Eight great things to do in the Triad: Sept. 7-9
By: Sebastian Pellejero
- From Sept. 7-9 in Greensboro, continue in the spirit of the National Folk Festival with the North Carolina Folk Festival. The three-day event is set to take place at the Greensboro Cultural Center located at 200 N. Davie St. and will feature performances from various artists, including Rhiannon Giddens, the Cabin Creek Boys, the Fitzgeralds, and more. Over 30 food and drink vendors from the area will accompany the music and the performances that will span across five stages. There will also be three additional stages for workshops, family performances, and narratives. With a late start time on Friday (from 6-10 p.m.) and two packed days Saturday (noon-10 p.m.) and Sunday (noon-6:30 p.m.), this festival can fit in with whatever free time might pop up. For more information, visit the North Carolina Folk Festival website.
- From Sept. 7-9 in Greensboro, after the North Carolina Folk Festival head to Cafe Europa, located at 200 N. Davie St. for live film scoring with Modern Robot. Modern Robot will be performing his own scores to Roscoe Arbuckle and Buster Keaton films with comedy classics such as The Hayseed and One Week. This solo guitar performance takes place at 10 p.m. each night. Only 45 minutes in duration, this show can serve as an artistic coda for folks, or a precursor to the night for those just getting started. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.
- From Sept. 7-9 (and until Sept. 16) the Central Carolina Fair is back in town! Get your fair share of thrills located at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex, 1921 W. Gate City Blvd. This year’s fair will feature the WGMQ Summer Throwback Party, with Stokley, Blackstreet, and Raheem DeVaughn. The Country Fest features country favorite Chase Rice and more! End the summer right, with games, rides, carnival food, music, and animals. Regular admission is only $7, and an extra $27 earns you unlimited rides. Hurry before 4 p.m. Friday, and you can get both for only $25. For more information, visit the event’s webpage or Facebook.
- On Sept. 7 in High Point, shop small, eat local and support the community with the Uptowne First Fridays, (along North Main Street) where merchants and retailers extend their hours while the neighborhood’s restaurants and bars offer food and drink specials. Each month brings a new schedule of specials and entertainment to indulge in and enjoy. For a list of vendors that will be there, visit the website. Those interested in participating in First Fridays can submit their event information and questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no fee to participate.
- On Sept. 7 in Winston-Salem, the English artist Jay Aston is bringing his new wave band, Gene Loves Jezebel, to The Ramkat, located at 170 W. Ninth St. Touring in their first North American tour in over a decade, Gene Loves Jezebel celebrates its 30-plus year career, having produced hits like “Desire (Come and Get It)” (1986) and “Break the Chain” (1993). Floor tickets are $12 for the three-hour show, which is kicked off by the up-and-coming “psychegazers,” Vampiros. The Ramkat and the Monstercade are presenting the show and suggest that it is “not to be missed.” For more information, visit the show’s Facebook event page or the online ticket window.
- On Sept. 8 in Greensboro, The Sky Zone Trampoline Park will be donating a portion of its sales to Greensboro Roller Derby. From 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., head down to 1572-A Highwoods Blvd. to satisfy your acrobatic urges with jump sessions, SkyFit classes or glowing jump sessions. While you’re there, spend some time chatting with the members of the Greensboro Roller Derby (who will be jumping around themselves), will be promoting upcoming events and selling merchandise, as well as answering any questions one may have about the league. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.
- On Sept. 9 in Winston-Salem, Orquesta Akokan has traveled from Havana to headline this weekend’s 21st installment of the Crossroads series at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, located at 750 Marguerite Dr. From 7 to 9 p.m., enjoy the first international artist to headline the Crossroads series in its seven-year history. Pair the 10-man orchestra’s stirring mambo performance with dinner and drinks from the various food trucks. General admission tickets for the show can be purchased in advance–for $25–and on the day of the show–for $30. VIP tickets (along with reserved seating and giveaways), earns you one custom pressed poster of the group, are $35 and $40, when bought in advance and day-of, respectively. For more information, visit the show’s Facebook event page or online ticket window.
- On Sept. 9 in High Point, the City Government in conjunction with High Point Regional Health Heart & Sole 5K, will be hosting its 3rd Annual Hi-Fest from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. The day kicks off with the Bobby Labonte Foundation Charity Bike Ride Ride, followed by the 32nd Annual High Point Regional Health Heart & Sole 5K at 8 a.m.–both events have partnered with the city government for Hi-Fest. Food trucks and vendors will line the Mendenhall Transportation Terminal, located at 220 E. Commerce Ave., and throughout the day there will be performances from the aritists DJ B Smooth, the Sleeping Booty Band, Sahara Reggae, and Vanessa Ferguson. Invite your neighbors for a chance to win the Neighborhood Association Content, where a cash prize will be awarded to the neighborhood with the most people in attendance. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.