8 great things to do in the Triad: Oct. 25-27
1. From Oct. 25-27 in Greensboro, Greensboro Parks and Recreation will host Aggie FanFest! Come to the War Memorial Stadium, 501 Yanceyville St., for a free festival featuring more 100 vendors selling unique food, beverages and apparel. There will also be live music, a family fun area with bounce houses, and a visit from the North Carolina A&T State University “Cold Steel” Drumline. According to the Facebook event page, the FanFest hours are Friday from 4-10 p.m. (4-8 p.m. will be the designated family fun area hours), Saturday from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. (family fun hours are 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.), and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (family fun hours are the same). According to the Facebook event page, “Only service animals are welcome at Aggie FanFest. Alcoholic beverages, glass containers, grills, drones, tents, beach umbrellas, canopies, and tailgating are not allowed.”
2. From Oct. 25-27 in Greensboro, check out Triad Stage’s adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. According to the Facebook event page, “Bring the garlic and wooden stake, but leave your disbelief at home. A bloodsucking stranger appears in London and has citizens locking their doors and praying for dawn. Join the fight against the darkness that strikes even the purest of hearts…Dracula.” For more information about Dracula, check out YES! Weekly’s cover story in this week’s issue.
3. On Oct. 26 in Greensboro, celebrate “Goodwill-O-Ween” at Triad Goodwill, located at 3519 N. Elm St. The first-ever Goodwill-O-Ween Create It Costume Contest runs from noon to 5 p.m. and according to the Facebook event page, to enter “wear an amazing costume and donate a new or lightly used school supply item.” Contestants will get a professional costume portrait by Torey Searcy Photography, and all photos will be uploaded to the Goodwill Facebook page. The pictures that get the most likes will win “AMAZING PRIZES, including a brand new 55-inch UHD-TV set, an ultimate tailgater prize pack, a movie prize pack and more!” In addition, all entrants will receive an Addams Family Movie prize pack plus a chance to appear in our 2020 Triad Goodwill Halloween Ad Campaign. As part of the #GoodwillGivesBack initiative, all school supply donations will go to Guilford Education Alliance‘s Teacher Supply Warehouse. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
4. On Oct. 25 in Winston-Salem, head to the Winston-Salem October Firefly Market, located at 636 W. 4th St., from 5 to 9 p.m. According to the Facebook event page, The Firefly Market is an “open-air market that will be set up in Downtown Winston-Salem on the Fourth Friday of each month (except December)! You will find live music and high quality, unique vendors selling handmade arts, crafts and jewelry. As well as vintage, antique and repurposed items. Beautiful, funky and fun flashes of delight can be found in downtown Winston-Salem in the breezeway on 4th Street between Design Archives and Dominos.” There will be live music by the Couldn’t Be Happiers and specialty cocktails from Footnote and a discount at Bookmarks. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
5. On Oct. 26 in Winston-Salem, trick or treat in the Downtown Arts District with the DADA 1st Friday Gallery Hop! From noon to 3 p.m., bring the kids and stop by Mast General, Kindred Spirits, Visual Index, Studio 7, Delurk Gallery, Salem Organic, North Trade Street Arts, Eyes On Trade, The Gifted Gallery, Black Mountain Chocolate, Sunnyside Mercantile and more downtown businesses for candy and other Halloween treats. The event is free and open to the public; for more information, visit the website.
6. On Oct. 26 in Greensboro, head to New York Pizza, located at 337 Tate St., for Night of 1,000 Queers, hosted by AVO Records and Bryce Quartz. This new, all-LGBTQ show will be happening monthly at NYP and features queer artists Bryce Quartz, CJ Run, Deadcraft, Astro, Drich, Caleb Hernandez, and Quori with a Q. The show starts at 8 p.m., and there is a $5 cover. Costumes are strongly encouraged!
7. On Oct. 26 in Greensboro, head to Chemistry Nightclub, located at 2901 Spring Garden St., for Paisley Parque’s monthly Sex Kitten Roundup: Halloween edition. There will be performances by Mrz. Ivy Carter, Tia Chanella, and Paisley Parque herself. There will also be a costume contest with cash prizes totaling to $600! The categories are: Overall Best (the prize is $100 cash and $100 bar tab), Scariest ( $100 cash and $100 bar tab) and Best Couple ($100 cash and $100 bar tab). Drag shows start at 10 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. with a dance party all night long. For more information, visit Chemistry’s website.
8. On Oct. 27 in Greensboro, get ready for a night of Spooktacular Oddities at Club Orion, located at 4618 W. Market St. This all-inclusive, alternative drag night includes a performance by yours truly, Roy Fahrenheit, Andy Drodge, Velma Violet, Lacie Marie, Betty J, FearAnn Loathin, Valkyrie Addams and Freyah Versace. There will be two drag shows, one at 10 p.m. and one at midnight, and there will be a costume contest for attendees who dress up. The cover is $5. To learn more, visit the Facebook event page.