50 things to do this summer

by Brian Clarey

June 29: Carolina SciQuarium opens — After a $2 million public investment, the site at Natural Science Center has become one of the largest facilities of its kind in the state. Sharks, otters, penguins and more will be on display permanently in their new home.

June 27-29: Noodle Doodle Box — Brown Building Theatre, UNCG,

The play follows the zany actions of two competing clowns who refuse to share and collaborate until they are forced to unite against a drum major who is trying to pit them against one another.

June 29-30: Symposium on Official & Scientific Investigations of UAPs/UFOs — Odeon Theatre, Greensboro Coliseum Complex,

Do you believe? Then you should definitely check out this event, which is more science and investigation than sci-fi and aliens. The list of speakers include journalists, military pilots, research scientists, professors and even a government official.

June 27-29: Judith of Bethulia, Triad Stage UpStage Cabaret, Greensboro,

The outrageous and sometimes lewd play celebrates a Hollywood-styled Biblical epic.

June 26-30: Tennessee Playboy — Triad Stage, Greensboro,

Preston Lane’s original redneck romance is a fun, but dark and edgy comedy that takes place in a lonely truck stop where a man admits to killing his father. His story is so thrilling and his deed so daring that instead of turning him over to the law, the locals embrace him as a hero. But his fortunes change when his “dead” father suddenly appears.

June 27-29: God of Carnage, Brown Building Theatre, UNCG,

The stimulating tale depicts two pairs of parents, one of whose child has hurt the other at a public park, who meet to discuss the matter in a civilized manner. However, as the evening goes on, the parents become increasingly childish, resulting in the evening devolving into chaos.

July 12-14, 18-21: Big, the Musical — Weaver Academy, Greensboro,

The City Arts Drama Center holds performances of this adaptation of the film at Weaver Academy.

June 28-29: Get Smart — Children’s Theatre of Winston-Salem, Arts Council Theatre, Winston-Salem,

The exploits of Maxwell Smart and the sultry Agent 99 come to life on the stage this summer, adapted from the awesome 1960s TV show.

June 29-July 4: Fun Fourth Festival — downtown Greensboro;

Greensboro’s most alliterative festival kicks off with a Freedom Run & Walk on June 29. A block party featuring the New Familiars, Swear and Shake, and Keller Williams with the Travelin’ McCourys happens on the evening of July 3. The parade starts on the morning of July 4, followed by a street festival immediately afterwards and a concert with fireworks at the White Oak Amphitheatre that evening.

July 3: Summertime Brews Festival — Greensboro Coliseum,

In its 9 th year, the Triad’s original beer fest features hundreds of craft and mainstream beers, cigar vendors and… well that’s pretty much it, but what more do you need?

Every final Friday: Final Friday Entertainment Series — NCShakes, High Point,

Final Friday showcases local, Triadarea acts, such as Nekkid Feet, a Winston-Salem improv comedy group, every last Friday of the month, from 7:30-9 p.m. Admission is $10 at the door, with beer, wine and other refreshments available for purchase. See website for more details on future acts.

June 26-27: Greensboro 48-Hour Film Screening — Carolina Theatre, Greensboro,

All the crews that scrambled to assemble a 7-minute film using a set character, prop and piece of dialog within a 48-hour timeframe show off their work at the historic theater.

July 5-7: Heavy Rebel Weekender — the Millennium Center, Winston-Salem,

Our favorite Triad festival features everything that’s dangerous about rock and roll: flame jobs, custom cars, PBR and Johnny Cash. The weekend features more than 90 kickass acts on four stages, with a sexy Wiggle Room, sideshows and contests that include beer-chugging, bass-slapping, puddin’-eating and wet-wifebeater-wearing. If you’ve never been, you really need to see it.

July 26-28: Shakespeare in the Park: Richard III — Barber Park Amphitheater, Greensboro,

Livestock Players, 3 rd Stage Theatre Co. and Guilford County Schools present classic Shakespeare outdoors, the way it was meant to be seen.

June 20-Aug. 14 — Films at the Carolina Theatre, Greensboro,

The Caroline Theatre plays host to a pair of film series throughout the summer. Its Summer Film Festival incudes titles like Fargo, Jaws, Goodfellas, Rear Window and The Princess Bride. The Mixed Tape Film Series features curated family fare like Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, Batman and Edward Scissorhands. Admission for each is just $5; look for dates and times on the website.

Aug. 24: Castle Carnevale — Castle McCulloch, Jamestown,

A wild, sexy and artsy Bacchanalian masked ball on the grounds of an actual castle in Jamestown, this biannual event has made a big name for itself over the last few years as the place to be: fire dancers, live music, bellydancing and other exotica keep ’em coming back.

June 29: The Wonderettes — Theatre Alliance, Winston- Salem,

The nostalgic musical act includes four young ladies who tell their story in song, from their high school prom in 1958 to their late 20s in 1968.

July 5-11: Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie — Geeksboro Coffeehouse Cinema, Greensboro;

Before Fox News and MSNBC and even before “Maury,” Morton Downey Jr.electrified the television airwaves with his brash opinions, rowdy audiences and predilection for chainsmoking. The documentary chronicling his reign airs at Greensboro’s nerdiest coffeehouse in July.

August 8-11: All About Faith — Community Theatre of Greensboro,

Performed without intermission and consisting of four scenes, the fictional story follows a jaded prison psychologist in the Tennessee Prison for Women in Nashville, Tenn. who is suddenly confronted with a female prisoner who speaks only in Biblical verses. The psychologist becomes a detective to get to the core of young Faith’s problem and her crime.

July 26- Aug. 8: The Way Way Back — A/perture Cinema, Winston-Salem,

A teenager comes of age while working at the Water Wizz waterpark, starring Steve Carrell and Toni Colette. Catch it at the arthouse cinema, along with dozens of other boutique films, in July.

Aug 31: The John Coltrane International Jazz & Blues Festival — Oak Hollow Festival Park, High Point,

Arguably High Point’s most famous son, Coltrane left the city as a teenager and never looked back. The festival that bears his name, now in its third year, has had some difficulties coming out of the gate, but this year’s lineup includes Ironing Board Sam, Christian Scott and headliner Al Jarreau.

June 24- Sept. 30: Fitness by the Fountain — Center City Park, Greensboro,

A fitness class goes down every Monday at 6 p.m. in Greensboro’s urban park, featuring yoga, zumba, dance, jazzercise, hooping and more.

June 22- Aug. 24: Bowman Gray Racing — Bowman Gray Stadium, Winston-Salem,

NASCAR’s oldest continuously running track brings another season on the short track this summer every Saturday night. If you’ve never been, you would not believe how packed and loud the place gets.

June 27-30: 2013 International Futsal Cup — Greensboro Coliseum,

Futsal is basically five-man soccer, played indoors on a hard court with unlimited substitutions and a smaller ball. Catch the best in the world at the coliseum this week, including 2012 Intercontinental Futsal Cup Champion Carlos Barbosa and his team, the South American champions Intelli Orlandia.

July 18-20: Greensboro Community Swim Association City Meet — Greensboro Aquatic Center,

The summer swim clubs come together at the end of the season to duke it out for the coveted city title. You don’t have to have kids competing to enjoy the event, but it helps.

June 7-Aug. 28: Summer Night Lights — City of Greensboro;

Throughout the summer, the city of Greensboro runs the SNL program of free outdoor movies, concerts, dances, games, sports, pool parties and more at various locations throughout the city, including the SportsPlex, Festival Park and area pools and rec centers. The events, listed on the city website and calendar, are open to all Guilford County residents ages 13-18.

July 19-21: Winston- Salem Sectional Bridge Tournament — Bolton Home & Garden Building, LJVM

Yes, people still play bridge, and they’ve gotten pretty good at it. Try your luck in this sectional tournament which runs through the weekend.

June 22: Greensboro Roller Derby — Greensboro Coliseum,

The Gate City Rollergirls have their second Star Wars-themed event in late June, with the Gate City All Stars facing the Classic City Roller Girls, the Boba Fett to their Han Solo. The second bout brings the Mad Dollies against the Elm Street Nightmares. Bring your own carbonite.

July 22: East-West All Star Basketball Games — Greensboro Coliseum,

The state’s high school basketball all stars, male and female, take to the hardcourt during the 65 th annual NC Coaches Clinic.

June 29: Summer Bash 2013 — the Carolina Theatre, Greensboro,

Who’s Bad? Now that the King of Pop is no more, the mantle goes to his tribute band, which already took the liberty of giving themselves that name. Tickets run $10 in advance, $20 day of, so it pays to be early.

June 24- July 17: Eastern Music Festival — Greensboro,

This granddaddy of the Triad festival circuit is a marriage of classical music, Americana, jazz, blues and “fringe.” We like the fringe, with Molly McGinn & Wurlitzer Prize, Seth Walker, Enter the Haggis and more on the bill. But the classical portion is encyclopedic, with chamber music, symphonies and featured performers contributing dozens of performances throughout the summer.

Aug. 12- 28: The Wyndham Championship — Sedgefield Country Club,

The tourney formerly known as the GGO has settled into the Donald Ross course at Sedgefield, where PGA pros compete in the last tour event before the playoffs. Grimsley Whirley Carl Petterson has shown his ability to absolutely shred this course, but he’ll have some steep competition for the title.

June 22-Sept. 7: Summer on Trade/ Downtown Jazz — Corpening Plaza, Winston-Salem,

Every Saturday, all summer long, Summer on Trade brings afternoon revelry to the city. Bands include the Brand New Life, the Dirty Bourbon River Show, West End Mambo and the Vagabond Saints performing the Police. Fridays, the Downtown Jazz series, which runs every other week, wraps Aug. 23. Check the site for schedules.

Aug. 18-24: The Winston-Salem Open — Wake Forest Tennis Center, Winston-Salem;

Part of the Emirates Airlines US Open series and in its third year, the W-S Open is quickly becoming a high-profile event on the men’s circuit, largely due to participation by Greensboro’s own John Isner, who won the first two tournaments handily. Bring sunscreen.

June 28: The Vagabond Saints Society — Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts, Winston-Salem,

The Vagabond Saints Society, made up of veteran Winston-Salem musicians, brings Part 2 of their Camel City musical retrospective. According to the website, “Scheduled guests include Richard Boyd, Randy Burke, Michael Chamis, Reid Mansell, Lauren Myers, John Pfiffner, Susan Snow, Peter Spivak, and Lee and Susan Terry playing the music of Ben Folds, Sally Spring, Squatweiler, the Naked Ramblers, Codeseven, Evoka, Jump Little Children and many others.”

Through September: Triad baseball —,, hitoms.

com Follow the exploits of the Triad’s minor-league baseball teams, including the Winston-Salem Dash and the High Point Hi-Toms, at home games throughout the season.

June 28: Blind Tiger anniversary party — The Blind Tiger, Greensboro,

The little rock club that began on Walker Avenue 25 years ago moved into new and more expansive digs on Spring Garden Street a couple years ago. Helping celebrate the birthday will be headliners House of Fools, with support from Unifier and Ameriglow.

Through Aug. 25: Music for a Sunday Evening in the Park — throughout Greensboro

MUSEP, the long-running, free outdoor music program, encourages picnicking and socializing on warm summer nights.

June 28-29: The Drive-By Truckers — Ziggy’s, Winston-Salem,

Seems like all the best music this summer happens on the same day. But the Drive-By Truckers make it easier by holding down a twonight stand at the downtown rock club Ziggy’s.


Bolton Pool: 1590 Bolton St., Winston-Salem, 336.659.4318

Mon.-Sat., 11:30 a.m.-6 or 8 p.m. alternating days, Sun. 12:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. Featuring a water sprayground.

Happy Hill Pool: 1230 Alder St., Winston-Salem, 336.727.2199

Mon.–Sat., noon-6 p.m., Sun. 2-6 p.m.

Mineral Springs Pool: 4700 Ogburn Ave., Winston-Salem, 336.661.4990

Mon.–Sat., noon- 6 p.m., Sun. 1:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Parkland Pool: 1660 Brewer Road, Winston-Salem, 336.650.7688

Mon.-Fri. 11:30 a.m.–7:30 p.m., Tues., Wed., Thurs., Sat. 11:30 a.m.–6 p.m., Sun. noon–6 p.m.

Barber Park Sprayground: 1500 Dans Road, Greensboro, 336.373.5892

Mon.–Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 1-6 p.m. FREE

Bur-Mil Park Aquatic Center: 5834 Bur-Mill Club Road, Greensboro, 336.373.3800

Open weekdays 11 a.m.–6 p.m. and 10- a.m.6 p.m. on the weekend.

Warnersville Pool: 601 Doak St., Greensboro, 336.373.5809

Thurs-Sun. 1-5 p.m.

Lindley Pool: 2914 Springwood Drive, Greensboro, 336.299.3226

Open daily except Mon. and Wed. from 1-5 p.m.

Peeler Pool: 1300 Sykes Ave., Greensboro 336.373.5811

Tues, Wed, Fri and Sat., 1-5 p.m.

Greensboro Aquatic Center: Greensboro Coliseum Complex,

The GAC is the newest, biggest and swankiest swimming facility in the state.

Wet ‘n’ Wild Emerald Pointe waterpark:

People come from miles around for Greensboro’s waterpark, with more than 36 brides and attractions.