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!
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
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 pmCome 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!
Bright Leaf Books | 6:30 pmSusan 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.
Hanes Art Gallery, Scales Fine Arts Center, Wake Forest University | 6:00 pmAn 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 CenterOur friends at the Yadkin Arts Council & Cultural Center always put on some great events. We can’t wait what they do with this classic!
RJ Reynolds AuditoriumThis 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-SalemPretty 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!
10/13 Fantastic Mr. Fox
Crossnore Children’s Home | 6:30Bring 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!
Bailey Park | 6 pmPart 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.
BB&T Ballpark | 6:30 pmThis is a free, but donations of cash, blankets, and non-perishable food will be accepted for the Winston-Salem Police Foundation!
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!
Bethabara Historic Park | 6:30This 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 FieldHosted 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 pmSpooky science shows, FrankenSTEM, laser shows in the planetarium, trick or treating, and, of course, trucks. Tickets are $5.
Downtown Pilot Mountain | 7 pmThe brightest block party around! Tickets are $5.
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.
Tanglewood Park 9–5300 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 pmSome of the best local bakeries + some of the best local beer = exactly how I want to kill my diet.
10/12 –10/13 Pride 2018Starting 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 FestivalThis annual favorite will feature everything from bluegrass to gospel music, soul-food, and family fun!
10/19 Carolina Balloon FestIf you’re willing to drive outside of Winston, the annual Carolina Balloon Fest is definitely worth it!
Historic Bethabara Park | 10–4 pmOriginally 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!
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 pmAside 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 pmThis is Billy Joel’s first-ever stadium concert in North Carolina!
10/26 Jukebot VI
The Ramkat | 7 pmThis annual Halloween favorite will feature cover sets of Ween, Smashing Pumpkins, and more!
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.
RayLen Vineyards | 5:00–8:30 pm
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
West Bend Winery & Brewery | 8–11 pm
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 pmAdoptable 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!
Foothills Tasting Room 12–6 pmFeaturing 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!
Joymongers Barrell Hall | 12 pm – 12 amHave 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
Old Nick’s Pub | 8 pmOne 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!