We heartily encourage you to take a break from your Netflix queue and your favorite bars and go do something weird this weekend. (One can only watch so much Grey’s Anatomy before one’s own anatomy turns grey, after all.)

William Feather, an old-timey writer guy, once said, “One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.” We couldn’t agree more.

Read on: relationship advice, sneaking into someone else’s house, and lots of puppies await you in the Triad over the next few days. Get on 68 or 40, drive out of the town limits and explore.

All weekend

  • Triad Dog Games @ Winston-Salem Fairgrounds (W-S) Why spend a weekend indoors watching YouTube videos of cute animals when you can go watch them be adorable in person? This third annual fundraising event for the Sergei Foundation raises funds to help sick and injured pets obtain emergency veterinary care. Attendees can compete (ATTN: must be dog to enter) or spectate in dock jumping, disc (Frisbee), agility, Dachshund races — and, new in 2016, a sanctioned flyball competition. Competitors from Pennsylvania and Georgia and everywhere in between will be in attendance. Visit triaddoggames.com for more information.
  • Celebrate the Old North State @ downtown High Point History geeks, your paradise awaits, presented by the Daughters of the American Revolution. Celebrate the unique history of North Carolina with tours of market showrooms, a Saturday street festival, a Miles and Coltrane dinner theater, and events on historic preservation. Each business, non-profit, school, museum and municipal agency is handling its own ticketing, so check theoldnorthstatehp.com for a full schedule of events to plan your weekend.


  • Love-A-Landmark Party @ Sternberger Artists Center (GSO), 5:30 p.m. The Sigmund Sternberger House in the Aycock Historic District, an Italian Renaissance Revival style mini-palace, was built by prominent architect Harry Barton for Sternberger, treasurer of the Revolution Cotton Mill, in 1926. Learn more about the building during an exploration of the historic residence, along with wine and light refreshments. Snooping around strangers’ houses for charity? Sign us up. Find info about tickets on the Facebook event page.
  • Building Public Support for Public Transit @ Greensboro Historical Museum, 6:30 p.m. Jason Jordan, the Center for Transportation Excellence’s director, will discuss the merits of transit and equip local leaders with the info necessary to push forward public transportation initiatives and ballot measures. The event kicks off TAP’s 2016 Transportation Speaker Series. If you’ve ever sighed over the bus or wished for a light rail, you should probably be at this meeting. Visit Transit Alliance Triad on Facebook for the RSVP link.


  • Sip and Stroll @ Downtown High Point, Friday, 4 p.m. Some of High Point’s most well loved restaurants will host wine tasting and food sampling in conjunction with the Celebrate the Old North State festival. Try some Turkish tea at Sumela, or try a variety of samples at Penny Path Café & Crepe Shop. Check the event on Facebook for more information.
  • The Healing Blues premiere @ the Interactive Resource Center (GSO), 6;30 p.m. Directed by Ted Efremoff and edited by Sukhada Gokhale, this movie goes behind the scenes and tells the story of the Healing Blues, which is a songwriting collaborative sharing stories of challenge and trauma. This will be a one-time public showing, after which the documentary will be available only through paid download, so go see it for free while you can. There will be live music, of course, and light refreshments. Find the IRC on Facebook for details.
  • Navigating Through the Seasons of Life @ Cre8ive Niche Coffee Shop (HP), 7 p.m. Guest speakers Tony & Denise Hall from Kannapolis, authors of Ten Things I Wish My Father Had Taught Me, visit for some “straight talk,” meaning, some real talk about relationships. No kids allowed. For more information, contact Charity Jackson at 336.906.4734.


  • Lemon Sparks CD release @ Heyday Guitars (W-S), 8 p.m. Releasing their CD into the wild, albeit in an intimate environment, Lemon Sparks bring their retro-pop jams to Heyday. “Lemon Sparks sounds a little like the love child of Paul McCartney and Bob Dylan, combining fresh, toe-tapping melodies and edgy instrumentation with catchy love letters and introspective ruminations,” says the event page. Winston-Salem’s indie rocker Kyle Caudle (yes, Caleb’s brother, but he’s got his own thing going on) will open the show with songs from his new EP. More info on Heyday’s Facebook.


  • Branded Curvy Fashion Show and Launch Party @ ArtSpace Uptown (GSO), 2 p.m. Branded Curvy, a fashion company specializing in providing curvy women with custom fashion designs created by emerging and established designers, launches this Sunday. Triad business and arts leaders double as models for the show. The shindig will have a DJ and free punch, a special appearance by neo-soul artist Jas NaTasha, and a signature Purple Rain cocktail will be served, too. Get tickets at brandedcurvylaunch.eventbrite.com.
  • Crossroads presents Phil Cook @ SECCA (W-S), Sunday, 7 p.m. Perhaps Cook’s band Megafaun will ring a bell if his name doesn’t; if neither does, you outta look up his 2015 solo album, Southland Mission, and change that immediately. Stereogum says he’s been “lurking on the fringes of the South’s experimental folk-rock renaissance” for a while, including palling around with Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon; this weekend, he takes the spotlight with hand claps and coos per your folkster expectations, but layers them with electric riffs and serious beats. Get tickets at secca.org.