There’s a new game in town! It’s a socially-distanced entertainment venue that the whole family will enjoy together! Who is ready for some outdoor fun at night in a safe environment? The Winston-Salem Fairgrounds is proud to offer a drive-in theater that takes all safety precautions very seriously. The Drive is now open to provide a unique entertainment experience.

Yes, there is a way to leave your home, enjoy time together and know that every measure is being taken to keep your family safe and healthy!

This is a new era in entertainment. People want to get out of the house, but also need to know that they are not risking their health. At The Drive, we have incorporated protocols that would be impossible in a normal movie theater.

Here are some of the benefits that we offer:

  • Socially distanced parking spaces…our parking lot is larger than an average drive-in, allowing for 8 feet between vehicles. No more parking your car tightly next to another parking space.
  • Your concession stand popcorn, food, beverage (including beer and wine) can be ordered by mobile app and delivered to your car! No more running to the snack bar hoping not to miss part of the film! (Of course, alcoholic beverages will be served only to passengers, not drivers, over the age of 21.) No need to bring in outside food, with our delicious concession goodies!
  • Huge 40 ft. by 25 ft. movie screens with high quality video and FM audio. We transmit the crisp audio to your car radio or FM radio devices.
  • Portable restroom facilities with hand sanitizer stations are at the end of each row of cars. You don’t have to leave your car for any reason except to use these facilities.
  • The Drive meets or exceeds all COVID-19 mitigation guidelines.
  • Midnight Movies at the Drive.
  • 2 screens for double the pleasure. New films will be shown on both screens, but most nights there will be a selection of 2 movies.
  • Hands-free ticket purchasing – order online tickets through TicketMaster or use your credit/debit card at our box office.

We are doing everything to offer a healthy, safe, family entertainment venue during a challenging time for our country.

Gates open at 7:30 p.m. and showtime begins at dusk or 8:45 p.m. There are 2 screens, so you always have a choice in the film you can see, or you can visit us twice a week!

Items you may want to bring with you to make yourselves comfortable:

  • Lawn chairs
  • Bug spray
  • Blankets
  • Flashlight for trips to the toilet facilities
  • FM radio
  • Mobile device to pace food and beverage orders

We have worked hard to bring the latest movie selections to our screens and will continue to maintain our high entertainment, safety and health standards.

The Drive is hoping to offer the highest quality, fun experience to the Winston-Salem community during these trying times. We hope you enjoy our selections and the entire experience of attending a drive-in theater with your family, as you probably did during your childhood! We have implemented all social distance, mask, sanitizing, hand-cleaning option possible to ensure a safe environment for your family and friends.

Some of the latest films showing in July include:

  • Grease
  • Days of Thunder
  • Parasite
  • Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
  • Trolls
  • The Angry Bird Movie 2

Please visit our website at or our Facebook page for the latest news and movie schedule. Our website also has a merchandise page, so feel free to give some of our quality items as gifts or keep them as a reminder of your fun experience!

Since we’re offering this new venue in Winston-Salem, be sure to tell your friends and family about this entertainment option that meets all social distancing guidelines! Patrons are reminded of their childhood, when as a kid they also attended a drive-in with their family. Many people are enjoying the nostalgic atmosphere and receiving some comfort in returning to a time-honored tradition during an uncertain time. You will feel that comfort and anticipation upon arrival and the enjoyment will continue as you enjoy your new favorite movie theater!

The Winston-Salem Fairgrounds is proud to continue serving the community and to provide updated options for family-friendly fun.

The Public Assembly Facilities of the City of Winston-Salem, including The Winston-Salem Fairgrounds and Annex and Bowman Gray Stadium is preparing for all scenarios of the potential impact of the coronavirus, specifically COVID-19, for our events, guests, clients, and employees.

We internally have developed a COVID-19 task force to look at key areas that impact our clients, guests, and employees and will implement best practices out of this.

The safety of our guests, clients, performers, and employees is our top priority and we will make thoughtful decisions in collaboration with the City of Winston-Salem as the situation continues to develop. We like many other in our industry believe that all decisions related to producing events should be rooted in facts, not fear, and that we will work closely with the local Health Department and City/County Emergency Management through this time.

At this time based on the statement from Governor Roy Cooper and Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines we are cancelling any public events through April 30th.

Events and activities in this time frame that are notably being canceled are the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds Farmers Market, Public Ice Skating at the Annex Ice Rink, and Carolina Thunderbirds Hockey.

The Fairgrounds and Annex Box Office will also close during this time.

For questions regarding Fairgrounds events please visit our website or call 336.727.2236

For questions on Carolina Thunderbirds hockey please call 336.774.(GOAL)4625.

During the next two week time frame we will significantly increase the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting in all indoor public areas, and we have added alcohol-based sanitizer dispensers for public use throughout indoor public spaces.  We will remain vigilant, and we are prepared to make decisions based on current and future recommendations, as well as in the response to ever changing conditions.

For the most accurate and factual information regarding updates concerning COVID-19, visit websites such as:

We have activated a website link for clients and the public to receive updates specifically for our facilities and events.

Hello world, this the first blog post for the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds

The Winston-Salem Fairgrounds is a venue that hosts over 100 events a year, and is well known of course for the Dixie Classic Fair, but this past weekend was on that lands as a bright spot for the City of Winston-Salem.

PHOTO ABOVE – Grammy-Award winning county band Lonestar filled the Winston-Salem Annex Theatre in a recent concert.

Last weekend the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds Annex Theatre welcomed a sold out crowd of 2,200 guests for a captivating performance by Crowder, a contemporary Christian artist who provides and inspiring & engaging experience to his listeners. The Grammy nominated, billboard chart climbing star is on tour following the release of his latest album, I Know A Ghost which is now available everywhere.

This was the first time since 2017 that the Fairgrounds has sold out the Annex Theatre when Travis Tritt rolled into Winston-Salem. It takes a certain type of artist to put thousands of people in the same room and create a spiritually uplifting experience for them.

It also takes a special venue to create an environment that is welcoming, creates intimacy and provides everyone in attendance with the best seat in the house. The Annex Theatre is one of the few venues where attendees in the nosebleeds are standing, singing and dancing during the full length of the concert as if their seats are front row.

“The Annex Theatre can hold up to 2,200 fans, we feel like we have a good place in the market for LIVE music and will continue to grow our events and treat the citizens of Winston-Salem and surrounding areas. It’s a great pleasure when our staff hears statements such as “Wow, I wasn’t expecting this”, or “wheres the ice?”. On the way out the positive commentary of the event is a regular treatment for our awesome working staff to take in.” – Robert Mulhearn Winston-Salem Fairgrounds Booking and Venue Manager.

The intimate environment of the Annex Theater makes it a candidate for an array of concert genres. This summer they are welcoming, Pam Tillis & Lorrie Morgan and Gatlin Brothers as a part of their Classic Country Concert Series, along with The War & Treaty on July 30th in partnership with the National Black Theatre Festival.
To stay updated on upcoming concerts at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds, visit

COVID-19 Update

Winston-Salem Fairgrounds Rocks This Summer with The Announcement of 2020 Spring & Summer Concert Lineup

ACCHL Tournament Returns to Winston-Salem

North Carolina Archery in Schools Program Tournament Comes to Winston-Salem

Garden Bros Circus Comes to the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds Annex

Classic Country Series


Fairgrounds to host NC State Junior Olympic Archery Championships

Junior Olympic Archery Development

Carolina Overcomes Obstacles to Bite Mentor 4-3

More than 100 archers, both adult and youth, from throughout North Carolina will converge on the Fairgrounds Education Building on Saturday, Jan. 11, for the North Carolina 2020 USA Archery and Junior Olympic Archery Development Championships. The competition will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Admission is $1 and parking will be $5.

        Also competing will be some guest guest archers from Virginia and South Carolina.

        Competitors include several Olympic hopefuls, said George Hutcherson, the coach of the Bandits Junior Olympic Archery Development Club in Winston-Salem, which is serving as the host organization for the championships. “We have some archers coming who are the elite of the elite,” Hutcherson said. “Come support North Carolina archers and cheer them on to a bright future in the sport.”

The Most Epic Show on Earth!

The Totally New 2020 Edition of GARDEN BROS CIRCUS is Coming!
This year’s show is packed with breathtaking special effects, concert style sound and lighting and 3 RINGS bursting with excitement, laughter and memories that families will always cherish. The very best performers from over 22 countries make up this action jammed, fast paced 100 minute performance in a Theatrical European 3 RING setting, featuring the HUMAN CANNONBALL, The Crazy Cossack Horse Riderz, Daring Aerial Artists, Ukrainian Acrobats, Motorcycles in the Sphere of Fear, Contortionists, the Funniest Clowns, Jugglers as seen on America’s Got Talent, not enough room to list anymore!!!

KIDS FUN ZONE: ride a camel, a circus pony, a giant slide, or a bouncy house and the whole family can get their face painted like Spiderman. Come hungry cause there’s plenty of food.
Free Children’s Tickets have been distributed to area elementary schools, pre-schools, day care centers, fast food, convenience stores, salons and large employers.

First 100 Adult Tickets sold online are only $14.50 at

“We’ve made it a real affordable family event with the cooperation of participating retail outlets” said Niles Garden, producer of Garden Brothers Circus. In the words of Walt Disney “I want families to have as much fun as they do at the circus”.

Where: Winston-Salem Fairgrounds Annex

Show Times: 4:30PM-7:30PM
Get tickets: online or the Box Office on show day

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s National Archery in Schools (NASP) state tournament will occur on Feb. 14­–15 in the Education Building at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds.

Approximately 800 students from 32 schools , including Elementary, Middle School and High School divisions, will compete for the title of North Carolina State Champion. Awards will be given to the top three overall male and female individual archers, and to the top-scoring team in each division.

Elementary schools will participate on Friday, Feb. 14 beginning at 8:00 a.m. Middle and high schools are scheduled to take aim beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15.

The National Archery in Schools Program teaches and promotes international-style target archery as part of an in-school curriculum to improve educational performance and participation in the shooting sports among students in grades 4-12. For more information, or to find out how your school can participate, visit or email

About the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission
Since 1947, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has been dedicated to the conservation and sustainability of the state’s fish and wildlife resources through research, scientific management, wise use and public input. The Commission is the state regulatory agency responsible for the enforcement of fishing, hunting, trapping and boating laws and provides programs and opportunities for wildlife-related educational, recreational and sporting activities.

Get N.C. Wildlife Updatenews including season dates, bag limits, legislative updates and more delivered free to your Inbox from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

MENTOR, OHIO- The Carolina Thunderbirds, proud members of the Federal Prospects Hockey League, outlasted the Mentor Ice Breakers on Sunday afternoon 4-3 at the Mentor Civic Ice Arena.

“The guys who played today, they really battled,” said head coach Andre Niec, “It shows that we are a team, a real team, a family.”

After suspensions levied against Michael Bunn, Konner Haas and Jan Salak, Carolina turned to Kelly Curl , Vinnie D’Andrea and Niec to fill the voids. Even with the last-minute additions, the Thunderbirds still skated with only 13 on the bench.

The game started tremendously for the Thunderbirds with Jan Krivohlavek scoring 3:04 into the first period, on the first goal of the game.

Things took a turn from there.

After the goal, Patrik Polivka suffered a lower-body injury reaching for a puck. He was helped off the ice by both Mentor trainers and would not return.

Further complicating matter, Carolina was called for five penalties in the first period, spending half of the frame in the box.

Steven Fowler and Declan Conway scored on the man-advantages, breaking an 0-for-20 streak on the powerplay for the Ice Breakers. Mentor led 2-1 after the first period.

Jordan Brant was solid in goal in the second period, turning away 10 shots in the second. Conway would score again with eight minutes remaining in the period to make it 3-0 Mentor.

After the intermission, Mentor took back-to-back penalties within the first five minutes of the third period. The Thunderbirds scored when Jo Osaka shot a puck off of a defender and into the next to make it 3-2, just 3:06 into the third.

Daniel Martin deflect Petr Panacek’s shot into the net just 1:32 later to tie the game. Stan Vlasov assisted on both goals to earn his 100th career FPHL point.

Jake Mullen was tremendous in goal in the third period, coming up with a huge save on an Alexander Morrow breakaway with 1:20 to go in the game. Mullen would make eight saves in the third period and one more in overtime.

The Thunderbirds owned the overtime period, but were unable to score and the game went to a shootout.

Carolina’s Jan Krivohlavek and Petr Panacek scored on the first two shots of the shootout prompting Mentor coach Iain Duncan to pull Brant for Frankie McClendon.

McClendon stopped 4-of-5 shots he faced in the shootout, as Daniel Klinecky scored the game-winner for Carolina in the seventh inning of the breakaway contest.

The Thunderbirds earn a season sweep over the Ice Breakers, having beat Mentor 17 straight times dating back to last season.

Carolina faces Danbury on the road for another three-game set on Thursday, Friday and Saturday night.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.- The Atlantic Coast Collegiate Hockey League is excited to bring its season-ending, championship tournament back to Winston-Salem for the second season on February 14-16 at the Winston-Salem Fairground Annex. The tournament will feature eight teams competing for the coveted Admiral’s Cup. And, for the first time in ACCHL history, there will also be a women’s tournament featuring two semifinal games and a final game. The Carolina Thunderbirds, the city of Winston-Salem and Wake Forest University’s club hockey program are all proud sponsors of this pinnacle of collegiate hockey competition at the ACHA Division II level. Beginning on Friday, the tournament will showcase four men’s quarterfinal games at 12 p.m.. 3 p.m., 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturday, the women take the stage in the early slot, playing at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. with the men returning for their semifinals at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Lastly, on Sunday, the women will play for their championship at 10:30 a.m. and the men will skate for the Admiral’s Cup at 1 p.m. The tournament field has not been completely set yet, but last year’s champion N.C. State and host-school Wake Forest have both locked in their bids at the number one and number two seeds respectfully. Tickets are on sale now for the ACCHL Championship Tournament by contacting the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds Box Office. Full tournament ticket books start at only $20. For more information and to purchase tickets visit

6 Concerts, one Great Venue.


        The Winston-Salem Fairgrounds will host 6 concerts beginning May 22 and ending August 14.   Artists include Montgomery Gentry with Little Texas, John Michael Montgomery with Whiskey Foxtrot, Joe Nichols and Mark Chesnutt with Jukebox Rehab for the 2020 Classic Country Concert Series.    Also performing this summer Switchfoot, a well know rock and Christian group and Rend Collective, a popular Christian music group. All concerts will be held indoors in the Annex Theatre at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds. 

        Tickets for all concerts Series will go on sale Friday March 6 10 AM through Ticketmaster and the Fairgrounds Box Office, with tickets for individual show tickets starting at $25 and a 4 show bundle starting at $72.

May 22ndMontgomery Gentry
Little Texas
June 26thJohn Michael MontgomeryWhiskey Foxtrot
June 27thRend CollectiveTBD
July 17thJoe NicholsTBD
July 18thSwitchfootTBD
August 14thMark ChesnuttJukebox Rehab

ATickets start at $25, ,

WHEN:                  Spring/Summer 2020

WHERE:               Winston-Salem Fairgrounds

Parking: will be $7 in Coliseum Lots

Classic Country Series Information & Ticket Links:

WBFJ Summer Concert Series Information & Ticket Links: