photo: Scott Gardner
A few handpicked happenings that might be under your radar (until now).
Friday, May 27th
@ The Katharine Brasserie & Bar
>> Cheers to the long weekend!:
Have you guys and gals popped into The Katharine Brasserie & Bar yet? Lemme tell ya, the art deco details alone are worth a peek. The Katharine, named for the the R.J. Reynolds family matriarch, is an open, light-filled space buzzing with energy and thoughtful historical touches on the ground level of The Kimpton Cardinal Hotel (housed in the historic Reynolds Building).
What to expect? Quintessential French brasserie favorites with a dash of Southern flair. Order a dozen oysters at the raw bar. Or grab a stool and allow the bartender to shake up a craft cocktail. I had an opportunity to dine well during a preview dinner and found myself crushing on Chef Ed Witt’s baked escargot topped with hush puppies and Maitre D butter. I finished it off with a bowling sesh on the sly in the hotel’s funky game room.
(visit here for hours and reservations)
Fun fact: Every year the Empire State Building mails a Father’s Day card to the R.J. Reynolds Building as thanks for being the NYC icon’s design inspiration.
@ The Olio
>> Hot Salon Series:
Heat up your weekend with a trip to The Olio tonight for the latest installment of their Hot Salon Series. This free gathering includes mesmerizing glassblowing demos while exploring different regions of the world through art, culture and food. This month’s pick: Japan! Bring a themed dish to share potluck-style with your neighbors and leave with some interesting tidbits to impress your friends. Sushi, sake and good vibes encouraged.
(6p – 8p // FREEE! / details)
@ Bailey Park
> Gears & Guitars: Organized by officials with The Winston-Salem Cycling Classic, Gears & Guitars is bringing live music to downtown in conjunction with this year’s cycling event. Tonight Better Than Ezra takes the stage with guest, Sister Hazel at beautiful Bailey Park. Tomorrow Gin Blossoms and Cowboy Mouth perform at Merschel Plaza. The festival concludes on Sunday with O.A.R. and Cracker back at Bailey Park.
(7p // purchase tickets here)
Saturday, May 28th
@ Downtown Winston-Salem
>> Winston-Salem Cycling Classic:
Memorial Day weekend marks the return of the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic which means downtown will be filled with cyclists, spandex and serious speed. This two-day professional cycling event attracts some of the top athletes in the sport as they make their final push for the Olympic Games in Rio (70 days to go!). Check out the road map and race details here and make a point to spot a brightly colored pack of riders a.k.a. a “peloton” speed by at least once this weekend. It’s mind-blowing.
(details // FREEE!)
Heads up: Some roads downtown will have rolling closures during the races. But don’t fret. Three-minutes and 48 seconds has been the reported max. You can find more on that here.
@ Winston-Salem Fairgrounds & Annex
>> Fairgrounds Farmers Market
Did you know the Fairgrounds Farmers Market (formerly Dixie Classic Farmers Market) is the longest-running farmers market in Forsyth County? Yep, it’s a fact Jack. Celebrating their 43rd anniversary this year, the Fairgrounds Market has been a source for locally produced foods since 1974. Pop over to their new Facebook page for the latest happenings, demos and cooking contests.
(6a – 1p // FREEE!)
@ Tanglewood Park
>> Tanglewood Farmer’s Market
Head west to one of Forsyth County’s most favorite public parks to support farmers and producers from Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Guildford, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry and Yadkin counties. Plan to head over early to walk, run or bike the Tanglewood Park trails or stay later for some family picnic time.
(8:30a – noon // FREEE!)
>> Cobblestone Farmers Market
Grab your totes and head out to support our phenomenal local producers like Harmony Ridge Farm, Billy Place Farm, Winstead Farm/Caldero, Plum Granny Farm, Sanders Ridge, Shore Farms, Fair Share Farm & more at this fully vetted, producers-only, sustainable market.
(9a – noon // FREEE!)
Psst… do yourself a flavor favor and stop by the Niki’s Pickles booth for a sample. We’re currently crushing her hot sauce (hard).
>> History Meets Horsepower: While cycling excitement fills the city our favorite historic district is inviting you out to explore all forms of transportation and motion from the early days to the modern day with their History Meets Horsepower event. This ticketed event will include everything from wagon rides to Model A’s to Krispy Kreme’s antique delivery truck to Kyle Busch’s race car with loads of fun educational activities for the little humans.
(9:30a – 4:30p // $27 – adults, $13 – students)
@ The Garage
>> Cringe Con Freak Prom:
Attention freaks, geeks, riff raff and turkeys: you’ve invited to get weird over at The Garage this Saturday to raise some dough for Cringe Con III featuring all the Reanimator Records All-Stars with special guest Life Stinks . Prepare to dance-off, limbo, and get your raffle on to make this year’s Cringe Con festival of weirdness the most awesomest.
(10p // details)
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