8 great things to do in the Triad: Aug. 30-Sept. 1
By: Delaney Geraghty
1. On Aug. 30 in Greensboro, relive the glory days of rock ‘n’ roll with an added twist: lasers! Head to the Greensboro Science Center, located at 4301 Lawndale Dr., to watch a laser light show set to the music of Led Zeppelin. Each show is about 45 minutes, and showings begin at 7 p.m., 8 p.m., and 9 p.m. The show features 11 Led Zeppelin songs, including “Stairway to Heaven,” “Over the Hills and Far Away,” and “The Song Remains the Same.” This is a family-friendly event, but due to the nature of the show, children must be at least 3 years old to attend. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
2. From Aug. 31 to Sep. 1 in High Point, check out the Ninth Annual John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival taking place at Oak Hollow Festival Park, located at 1841 Eastchester Dr. This two-day music festival is named for John Coltrane, a composer and saxophonist who grew up in High Point, and features performances from artists such as Lisa Fischer, Eric Gales, the Spanish Harlem Orchestra, and many more. The event begins at 3 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday and includes food, drinks, crafts, and other vendors. You can come and go from the venue as long as you keep your wristband on, and children ages 6 and under enter for free. Unless you opt for VIP admission, remember to bring your own lawn chair – and maybe an umbrella, as this event is rain or shine! Tickets can be purchased and additional festival information found on the festival’s website.
3. On Aug. 31 in Reidsville, from 5 to 10 p.m, head to Lake Reidsville Park for the Piedmont Triad Water Lantern Festival. According to the event website, the Water Lantern Festival is “filled with fun, happiness, hope, and great memories that you’ll cherish for a lifetime.” Located at 630 Water Works Rd., this all-ages event centers around festival-goers customizing their own floating lantern and watching it set sail along with hundreds of others for a magical sight. Each adult ticket includes entrance, a water lantern, a Water Lantern Festival drawstring bag, a marker to decorate your lantern and a wristband. The environmentally-conscious shouldn’t feel guilty for partaking in the festivities: according to the website, the ticket price also “covers the cost of collecting and removing the lanterns from the water following the event as well as cleaning up any trash that may have been previously been in or around the water.” For more information, check out the event website.
4. On Aug. 31 in Greensboro, check out the Second Annual Triad International Afro-Caribbean Festival happening in LeBauer Park in downtown Greensboro from 1 to 6 p.m. for food, drinks, music, and all things Afro-Caribbean. The event’s Facebook page describes it as a “one-day, nonprofit music festival featuring internationally recognized, African and Caribbean artists, local music artists, African and Caribbean dance performers, popular food dishes stemming from Africa and the Caribbean, African folklore, and vendors offering African crafts, clothing, and jewelry.” Admission is free for children 12 and under, and tickets for all other attendees can be purchased on Eventbrite.com, with price levels ranging from $5 to $15. For more information, visit the event website.
5. On Aug. 31 in Winston-Salem, AML Wrestling is presenting Great Expectations, a live women’s pro-wrestling event, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Benton Convention Center, located at 301 W. 5th St. The evening features the AML Wrestling women’s division called Ladies Night Out, and is a family-friendly event – children age 10 and under are free with a paid adult. You can even meet the wrestlers at the end of the night! The doors open at 6 p.m., with matches beginning at 7 p.m. For more information, check out the Facebook event page.
6. On Aug. 31 in Greensboro, from 7:30 to 10 p.m., experience the drama and intrigue of a murder mystery dinner at A Speakeasy Murder at Garage Tavern, located at 5211 W. Market St. and produced by Mystery Men Productions. The $35 tickets must be purchased beforehand and include a drink ticket for one wine or beer. The event website implores folks to “join us in a dazzling evening of Prohibition, showgirls, gang-wars and murder! You will be in the middle of the action and it will be up to you to wheel and deal with the other guests. Can you achieve your goals, keep your secrets hidden and survive A Speakeasy Murder? It’s up to you.” For more information (such as the full list of characters), visit the event website.
7. On Sept. 1 in Winston-Salem, a night full of brews and rock ‘n’ roll is in store at Incendiary Brewing Company. From 7 to 11 p.m. at 486 N. Patterson Ave., Incendiary Brewing Company will be collaborating with Gears and Guitars festival to put on a celebratory one-year anniversary event, featuring performances by Fuel and Clay Howard. Admission is free, and there will be plenty of food trucks and alcoholic beverages to choose from. While no outside food, drinks, or coolers are permitted, guests are free to bring their own lawn chairs. For more information, check out the Facebook event page.
8. On Sept. 1 in Winston-Salem, bring your pup to the Foothills Brewery Tasting Room, located at 3800 Kimwell Dr., for the Welcome Back Puppy Party from noon to 8 p.m. According to the Facebook event page, “In July, North Carolina passed legislation allowing dogs back in brewery tasting rooms! So we’re welcoming back our four-legged friends with a Welcome Bark Party. Chef Shane is even making some special dog treats from the spent grain in our brewery! So leash up your furry loved one and come join us for a pint and a treat.” Admission is free, and pet-focused vendors such as Furrtastic Pet Accessories, Merit Pit Bull Foundation, and more will be in attendance as well. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.