Weekend Roundup: April 3-6, 2014

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This weekend Winston-Salem RiverRun Film Festival is finally here! The weekend events also include gallery hop, music, The Great Gatsby, baseball, kites and more.

Our Latest News:  RiverRun Film Festival Insider Tips

RiverRun Film Festival 2014 PosterAs the City of Arts & Innovation, Winston-Salem is the proud home of the RiverRun International Film Festival, a 10-day event that shines as one of the premier film festivals in the southeastern United States. The 16th annual RiverRun will be held April 4–13, 2014. Featuring 144 films from 33 countries, RiverRun …. (read more)

Top Sports Pick: Winston-Salem Dash Baseball Home Opener

Dash Baseball

  • Thursday, April 3
  • 7PM
  • BB&T Ballpark
  • Admission: $10/$15
  • wsdash.com

Our hometown baseball team, the Winston-Salem Dash will open the 2014 season with a game against the Wilmington Blue Rocks. Fireworks will follow the game.

Top Art Pick: First Friday Gallery Hop

DADA First Friday Gallery Hop

  • Friday, April 4
  • 7PM
  • The Arts District/Trade St.
  • FREE
  • dadaws.org

Unfortunately, last month’s First Friday Gallery Hop was snowed out, but we are in luck with warmer temps this week! Head downtown to the Arts District for fresh gallery exhibits, live music, dancing in the streets, a free drum circle and more!

Top Performance Pick: The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

  • Friday, April 4 & Saturday, April 5 at 8PM
  • Sunday, April 6 at 2PM
  • Arts Council Theatre
  • 610 Coliseum Dr.
  • Tickets: $18-$22
  • twincitystage.org

This play is adapted from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel. The story focuses on Jay Gatsby, the self-made millionaire who returns to his roots to pursue his first love. The production boasts an outstanding cast, minimal set, and elaborate costumes.

Top Party Pick: RiverRun Opening Night Gala

RiverRun SECCA

Help RiverRun welcome our filmmakers and industry guests from around the world to Winston-Salem, NC. The festivities will begin immediately following the Opening Night Premieres. The event features a DJ and dessert reception with cash bar. This promises to be a great way to start the 2014 Festival!

Top Music Festival Pick: Phuzz Phest

Phuzz Phest logo

  • April 4-6
  • Downtown Winston-Salem at Krankies, The Garage and Ziggy’s
  • phuzzphest.com
Phuzz Phest is Winston-Salem’s premiere music festival that will take place the first weekend of April (4-6) in downtown venues, bars, and art galleries. Phuzz Phest 2014 features 50+ bands, all hand-picked musical acts ranging from a variety of genres including rock, pop, folk, electronic, metal and rap. Headliners include No Age, Kool Keith, White Fence, Jessica Lea Mayfield, ASG, Mount Moriah, Yip Deceiver, Diarrhea Planet and The Love Language.

Top Family Fun Pick: Saturday Morning Cartoons at Riverrun with Big Bang Boom

RiverRun cartoons

  • April 5
  • 9AM
  • Hanesbrands Theatre
  • 209 N. Spruce St.
  • Adults $12, Kids 18 & under FREE
  • riverrunfilm.com

Bring the kids to enjoy Chuck Folds band Big Bang Boom at 9AM, followed by a screening of animated shorts. Free Krispy Kreme doughnuts will be available following the screening. Do it all over again the following Saturday, April 11.

Top Outdoor Fun Pick: Kite Day at Bethabara Park

Kite Day at Bethabara

Go fly a kite… at Bethabara Park this Saturday. Some kites will be available, but bringing your own is encouraged.

Top Pet-Friendly Pick: Fido Frolic & Film

Pixar Movie Up

  • Saturday, April 5
  • Festivities begin at 6:30PM, Film starts at 8:15PM
  • One Park Vista lawn (corner of Fourth St. & Trade St.)
  • FREE
  • riverrunfilm.com

Bring your canine companion to see a movie under the stars–the 2009 Pixar gem, “Up.” This event will include pre-film fun with the Forsyth Humane Society’s mobile van and our signature Fido Photo Booth to make a memory of the event! (Humans and dogs only, please!)

About The Author:

Kristi was born and raised just up the road in Mount Airy (a.k.a. Mayberry) and frequented Winston-Salem often growing up for school field trips, shopping, and dining. After attending Appalachian State University, and a brief stint living in Southern Virginia, Kristi returned to Winston-Salem, NC in 1999 and began her work in non-profit, public relations and writing. She and her family enjoy the convenience of living near downtown Winston-Salem. She enjoys the arts, photography and cooking. "I'm a small town girl at heart, but Winston-Salem isn't an overwhelming city. It is rich with friendly people, history, culture and has a vibrant art community and that is why I am proud to call this "My Winston-Salem!"

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