What's Happening in Winston-Salem: October 2018

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What's Happening in Winston-Salem: October 2018

If you thought we had a lot to cover last month, get ready for October! This edition of What’s Happening is stuffed fuller than a scarecrow, featuring our favorite Halloween highlights, literary & theater performances, family fun & fall festivals, music, and winery/pub events. Welcome to our ghost tour of Winston-Salem fall events!


Halloween Highlights🍂

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For many of us in the Nu office, October holds a special place in our hearts. Even though the weather hasn’t cooled down as much as we’d like, a few of us are already rocking sweaters (we’ve got quite a collection) and reviling in all things pumpkin spice.

What are you looking forward to? Tell us about your upcoming events and we’ll promote them on our blog!

If you’re still looking to get in the fall spirit, check out Hawk’s Pumpkin Patch. Located on Clemmonsville Rd, this expansive pumpkin patch offers a day of fun for the whole family and will quickly become a part of your fall traditions (if it’s not already!)

If you’re looking for something a bit more…intense, then check out Kersey Valley Spooky Woods. Open now until November 3rd, this Haunted Adventure features Hot Apple Cider Donuts, Laser Tag included with all tickets, and the option to add an Escape Game or Glow in the Dark Zipline. It is not recommended for kids. Try to visit on a Thursday or Sunday to avoid heavy crowds (VIP ticket options are also available to skip lines).


Local October Arts Events

local October arts events



Last month, we covered a bunch of September literary events, including the Bookmarks Festival, but we were only getting started. Fall is a great time to cozy up with your (new) favorite book!


10/05 Press 53 poetry reading

Bright Leaf Books | 7 pm

Come support Winston’s own poetry press at one of our favorite independent bookstores! This event will feature several Press 53 poets: Marilyn Annucci, Joseph Mills, and Terri Kirby Erickson!


10/16 Decorating a Room of One’s Own with Susan Harlan

Bright Leaf Books | 6:30 pm

Susan Harlan is a professor of English at Wake Forest University and an all-around delight. Her newest book satirizes interior design reportage by interviewing famous literary characters in their homes, including Jay Gatsby, Lady Macbeth, and others.


10/18 Poetry Reading with Carmen Giménez Smith

Hanes Art Gallery, Scales Fine Arts Center, Wake Forest University | 6:00 pm

An award-winning poet whose work explores pop culture, feminist theory, and Latin-American identity, Carmen Giménez Smith writes with a voice that is raw and lyrical.


Fall Theater Events

Whether you’re a  full-fledged phantom of the opera or a more casual theater-goer, these upcoming Halloween shows are sure to be fun!


10/12–10/14 Little Shop of Horrors

Yadkin Arts Council & Cultural Center

Our friends at the Yadkin Arts Council & Cultural Center always put on some great events. We can’t wait what they do with this classic!


10/19 Frankenstein

RJ Reynolds Auditorium

This event features the 1931 Boris Karloff film along with a live score by the Piedmont Wind Symphony! Find Tickets.


11/2–11/11 Young Frankenstein: The Mel Brooks Musical

The Little Theatre of Winston-Salem

Pretty sure it’s pronounced “Fronk-en-steen.” Either way, it’ll keep your Halloween hype going strong into November.


Fall Family Fun


Who are we kidding? Kids love Halloween because of the candy, but there are plenty of other reasons to love it too. And if you’re looking for age-appropriate activities, we’ve got you covered!

Outdoor movies

10/13 Fantastic Mr. Fox

Crossnore Children’s Home | 6:30

Bring a blanket and a picnic for this quirky stop-motion animated family film. Soda and popcorn will be sold to support a/perture and our friends at Crossnore!


10/19 Ghostbusters

Bailey Park | 6 pm

Part of the innovation & cinema collaboration with a/perture cinema, this event will feature food, beer, and wine for purchase, along with fresh popcorn, a photo booth, and movie trivia before the movie.


10/28 Coco

BB&T Ballpark | 6:30 pm

This is a free, but donations of cash, blankets, and non-perishable food will be accepted for the Winston-Salem Police Foundation!


Costume Fun

Trick-or-treat is great, but have you tried “Truck & Treat”? Or shown off your superhero costume to your favorite superhero? These are some of the best kid-friendly costume events happening in Winston!


10/11 Dark in the Park at Bethabara

Bethabara Historic Park | 6:30

This family event features hay wagon rides,  a talking scarecrow, friendly witches, colonial soldiers, a haunted guided tour up to God’s Acre cemetery, kid-friendly crafts, face painting, and more! Music by the Bethabara Band. Costumes encouraged!


10/20 Character Breakfast

Two seatings, at 8:30 and 10:30 Bridger Field House at BB&T Field

Hosted by the Winston-Salem Ronald McDonald House, this event features breakfast with your favorite princesses, superheroes, and story characters. Order your tickets in advance, $25 per person.


10/21 Truck & Treat

Kaleideum North | 1–5 pm

Spooky science shows, FrankenSTEM, laser shows in the planetarium, trick or treating, and, of course, trucks. Tickets are $5.


10/27 Pilot Mountain: Let’s Glows Crazy

Downtown Pilot Mountain | 7 pm

The brightest block party around! Tickets are $5.


Fall Markets

When it comes to overindulging with delicious food, you probably think of Thanksgiving or Christmas.  But we like to, y’know, get a head start on all that.


10/06 Southern Charm at the Farm

Tanglewood Park 9–5

300 vendors, featuring handcrafted, vintage, antique, and repurposed items, over 10 food trucks, and live music. Tickets are $5. 


10/13 Triad Desert Market

Foothills Tasting Room | 12–6 pm

Some of the best local bakeries + some of the best local beer = exactly how I want to kill my diet. 


Fall Festivals 

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10/12 –10/13 Pride 2018

Starting with a kick-off party at the Kimpton Cardinal Hotel (tickets=$45 per person / $70 for a couple) and a Bookmarks book club later in the month, Winston-Salem Pride keeps the party rolling through the month!


10/12–14 Mount Airy Autumn Leaves Festival

This annual favorite will feature everything from bluegrass to gospel music, soul-food, and family fun!


10/19 Carolina Balloon Fest

If you’re willing to drive outside of Winston, the annual Carolina Balloon Fest is definitely worth it!


10/27 AppleFest

Historic Bethabara Park | 10–4 pm

Originally scheduled for September 22, this free family-friendly event features a variety of artisans and craftsman, food trucks and local food vendors, live music, and even some racing pigs!


Live Music

Featured Show: The Collection Album Release Party | The Ramkat, November 3rd


If you’ve never seen The Collection live, you’re missing out. Their newest album, Entropy, is out this month, and they’re currently on their North American tour. They’ll be returning to Winston with an album release party celebrated with other local acts The Genuine and Cashevelly Morrison.

As always, The Ramkat has a full month of awesome shows, including Gillian Welch, American Aquarium, and BYOV (Bring Your Own Vinyl) with Underdog Records. Here are a few other local shows you’ll want to see in October:


10/12 Empire Strikes Brass

Wiseman Brewing | 8 pm

Aside from having an awesome name, this Asheville group honors an eclectic mix of music, from New Orleans brass to old school & psychedelic funk.


10/13 Billy Joel

BB&T Field | 8 pm

This is Billy Joel’s first-ever stadium concert in North Carolina!


10/26 Jukebot VI

The Ramkat | 7 pm

This annual Halloween favorite will feature cover sets of Ween, Smashing Pumpkins, and more!

Hallo-wine Events

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Our friends at RayLen Vineyards came up with this pun, and it’s so good, we had to use it too. October is officially Hallo-wine month.

10/19  Hallo-wine Pumpkin Decorating

RayLen Vineyards | 5:00–8:30 pm


10/20 2018 Yadkin Valley Grape Festival

11 – 5 pm | Free admission, wristbands are $20 in advance / $25 day of


10/22 Cigar Release Party

Old Nick Williams Company Farm & Distillery | 7–9 pm


10/27 Rocky Horror Picture Show at West Bend

West Bend Winery & Brewery | 8–11 pm


11/3 The Crafty Llama: Art, Craft, & Vintage Market 

Divine Llama Vineyards | 11–5 pm | Tickets available at the gate


Fun at the Pub

Oktoberfest isn’t over yet! And have you heard about the first-ever WiseMinster Dog Show??! There’s lots of Winston-Salem pub events and costume parties, but these should be at the top of your list:


10/06 The WiseMinster Dog Show

Wiseman Brewing | 12–5 pm

Adoptable dogs from Forsyth Humane Society will compete for Best in Show with a celebrity panel of judges. Pick your favorite with just $1 per vote. Also, Wiseman will donate a dollar from each sale of their Scoop Dog pilsner, and Top Dawgs and Mozelle’s will have food for purchase!


10/6 Foothill’s Oktoberfest

Foothills Tasting Room 12–6 pm

Featuring team relays, a beard and moustache contest, a tuba band, and even an axe throwing cage. And, of course, plenty of Foothills beer, such as their seasonal Oktoberfest Lager and Pumpkin Ale!


10/6 Oktoberfest at the Barrel Hall

Joymongers Barrell Hall | 12 pm – 12 am

Have you been to Joymongers yet? The Greensboro brewery opened a Winston barrel hall in the historic West End this past spring, featuring all your barrel-aged favorites alongside some Winston exclusives. Check them out for food trucks


10/27 Halloween Party with The Pop Guns!

Old Nick’s Pub | 8 pm

One of their biggest nights of the year, our friends at Old Nick’s Pub know how to throw a party! Music starts at 9, and there will be prizes for best individual and couples costumes!


🎃Hyped for Halloween?

Got an exciting event coming up? We want to hear about it! Tell us about your events and we’ll add them to our blog!

Alex Muller
About Alex Muller

Alex Muller is the Operations Assistant with Nu and an avid writer. In addition to writing poems, stories, and songs in his spare time, he has helped clients from vastly different industries develop brand-focused content for topics on everything from furniture and dentistry to jewelry and lingerie.

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