10 years of racing, riding, and rock and roll at the Gears and Guitars festival
Winston-Salem Cycling calls Gears and Guitars “the biggest party on two wheels.” The cycling competition is also a festival with free concerts all weekend long, so you don’t need a bike to take part in the fun.
Last year, 1,000+ cyclists zoomed through the streets of downtown — and they’re expected to return in droves this weekend. Gears and Guitars is back August 4-6, celebrating 10 years in the Twin City. And it’s not just a cycling competition — the three-day event is also a chance to hear live music for free.
Here’s a look at the line up:
Friday, August 4
- Cycling: Streets of Fire drag race-style street sprints on 4th St. between Poplar St. and Trade St.
- On the stage: Cracker + Nine Days
Performances start at 7 p.m. on Marshall St. adjacent to Winston Square Park
Saturday, August 5
- Cycling: Fondo community rides and Winston-Salem Cycling Classic men’s and women’s races at Bailey Park
6:30 a.m.-8:15 p.m.
- On the stage: Clay Howard, Silver Alert, Soul Asylum + Dishwalla
Performances start at 6 p.m. in Bailey Park (bring a chair or blanket)
Sunday, August 6
- On the stage: Wafer Thin, The Hollirockets + Dead Drag Motion
The after-party will take place 12-4 p.m. at the Coalpit at Bailey Park
Registration for the races is required but you don’t need a ticket for the concerts. Public parking for Friday is located in the lot at the corner of 5th St. and Spruce St. or the garage on 4th St. and Poplar St. Park in the Church St. parking garage if you head to events on Saturday and Sunday.