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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.

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 3-12, 2014

Celebrating 132years, 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.  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 you love!   To learn more, visit…


RiverRun International Film Festival - April 16-26, 2015

Enjoy an EPIC RiverRun Weekend Getaway to Winston-Salem! 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.  This year's 11-day festival lineup features 165 films -- 91 shorts and 74 features. The films represent 35 countries. Held each April, RiverRun screens a wide variety of feature-length…


Piedmont Craftsmen’s Fair - November 22-23, 2014

More than 120 of the finest artisans from across the southeastern U.S fill the booths at Piedmont Craftsmen’s 51st 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

Salute! The North Carolina Wine Celebration has become the premier downtown festival in North Carolina that exclusively features North Carolina wine.  Produced by the Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership, Salute! uncorks in the streets of downtown Winston-Salem each summer with numerous North Carolina wineries offering tastings and purchase of their harvest.  Presented by BB&T and produced by the Downtown Winston-Salem partnership, the festival traditionally brings more than 30…


Festival of Lights:  Nov. 22 - Jan. 1

Tanglewood Park Festival of Lights Entering its 22nd season, the Festival of Lights at Tanglewood Park is open nightly from 6-11 p.m. starting Nov. 22 - Jan. 1.  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…