3. High Point
Don’t pity High Point because it is the perennial Third City in the Piedmont Triad paradigm. It’s also got the lowest cost of living, the best bones of all the downtown districts and a cool pit right in the middle of the city. But it’s only got one big outdoor event this weekend: the Whistle Stop concert featuring Chit Nasty at the train depot at 7 p.m. on Friday night.
The Gate City’s outdoor offerings number at least five this weekend, beginning with Field Day at the NC A&T University Farm on Thursday and rolling into Friday with a screening of Dirty Dancing in Center City Park. On Saturday the cops are throwing a free daytime block party for National Night Out. But the big guns land on Sunday, with an artists market at the Blind Tiger and a massive outdoor event at the junction of Eugene Street where Crafted, Preyer Brewing and Deep Roots Market celebrate their activated space.
The two bigger cities each have several outdoor events running this weekend, with Winston-Salem’s slate of four just a little more impressive, bumping it into first. The Downtown Jazz series beginning on Friday night and a free film later at Bailey Park, Second Sundays on Fourth Street and the four-day RibFest taking over the parking lot of the Winston-Salem Journal. A few points get shaved for the cover charge at the rib thing, though it’s totally worth it.