Downtown Winston-Salem, Photo by Paduman via Wiki Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0


Winston-Salem is known as the City of Arts and Innovation because of its dedication to fine arts, theater, and technology. The city provides cultural entertainment and educational events for its residents all year long. Summer is coming to an end, but events in Winston-Salem are kicking into high gear. There are many fun things to do in Winston-Salem. We’ve highlighted a few end-of-summer events coming up and some events that will keep Wake Forest University students entertained throughout the fall semester.


Waterways Art Exhibit

When: July 26–August 28

Where: 251 N. Spruce St., Winston-Salem, NC 27101

This exhibit at the Womble Carlyle Gallery demonstrates the vitality of water and how water connects people around the world. Art in many different styles depicts streams, rivers, oceans, seas, and other depictions of water. The exhibit is on display for a limited time and free to view. The Womble Carlyle Gallery displays different exhibits throughout the entire year, and can be visited at any time. You can follow them on Facebook for news on upcoming exhibits.

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Grown & Sexy Thursdays for Young Professionals

When: Every Thursday

Where: 2008 Trenwest Drive, Winston-Salem, NC 27103

Legends American Grill hosts Grown & Sexy Thursdays every week as an opportunity for professionals to mix and mingle while enjoying the best old school and R&B jams in the Triad. You can network, or keep work out of the conversation and just enjoy meeting Winston-Salem locals while dancing, eating, and drinking. Admission is free prior to 10 p.m. Food and drink specials run through the night, including 75 cent wings.


Carolina History and Haunts Ghost Tour of Winston-Salem

When: Daily

Where: Tours meet behind Tart Sweets at the side entrance of the courtyard

This 90-minute walking tour takes you through the Historic West End District of Winston-Salem. Your guide will lead you by candlelight and tell you stories of local hauntings and people who befell tragedies of love, money, and unfortunate endings. You’ll also pick up some facts about local history and superstitious customs that are still practiced in the area today. You can purchase tickets in advance to reserve your space.


National Black Theatre Hall of Fame and Museum Preview Exhibit

When: August 1–25

Where: 251 N. Spruce St., Winston-Salem, NC 27101

This exhibit provides a preview of the vision for the National Black Theatre Hall of Fame and Museum that will be built in downtown Winston-Salem. It is intended to preserve the cultural contributions of black actors, playwrights, directors, and others of significance. Fundraising campaigns are currently taking place to make the museum a reality. You can get a taste of what’s to come at the preview exhibit, which is free and open to the public at Sawtooth School for Visual Arts in the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts.

There’s a wide array of events featured on that interest all types of locals and tourists, from now until the end of the year. Their events calendar is a great resource to use in your search for fun things to do in Winston-Salem. Take a look at their calendar, and make the most of the final days of summer.