Eight great things to do in the Triad: May 18-20
1. From May 18-20 in Greensboro, the inaugural Greensboro Bound Literary Festival will feature over 70 authors, panel discussions, activities for children and craft workshops throughout the weekend. Authors from all genres such as Dan Pink, Naima Coster, Stacy McAnulty, Carmen Maria Machado, Kevin Powers, Beth Macy, Nikki Giovanni and John T. Edge will be attending. For more information and to see the full lineup and schedule, visit the Greensboro Bound Literary Festival’s website.
2. On May 18 in Greensboro, from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., watch the North Carolina Dance Festival’s Artist In Residence Showing at the Greensboro Cultural Center Studio 323, located at 200 N. Davie St. According to the Facebook event page, “The first group of NC Dance Festival Artists in Residence will share their works-in-progress in an informal studio showing. The Artists in Residence that will be sharing their work will be, Dom Alexis, Nicole Lawson, Nicole Ramsey and Michele Trumble, and Jarrell Wallace. Viewers will have the chance to give feedback and ask questions about the dances. A $5 donation is suggested, to continue to support this program for future choreographers.” For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
3. On May 19 in Greensboro, from noon to 10 p.m. join Beer Co., located at 121 W. McGee St., for its four-year anniversary party and Little Brother Brewing, located at 348 S. Elm St., for its MayDay on McGee block party! According to Beer Co.’s Facebook event page, all drafts are $5 (bring cash), there will be live music on McGee Street, outdoor beer tents and special beers for the celebration. There will be no tab-sharing so attendees should bring cash. Beer Co.‘s sponsored music includes Molly McGinn, Gar Clemens and Carri Smithey. According to Little Brother’s Facebook event page, “MayDay on McGee” is the first-ever neighborhood Block Party hosted by Jah Works, Inc., and takes place from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.
“From blues rock, reggae, funk to folk, and everything in between, this downtown-get-down is a celebration of the Greensboro community. Come out and enjoy craft beer, music, food trucks, vendors and other fun activities.” Little Brother’s lineup features Travers Brothership, Station Underground, Abe Reid and The Spikedrivers, Twisted River Junction, “along with a special Songwriters Round featuring: Josh G King, Molly McGinn, Carri Smithey and Gar Clemens.” Proceeds will benefit the local nonprofit, Jah Works, Inc., “whose mission is to build sustainable communities by ensuring people have access to clean water, healthy food, relevant education and equitable job opportunities.”
4. On May 19 in Winston-Salem, join a/perture cinema, located at 311 W. 4th St., to watch the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. According to the YES! Weekly event calendar, the doors open at a/perture at 6 a.m. and the screening of the wedding will begin at 7 a.m. According to the event, attendees are encouraged to dress in “royal wedding style” to enjoy the festivities. There will be a reception that is sponsored by The Humble Bee Shoppe. For more information, visit a/perture’s website.
5. On May 19 in High Point, the Beach Ball is coming to the Triad! The High Point Arts Council will host the ball at the Centennial Station Arts Center, located at 121 S. Centennial St. from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Beach Ball includes a performance by The Carolina 5 Band, open dance floor, cash bar and a food truck with coastal cuisine. Tickets for the Beach Ball are $20 per person and can be purchased online or over the phone at (336) 889-2787 ext. 26. According to the Facebook event page, “Performing some of the best beach music in the Carolinas, The Carolina 5 Band is a hometown favorite from High Point that has been getting people up and dancing since 2012. Sharing a love for a variety of great music, The Carolina 5 Band knocks out the top beach, country, and rock-n-roll chart-topping hits that are always a recipe for getting people out of their seats and onto the dance floor. Putting together sets that cruise through hits from the ’60s to the 2000s, audience members are always sure to be energized and entertained by The Carolina 5 Band.”
6. From May 19-20 in Greensboro, the 32nd annual Carolina Blues Festival hosted by the Piedmont Blues Preservation Society will take place in downtown Greensboro’s LeBauer Park, located at 208 N. Davie St. This year’s lineup includes Nikki Hill, Gary Hoey, Lakota John and Cory Luetjen & The Traveling Blues Band. Check out the official blues fest guide in the online version and print version of this week’s YES! Weekly. On Saturday, there is a free crafts & foods market from 10 a.m. until noon. Doors open for the concerts at 2 p.m. and the music will go from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. On Sunday, there will be free concerts open to the public with the crafts & foods market from noon to 5 p.m. Tickets for Saturday’s concerts are $20 in advance (with a $1 fee online). To purchase tickets, visit the Carolina Blues Festival website.
7. On May 20 in Greensboro, head to Westerwood Tavern, located at 508 Guilford Ave., for the Westerwood Local Love Artisan Pop-Up from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. This event is hosted by Art by JoMo and features local artists Nikita Leigh Hatmaker , Jillian Doherty, Mary McLean, Dylan Wood/Local A55hole Co., Riley Till, Kelsi Chloe and Art by JoMo.
8. On May 20 in High Point, head to Brown Truck Brewing, located at 1234 N. Main St., for Trivium Racing’s Race the Bar series. According to the Facebook event page, the 5K-run is hosted in High Point, because of the hometown of the Club Cup Champions, The High Point Pub Runners. “Brown Truck brewing is going to be a great new home to the event! Come on out for a late May race with great entertainment, finishers glasses, and custom swag!” To sign up for a spot, visit the website. Tickets range from $30-$40 and the race begins at 5 p.m. and will last until 8 p.m. For more information, visit Trivium Racing’s website.