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A Sizzling Summer Lineup in Winston-Salem


Summer  in Winston-Salem is synonymous with fiery culinary festivals, world-class performing arts events, top-notch sports entertainment and in true Southern style, a serving of rich history and family-friendly fun.  Centrally located in North Carolina, Winston-Salem offers a number of interactive attractions, lush greenery and parks, outdoor adventure, a delectable Southern culinary scene, and a local wine region featuring more than 45 wineries -- the perfect setting to watch a Carolina sunset over the Blue Ridge Mountains. Whether you're looking to beat the heat or head outdoors, we've lined up the best of Winston-Salem to help you plan your summer escape to North Carolina.

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Summer Hotel Getaway Packages

With so much to do this Summer in Winston-Salem, you're going to want to stay a while. With 50 hotel options and a variety of seasonal hotel getaway packages, we invite you to unwind and relax this spring in Winston-Salem.

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Discover Reynolda Revealed

This summer, the 1917 country estate of R.J. and Katharine Reynolds invites visitors to take a new look at the splendid Reynolda Estate, Winston-Salem’s “grand dame” of American Art. As their Centennial Celebration of this historic home comes to a close, Reynolda Revealed takes a progressive look at the next century of Reynolda. A newly launched digital app helps tell the story and connect the dots between the historic home, now Reynolda House Museum of American Art; the formal gardens and trails; and once fully operational village, now boutique shops, galleries, and restaurants. 

Find special hotel getaways at properties including the Historic 1932 Graylyn Estate and the Southern-sophisticated Kimpton Cardinal Hotel, the first in the Carolinas.

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Cinema Under the Stars at Reynolda

Cinema Under the Stars returns for its 12th summer at Reynolda. Select Fridays in August, the expansive front lawn at Reynolda House Museum of American Art, historic 1917 home of R.J. and Katharine Reynolds, fills with blankets, picnics, and puppies for a film experience that screams "summer."

Each event offers craft beer and wine for purchase, and attendees are invited to bring picnic meals. Dogs are welcome, though they must be leashes and well-behaved. In case of rain, films are shown in the Babcock Auditorium.  

Film Schedule (Gates open at 7 p.m.; all films begin at dusk.):

  • Friday, Aug. 10: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Rated G)
    This musical fantasy follows Caractacus Potts (Dick Van Dyke), an eccentric inventor, widower, and family man who invents a magical car that can float and fly. When Potts’ father is abducted by the evil Baron Bombast (Gert Frobe), the family embarks on a fantastical road trip to rescue grandpa.
  • Friday, Aug. 17: Sideways (Rated R)
    Struggling writer and wine enthusiast Miles (Paul Giamatti) takes his engaged friend, Jack (Thomas Haden Church), on a trip to wine country for a last single-guy bonding experience. While Miles wants to relax and enjoy the wine, Jack is in search of a final fling before his wedding. 
  • Friday, Aug. 24: National Lampoon's Vacation (Rated R)
    Accompanied by their children, Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) and his wife, Ellen (Beverly D'Angelo), undertake a cross-country road trip to get the family to Wally World. But their path to Los Angeles proves far more difficult, and hilarious, than they anticipated.
  • Friday, Aug. 31: O Brother, Where Art Thou? (Rated PG-13)
    Loosely based on Homer's "Odyssey," this Coen Brothers masterpiece follows three escaped convicts in search for hidden treasure while a relentless lawman pursues them in 1930s Mississippi. Sprung from a chain gang, the trio is confronted by a series of strange characters--among them sirens, a cyclops, a KKK lynch mob, and a blind musical prophet.

Hands-On Summer in Old Salem

Settled by Moravians in 1766, Old Salem offers visitors an authentic approach to early Moravian traditions, customs, and trades. Nestled in the backyard of downtown Winston-Salem, Old Salem is home to countless Winston-Salem (and national) firsts. This summer, celebrate Independence Day on the site of the first documented public Fourth of July celebration. Make plans to attend on a Saturday for a first-ever series of hands-on workshops allowing you to work just as Moravians would have in the days of early Salem. Though on any given day (except Mondays when they're closed), Old Salem's costumed interpreters share with visitors the history of the original and reconstructed building and what trades would have been practiced there. Continue reading for more exciting happenings in Old Salem this summer.

Summer Adventure Historic Workshops
Saturdays; June to August 

Each season, Old Salem offers a variety of historic workshops.  Learn the skills that are still practiced in the museum daily, from hearthside cooking to pottery. There are classes available for all ages and skill levels. Classes are held weekly on Saturdays at various times. See class descriptions and summer workshop calendar below.

Hearth Cooking
Location: Single Brothers Workshop Kitchen; 10 West Academy Street
Cook over an original hearth using 18th century receipts (recipes) and period cooking practices and techniques. Prepare seasonal dishes and taste your creations at the end of each session.
Recommended for ages 6 and up. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a paying adult.
Cost: $50 per person
Register online here or for more information, call 800.441.5305.

Note: Maximum class size of 12. If participant cancels more than 14 days before the event, a full refund will be given.  Within 14 days there are no refunds.

Deorating a Slip Trail Pottery Plate
Location: T. Bagge Potter's Workshop
Learn how the Moravian potters in Salem used slip trail designs and then create your own unique slip trail plate.  Your newly designed plate is fired and glazed, and ready for pickup about 2 months after the class.
Cost: $50 per person (If you are unable to pick up your finished plate, shipping is available for an additional $15 per family to U.S. locations only)
Recommended for ages 9 and up. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a paying adult.
To register on line click here.  For more information call 800.441.5305.

Note: Maximum class size of 12. If participant cancels more than 14 days before the event, a full refund will be given.  Within 14 days there are no refunds.

Pewter Spoon Workshop
Location: Boys School
Enjoy a class created for the entire family in the newly restored Boys School. Learn how pewter is melted and molded into spoons. Participants use a file and other tools to refine and polish a 19th century pewter spoon to take home.
Cost: $50 per person.
Recommended for ages 12 and up – participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a registered adult.
To register on line click here.  For more information call 800.441.5305.

Note: Maximum class size of 12. If participant cancels more than 14 days before the event, a full refund will be given.  Within 14 days there are no refunds.

Summer Adventure Workshop Schedule:

Date (Saturdays) Workshop Theme Location Time
July 14 Pewter Spoons Boys School 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
July 21 Hearth Cooking Single Brothers Workshop 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
July 28 Slip Pottery T. Bagge Potter's Workshop 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
August 4 Hearth Cooking Single Brothers Workshop 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
August 11 Pewter Spoons Boys School 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.


Winston-Salem Open - August 18 - 25

Summer’s hottest serve is center-court August 18 - 25 for the Winston-Salem Open. 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 include Sam Querry, Steve Johnson, Pablo Carreno Busta (2016 winner), Jurgen Melzer and John Isner,  a North Carolina native who has won the WSO twice.

Purchase tickets and book your hotel getaway online here

Bookmarks Festival of Books and Authors: September 6 – 9

The largest annual book festival in the Carolinas, Bookmarks Festival of Books and Authors celebrates its 14th annual festival September 6 – 9 in downtown Winston-Salem. The four-day festival features more than 45 authors including Dav Pilkey (Captain Underpants), and many other New York Times bestsellers.  Ticketed events include exclusive author meet and greets, luncheons, panel discussions a more. The free family-friendly Saturday Festival hosts readings, author panels, book signings, exhibitors, and local food trucks.

Bookmarks offers something for everyone of all ages. When not enjoying the festival, be sure to make your way to the Bookmarks Bookstore located at 634 W. Fourth Street in the heart of downtown. Not only do you find a carefully curated selection of books, you can also enjoy locally roasted coffee alongside craft cocktails in Footnote Café, operated by neighboring Foothills Brewing.

Sip & Savor the Yadkin Valley Wine Region

Summer in the Yadkin Valley offers tucked away vineyard escape less than 30 minutes from downtown Winston-Salem. Pick from more than 45 wineries hosting weekly events including live outdoor music, hikes with winemakers, yoga in the vineyards, and so much more. Taste your way through award-winning wineries pouring crisp whites and bold, spicy reds. Find more about North Carolina’s largest wine region here.

Discover Winston-Salem's Craft Draft Crawl

Unofficially the birthplace of North Carolina craft beer, Winston-Salem has been celebrating the art of hops and suds since the early days of our Moravian settlers in the mid-1700s. Today, we’re home to eight breweries, five of which are located downtown within walking distance of each other…creating the perfect Craft Draft Crawl experience.

Start your Craft Draft Crawl on Fourth Street, the hub of downtown, at Foothills Brewing Pub, which happens to be Winston-Salem’s oldest existing brewery and among the largest producers in the state. Enjoy appetizers or full dinner here before heading one block over to Small Batch Beer Co. for unique beers brewed with ingredients sourced from local farmers. Afterwards, make your way into the Downtown Arts District for Fiddlin’ Fish Brewery and Wise Man Brewing. Take your time between each because there’s plenty of public art and galleries to admire along the way.

Summer's Lineup of Festivals & Events

All summer long, bask under the Carolina at city-wide festivals, savor local bites at area farmers markets, celebrate local craft beer, and uncork the richness of the Yadkin Valley wine region.

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