Fall Events: Food, Fun and Art in Winston-Salem

Fall Events: Food, Fun and Art in Winston-Salem

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Enjoy the flavor, colors and art of fall in Winston-Salem, N.C. Explore our gardens and galleries, spend a few days in Winston-Salem and explore the Yadkin Valley Wine Country. Toast the season at our restaurants and festivals. We can’t wait to greet you.   IMAGES AVAILABLE

Attention Journalists: Visit Winston-Salem will be conducting a strong media push for events and activities during this fall color season. We invite you to use us for interviews, on-site location photography and live shoots. We'll also come to you! We will be offering still images of color changes throughout the fall season at our venues. Our social media will also promote offers and deals. To tailor earned-media opportunities to your outlet, give us a call at 704.993.7871. This fall event email is the first update you’ll receive. We look forward to welcoming you to our colorful city. Please let us know how we can help you with media passes and more information. Long lead publications, we hope you'll come this year for coverage next year, and shortlead outlets, make your plans now!

Start the season with one of these events, hand-picked to awaken the senses and stir your imagination.

Sept. 17
Apple Fest ’11 

Celebrate the harvest at the site of a Moravian settlement in NC. Local orchards and apple pies, cider, handicraft demonstrations, colonial re-enactors, horse-drawn wagon rides and colonial games at Historic Bethabra Park. 336-924-8191;

Westbend Vineyards Harvest Festival 
Westbend Vineyards in Lewisville was the first in NC vineyard to bottle European vinifera wine. Come for food, live music, the Great M Class BMW Car Show and wine. Call for reservations. 336,945.5032; www.westbendvineyards.com

September 24
Black Walnut Festival 

Food, live music and family fun in Historic Bethania. 336.922.0434; www.townofbethania.org/events.htm

Historic West End ARTSfest 2011
This juried show in the West End historic neighborhood features 70 fine artisans working in metal, glass, ceramics, wood, fiber, paint, and photography from the Southeastern U.S. Enjoy local food vendors and live music. www.artsfestwinstonsalem.com

Fiesta! Hispanic Street Festival, Downtown Winston-Salem
The Hispanic League presents the largest festival of its kind in the Triad with Latin music, food, arts, crafts, beer garden and a children’s area. 336.770.1228 www.HispanicLeague.org

Sept. 30 – Oct. 9

Dixie Classic Fair
This rip-roarin’ midway, classic fair exhibits, live entertainment and deep-fried indulgences offer the taste of Americana, Southern-style, now in its 129th year. www.dcfair.org

Oct. 7 – Dec. 31
Modern Masters From the Smithsonian American Art Museum at Reynolda House Museum of American Art

This “must-see” exhibition from the Smithsonian American Art Museum features 31 of the most celebrated modern artists of the mid-20th century. Reynolda House is the last of six stops nationally for this traveling exhibition. Many special events are planned. 336.758.5150; www.reynoldahouse.org

Oct. 7-9
Winston-Salem Festival Ballet presents “Dracula”

Told from the viewpoint of Dracula, this ballet convinces the audience of the vampire’s love for Mina. Hanesbrands Theatre, located in the new Milton Rhodes Arts Center. www.winstonsalemfestivalballet.org

Oct. 15
Old Salem Harvest Day: Pigs & Pippins

Celebrate two classic German foods—pork and apples—with hands-on activities such as making apple fritters and sausage, candy apple tastings, cider mill demonstrations and puppet shows. 336.721.7350; www.oldsalem.org/ harvest-day

Nov. 15-20

Six days celebrating the City of the Arts. Did you know Winston-Salem was home to the first arts council in the United States? Participate in events and activities at all the city’s museums, galleries, theatres and performing arts venues. The celebration concludes with the 48th Annual Piedmont Craftsmen’s Fair on November 19-20; it’s the signature, anchor event. The crafts fair showcases the work of more than 130 fine craft artists from across the southeast. Media represented include clay, fiber, glass, leather, metal, jewelry, paper, wood, mixed media, photography and printmaking. www.cityofthearts.com

Winston-Salem is a city arts of innovation; from its roots as a Moravian settlement in the 1700s to the development of the first locally established arts council in the United States in 1949, this city is full of artists, chefs, dreamers and doers. Come here to explore the Yadkin Valley Wine Country, learn a craft, bring history to life, experience a live performance, stroll through our galleries and dine in our restaurants and bars.


Susan Dosier, susan@dkcommunicationsgroup.com, 704.993.7871 mobile

Marcheta Keefer, marcheta@visitwinstonsalem.com, 336-728-4211 office


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Winston-Salem Skyline

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Photographer is J. Sinclair. Credit must be given to photographer and please seek permission by Visit Winston-Salem prior to use.


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Winston-Salem is centrally located in North Carolina between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean beaches. It is easily accessible by car via Interstate 40, Business Interstate 40, Interstate 77, Interstate 85 and U.S. Highway 52. Scheduled air service is available through Piedmont Triad International Airport just 20 minutes east of Winston-Salem. Accommodations range from bed and breakfasts to luxury hotel rooms. For more information on Winston-Salem, call toll free 866.728.4200; go to www.visitwinstonsalem.com; or stop by the Winston-Salem Visitor Center, 200 Brookstown Avenue in the historic Brookstown Mill area just south of downtown Winston-Salem.

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Marcheta Keefer
Director of Marketing & Communications
Visit Winston-Salem

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