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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.

Texas Pete Culinary Arts Festival

Some like it hot and here in Winston-Salem, we like it hotter. As the birthplace of Texas Pete (the wildly popular hot sauce brand), we are celebrating the talent of regional and national chefs at the second annual Texas Pete® Culinary Arts Festival September 18-20.  The free event, drawing more than 20,000 guests in its inaugural year, takes place in the heart of Winston-Salem's Downtown Arts District. Crank up the heat at the Friday night kick-off party, also on Trade Street,…


Bookmarks Festival of Books and Authors

Bookmarks Festival of Books and Authors, the largest book and author festival in North Carolina, celebrates 11 years. The festival, September 10-12, is held at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts and along Spruce Street in downtown Winston-Salem. Headlining this year's festival is global bestselling author, David Baldacci. More than 40 guest authors attending have written a cumulative 300 New York Times best sellers and are winners of prestigious awards such as the Pulitzer…


The Nutcracker: December 12-21

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. A production of "enormous power and artistic excellence," (YES! Weekly) UNC School of the Arts' The Nutcracker production is a timeless holiday tradition in Winston-Salem.  Located in the heart of downtown, the Stevens Center opened as a…


Dixie Classic Fair - October 2-11, 2015

Celebrating 133 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 2014 Dixie Classic Fair is scheduled for October 3-12. For more information on the Dixie Classic Fair, please visit Hours…


Winston-Salem Air Show September 19-20, 2015

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 no less amazed at the dazzling lineup of military and civilian aircraft…


Winston-Salem Open - August 22-29, 2015

Now in its fifth year, Winston-Salem proudly hosts the Winston-Salem Open (WSO) at Wake Forest Univeristy. The WSO is the last ATP World Tour 250 event prior to the US Open. Last year's tournament brought more than 40 of the world's top 80 players including Sam Querry, Jurgen Melzer and John Isner,  a North Carolina native who has won the WSO twice. The Open is held August 22-29, 2015 at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex adjacent to BB&T Field. “World-class players like…


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…


Texas Pete Twin City Ribfest - June 11-14, 2015

2015 marks the 11th 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…


The Annual North Carolina Wine Festival - May 23, 2015

The 15th Annual North Carolina Wine Festival will take place May 23, 2015.  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…


RiverRun International Film Festival - April 7-17, 2016

One of the fastest-growing regional film festivals in the U.S., and a premier film festival in the Southeast, RiverRun is an Academy Award-qualifying film festival showcasing a variety of feature-length and short films from all genres.  The 2015, 11-day festival lineup featured 165 films -- 91 shorts and 74 features. The films represented 35 countries. More than 16,000 people were accounted for at the 2015 RiverRun International Film Festival, and growth of 11% from the 2014…


Piedmont Craftsmen’s Fair - November 21-22, 2015

More than 120 of the finest artisans from across the southeastern U.S fill the booths at Piedmont Craftsmen’s 52nd 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.  …


Salute! The North Carolina Wine Celebration - Saturday, June 6, 2015

Held on the streets of Downtown Winston-Salem, Salute! The North Carolina Wine Celebration has become the premier festival dedicated to serving North Carolina wines exclusively. In its 10th year, Salute! uncorks along Fourth Street in Winston-Salem as more than 35 North Carolina wineries come together to share sample pours of their wines and inform festival goers of the happenings  at their wineries. Looking to learn more about the art of wine and how to properly taste and pair it? Be…


Festival of Lights:  Nov. 22 - Jan. 1

Tanglewood Park Festival of Lights Entering its 24th season, the Festival of Lights at Tanglewood Park is open nightly from 6-11 p.m. starting Nov. 22 - Jan. 3.  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…