a wide variety of feature-length and short films from all genres, and also presents a broad range of special events, including high-profile regional premieres of significant films, celebrity tributes, family matinees and classic retrospectives as well as a mixture of…

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Piedmont Craftsmen’s Fair - November 15-16, 2014

More than 120 of the finest artisans from across the southeastern U.S fill the booths at Piedmont Craftsmen’s 51st 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.  …

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Salute The North Carolina Wine Celebration - May 31, 2014

Salute! The North Carolina Wine Celebration has become the premier downtown festival in the state that exclusively features North Carolina wine.  The Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership has produced the festival in order to meet several objectives, including: to provide entertainment options for visitors in the downtown core; to establish downtown Winston-Salem as the “hub” of the Yadkin Valley Wine region for leisure travelers; and to place increased focus on the burgeoning…

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Festival of Lights:  Nov. 23 - Jan. 1

Tanglewood Park Festival of Lights Entering its 22nd season, the Festival of Lights at Tanglewood Park is open nightly from 6-11 p.m. starting Nov. 23 - Jan. 1.  Festival of Lights patrons can listen to festive tunes on our interactive musical displays in which the music is original compositions from the UNC School of the Arts Music Technology students. There will be over 80 displays along the route! Also, to make the show more eco-friendly and brighter, majority of all displays will…

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