The Weekender, May 1-3: The Cinco de Cuatro Edition

CInco de Cuatro lives this weekend in Greensboro.

When Cinco de Mayo falls on a Tuesday, the partygoing public does what they did on “Arrested Development”: Move it! Uno de Mayo runs on Friday at Center City Park, because what else would you call a holiday on the first of May?

Comics, First Friday, rock shows and more follow in this week’s Weekender.

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  • Free Comic Book Day, the ultimate geek holiday, is not officially until Saturday, but the nerds like to get things going early. They’ve a;ready started lining up in Greensboro at the venerable Acme Comics, which teams up with Geeksboro for films, cosplay and other events during the weekend. In Winston-Salem Ssalefish is going big with expanded space and inventory. Expect toys, food, cosplay and mirth at every location in the Triad. Find them all here. And vote for tour favorite Triad comic shop in this week’s Barometer. (Triad-wide)
  • The Triad Highland Games is basically huge guys in kilts throwing rocks and trees while bagpipes wail mournfully in the background. Pretty sure there’s a haggis-toss, too. It rolls Saturday and Sunday, with beer from Pig Pounder, music, martial-arts demos and such. (GSO)


First Friday gets big in May with dozens of street events in Greensboro and Winston-Salem.

  • In Greensboro, the Greenhill Gallery has pottery and No Blank Walls has a pop-up art show at 611 S. Elm St. Elsewhere has a giant hopscotch grid chalked around downtown sidewalks. In addition to the art, there’s the Indie Market, a Brews & Blues Fest at McDonald Plaza, an “Uno de Mayo” party at Center City Park and an evening dance party, Caffeine, at the Green Bean. (GSO)
  • Winston-Salem hosts returning son Patrick Harris at Ember Gallery and a new show at Delurk, among other Arts District offerings. There’s also an Art & Craft Beer event at Sawtooth that begins at 5:30 p.m., and the Ghost Wolves play the Garage later that night with Aquatic Ceremony and 1970s Film Stock. (W-S)


  • Raised in the Revolution, a Black Lives Matter activist summit, begins at 8 a.m. at UNCG. It’s  aimed at young people and focuses on “campaign development, cooperative economics, divestment, self-care and healing, economic self-determination and police accountability.”
  • “Chic It Up, Y’all!” is the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts’ program on Colonial Revival-style architecture as it affects the South, with Margaret Pritchard of Colonial Williamsburg and New York designer Ralph Harvard. Register for the event, which begins at 10 a.m., by emailing [email protected]
  • Downtown Greensboro residents and businesses open their doors for the Downtown Living Tour to show what life is like in the city’s urban core.
  • Carolina Brewsfest Craft Beer Festival is a beer festival in High Point, which alone makes it noteworthy, although there have been at least two, so the novelty may be wearing off. Local beers, local food trucks, local organizers and a local music act, the Allison King Band, will be at the Mendenhall Transportation Center beginning around noon.
  • It’s Kentucky Derby Day. May we suggest the high road, a fete at Blandwood (GSO), or the low road, which runs through Small Batch Beer Co. (W-S).



  • The Greensboro Farmers Curb Market hosts Made4Market, a spring crafts show on the market grounds featuring local artisans, small-batch goods and pottery, with food from Food Freaks and coffee from Grinder.