The devastating events of the COVID19 pandemic have affected those near & far in the world. as well as in the entertainment industry. #RedAlertRESTART is raising awareness to jump-start relief for the live events industry. On Tuesday September 1st, venues across the country and in the triad participated in the campaign by having their venues embezzled with red lights to help spread awareness. There are 12 million people who are employed by the live event industry and we support them during these times.

We Make Events Home and Garden Building

Buildings at the fairgrounds that were highlighted from 9pm to midnight on Tuesday included the Neil Bolton Home & Garden Building, Cattle Barn, Administration Office and the Annex. A list of venues that also participated in the campaign were the Milton Rhodes Center for Arts, NC Black Rep, The Ramkat, The Millennium Center, Winston-Salem Dash, Kimpton Cardinal Hotel and many more.

Cattle Barn We Make Events
We Make Events Annex

For updates regarding the status of our events during the COVID19 pandemic visit

Popcorn, check.

Giant movie screens & popcorn, check.

Social distancing, check.

The midway usually graces the fast pace, mind twisting rides at the Carolina Classic Fair along with a few of your favorite food vendors. Although that won’t happen in 2020, families have still made memories of a lifetime in front of the big screen.

This summer marked the return of the drive-in movie theatre. Although under unfortunate and unexpected circumstances, the event quickly became a fan favorite. From classics like Grease and Batman, to modern favorites like Aquaman & Wonder Woman, there’s something for the whole family at The Drive at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds.

View of Screen at The Drive at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds

The success of The Drive at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds has garnered interest from the community to continue through September, including an extended Labor Day Weekend Schedule. The Drive offers the highest quality, fun experience to the Winston-Salem community during these trying times. We have implemented all social distance, mask, sanitizing, hand-cleaning option possible to ensure a safe environment for your family and friends that has led to a safe experience for families all summer.

Popular upcoming titles include Forrest Gump, Beetlejuice, Grease, Shazam, Rocky, 42 and more! For the full schedule, go to our events calendar or visit

42 MovieForrest Gumprocky movie

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

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.

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: