8 great things to do in the Triad: Nov. 15-17
1. From Nov. 15-17 in Greensboro, Stonewall Sports is hosting its annual North Carolina state tournament! According to an email from a Stonewall Sports representative, the nonprofit organization will be hosting other Stonewall Sports chapters from Charlotte, Wilmington, Asheville and Raleigh for a weekend of games and festivities. The tournament will kick off on Friday night with a shirt pick-up and meet-and-greet at Boxcar Bar + Arcade, located at 120 W. Lewis St. On Saturday, starting at 9 a.m., there will be a free yoga class at Spears YMCA, located at 3216 Horse Pen Creek Rd., led by Peter Reich. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own mat/towel for some stretching before the games. After the class, kickball and pop-up bocce ball games will take place at Spears YMCA, while the sand volleyball match takes place at Pinetop Sports Club, located at 3723 Pinetop Rd. There will be the Taqueria Azteca food truck on-site for hungry players and spectators. The final kickball game and the main event will take place at 3:15 p.m. with the first pitch thrown by a drag performer while Brenda the Drag Queen and Crystal Frost act as sports commentators during the game. Following the game, there will be an awards ceremony featuring trophies and pizza at Twist Lounge, located at 435 Dolley Madison Rd. After the awards ceremony, the official afterparty will be held at Chemistry Nightclub, located at 2901 Spring Garden St. On Nov. 17, there will be a send-off drag brunch held at UNDERCURRENT, 327 Battleground Ave, starting at 11 a.m. The cost for the drag brunch is $30, and tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
2. From Nov. 15-17 in Winston-Salem, celebrate Earl’s, located at 121 W. 9th St., first birthday with a weekend of free live music and drink specials! On Friday, Kelley & The Cowboys kick off the birthday weekend with a show at 10 p.m. On Saturday, the Winston Cup Museum NASCAR simulation car will be in attendance, and there’s another free show that night by The Valley Authority. and on Sunday, there will be a special brunch show by Honky Tonk Jam at 2 p.m. as well as live music by Dumptruck Junior’s Karaoke Corral at 9 p.m. For more information and to find out the drink specials, visit the Facebook event page.
3. On Nov. 15 in Greensboro, head to Vintage to Vogue, 530 S. Elm St., for Queensboro‘s “Planes and Champagne” drag show from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. “Show host, Mrz. Ivy Carter (you may have seen Mrz. Carter on the hit Netflix series Insatiable!), will be taking the audience on a glamorous journey, Queensboro style. This will also be our beloved Mrz. Ivy Carter’s last show before moving to another state. We are sad to see Mrz. Carter go but ready to send her off with performances by some of the Best Queens & Kings,” the Facebook event page states. The doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8:30 p.m. and goes on until 10:30 p.m. This event is for ages 18 and up (but you have to be 21 years old and older to drink!) Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door and can be purchased through Eventbrite. Tickets are limited, and this show is expected to sell out. (Before this was published, there were only five tickets left.)
4. On Nov. 15 in Greensboro, head to LeBauer Park, 208 N. Davie St., from 6 to 9 p.m. for the opening night of the 10th annual Piedmont Winterfest presented by WFMY News 2. According to the website, celebrate the opening day with Chick-fil-A and “bring a canned food item between 6-9 p.m. on Nov. 15 and get a FREE Chick-fil-A sandwich. Opening Day activities will include $5 ice skating and ice sliding, and FREE events including [a] bounce house, face painting, balloon artist [and] live music by Eric & the Chill Tones.”
5. On Nov. 16 in Greensboro, all aboard the Brew Train! Travel from Greensboro to Charlotte on Amtrak for a public transit brew tour of the breweries in the Queen City. The event is rain or shine, and it is encouraged for people to bring comfortable shoes and weather-appropriate clothes. For more information about train ticket costs, visit the Amtrak website, and to learn more about this event, visit the Facebook event page.
6. On Nov. 16 in High Point, don’t miss The Triad GO FAR 5K & Fun Run presented by Novant Health from 7:30 until 11 a.m. at 211 E. Commerce Ave. According to the Facebook event page, this race “is a race event like no other, designed especially for children and families to celebrate health and wellness in our local communities. Children from more than 60 Triad schools and clubs train for eight weeks to achieve [the] ultimate goal of completing this culminating 5K event. Throughout their training, children learn about positive character traits, the goal-setting process, and how to make healthy choices that will last a lifetime.” The fun-run race starts at 8:15 a.m., and the GO FAR 5K starts at 9 a.m. Tickets to participate range from $20 to $40. For more information, visit the website.
7. On Nov. 16 in Winston-Salem, from 1 to 4 p.m., Fiddlin’ Fish Brewing Company, located at 772 Trade St. NW, has teamed up with Black Mountain Chocolate to release the new Barrel-Aged Black Mountain Chocolate Stout. According to the Facebook event page, “To celebrate, each location will be hosting FREE tours early in the afternoon, and this delicious beer will be available in our taproom! Make sure you don’t miss this one-of-a-kind collaboration!” Each tour takes 15 minutes with the first one beginning at 1 p.m. at Broad Branch Distillery, then at Black Mountain Chocolate and back to Fiddlin’ Fish.
8. On Nov. 16 in Winston-Salem, from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., head to Old Salem Museums & Gardens, located at 900 Old Salem Rd., for Salem Saturdays at Christmas! This town-wide event is just what is needed during the hectic holiday season. From Nov. 16 until Dec. 28, take a stroll down Main Street and visit the decorated buildings, sit & chat by a fire with interpreters and learn more about the area. According to the Facebook event page, “Don’t go to the mall this year, plan to visit with St. Nick in his very special Workshop in the Butner Hat Shop. Tell him what you would like for Christmas, take pictures all while you warm yourself next to the cozy fireplace. There will be a St. Nick at the Vogler House for those with special needs (Date to be confirmed). Regular holiday tickets required. A full day of gift buying can be enjoyed as you search for the perfect handcrafted Salem item!” For more information and for holiday ticket pricing, visit Old Salem’s website.