My Winston-Salem Weekend Roundup for October 25-28, 2012

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Top Picks for What to Do in Winston-Salem
Weekend of October 25-28, 2012

Carmen piedmont opera

Top Performance Pick:
Piedmont Opera's Carmen

  • Friday, October 26th, 8PM
  • Sunday, October 28th, 2PM
  • Tuesday, October 30th, 7:30PM
  • Stevens Center, 405 W. 4th St, Winston-Salem
  • Tickets: $30-$80

Bizet's classic Carmen tells the story of a beguiling gypsy and her obsession with a young corporal. It's a tale full of seduction, deception, betrayal, and murder. 

dias de lost muertos days of the dead museum of anthropology Wake Forest University WFU

Top Cultural Pick:
Dias de los Muertos
(Days of the Dead) Exhibit

  • Now – December 14, 2012
  • Museum of Anthropology at Wake Forest
  • Located behind WFDD and next to Kentner Stadium, Wingate Rd, Winston-Salem
  • Admission: FREE, but donations are appreciated

The Museum of Anthropology at Wake Forest is holding their annual Dias de los Muertos (Days of the Dead) exhibit where guests can see a variety of displays typical of the traditional Mexican holiday that honors the dead. 

Legends Lanterns Old Salem

Top Halloween Pick:
Legends & Lanterns Tours 

  • Friday & Saturday, October 26-27, 2012
  • 6-9PM
  • Historic Old Salem
  • Admission: Adults $20, Children $15
  • 800-441-5305

A costumed guide leads this spooky walking tour which visits several buildings, where guests will hear ghost stories and other tales. Tours embark every 15 minutes and the tour itself lasts about 45 minutes. Tour content is child-friendly, however extensive walking is involved. Reservations are required. 


Top Food Pick: Trader Joe's
Winston-Salem Grand Opening

  • Friday, October 26, 2012
  • 8AM
  • Thruway Shopping Center (former Border's location)
  • 252 S. Stratford Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27103
You've asked for it for years and it is finally here! Trader Joe's, a specialty grocery store that features great prices on their carefully selected line of Trader Joe branded products. From flowers and produce to two-buck cluck wines and gourmet cheeses. You won't want to miss this amazing day of celebration or shopping here every week. Welcome Trader Joe's to Winston-Salem!
Halloween Old salem

Top Family Halloween Pick:
Trick-or-Treating in Old Salem

Costumed kids can walk the cobblestone streets of Old Salem to collect their candy for a "Spooky Hollow" trick-or-treating atmosphere. FREE candy!

Boos and Brews 5K

Top Spooky Sports Pick:
Boos & Brews 5K 

  • Sunday, October 28, 2012 
  • 3PM
  • Start & Finish: BB&T Baseball Park, Winston-Salem
  • Registration: Adults $30; Kids $15
Boos & Brews 1-Mile Fun Run and 5K is now in its third year. Participants are encouraged to wear their costumes, but it is not a requirement.
Old salem jack-o-lantern pumpkin carving contest halloween

Old Salem Jack-o-Lantern
Carving Contest

Show off your carving skills at the Jack-o-Lantern Carving Contest. The event will take place outdoors at the Frank L. Horton Museum Center Loggia and Meadow at 924 South Main Street, Old Salem. Prizes will be awarded in different categories. The pumpkins will be lit and displayed on the fence posts of Salem Square during the Old Salem Trick-or-Treating event the following evening. BYO carving utensils. Complimentary pumpkins will be provided. Children must be supervised by an adult. 

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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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