What to Do

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From charming cobblestone streets at our historic sites and museums to our avant garde art galleries and eclectic shops, Winston-Salem holds allure for many.  Whether its arts and history, our array of outdoor adventures or touring our more than 40 wineries in the neighboring Yadkin Valley, here's just a sampling of places to explore and enjoy and adventures that await you.

For those that define sampling regional culinary adventures as the perfect way to travel, we've also included an extensive "menu" (pun, intended) of restaurants, diners, coffee shops and eateries.  We've organized these listings so that you can choose them by either location or by type of cuisine.  So if you have a hankering for hamburger or wishing to sample our savory, world-famous North Carolina-style barbecues, they are all just a click away.  Additional information about each establishment including directions, hours of operations are also included. New to the Winston-Salem dining scene are the wildly popular food tours created by, Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours and  Tour De Food!  Taste Carolina offers Saturday afternoon walking that provide a perfect blend of Winston-Salem history with generous samplings of locally-grown food served-up at popular restaurants in either Downtown Winston-Salem's Historic West End or our eclectic Arts District. 

As the gateway to North Carolina's increasingly popular Yadkin Valley wineries, we've provided you an extensive listing of wineries to sip and savor.  If you would like or order the latest issue of our Winston-Salem Wine & Dine Guide, please e-mail us at info@visitwinstonsalem.com and we'll be happy to mail you one.

Winston-Salem is also well-known for hosting destination-defining annual events throughout the year.  Although the list is numerous, here's a quick preview of some of our events.  Each April, the Winston-Salem spotlight shines on the Academy Award-qualifying RiverRun International Film Festival, one of the premiere film festivals in the Southeast.  Gateway to the Yadkin Valley wine region, we celebrate our love of local wine with the annual North Carolina Wine Festival at pristine Tanglewood Park on Memorial Day weekend. The fall calendar is always graced with harvest celebrations and capped with the prestigious Piedmont Craftsmen's Fair where more than 100 artisans from throughout the Southeast display their works at this juried show.

Every other August, and in nowhere else except Winston-Salem is the week-long National Black Theatre Festival which showcases more than 100 performances by some of the nation's finest black theater companies and actors.   During third week of every August, Winston-Salem now hosts the Winston-Salem Open, an ATP tennis tournament played at Wake Forest University just prior to the U.S. Open.

For additional information and about things to do, see, explore and discover here in Winston-Salem, please view our easy-to-use, on-line special events calendar.  We also invite you to view the latest issue of our Official Visitor Guide (click download) or request one to be mailed to you.   Our courteous and well-trained staff of visitor information specialists are also pleased to assist you.  Our toll-free number is:  866.728.4200 or e-mail us at: info@visitwinstonsalem.com.  Our Visitor Information Center, located at 200 Brookstown Avenue, is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.  We are open on Saturdays from the beginning of April through mid-November from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.