Kid-Friendly Music Festivals in the Carolinas

Regional music festivals offer fun for the whole family.


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Flat Top the Raccoon, the lovable and huggable unofficial mascot of MerleFest.

Jeff Clements

At one time music festivals were a bastion of hippies and old timers with banjos. While that may still be true to some degree, music festivals are no longer exclusive to the hacky-sack set. Given the popularity of large-scale festivals that serve to launch and relaunch careers (hello, Guns n’ Roses), it’s no wonder it’s hard to throw a Frisbee without hitting one these days, and some are family-friendly with acts and activities aimed at youngsters.

While you may not want to drag your kid from one downtown bar to another during Raleigh’s indie-centric Hopscotch Festival in September, you can find festivals throughout the Carolinas that allow for you to enjoy live music and it also be a hit with the kiddos. Most offer tent and RV camping for an additional cost unless otherwise noted.


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Merlefest

Where: Wilkes Community College in North Wilkesboro

When: Thursday-Sunday, the last weekend of April

Cost: Single day passes $55-$75; three- and four-day passes $155-$245; children 12 and under free in general admission area.

Best for: Traditionalists, bluegrass newbies, and those wanting a crash course in Carolina’s deep musical roots. Family-friendly with acts that are usually conscientious of that atmosphere.

What's in it for kids? The Little Picker’s Stage; a quiet area for nap time; crafts and activities like painting, play dough art and crayon art; and nature walks, plus an acoustic showcase featuring musicians 16 and younger as well as special entertainment and educational opportunities. Bring your camera to get a photo with Flat Top the Raccoon, the unofficial mascot.


Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance

Where: On a 75-acre farm in Pittsboro, North Carolina, a short drive from the triangle area.

When: First weekend of May.

Cost: Single-day pass $27-$42; four-day adult pass $114-$124, four-day youth pass (ages 13 to 15) $59-$64, kids 12 and under free.

Best for: Aging deadheads spinning in peasant skirts, music fans looking for something left of the norm, and moms and dads dressing baby in tie-dye and beads. Founded by jam band Donna the Buffalo, Shakori captures that classic hippie vibe with modern-day activism and a focus on advocacy, visual and healing arts, education and environmentalism. 

What’s in it for kids? Age-specific activities and recreation and chances to learn about musical instruments and nature. Crafty kids can sell their creations at the Kid’s Arts and Crafts Market while others can give retro crafts like macramé, decoupage and spin art a whirl.


LEAF – Lake Eden Arts Festival

Where: Black Mountain, nestled alongside Lake Eden beneath Mount Mitchell.

When: May 11-14 and Oct. 19-22, 2017.

Cost: Single-day pass $45-$65, weekend passes $150-$180. Children under age 10 admitted free; discounted tickets are available for kids 10 -17.

Best for: Outdoor adventurers, yogis and moms with henna tattoos. LEAF is to world music and culture, what Merlefest is to roots music. LEAF showcases everything from Cuban and African music to jazz and folk, but the music may be secondary to the costumes, climbing, crafts and kayaking.

What’s in it for kids? Eight themed “villages” where kids can swing inside a dome of giant jellyfish, make puppets, meet reptiles, create costumes, play kickball or watch pop-up performances similar to entertainment at a Renaissance Fair. There’s even a teen dance party on Saturday night.


Carolina Roots MusicFest

Where: Near Statesville Regional Airport on same plot of land where a field full of hot air balloons take flight each October during Carolina Balloonfest.

When: May 19-20, 2017.

Cost: Single-day pass $10-$30; weekend pass $35-$125; children age 12 and under admitted free.

Best for: Music fans who think Merlefest has gotten too big or those who remember festivals in the `80s where lawn chairs and lawn darts were the norm.

What’s in it for kids? On-site disc golf course. Campers are also encouraged to bring outdoor games from home since it takes place in a large field fit for badminton, cornhole and kite flying. There’s also a chance for fledgling players to sit in on campsite jams and drum circles.


Circle K Speed Street Presented by Coca-Cola

Where: Tryon Street and Romare Bearden Park, Uptown Charlotte

When: May 25-27.

Cost: Free for afternoon activities. $10 for Thursday night entertainment; $15 for Friday and Saturday night entertainment.

Best for: NASCAR fans and those willing to mingle with NASCAR fans from all around. The festival takes place in uptown Charlotte but coincides with the Coca-Cola 600 that happens at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord on Sunday before Memorial Day.

What’s in it for kids? The Mello Yello stage has music for kids throughout the day, and the main stage at Romare Bearden Park hosts headliner bands in the evening hours. Look for a variety of children's activities and racing-related fun on Tryon Street beginning at noon each day.


Fiddler’s Grove

Where: Union Grove, straight up I-77 North in Iredell County.

When: Memorial Day weekend.

Cost: Single-day tickets $5-$15; weekend passes $20-$25; kids age 12 and under admitted free.

Best for: The whole family, including grandma and grandpa, anyone who’d rather relax in a lawn chair than dab, and those seeking a history lesson. Established in 1924, the four-day fest centers on competitions that attract some of the best players in the region.

What’s in it for kids? Witnessing fleet-fingered pickers that wow crowds without modern technology. In fact Fiddler’s Grove is a bit like stepping back in time during an era the younger generation will never know — playing outdoors with fiddle tunes firing away in the distance or learning to clog or fiddle in one of the festival’s many workshops.


SUMMER FESTIVALS

Eno River Festival

Where: West Point on the Eno River at Durham City Park, Durham. Sixty-five artists perform on four stages.

When: Over July 4th weekend.

Cost: Single-day passes $18-$23; two-day passes $30-$35; Youths age 13-17, $11; children age 12 and under admitted free.

Best for: Festival commitment-phobes who crave a hotel shower, music fans hungry for something eclectic and, often, new, and shopaholics eager to check out the juried arts and crafts. Organizers are as selective about the music lineup as they are the art. Proceeds benefit the Eno River State Park, where off-site camping is available during the festival (its eight miles away).

What’s in it for kids? Kids show up with bathing suits under their clothes and flip flops, ready for the water. There are also chances to make take-home crafts, contribute to the massive sand sculpture, and meet creatures indigenous to the area. It also has parent-friendly hours – the festival runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., perfect for keeping baby on schedule.


Floydfest

Where: In the breezy hills of Floyd, Virginia.

When: July 26-30, 2017.

Cost: Single-day pass $85; three-, four- and five-day passes range if price from $185 to $230; passes for kids age 6-12 are $30, which covers all five days; kids under age 6 admitted free.

Best for: Locals, Americana fans whose kids aren’t too cool for mom and dad’s music (yet), and early Bonnaroo goers put-off by that festival’s growth and mainstream lineup. FloydFest has become the region’s go-to for anyone burned out on bigger, more corporate gatherings.

What’s in it for kids? The Children’s Universe occupies tired tots with parades, face painting, yoga, hooping, Taekwondo, and a talent show while testy teens can take part in drum, ukulele, and mixed media workshops, or veg out in the Teen Scene tent. Kids are encouraged to bring instruments and costumes. A giant ark, sandbox, playgrounds, and basketball goal are permanent fixtures. There’s also child care in case your toddler’s breakdown coincides with your favorite band’s set.

FloydFest happens July 26-30, 2017.

Photo courtesy of FloydFest


Reevestock

Where: Downtown Elkin.

When: Aug. 14-15, 2017

Cost: $15.

Best for: City folk looking for a taste of the country and its down-home music without having to go very far (Elkin is 70 miles north of Charlotte and 40 miles west of Winston-Salem) and festival-goers looking for something organic and homegrown.

What’s in it for kids? A bounce house, outdoor games and face painting.


FALL FESTIVALS

Fall For Greenville

Where: A free non-camping festival in downtown Greenville, S.C.

When: Oct. 14-15, 2017.

Cost: Free entry, but must purchase tickets for food, drink and kids’ rides.

Best for: Apprehensive campers in search of a large, eclectic lineup. Fall For Greenville is four days of live blues, Americana, soul, and indie rock that doesn’t require sleeping in a tent. Come hungry as it’s is as much a tasting event as it is a music festival.

What’s in it for kids? Ticketed amusement park rides. Most are aimed at kids under 12, but some require a parent to accompany them.


Courtney Devores has written about music and pop culture in the Carolinas for 18 years. She has two sons, ages 8 and 6. She got married in Vegas on the way to a festival in California 12 years ago.

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The whole family can have fun. Bring your imagination. We'll have the Legos and ideas--if you need them.

Cost: Free

Where:
Vance H. Chavis Branch
900 S. Benbow Rd
Greensboro, NC  27406
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The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center presents a program of Bartók, Shostakovich and Mozart. CMSLC musicians include David Shifrin, clarinet; Gloria Chien, piano; Bella Hristova and...

Cost: $25 Regular/$20 Student with valid ID

Where:
Waston Hall - UNCSA
1533 S Main St
Winston Salem, NC  27127
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Sponsor: UNC School of the Arts
Telephone: 133-672-11945
Contact Name: Box Office
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The Drama Center of City Arts presents “More Fun than Bowling,” a philosophical comedy by Steven Dietz. April 21-22, 27-29 at 8 p.m. and April 23 and 30 at 2 p.m. In “More...

Cost: $10-$15

Where:
Stephen D. Hyers Theatre
200 N. Davie St.
Greensboro, NC
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Telephone: 336-335-6426
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Join the quest! Learn about energy – what it is, where it comes from, how we use it and why it’s so important to use it wisely. Conservation Quest® delivers important conservation...

Cost: Included with museum admission

Where:
SciWorks
400 W. Hanes Mill Road
Winston-Salem, NC  27105
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Based on J.M. Barrie’s classic tale and featuring an unforgettable score, Peter Pan is one of the most beloved and frequently performed family favorites of all time for 60 years....

Cost: $10-$30

Where:
Starr Theatre
Community Theatre of Greensboro
520 S. Elm St.
Greensboro, NC  27406
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Enjoy delicious carnival food, rides and more. Held in the Greensboro Coliseum parking lot, the Central Carolina Festival will feature an action-packed midway with thrill rides, games of skill and...

Cost: $5

Where:
Greensboro Coliseum
1921 W. Gate City Blvd.
Greensboro, NC  27403
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A frank, heartwarming and inspiring story about a contemporary Cherokee woman and her father who embark on an incredible 900-mile journey along the “Trail of Tears” to truly understand...

Cost: $16.01-$42.70

Where:
Hanesbrands Theatre
209 N. Spruce St.
Winston-Salem, NC  27101
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Babies from birth to toddlers are welcome with their parents/caregivers. We sing songs, repeat chants and rhymes, and have a great time! Please join us. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Reynolda Manor Branch Library
2839 Fairlawn Drive NW
Winston-Salem, NC  27106
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Story time especially for preschoolers and their caregivers.

Cost: Free

Where:
Carver School Road Branch Library
4915 Lansing Drive
W-S, NC  27105
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Come on out and build with Legos. All children are welcome. Duplo Legos provided for small children. Space is limited, so large groups are asked to call ahead 336-703-2910.

Cost: Free

Where:
Carver School Road Branch Library
4915 Lansing Drive
W-S, NC  27105
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A monthly art program for kids ages 8-12. We will study different artists and art styles and then create our own masterpieces. No registration required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Children's Storyroom - High Point Public Library
901 N. Main St
High Point, NC  27262
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Sample foods from countries around the world. To register, call 336-703-2930. For ages 11 and under. Rm. 1.

Cost: Free

Where:
Kernersville Branch Library
130 E Mountain St
Kernersville, NC  27284
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Learn more about the agencies at Southside! Bring the entire family for an afternoon of education, entertainment, food and games.

Cost: Free

Where:
Southside Recreation Center
401 Taylor Avenue
High Point, NC  27260
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Enjoy $4 admission per person after 5 p.m.

Cost: $4

Where:
Greensboro Children's Museum
220 N. Church St.
Greensboro, NC  27401
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Sponsor: Greensboro Children's Museum
Telephone: 336-574-2898
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The Open Arms Ministry will hold a Parent’s Night Out for all foster and adoptive families. Age-appropriate activities and snacks will be provided. Volunteers are Basic Life Support (BLS)...

Cost: Free

Where:
First Christian Church Ministries
1130 N. Main St
Kernersville, NC  27284
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Sponsor: First Christian Church Ministries
Telephone: 336-996-7388
Contact Name: Carla Decoskey
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The most beloved family show in the world, featuring European-style circus extravaganza including physical comedy, juggling, acrobats from the Moscow Circus, highly intelligent dogs and even...

Cost: $15-$30

Where:
Carolina Theatre
310 S. Greene St.
Greensboro, NC  27401
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Join us for "Moana" at Fly Away Fridays Movie Night by PTI Piedmont Triad International Airport (GSO) in LeBauer Park! Bring a blanket or chair, and come early to grab a bite to eat...

Cost: Free

Where:
LeBauer Park
208 N. Davie St.
Greensboro, NC  27401
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Enjoy delicious carnival food, rides and more. Held in the Greensboro Coliseum parking lot, the Central Carolina Festival will feature an action-packed midway with thrill rides, games of skill and...

Cost: $5

Where:
Greensboro Coliseum
1921 W. Gate City Blvd.
Greensboro, NC  27403
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A frank, heartwarming and inspiring story about a contemporary Cherokee woman and her father who embark on an incredible 900-mile journey along the “Trail of Tears” to truly understand...

Cost: $16.01-$42.70

Where:
Hanesbrands Theatre
209 N. Spruce St.
Winston-Salem, NC  27101
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On $4 Fun Fridays starting at 5, the usual $8 per person admission fee is cut in half. Come enjoy the museum at this amazing discounted cost 5-8 p.m. 

Where:
Greensboro Children's Museum
220 N. Church St.
GSO, NC
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Telephone: 336-574-2898
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The Drama Center of City Arts presents “More Fun than Bowling,” a philosophical comedy by Steven Dietz. April 21-22, 27-29 at 8 p.m. and April 23 and 30 at 2 p.m. In “More...

Cost: $10-$15

Where:
Stephen D. Hyers Theatre
200 N. Davie St.
Greensboro, NC
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Telephone: 336-335-6426
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Join the quest! Learn about energy – what it is, where it comes from, how we use it and why it’s so important to use it wisely. Conservation Quest® delivers important conservation...

Cost: Included with museum admission

Where:
SciWorks
400 W. Hanes Mill Road
Winston-Salem, NC  27105
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Website »

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Based on J.M. Barrie’s classic tale and featuring an unforgettable score, Peter Pan is one of the most beloved and frequently performed family favorites of all time for 60 years....

Cost: $10-$30

Where:
Starr Theatre
Community Theatre of Greensboro
520 S. Elm St.
Greensboro, NC  27406
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Have you collected a pile of stuff while spring cleaning that you want to get rid of? Sign up for a space at our yard sale fundraiser and sell your things that may become someone else’s...

Where:
First Christian Church
1130 N. Main St
Kernersville, NC  27284
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Sponsor: First Christian Church
Telephone: 336-996-7388
Contact Name: Pete Ramsey
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In conjunction with Autism Unbound's 5K run at the McNairy Library, join us for Exceptional Construction (9:30 a.m.) and Sensory Storytime (10:30 a.m.), and stop by for ideas on how library...

Cost: Free

Where:
Glenn McNairy Branch Library
4860 Lake Jeanette Road
Greensboro, NC
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For Ages 5+. Get involved in your community and help make our park and city beautiful. This is a trash pick-up project at several sites throughout the city and parks around the community.

Cost: Free

Where:
Washington Terrace Park
101 Gordon Street
High Point, NC  27260
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An event for the whole family.  Lots of food, arts, crafts and pony rides in a beautiful setting in front of Spring Arbor Assisted Living. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Spring Arbor Assisted Living
5125 Michaux Road
Greensboro, NC  27410
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Sponsor: The Original Made by Hand in the Triad
Telephone: 133-688-03060
Contact Name: Mary Thompson Jordahl
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Come out to the Triad's biggest pregnancy, baby and parenting expo, Pregnant In The Piedmont!  Over 50 vendors focused on all things pregnancy, baby, and parenting.  Free activities...

Cost: Free

Where:
Novant Health Forsyth Medical Ctr. Conference Ctr.
3333 Silas Creek Pkway
Winston-Salem, NC  27103
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Sponsor: Piedmont Doulas
Telephone: 336-448-4114
Contact Name: Becky Hale
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High Point Friends School’s Art Committee is currently establishing its first annual art show called Art-A-PaloozA. With the help of students and staff, we aim to showcase our students’...

Cost: Free

Where:
High Point Friends School
800 A Quaker Lane
High Point, NC  27262
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Stokes Partnership for Children (SPC) will host the 16th annual Little Folks Festival, a school-readiness forum for young children and families, with a focus on early care and education, literacy,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mount Olive Elementary School
2145 Chestnut Grove Road
King, NC  27021
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Telephone: 336-985-2676
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Bring your K-5th grade children to this exciting day of fun, food and games.  EOGs are right around the corner, and we want our students to know their community supports them in their...

Cost: Free

Where:
Windsor Recreation Center
1601 E. Gate City Blvd
Greensboro, NC  27401
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Sponsor: BCDI-G
Telephone: 336-230-2138
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Kids Club members receive free admission to Kaleideum Downtown on the day of the event. Stop by the Kids Club Welcome Table to pick up stickers and take-home activity sheets. Say hello to...

Cost: Free for Kids Club members

Where:
Kaleideum Downtown
390 S Liberty St
Winston-Salem, NC  27101
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This year, The Edible Schoolyard at the Greensboro Children’s Museum is taking the plant sale across the street to LeBauer Park. We'll have a wide selection of veggie, herb and flower...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
LeBauer Park
208 N Davie St
Greensboro, NC  27401
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For Grades K-5. Lego Master Builders will be challenged to get creative, building a creation based on weekly themes. Only imagination is required to join the club

Cost: $2 per person per visit

Where:
Allen Jay Recreation Center
1073 E Springfield Road
High Point, NC  27263
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Parents, students and youth are welcome to attend weekly ‘Saturday Children’s Story Hour.’ Guests are invited to meet at the museum every Saturday at 11 a.m. to hear dynamic...

Cost: Free

Where:
International Civil Rights Center & Museum
134 S. Elm St.
Greensboro, NC  27401
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Sponsor: International Civil Rights Center & Museum
Telephone: (336) 274-9199
Contact Name: Nakia Hoskins
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Join friends and neighbors for this free community festival evoking a spring afternoon in the parks of Paris. Visitors of all ages can see Samuel F.B. Morse’s Gallery of the Louvre and the...

Cost: Admission is free for people and poodles of all ages.

Where:
Reynolda House Museum of American Art
2250 Reynolda Road
Winston-Salem, NC  27106
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Telephone: 336-758-5150
Contact Name: Reynolda House Museum of American Art
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Come out and meet your community members and first responders. There will be free food and gifts while supplies last. Join us for music, a bounce house, face painting, K9 demonstration, impaired...

Cost: Free

Where:
Creekside Park
214 Park Dr
Archdale, NC  27263
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Sponsor: Archdale Parks and Recreation
Telephone: 336-434-7314
Contact Name: Jocelyn Moon
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Parents, students and youth are welcomed to attend this weekly event. Guests are invited to hear dynamic leaders and educators from the community narrate stories and interact...

Cost: Free

Where:
International Civil Rights Center & Museum
134 S. Elm St.
GSO, NC  27401
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Sponsor: International Civil Rights Center & Museum
Telephone: 336-274-9199
Contact Name: Nakia Hoskins
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The Hayes-Taylor YMCA is holding a free community event to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active, especially during the summer. This year marks the 26th annual YMCA’s...

Cost: Free

Where:
Hayes-Taylor Memorial YMCA
2630 East Florida St.
Greensboro , NC  27401
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Sponsor: Hayes-Taylor YMCA

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Join us in the park every Saturday for children's and family activities! Art classes, young yogi fitness classes, playtime, story time and weekly Saturday Kid's Klub events every...

Cost: Free

Where:
LeBauer Park
208 N Davie St.
Greensboro, NC  27401
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Join friends and neighbors for this free community festival evoking a spring afternoon in the parks of Paris. Visitors of all ages can see Samuel F.B. Morse’s Gallery of the Louvre and the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Reynolda House Museum of American Art
2250 Reynolda Road
Winston-Salem, NC  27106
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Kids and families, come out on Saturdays for fun fitness games that test your endurance and laughter - Bubble Sports! Join us on the Great Lawn.

Cost: Free

Where:
LeBauer Park
208 N. Davie St.
Greensboro, NC  27401
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Meet at the bridge beside site #55 in the A Loop of the Family Campground for a program on insects that live in our mountain streams. Bring shoes and clothing that you can get wet. Weather...

Cost: Free

Where:
Stone Mountain State Park
3042 Frank Parkway
Roaring Gap, NC  28668
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We will be collecting non-perishable food items and monetary donations for the Clemmons Food Pantry. All movies will begin at sunset at the Jerry Long YMCA. Come early to enjoy the playgrounds...

Cost: Free

Where:
Jerry Long YMCA
1150 S Peace Haven Road
Clemmons, NC  27012
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Bring your family and join your neighbors and friends for a movie under the stars. We will be collecting non-perishable food items and monetary donations for the Clemmons Food Pantry. All movies...

Cost: Free

Where:
Jerry Long YMCA
1150 S Peace Haven Road
Clemmons, NC  27012
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Sponsor: Village of Clemmons
Telephone: 336-766-7511
Contact Name: Shannon Ford
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The Piedmont Chamber Singers' spring concert will celebrate images of nature, and include texts by poets Sara Teasdale, Odell Shepard, Henry Vaughan, and others. Our feature work will be...

Cost: $5-$25

Where:
Ardmore Baptist Church
501 Miller St.
Winston-Salem, NC  27103
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Sponsor: Piedmont Chamber Singers
Telephone: 336-722-4022
Contact Name: Scott Schumpert
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Prepare for a sidesplitting ride as the mullet-haired trio of hillbilly bumpkins Billy Joe, Billy Bob and Billy Billee bring "down home laughs with big city music" as they seek out fame...

Cost: $30-$35

Where:
High Point Theatre
220 E Commerce Ave.
High Point, NC  27260
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Join members of the Forsyth Astronomy Club for a look at the night sky. Begins at dark in the Family Campground. Meet in the field between campsites 33 and 34. We ask that you please use grass...

Cost: Free

Where:
Stone Mountain State Park
3042 Frank Parkway
Roaring Gap, NC  28668
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Take an epic journey to a galaxy far, far away as Nate Beversluis and the Greensboro Symphony guide you through space and time. You will not want to miss sci-fi favorites like Star Trek, Close...

Cost: $34 - $46

Where:
Westover Church
505 Muirs Chapel Road
Greensboro, NC  27410
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The Drama Center of City Arts presents “More Fun than Bowling,” a philosophical comedy by Steven Dietz. April 21-22, 27-29 at 8 p.m. and April 23 and 30 at 2 p.m. In “More...

Cost: $10-$15

Where:
Stephen D. Hyers Theatre
200 N. Davie St.
Greensboro, NC
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Telephone: 336-335-6426
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Enjoy delicious carnival food, rides and more. Held in the Greensboro Coliseum parking lot, the Central Carolina Festival will feature an action-packed midway with thrill rides, games of skill and...

Cost: $5

Where:
Greensboro Coliseum
1921 W. Gate City Blvd.
Greensboro, NC  27403
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A frank, heartwarming and inspiring story about a contemporary Cherokee woman and her father who embark on an incredible 900-mile journey along the “Trail of Tears” to truly understand...

Cost: $16.01-$42.70

Where:
Hanesbrands Theatre
209 N. Spruce St.
Winston-Salem, NC  27101
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Follow the journey of two young siblings as they venture into an imagined world where all lost things go. Using a musical landscape and everyday objects, “Lost & Found” explores...

Cost: $7

Where:
Kaleideum Downtown
390 S Liberty Street
Winston-Salem, NC  27101
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Join the quest! Learn about energy – what it is, where it comes from, how we use it and why it’s so important to use it wisely. Conservation Quest® delivers important conservation...

Cost: Included with museum admission

Where:
SciWorks
400 W. Hanes Mill Road
Winston-Salem, NC  27105
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Website »

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Based on J.M. Barrie’s classic tale and featuring an unforgettable score, Peter Pan is one of the most beloved and frequently performed family favorites of all time for 60 years....

Cost: $10-$30

Where:
Starr Theatre
Community Theatre of Greensboro
520 S. Elm St.
Greensboro, NC  27406
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