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Celebrating Pride Month
City Hall concrete sign surrounded by brick and landscaping with rainbow sign behind it that says "June is Pride Month".
A banner recognizes Pride Month at City Hall. | Photo by WStoday
Pride Month is underway. The commemorative month recognizes the LGBTQ+ community’s contributions and impact. We’ve compiled a list of inclusive events in Winston-Salem you don’t want to miss. Editor’s note: Some festivities have adult themes and age restrictions so be sure to check the full details before you go.

🌈 Festival and parade

Pride Winston-Salem will host the annual Festival, Parade, and Food Truck Rodeo downtown on Saturday, June 22 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Organizers expect ~45,000 people to attend this year’s event.

Everyone is welcome to attend the event — no ticket or RSVP is required. The parade begins on 4th Street at 11 a.m. Food trucks will be set up along Liberty Street. The main festival will be on Trade Street in the Downtown Arts District, where live music, entertainment, activities, and over 100 vendors will be selling goods and services.

🌈 Other Pride events

  • Speakeasy Drag Brunch | Sunday, June 16 | 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Vintage Sofa Bar, Rosemary Room, 1001 Burke St. | $20 | Watch performances from Miss Pride Winston-Salem 2024 and other drag performers during one of two seatings — for 21+ years old.
  • Mural Refresh | Friday, June 21 | 7-10 p.m. | 6th and Trade streets | Free | Grab a paintbrush and help add a fresh coat of paint to the Pride crosswalk mural during ART Crush.
Road with rainbow crosswalk.

Make your mark and help put a fresh coat of paint on the Pride crosswalk on Trade Street.


Photo by WStoday

  • Hel’s Pride Party | Saturday, June 22 | 3 p.m. | Hel’s, 545 N. Trade St. | Free entry | The party for everyone 21 and older will feature local drag performers, drink specials, and a dance party extravaganza with DJ Nativa.
  • “Paris is Burning” Screening | Friday, June 28 | 7:30 p.m. | Camel City Playhouse, 110 W. 7th St. | $10 | See the 1990 documentary that explored the underground subculture of ballroom dance and performance in New York City’s African American, Latino, gay, and transgender communities. An afterparty will follow at Hel’s.
Tuesday, June 11
  • Winston-Salem Dash vs. Greensboro Grasshoppers | Tuesday, June 11 | 7 p.m. | Truist Stadium, 951 Ballpark Way, Winston-Salem | $13-$53 | Every Tuesday, the first 250 fans through the gates of Truist Stadium will receive a free Winston-Salem Pint Glass as a keepsake from the 2024 season.*
  • Yoga(mmunity) Rx | Tuesday, June 11 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Hanes Park, 1406 W. Northwest Blvd., Winston-Salem | Free | Bring a mat and connect with yourself in this community class.
Wednesday, June 12
  • Bethabara Birding Outing | Wednesday, June 12 | 8:30-10 a.m. | Historic Bethabara Park, 2147 Bethabara Rd., Winston-Salem | Free | Learn about the park’s natural environment and see if you can spot the birds who call it home.
Thursday, June 13
  • The Book Was Better: “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” | Thursday, June 13 | 6 p.m. | SECCA (NC Museum of Art, Winston-Salem), 750 Marguerite Dr., Winston-Salem | Free | Join Executive Director Bill Carpenter to discuss the novel about a mother who disappears before her family’s trip to Antarctica.
  • Sawtooth’s “Not Quite Perfect” Pottery Sale | Thursday, June 13 | 4-7 p.m. | Intergenerational Center for Arts and Wellness, 114 W. 30th St., Winston-Salem | Cost of purchase | Shop hundreds of handcrafted, one-of-a-kind pottery made by Sawtooth students, instructors, and staff who have donated their perfectly imperfect pieces.*
Friday, June 14
  • Fitness Fridays | Friday, June 14 | 5:30-6 p.m. | Bailey Power Plant, Coal Pit, 486 Patterson Ave., Winston-Salem | Free, RSVP | Start your weekend with a sweat session outdoors from F45 Fitness — don’t forget your yoga mat.
Saturday, June 15
  • Summer on Fourth | Saturday, June 15 | 7-10 p.m. | Foothills Brewing, 638 W. 4th St., Winston-Salem | Free | Kick off the free outdoor music series with live music from West End Mambo.
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Try This
Thirsty Thursday at Truist Stadium
Plastic clear cup filled with yellow beer sitting on table overlooking baseball field. Stadium seating with lights turned on are in the background.
This is the way to enjoy a game. | Photo by WStoday
In our opinion, beer and baseball make the perfect summer combo — especially on Thirsty Thursday when beer + wine is half price.

We recently sipped our way around Truist Stadium while the Dash took the field. Here’s a look at our Thirsty Thursday recommendations.

What we tried:

Lost Worlds Brewing Biergarten is serving up a new experience this year. Hint: Meet up with your crew and grab a beer before the game begins. We enjoyed the crisp taste of the Enterprise Blonde Ale.

Wander over to Wicked Weed to get close to all the action in the outfield. We sipped on a Pils from the Asheville-based brewery while watching out for home run hits. It pairs perfectly with a country crepe or Philly cheesesteak.

Bonus: Specialty cocktails rotate and are available at all outfield bars.
News Notes
  • The City-County Planning Board has approved the Bethania Forest subdivision on 243 acres on the east side of Bethania Road. PulteGroup plans to build the 594-lot subdivision in two phases — it’s not clear yet when construction could begin. (Triad Business Journal)
Real Estate
  • City Council approved the sale of four vacant lots at the south end of South Sunset Drive to the Southern Province of the Moravian Church in America. The church will pay $1 for each lot and plans to build affordable housing on the properties. (Winston-Salem Journal)
  • The Quarry at Grant Park will be closed to the public starting today, June 11 at 9 a.m. for a police investigation. It’s not clear when the park will reopen — follow the City of Winston-Salem Recreation and Parks Department for updates.
  • Winston-Salem plans to spend nearly $74.4 million on environmental health projects this fiscal year. City staff say priorities include expanding water + sewer service in southeastern Forsyth County, replacing main water and sewer lines, and stormwater infrastructure improvements. (Triad City Beat)
  • No. 10. That’s where Winston-Salem is on Forbes’ list of the 25 Best Cities for Renters. The Twin City ranked No. 1 in the study’s affordability category and seventh best for rental price changes. The study found the average monthly rental price per square foot was also $1.33 — below the study average of $2.09.
  • Reserve a spot at a guided food and wine pairing experience at The Downtown Grille on Wednesday, June 26. The five-course dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. and will feature five wines from Jolo Winery and Vineyards in Pilot Mountain. Tickets are $110 per person — call 336-930-1485 for reservations.
  • Changes are coming to Small Batch Beer Co. The brewpub at 241 W. 5th St. is closed this week for renovations and plans to reopen on Tuesday, June 18.
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Real Estate
Pawn too soon
Street front of building with a metal awning. A banner is hanging from a metal awning and other for sale signs are on the building face and metal doors. A sign in green letters says "Camel Pawn Shop: Home of Low Prices."
Signage from Camel Pawn Shop is still on the front of the building. | Photo by WStoday
Can you envision what’s next for a historic building downtown? The property at 422 N. Liberty St. is currently vacant. It’s also for sale for $895,000.

The four-story building was built circa 1912. Harris Clein moved Camel Pawn Shop Fine Jewelry into the space in 1961 and later bought the building. The family business closed in 2023 after 92 years in business. (Clein’s son Ron has since opened Camel Jewelers at 3068 Trenwest Dr., Ste. 3.)

The property is zoned for office, residential, and retail. The building is 17,444 sqft., including a basement, with 9-to 15-ft ceilings. You can take a virtual tour and contact Meridian Realty for more information.
What would you like to see next for the building at 422 N. Liberty St.?
The Buy
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The Wrap
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You can find me on the patio at Pancho Villa’s Mexican Restaurant almost weekly during the warm weather months. If you enjoy a side of fresh air with your meal, check out 20 recommendations on our outdoor dining guide.
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