Whether you’re into art, food, live music, sports, or craft cocktails, Winston-Salem is your ideal spot this summer. Rock out at one of our free outdoor concerts, explore our downtown arts scene, sample our craft beer crawl, or feel the excitement of world-class tennis.
Just look at what you can do:
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Celebrate warmer temperatures and brighter days ahead as you wine, dine, shop, and craft beer hop all within our walkable, award-winning downtown.
In our hip and historic city, you’ll discover a mix of arts, food, drinks, and fun around every corner.
As the sun sets, Winston-Salem’s vibrant arts and music scene come alive. Light up the night sipping and savoring while dining at our more than 100 eateries and cool craft breweries downtown. Blend relaxation and exhilaration while exploring the mural-lined streets of the Downtown Arts District, where you’ll find eclectic shops, art galleries, entertainment venues, live music, and much more.
On warm spring and summer evenings, Winston-Salem baseball fans gather to root for the home team—the Winston-Salem Dash—and celebrate life’s simple joys: baseball, hot dogs, and cold beer. A minor-league baseball game at Truist Stadium is a leisurely way to kick back with friends and family while taking in one of the best views of the city skyline.
PLAY AND STAY DOWNTOWN
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Below is a guide to making the most of downtown’s spring and summer happenings:
Batter Up: The Boys are Back in Town
The Winston-Salem Dash return this spring for their 2021 season! 60 home baseball games will be played at Truist Stadium, with the season in full-swing starting Tuesday, May 4. Root for your home team! View the game schedule, and click here for tickets.
Catch live music in the heart of downtown’s Innovation Quarter for Coalpit Live, a free outdoor concert series.
Fun fact: The Coal Pit—now a cool outdoor gathering space—once stored fuel powering the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company’s factory and warehouses.
- June 26: Cracker at 7 p.m.
- July 4: Big Daddy Love
- July 31: Lilly Hiatt
- Aug.13: Cowboy Mouth at 7 p.m.
Cobblestone Farmers Market
On Saturday mornings, stock up at Cobblestone Farmers Market. This beloved, producer-only farmers market partners with local vendors to bring fresh products like seasonal vegetables, ethically farmed meats, local dairy, and more to the heart of the city.
Location: 1001 S. Marshall Street (parking lot behind Old Salem Visitor’s Center)
Hours: 8:30 a.m. – noon
DADA First Friday Gallery Hop
On the first Friday of each month from 7-10 p.m., the Downtown Arts District stays open later than usual for the signature event DADA First Friday Gallery Hop. Stroll through shops and galleries with ease as Trade Street closes to traffic, allowing for live music and other activities. Find inspiration in our great “artdoors” by venturing to ARTivity on the Green, a colorful park with bold metal towers and a collaborative mural created by area artists.
Upcoming Gallery Hops:
- July 2, Aug. 6, and Sept. 3
Mark your calendars for the return of free outdoor concerts during the Downtown Summer Music Series. The sizzlin’ summer line-up includes jazz music on Fridays and local bands on Saturdays.
- Location: Intersection of Sixth and Liberty Streets
- Hours: Concerts every Saturday night from 7-10 p.m. starting July 3
- July 3: Karon Click & The Hot Licks
- July 10: West End Mambo
- July 17: Smitty & The JumpStarters
- July 24: OSP Band
- July 31: “B” String Allstars
- Aug. 7: Phase Band
- Aug. 14: Big Ron Hunter & The Lady Brigade
- Aug. 21: Vagabond Saints’ Society
- Aug. 28: Envision
- Sept. 4: The Ladies Auxiliary
- Location: Corpening Plaza (237 W First Street)
- Hours: Concerts on the following Fridays from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. starting July 9
- July 9: Terence Young
- July 23: John Dillard featuring Gena Chambers
- July 30: Brian Simpson
- Aug. 13: Willie Bradley
- Aug. 27: Jessie J.
Innovation & Cinema
Summertime calls for outdoor movie nights—and there’s no better place to catch a flick than under the stars at Bailey Park. Drinks from Incendiary Brewing, popcorn from a/perture cinema, and fare from local food trucks are available for purchase.
“Doors” open at 7:30 p.m., and showtime is 8:30 p.m. Reserve your seats here.
- July 8: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
- Aug. 12: Hidden Figures
Roar Summer Concert Series
Pair live music with delectable eats and inspired drinks as Sir Winston Wine Loft turns up the volume with its summer concert series on Thursdays from 6-9 p.m. through June.
- June 24: Clay Howard and Greg Hurley
Summer Music Shindihg
Find your beat at downtown’s Industry Hill neighborhood for the newest outdoor concert series, Summer Music Shindihg. Every Friday night in June, listen to live music outside The Ramkat, located at 170 W. Ninth Street. Tickets range in price from $10 – $30 per show and can be purchased here.
- June 25: Silent disco party
Find your center in Bailey Park with a free outdoor yoga series held on the third Wednesday of every month at 6 p.m. Be sure to reserve your spot on the lawn as there’s a 200-person limit.
July 21, Aug. 18, and Sept. 15
Experience the Downtown Arts District in a new light during “The Shoppery,” a new community event promoting shopping and dining along Trade Street. On the third Friday of every month from 5-10 p.m., “The Shoppery” features musicians, street performers, and other family-friendly entertainment.
*Note that masks are required. Trade Street will be temporarily closed to vehicles between Fifth Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard during this timeframe*
Enjoy al fresco wine & dining on Fourth Street every Saturday night from 5-10 p.m. During “The Streatery,” eateries and bars located on Fourth Street will expand outdoor dining areas onto the sidewalk and street.
Participating restaurants and bars include: Recreation Billiards, Bull’s Tavern, Canteen Still Life, Mayberry Ice Cream Restaurants, La Ch.ngada, Jeffrey Adams, Mellow Mushroom, Washington Perk and Provisions, Camino Bakery, Local Artisans, Jimmy Johns, Mystic Ginger, XCaret Mexican Grill, Sir Winston Wine Loft and Restaurant, Brother’s Pizzeria, Downtown Thai, Charm Thai, King’s Crab Shack, Tate’s Craft Cocktail, and Thirsty Pallet.
*Note that masks are required until seated. Fourth Street will be temporarily closed to vehicles between Liberty and Spruce Streets during this timeframe.*
Winston Junction Market
In Winston-Salem’s Industry Hill District, don’t miss Winston Junction Market, an innovative makers’ market open most Saturdays. Winston Junction is a must-visit for local baked goods, wellness products, original woodwork items, live plants, and fresh meats.
Location: 901 N. Trade Street
Dates: June 19
Hours: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.