Eight great things to do in the Triad: Labor Day weekend
1. Calling all Led Zeppelin fans! On Aug. 31 in Greensboro, head to the Greensboro Science Center, located at 4301 Lawndale Dr., for a laser light show featuring some of the iconic band’s greatest hits. The showtimes are 7 p.m., 8 p.m., and 9 p.m. According to the Facebook event page, these shows sell out fast, so make sure you pre-order your tickets! Tickets are $5 each and it is a 45-minute show.
2. On Sept. 1 in Winston-Salem, head to Incendiary Brewing Company Grand Opening, located at 486 N. Patterson Ave. at noon for its Labor Day Party. There also will be beer served from the new brewery. This party will be jam-packed with live music performances by Clay Howard, Silver Alerts, the Blue Stones and more. To see the full list of performers, visit the Facebook event page.
3. From Sept. 1-2 in High Point, enjoy the smooth jazz sounds at the John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival. The event will be at the Oak Hollow Festival Park located on 1841 Eastchester Dr. This festival celebrates the life of legendary jazz saxophone player John Coltrane. There will be performances by Gregory Porter, Lee Ritenour, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Jazzmeia Horn, the NC Coltrane All Star Band and an opening performance by the John Coltrane Youth Jazz Workshop. The tickets start at $26 and can be purchased online at eventbrite.com. For more information, check out John Adamian’s write up on Jazzmeia Horn in this week’s paper.
4. On Sept. 1 in High Point, grab a bite at the one-stop Food Truck Rally at the High Point Athletic Complex, located at 2920 School Park Rd. It will be held from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. The rally is hosted by High Point Parks and Recreation and the High Point Government. There will be a live music by The Brothas Band that will start at 1 p.m. The following food trucks will be in attendance:
PorterHouse Burger Truck ,Brash Brownies ,Nutnbutluv ,JK CONES ,Cherry On Top Funnels, Bites & Sticks Food Truck, Sunset Slush of High Point, WS Wings -N- Fins ,Jen’s Kettle Corn, Wingz and Thyngz and Dippin’ Dots.
5. On Sept. 1 in Greensboro, live out you Hogwarts dreams for the Harry and the Potters and Back to Hogwarts Celebration at Geeksboro Battlepub, located at 2618 Lawndale Dr. There will be two shows, one from 6-9 p.m. for all ages and a 21 and up show from 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m. There will be a live performance by Harry and the Potters, Harry Potter-themed games, a cosplay contest, butter beers, Harry Potter-themed cocktails and Italian sodas, Owl Post and more! The tickets are $25 each which includes an English Style Breakfast, cake, and an exclusive art print to commemorate the show. “The last time Harry and the Potters performed at Geeksboro, they sold out THREE SHOWS and they blew up the entire town,” the Facebook event page stated. “These shows are a guaranteed sell out. DO NOT WAIT TO BUY YOUR TICKETS!”
6. On Sept. 1 in Greensboro, Artistika Nightclub, located at 523 Elm St., is hosting a new event on the first Saturdays of the month called Salsa Dura Dance Party with Raul Montoya. Doors open at 9 p.m., the salsa class starts at 9:30 p.m. and the dance party is from 10:30 p.m. until 12:30 a.m. From 12:30 until 2:30 a.m., Música Tropical con DJ Paco will take over for the Ritmo Latin Dance Party. The cover for ages 21 and up before 10 p.m. is $5 and $10 after 10 p.m. College students that are 21 years and up are $5 all night and anyone under 21 is $10 all night, attendees must be 18 or older with a valid I.D. to enter. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
7. On Sept. 1 in Greensboro, head to the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market, located at 501 Yanceyville St., for Labor Day Burgers & Brews. Join Chef Jay Pierce of Mozelle’s Fresh Southern Bistro as he cooks up North Carolina sliders. Craft beer from Foothills Brewing will be available for purchase and burger plates include two sliders, a Market salad and a slice of melon for $7. This family-friendly event will be from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. with fun activities for people of all ages and live music by Mike Daniels playing old-school country and Western. “Celebrate the long Labor Day weekend with this first-ever Market Lunch Fundraiser,” the Facebook event page states. “The Market is open regular hours from 7 a.m.-noon. Come shop at the Market and then relax outside with a burger!”
8. On Sept. 2 in Winston-Salem, the Arts On Sunday Festival Series is back for every Sunday (from 1 to 5 p.m.) in September. According to the Facebook event page, there will be arts, crafts, live music, demonstrations and a kid’s arts and crafts corner. All ages are welcome and it is free and open to the public. The festival takes place on North Liberty Street in the downtown Winston-Salem Arts District. This event is sponsored by Art For Art’s Sake. To learn more, visit the website.