Although the last day of class is approaching rapidly and summer is just around the corner, many Deacs may be opting to stay in Winston-Salem this summer, either for summer classes or employment opportunities.
For those staying local, be sure to leave space open on your calendar to check out the countless events and activities going on here this summer.
Winston-Salem will be hosting a variety of musical performances this summer, ranging from jazz to country.
The Arts Council of Winston-Salem will be hosting a summer parks series where different musicians will perform at different parks throughout the city. This would be a great opportunity to take a break and enjoy a picnic with friends.
The Winston-Salem Fairgrounds will be hosting a Classic Country Series as well, which will feature Travis Tritt on May 11 and The Marshal Tucker Band on June 16. The tickets for these events range from $20-$45 and the event is right around the corner from campus.
Another music festival, Gears and Guitars, will take place right across the street from our new Wake Downtown building at Bailey Park starting on May 26. Featured artists include Eric Dodd, Muscadine Bloodline, Corey Smith and Barenaked Ladies.
Another way to enjoy the arts this summer is through the event that the Downtown Arts District Association puts on each month called Gallery Hop. This event invites artists to share their art with the public through a unique experience where they block off the streets and let the public explore the different art on display.
The Gallery Hop is a free event that takes place on the first Friday of each month and could be a great way to explore downtown while also enjoying some local art.
Another series of events happening this summer, called Taste of Art, takes a more hands-on approach to art. These events range from making your own pair of iced tea tumblers to creating a glass mosaic. All of the tools needed are provided, so all you need to bring is your dinner.
Another great opportunity to take advantage of while spending your summer in Winston-Salem is our very own Winston-Salem Dash baseball team. After every Friday game there will be a fireworks show and there are several all-you-can-eat nights where you can grab a hotdog or hamburger for free during the game.
These are just a few of the ongoing list of events happening in Winston-Salem this summer, so whether you are staying in town for classes or work, make sure to take a break and take advantage of these opportunities.