Yard game enthusiasts — the tamarins need you. These teeny primates are endangered with an estimated population of only 3,500 remaining in the wild but you can enter a friendly cornhole contest at the Greensboro Science Center this Friday to raise funds for a conservation non-profit, Save Golden Lion Tamarin.
If you’re not feeling Tamarins, though, check out this curated list of other weekend offerings, including a few opportunities to begin testing out those Halloween costume ideas.
Dark in the Park @ Bethabara Park (W-S), 5:30 p.m.
Dress in costume for a family-friendly evening featuring Halloween crafts, music by the Bethabara Concert Band and hayrides complete with ghost stories. Learn more at historicbethabara.org.
Grand opening @ Antlers and Astronauts (GSO), 6 p.m.
Enjoy light refreshments and browse a curated retail collection of antiques, vintage clothing and handmade goods from artisans throughout the Southeast. Learn more at antlersandastronauts.com.
John le Carré @ Aperture Cinema (W-S), 7:30 p.m.
Coinciding with the release of his new novel, A Legacy of Spies, author John le Carré discusses his life’s work and the secrets behind his most beloved character, spy George Smiley, broadcast live from London’s Royal Festival Hall. Carré is best known for Cold War-era novels but also wrote influential books about the international arms trade (The Night Manager) and the War on Terror (A Most Wanted Man). He will read excerpts from his new book, followed by a question-and-answer session. Find tickets and learn more at aperturecinema.com.
Tossing for Tamarins @ Greensboro Science Center (GSO), 5:30 pm.
The North Carolina Chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers hosts a cornhole tournament to benefit Golden Lion Tamarin conservation. Participate in a costume contest and enjoy other laid-back lawn games like bocce and horseshoes while listening to DJ SoOpa. Find the event on Facebook.
Kid’s Night Out @ Little Blank Canvas (HP), 6 p.m.
Enjoy two hours off while the kids paint a Halloween-inspired glow-in-the-dark canvas project. Pizza and art supplies are provided. Learn more and register at littleblankcanvas.com.
Spoken-word poetry @ Patio 9.2.4 (W-S), 7 p.m.
Consciousness Through Poetry provides a platform for both novice and experienced spoken-word artists, poets and storytellers to share inspirational and educational works in a non-judgmental space. Find Consciousness Through Poetry on Facebook for more information.
Open mic @ the Artist Bloc (GSO), 9 p.m.
Out Loud Productions presents an open-mic night featuring a performance from T Walker, giveaways, drink specials and an encouraging atmosphere to share your talents. Sign up by 8:45 p.m. and learn more at theartistbloc.com.
Harvest Day @ Old Salem Museum & Gardens (W-S), 9:30 a.m.
Old Salem hosts autumn-inspired activities and historic trades demonstrations. Learn about 18th-Century brewing techniques, survey heirloom and heritage apple varieties, visit the apothecary, watch a botanical watercolor artist or simply take a stroll around Old Salem’s award-winning gardens. The Homowo Heritage Festival, a celebration of African-American food and culture, will also run from noon to 3 p.m. and features okra painting, games and food samples. Learn more and find tickets at oldsalem.org.
Pride parade @ Spring and 4th streets (W-S), 11 a.m.
Join the newly-crowned Mr. and Miss Pride Winston-Salem, special dignitaries and grand marshals Terry Miller and Joey Burdette, owners of Twin City Hive, and thousands of other attendees for Winston’s annual Pride Parade. The festival begins at 10 a.m., featuring live entertainment from Ultra Naté, food trucks and vendors selling merchandise and offering educational materials through early evening. Learn more at pridews.org.
Pine State Holiday Music Festival @ SECCA (W-S), 1 p.m.
The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Arts and Phuzz Records host a day of live performances by Washed Out, Ducktails, Spider Bags, Floating Action, Saccharine Dream and more. Whether you delight in an outdoor yoga class or chow down on food truck offerings, this festival is for all ages and continues into the evening. Purchase tickets and learn more at phuzzrecords.com and find the Facebook event for updates.
North American Bodypainting Championship @ Greensboro Coliseum (GSO), 8 p.m.
Internationally-renowned local bodypainters Scott Fray and Madelyn Greco present the largest bodypainting event in the Western hemisphere where top international artists compete for the USA Title. Get a pass to watch artists beginning at 2:30 p.m. or attend the fashion-show style catwalk competition, live entertainment and the crowning of the 2017 champions. Doors open at 7 p.m. Learn more and find tickets at livingartamerica.com.
Buyer & Cellar @ Hanesbrands Theater (W-S), 8 p.m.
Triad Stage continues its 5th season with Buyer & Cellar, a 2013 Drama Desk Award-winning production about a less-than-successful gay actor who finds himself working in the home of a Hollywood icon. This comedy runs through Oct. 22 with two pay-what-you-can performances on Wednesday evenings. Find tickets and learn more at triadstage.com.
Homegrown Artisan Market @ Preyer Brewing Company (GSO), 1 p.m.
Preyer hosts local artists and artisans, live music from Chris Hedrick and food from Presto Italian Food Truck and Mobile Oasis Mobile Farmer’s Markets. Find the event on Facebook.
8th annual Touch a Truck @ the Fresh Market (GSO), noon
The Junior League of Greensboro brings trucks and other vehicles for children to learn about and explore in the midst of autumnal activities like pumpkin painting. Grab a burger from the PorterHouse Burger Truck between visits to the petting zoo, bounce houses, a photo booth and a face painting station. Find the event on Facebook