Winston-Salem Summer Bucket List

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What to do this Summer in Winston-Salem

Here is your guide on the MUST DO’s in Winston-Salem this Summer!

Check out these other guides to help you plan your summer:

Kid’s Activities in Winston-Salem

Where to Play Tennis

Top Spots to Enjoy a Drink Outside

Where to Swim Near Winston-Salem


Attend an Outdoor Movie


Beer from Hoots, food from @wutasay, and popcorn from a/perture will be available for purchase. Film starts around 8:30 PM
May 12 – The Goonies
June 23 – Jaws
August 11 – Dirty Dancing
September 8 – Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark


Drinks from Incendiary and food from various vendors will be available for purchase. Film starts around 8:30 PM

May 19 – Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
June 16 – The Matrix
August 18 – Mary Poppins
September 15 – Space Jam: A New Legacy
October 20 – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone


Food from various food trucks will be available for purchase. Pre-film fun and games will start at 6:30 PM, and film starts at dark.

June 9 – The Sandlot
August 4 – Ratatouille
August 17: – Fantasia
September 22 – Shrek
October 27 – Casper

STARLIGHT MOVIE NIGHTS at Shallowford Square in Lewisville:

Concessions will be available for purchase, and the movie begins at dark.

May 19 – Top Gun Maverick
September 15 – Paddington II
October 6 – Ghost Busters: Answer the Call

MOVIES IN THE PARK at Harmon Park in Kernersville:

Various vendors will be on site with food available for purchase. Pre-movie games will begin at 6:30 PM, and the movie will start at dusk (around 8:30 PM).

May 19 – Minions: Rise of Gru
June 16 – Super Pets
July 21 – Moana
September 15 – The Super Mario Bros

MOVIES IN THE PARK with Winston-Salem Parks & Rec at various parks:

Pre-movie activities  begin at 7 PM & movie begins at dusk. Food trucks will be available.

June 17 – Soul at Jamison Park
July 15 – Minions the Rise of Gru at Old Town Park
August 9 – Lilo & Stitch at Bolton Pool
August 19 – Shrek at Miller Park

DAVIE COUNTY at Community Park:

Movies in the park & drive-in with various vendors, movies begin at dusk

June 23 – Ghostbusters: Afterlife (Drive-In)
July 28 – Moana (Movies in the Park)
August 25 – Jungle Cruise (Movies in the Park)
September 29 – Top Gun: Maverick (Drive-In)


Attend a Concert


Free, Corpening Plaza, 6:30-9:30pm

June 23rd – Featuring Marion Meadows: Opening Act – Karlton Jones
July 14th – Featuring Ragan Whiteside: Opening Act – B. Young
July 28th – Featuring Blake Aaron and Will Donato: Opening Act – Titus Gant
August 11th – Featuring Jacob Webb: Opening Act – Brandon Robertson
August 25th – Featuring Jackiem Joyner: Opening Act – Vincent Crenshaw


Free, Fourth Street between Poplar and Spruce (right in front of Foothills Brewpub), 7-10pm

June 17th – West End Mambo
July 15th – Envision
August 12th – Souljam
September 2nd – Vagabond Saints’ Society: The Eagles


Free, Brought to you by the Arts Council of Winston-Salem

May 21 – West End Mambo at Tanglewood Park 2-5 PM
June 10 – The Martha Bassett Show at Tanglewood Park 5-8 PM
July 2 – TBA at Triad Park 5-8 PM
August 12 – TBA at Tanglewood Park 5-8 PM
September 16 – TBA at Triad Park 2-5 PM
October 21 – TBA at Triad Park 2-5 PM


Free, Salem Square in Old Salem at 7:30 PM

May 23 – Awesome ‘80’s
June 13 – What’s in a Name?
July 4 – Stars & Stripes
July 25 – Best of Salem Band
August 15 – 23 Skidoo


Free, Shallowford Square in Lewisville

June 10 – Camel City Yacht Club 7-9 PM
July 22 – Beggars Banquet 7-9 PM
August 5 – Songs of the South (Alabama Tribute) 7-9 PM
August 19 – Tell Me Lies (Fleetwood Mac Tribute) 7-8:30 PM
September 9 – Chicago Rewired 7-9 PM
September 23 – Eyes of Silver (Doobie Brothers Tribute) 7-9 PM
October 14 – Bourbon Revival Band 4:30-6:30 PM


Free, Davie County Community Park Outdoor Amphitheater at 6 PM

June 3 – Sammy Kershaw and Kindred
July 1 – The Embers ft. Craig Woolard and Springer & Cagle
August 5 – Chairmen of the Board and The Band Tess
September 2 – Cat5 and Southside Saints
October 7 – Jim Quick & Coastline and Jake Haldenvang


Free, live music in the CoalPit (times and more concerts to be announced)

May 26 – The “B” Strings 7 PM
May 27 – Appetite for Destruction and Maiden Voyage 6 PM
June 10 – Winston Symphony Rock Show
June 17 – Love Cannon
June 24 – Camel City Yacht Club 7 PM
July 29 – Crenshaw Pentecostal and The Deluge
July 1 – The Plaids with Spindle 45 6 PM
August 6 – Gears & Guitars Festival


Winston-Salem Fairgrounds Annex Theatre

May 13 – The Family Stone & Envision 7 PM
June 16 – Anthony Hamilton 7:30 PM
June 24 – Clint Black 7 PM
July 21- John Anderson & Kentucky Headhunters 7:30 PM
August 18 – Diamond Rio 7:30 PM
August 19 – Morris Day and the Time 7 PM


Head to a Winery

Check out our guide to Vineyards and Wineries within 30 minutes of downtown!


Medaloni Winery


Watch a Winston-Salem Dash Game

Enjoy special nights such as Pups in the Park on Thursdays, Fireworks on Friday, Family Sundays, and more! No matter what day you go on you and your family will have a great time! Be sure to give Bolt a high five. Check out the schedule!


Dash Baseball with Kids



Watch the Winston-Salem Open

August 19-26, 2023
Tickets—including individual session tickets, packages, box seats, and group sales— are on sale now! 



Photo courtesy of The Winston-Salem Open


Escape The Heat

It’s no secret that it gets HOT in Winston-Salem during the Summer. Escape the heat by cooling off at a local pool, lake, river, or watering hole. Check out our guide for where to find and cool off in the water.



Treat Yo Self to a Treat

There is no shortage of ice cream shops in Winston-Salem from ice cream with churros in them to Harry Potter-themed ice cream sundaes. Head to our ice cream guide to cure your sweet tooth and cool down!



Pick Sunflowers 

Sunflower fields are in FULL BLOOM from the middle of June to early July. Grab some friends or family and go pick your own Sunflowers at these two local farms.

Dewberry Farms

The Fields at Sunflower Trail



Enjoy Drinks at a Rooftop Bar

Enjoy drinking with a view at one of Winston-Salem’s rooftop bars. Pro tip: Head around sunset time to see the cotton candy sky and for cooler temperatures. Check out ROAR, Bar Pina, and Top of Fourth.



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