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Top Four Places to Visit in Winston-Salem Before Summer Break

Besides from leaving campus for the occasional off-campus meal and grocery shopping, it is difficult to find more things to do around Winston-Salem. Yet, last weekend, my peers invited me to a food truck festival that I had know idea was taking place. With only two more weeks until the last day of classes, there are still plenty of things you can do with your free time to take a break from studying. Here are my four things to do in Winston-Salem leading up to your summer break.

Attend upcoming events at the Reynolda House Museum of Art.

The Reynolda House Museum of Art always has an exhibit to see and is a short walk from campus. Currently, the exhibitions are Frederick Church: A painter’s Pilgrimage, Off the Wall: Postmodern Art at Reynolda, and Outlaws in American Art. Aside from art exhibitions, the Reynolda House Museum of Art hosts Reynolda Thursdays from 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.. This thursday, April 19, a play by Wake Forest senior, Eli Bradley, will be previewed. The play, The Promise of Night, details Bradley’s experience walking the Camino de Santiago, an original trek done by pilgrims from the French Pyrenees to the western coast of Spain. 

Link: https://www.forsythmags.com/event/reynolda-thursdays-2/?instance_id=1212

Go to Riverrun International Film Festival. 

The Riverrun International Film Festival is a non-profit cultural event that aims for cinema to be the gateway for conveying diversity in ideas and opinions. The 10 day festival, from April 19 – April 29, includes screenings of more than 150 films, as well as panel discussions and parties. 

Link: http://www.riverrunfilm.com.

Watch the Kentucky Derby at the Atrium.

You might not be able to attend the Kentucky Derby due to exam studying, but you can still celebrate and watch at the Winston Salem venues, The Atrium. The 6th Annual Hospice Kentucky Derby Party supports the Hospice & Palliative Care Center. Tickets begin at $60, but include a Signature Hospice Kentucky Derby Mason Jar, hor d’oeuvres, as well as an open bar of beer, wine, liquor, Arnold Palmers and mint juleps. The event takes place on May 5 and you must be over the age of 21 to attend. 


Visit Reynolda Gardens.

The gardens and grounds are right near the Reynolda Trails. There is no entrance charge to garden or the greenhouse, which is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. 

Link: http://reynoldagardens.org

Additionally, if you’re staying on campus this summer or live nearby, there are plenty of fun events taking place.  

  1. For June: Twin City Ribfest.
  2. For July: Fourth of July Celebration at BB&T Ballpark.
  3. For August: Winston Salem Open.
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