8 great things to do in the Triad: May 17-19
1. On May 17 in Greensboro, come to Dram & Draught, located at 300 W. Gate City Blvd., and celebrate our biggest issue of the year, The Triad’s Best! The YES! Weekly staff along with winners and runners-up will be there with free food and drink samples and congratulate this year’s award winners. From 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., Everyone is invited as we celebrate with and sample some of our winners and their products including Lao Restaurant + Bar, Scrambled Southern Diner, Lindley Park Filling Station, Whit’s Frozen Custard, Cold Fusion Pops, Babycakes, Pepper Mill Café, Fiddlin’ Fish Brewing Co., and Taco Mama! There will also be pop-up ax-throwing by The Flying Hatchet. The event is free, and we look forward to celebrating all things great in the Triad!
2. From May 17-19 in Winston-Salem, don’t miss the 2019 Winston-Salem Greek Festival, located at 435 Keating Dr. On Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. and from Sunday from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m., dine-in, or drive-thru and eat “baked chicken, lamb, souvlaki, mousaka, and pastichio combination plates which include spanakopita, Greek-styled green beans, and a side salad,” with a drink included with the full plated meal. There will also be authentic Greek singing, dancing and music occurring every hour. There are also interactive games, free giveaways, and food eating contests with the Zorba Squad, and a variety of kids activities. There are also tours and a Greek marketplace for people to enjoy as well. For more information, visit the website.
3. On May 17 in Winston-Salem, Elevated Weirdo and Monstercade, 204 W. Acadia Ave., present: Air Guitar! Heavy Metal Parking Lot Edition from 9 p.m. until midnight. Elevated Weirdo and last year’s runner-up, Rob Halford Peace, will host this year’s contest to see who is the ultimate Air Guitar Hero at this Air Guitar Competition. “Bring your best Metal Performance and win the crowd for some lame prize you never knew you wanted. Sign up starts at 9 with the show at 10.” For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
4. On May 18 in Greensboro, the 33rd annual Carolina Blues Festival is happening from 2 to 9 p.m. in LeBauer Park, 208 N. Davie St. The festival is hosted by the Piedmont Blues Preservation Society and is the longest-running Blues Festival in the Southeast United States! This year’s lineup includes House of Dues, Melva Houston, Jon Shain, Clark Stern and The Musical Rewards, and the legendary Dom Flemons. Tickets are $20, with several discounts available, such as $5 off for active military/vets, $5 off public school employees, $10 off for students, and $5 off with five canned goods/non-perishable food items for Second Harvest Food Bank, the PBPS’s nonprofit partner. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
5. On May 18 in Winston-Salem, Blu Velvet Lounge, 915 Brookstown Ave., will host The Pink Party–A Girl Power Dance Party. From 8 p.m. until 2 a.m., support Planned Parenthood South Atlantic at a dance party with “girl-power jams” with local DJs. According to your Facebook event page, “A $5 donation is recommended and can be done in advance or at the door and ALL money raised will go directly to our local Planned Parenthood chapter.”
6. On May 18 in Winston-Salem, join Pride Winston-Salem for A Night at Studio 207! From 6 p.m. until 3 a.m. at Second and Green Tavern, 207 N. Green St., see performances by Maxwell Parque Divine, LoveLee Jackson, DeVonte Jackson, Brittany Wildfrost, and hosted by Miss Gay North Carolina America 2018 Shelita Bonet Hoyle. DJ Fish will be spinning tunes and Second and Green Tavern’s bartenders will be concocting creative cocktails with New Amsterdam vodka and RumHaven rum. There is a $10 cover at the door, and the shows are at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
7. On May 19 in Greensboro, support The Experimental School of Greensboro with Rhiannon Giddens, Laurelyn Dossett, Molly McGinn, Lalenja Harrington, Charlie Hunter and Sinclair Palmer. Starting at 8 p.m., at 501 S. Mendenhall St., Giddens, Dossett, McGinn, Harrington, Hunter and Palmer will be performing at a benefit concert for TESG, which according to the Facebook event page, “educates creative critically engaged citizens using an experiential curriculum that extends the classroom into the downtown Greensboro community.” Tickets are $35 and can be purchased on the Eventbrite page.
8. On May 19 in Greensboro, head to Doodad Farm, located at 4701 Land Rd., for its fifth annual tribute to benefit a local charity from 3 to 8:30 p.m. This year’s tribute is called HerSong- A Celebration of Women, which, according to the Facebook event page, includes women’s art, music, and “contributions to our culture and history. We’ll feature a series of the area’s best women musicians, each of them performing songs written by women. We’ll also include poetry, dance, and other acts, as well as other surprises.” Anyone can attend and can bring “chairs, coolers, picnics and friendly pets.” There is a $15 to $20 suggested donation that goes directly to Harmony Music School. There will also be food trucks, arts and crafts, vendors and other local groups that support women. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.