8 great things to do in the Triad: June 7-9
1. On June 7 in Greensboro, for one night only support local artists and fundraise for the Center for Visual Artists, 200 N. Davie St., at the 100 for 100 Art Sale! From 6 to 9 p.m., purchase a 10-inch by 10-inch work of art for $100. This event is first come, first serve and 100% of the proceeds support the CVA Gallery exhibitions and programming. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
2. From June 8-9 in Gibsonville, head to the Grove Winery & Vineyard, 7360 Brooks Bridge Rd., for a music festival like no other, the North Carolina Cigar Box Guitar Festival. This is the first year of a festival in North Carolina that celebrates homemade guitars from cigar boxes! There will be live music, of course, as well as vendors, and food trucks from noon to 10 p.m. with performances by Ben Prestage, Travis Bowlin, Skye Paige, Dar Stellabotta Music, One Hand Dan’s Damn Band, Michael “Blind-Dog” Gatewood, The Chris Green, and Cash O’Riley. There is free music from noon to 5 p.m. with the ticketed event at 6 to 10 p.m. On Sunday, the festival continues with an open jam with cigar box guitars (bring your own CBG and amp!) from 1 to 3 p.m. in conjunction with the North Carolina Food Truck Festival the same day. This festival is sponsored by YES! Weekly and tickets range from $15 to $60. For more information, visit the Facebook event page, or read more about it in Katei Cranford’s story from this week’s issue.
3. On June 8 in Winston-Salem, don’t miss the biggest block party of the weekend in the Industry Hill neighborhood at Mixxer, 1375 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. From noon to 5 p.m., according to the Facebook event page, there will be Krankies Craft Fair hosted by Mixxer Makerspace; 9th Street shut down, featuring 20 food trucks, five breweries, music, yoga, Betabox, Winston-Salem’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Partners, and community services nonprofits; Winston Junction Market with more vendors; Wise Man Brewing hosting games and music; The Ramkat is hosting a benefit concert for mental health services in Forsyth County; an Art Mart curated by Wherehouse Art Hotel; a family fun zone; Winston-Salem Ambassadors at the Winston Cup Museum; and more activities in the works. According to the Facebook event page, Industry Hill is “a place chock full of creative entrepreneurs. This new business district North of downtown is home to small businesses, breweries, entrepreneurship organizations, community services organizations, and more! Industry Hill is open to all and committed to supporting economic development in Winston-Salem by turning a sleepy, overlooked part of town into accessible, high-impact businesses.”
4. On June 8 in Greensboro, the Dunleath Porchfest is back again this year from noon to 5 p.m. Held in the Dunleath Historic Neighborhood, 518 Summit Ave., Porchfest is a time to experience the hospitality of the neighborhood while also enjoying live performances by local artists on the front porch of someone’s home. “Neighborhood porches are turned into performance venues and are paired with area performers who have offered to share their talents,” the Facebook event page states. “Neighbors and attendees stroll from house to house to enjoy a variety of music and entertainment in a festival-like atmosphere throughout the afternoon.” Porchfest is a family-friendly event that culminates into a big performance in Sternberger Park, which concludes the evening. There will be food vendors, free kids activities, T-shirts and a canned food drive for a local pantry. For more information, and to view all the performers, visit the Dunleath Porchfest website.
5. On June 9 in Greensboro, it is once again time for Greensboro Drag Brunch hosted by Anjelica Dust! From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., at Chemistry Nightclub, 2901 Spring Garden St., Greensboro’s finest drag queens plus special guest The Vixen from RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 10 will be serving up looks to benefit Thomasville Rescue Squad. There are three seatings: one at 11 a.m., one at 1:30 p.m. and the last one is at 4 p.m. There will be food served buffet-style (optional, additional $12) from PorterHouse Burger Company, contests, raffles, prizes and drink specials, such as bottomless mimosas for $25, Jell-O shots for $2, and Smirnoff cocktails starting at $5. Tickets are $15 and 100% of the proceeds will benefit Thomasville Rescue Squad. For more information, visit the Greensboro Drag Brunch website.
6. On June 9 in High Point, head to the Mendenhall Transportation Terminal, 220 E. Commerce Ave., for the High Point Food Truck Rodeo! From 3 to 8 p.m., enjoy scrumptious food and drinks from Umami, Big Mouff Cheesesteak, Cilantro Mexican Cuisine, MexiArepa Grill, Kona Ice, Dusty Donuts, Crispy Gyoza, JAM Ice Cream and Shaved Ice, Mr. Mongolian, The Grinder, Cousins Maine Lobster ~ Raleigh, Hickory Tree Turkey BBQ, King Queen #1 Haitian Cuisine, PH Burger Truck, Home Slice Pizza, and Cherry On Top. There will also be beer, wine and kids activities. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
7. On June 9 in Greensboro, Art by JoMo is hosting the summer edition of the Westerwood Local Love Market at Westerwood Tavern, 508 Guilford Ave., from 5 to 10 p.m. According to the Facebook event page, start off summer with a bang with art from Robert Carter, Nikita Hatmaker, Kelly Setliff, Jackalope Wren, and Beka Butts. “Come hang out, chill out and support some of your local favorites!” There are more details to come, so visit the Facebook event page to stay updated.
8. On June 9 in Greensboro, it is Pop Culture Trivia Night at Speakeasy Tavern, 1706 Battleground Ave., hosted by MultiPOPtural. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., come hang with the guys from MultiPOPtural as they host four rounds of trivia about music, movies, T.V. shows and much more. There will be prizes, gift certificates and specials, such as $5 select appetizers and $2.50 beer. According to the Facebook event page, “We look forward to seeing each and every one of your nerds Sundays at Speakeasy!”