Top 10 Not-To-Miss Summer Events

Thursday, June 14, 2012

By Katie Moosbrugger

Let's get out and play! If you can't find something fun to do in the Triad this summer, you must be looking in the wrong place! Last week we ran this post featuring "Over 50 Activities for a 'Never Be Bored' Summer," and today we're highlighting some of the best "not-to-be-missed" summer events happening all over our area.

Just like last summer's post (which mentions lots of events you should still make plans to attend if you missed them last year), I pulled together another list of special events I consider calendar-worthy for all TMoM readers and their families. These are my picks, but if you know of a fabulous event worth sharing, please add the details in the comments below. We are also busy compiling our July and August calendars on our Events page. As always, if you have an event you'd like added to our calendar, please email me at and we'll post it.  Happy summer, everyone!

1. All-a-Flutter Family Fun Days
Every Saturday this summer you can enjoy a Family Show at All-A-Flutter Butterfly Farm at either 10 am 3 pm. And starting June 20 and continuing through July 25th, you can also catch a Family Show on Wednesdays at 10 am. During these tours, you'll see the presentation and go into the flight house to see the lifecycle and feed the butterflies. No reservations necessary for family shows. Arrive at least 15 minutes early to get parked and paid. They take only the first 150 people to arrive for each time slot. Cost: $6 adults, $5 children, $5 for seniors over 65, & children under 2 years old are free. Cash and checks only. Click here for our Day Trip post about All-A-Flutter.

2. Arts Splash Summer Concert Series
A splash of this and a splash of that, the arts will be splashed all over the High Point area again this summer! All concerts are FREE and open to the public. Concert-goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and picnic dinners. No alcoholic beverages are permitted at any of the concert locations. If there is a threat of rain, call 336-889-ARTS after 4pm Sunday to get the latest update on the event.

Don't forget these other great music series: The Downtown Winston-Salem Summer Music Series,  and Music for a Sunday Evening in the Park.

3. k/ids At Heart Movie Series
The k/ids At Heart Movie Series takes place at a/perture cinema in downtown Winston-Salem beginning June 15 through August 15. All of the films are kid-friendly, offering the chance to share some of that old onscreen magic with younger children and relatives. Tickets for all k/ids at heart films are $3.75 each. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the box office or online through their web site via

Don't forget other summer kid movie series happening this summer at Triad movie theaters, like Summer Movie Clubhouse, Summer Kid's Flicks, and Weekly Movie Programs for $1 every Tuesday and Wednesday at 10 am (details on our Event Calendar!)

4. Red, White and Blue Party
Celebrate the 4th of July at the Children's Museum of Winston-Salem! Get a patriotic tattoo, make a festive paper flag and sound shaker in the Art Studio beginning at 9 am. Then at 11 am, the parade kicks off and marches to Under the Stars while continuing the celebration with fun songs. Stay and enjoy a delicious popsicle to cool off at 11:30 am!

5. Splash B4 the Blast/4th of July
Spend your holiday at the Kernersville YMCA pool enjoying your family, sun, water, giveaways, and FREE hot dogs while supplies last (from 10:30 am until). Then catch the fireworks display at Kernersville Elementary at dusk. Fireworks brought to you by Kernersville Parks & Recreation and Kernersville Chamber of Commerce. Please contact the Kernersville YMCA at 996-2231 for pool admission pricing.

6. Fun Fourth Festival, Pops Concert and Fireworks
The Fun Fourth Festival is held each year in the Cultural District of Downtown Greensboro and at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex. Over 90,000 people will attend Fun Fourth events this year, including the Freedom Run, the Kickoff Block Party, the Parade and Street Festival, as well as the Pops Concert and Fun Fourth Fireworks Finale. More than 100 businesses help sponsor the events and over 12,000 volunteer hours of assistance are donated. The festivities begin with a Freedom Run and Walk at 8 am on Saturday, June 30 and conclude with a 1776 musical on July 6 at 8 pm and again on July 8 at 3 pm. Click the link above for the complete schedule.

7. Santa on Vacation
Santa Claus is taking a vacation this summer and he’s coming to Wet ’n Wild Saturday, July 7th and Sunday, July 8th. Kids of all ages will be thrilled at the joy of seeing Santa live, up close and personal which includes a daily live stage performance and show at 2:00pm. Featuring holiday songs, special Santa contests with fun gifts and prizes for lucky children (along with grand prizes for special adult winners too)! Bring the entire family and celebrate Christmas with sun and fun! Prices same as regular park admission prices.

8. Krispy Kreme 75th Birthday Street Party and Family FanFest
This summer there will be two community events in Winston-Salem to celebrate Krispy Kreme's 75th birthday! On Friday, July 13 from 7 to 10 p.m., Krispy Kreme will host a street party on Trade Street in downtown Winston-Salem, followed by a Family FanFest at Old Salem on Saturday, July 14 from 9 a.m. until noon. Both events are open to the public, and admission is free. The Friday night street party will include a live band at the corner of Trade and Sixth Streets. Food and beverages will be available from vendors along the street as well as from nearby restaurants. The street party will be Winston-Salem’s debut for Krispy Kreme’s Glaze the Nation Tour featuring the Krispy Kreme Cruiser and also will include the new Krispy Kreme Hot Now Mobile Shop that produces hot doughnuts.

Krispy Kreme’s 75th birthday celebration will continue with the Family FanFest at Old Salem with a “carnival-like” atmosphere featuring rides, games and inflatables along Main Street and on the historic Salem square. The streets of Old Salem will be lined with Krispy Kreme vehicles for “touch a truck,” and there will be numerous special photo and social media opportunities. Additional activities will be provided by local nonprofit groups. At 10 a.m. on July 14, Krispy Kreme officials will dedicate a permanent marker in Old Salem to commemorate the location of the first Krispy Kreme Doughnut shop. Krispy Kreme, of course, will have plenty of doughnuts and coffee on hand for the morning celebration.

9. Skippyjon Jones Visits Greensboro Children's Museum
On Saturday, July 14, make plans to visit GCM between 1pm and 4pm for a special appearance and activities with the beloved children's book character, Skippyjon Jones.

10. Winston-Salem Dash Baseball Academy
Young baseball players will have a chance to learn from professionals this summer by participating in the Winston-Salem Dash Youth Baseball Academy. Over the course of three days, Dash players and coaches will offer instruction in hitting, fielding, pitching, catching and base stealing. The Dash will hold three sessions of the Youth Baseball Academy:
- Session I: June 28-June 30 (Ages 5-9)
- Session II: July 24-July 26 (Ages 5-9)
- Session III: August 1-August 3 (Ages 10-14)

All sessions run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Each session costs $100 per student, and lunch will be provided every day. Click the link above to download the registration form. All registration forms are due Friday, June 22. Participants are encouraged to register early because sessions are limited to 100 students.After completing the application, bring the form and payment to the Dash's office at 926 Brookstown Avenue. If the payment is via a credit card, the form can also be faxed to the Dash at (336) 714-2288. For more information on the academy, call Nikki Caldwell at (336) 714-6869.

What other events can you add to this list?

*Lots of the information for this post came directly from the web sites of each business and organization mentioned above.
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