Early voting in Guilford County runs through Saturday, Oct. 7 and the primary election is on Tuesday, Oct. 10. Bring the whole family, your partner or a group of friends to the Blue Room in the old Guilford County Courthouse (GSO) or Washington Terrace Park (HP) before grabbing a bite downtown or heading to any of the events below. Forsyth folks — regrettably, you’ll have to wait a little longer to exercise your right but, hopefully, this curated list and the latest issue of Triad City Beat can help soothe the torment of anticipation.
Procession for immigrants @ Merschel Plaza (W-S), 5 p.m.
The Sanctuary City Coalition of Winston-Salem Community hosts a rally and march to demonstrate solidarity with three people currently taking sanctuary in North Carolina: Minerva Garcia, Juana Luz Tobar Ortega and the Rev. Jose Chicas. Following the rally, attendees wearing black will silently march in a mock funeral procession to highlight human casualties of US immigration policies. A rally will also be held in at the American Language Academy (GSO) at 4 p.m. To learn more, find the event on Facebook.
What Does City Council Do and Why Should I Care & Vote? @ NC A&T University (GSO), 7 p.m.
In collaboration with NC A&T University, the League of Women Voters explains the function of Greensboro City Council versus the role of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners during this forum in Room 240 of the McNair Building on the campus of A&T. Former mayors Keith Holliday and Robbie Perkins will join community activist Amy Murphy to discuss how the city changed during their tenures. Attendees will also learn why A&T is split into two voting locations. Learn more at lwvpt.org.
Margot Lee Shetterly @ Guilford College (GSO), 7 p.m.
The Greensboro Public Library hosts Margot Lee Shetterly, author of the New York Times bestselling book and inspiration for the blockbuster movie Hidden Figures in Dana Auditorium on the campus of Guilford College. Shetterly will talk about her book, the making of the film and the Human Computer Project, an endeavor she founded to catalog the names and accomplishments of the women mathematicians, scientists and engineers who worked at the NACA and NASA in the 1930s through the 1980s. Hidden Figures is the library’s One City, One Book program title this year and will serve as the basis for a variety of programs. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Learn more at guilford.edu.
High Point City Ghost Tours @ Brown Truck Brewery (HP), 7 p.m.Carolina History & Haunts leads ghost tours combining High Point history and local legends in partnership with the High Point Historical Society. Winston-Salem Wings -N- Fins food truck will be at Brown Truck Brewery both nights. Though the tours are family-friendly, they are best suited for children ages 8 and older. Space is limited, so email [email protected] to reserve your spot or find the event on Facebook.
Bailey Blues & Bluegrass Festival @ Bailey Park (W-S), 6 p.m.
The Blue Ridge Music Center and the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter present a free folk, bluegrass and blues concert on Bailey Park’s upper lawn. Performers include Dori Freeman, the Aaron Burdett Band and Amythyst Kiah & Her Chest of Glass. Learn more at blueridgemusiccenter.org.
Sutler’s Spirit Co. tasting @ Sutler’s Spirit Co. (W-S), 6:30 p.m.
The local spirits company hosts its next distillery tour and tasting just in time to unwind from a long week at work. Meet the owner and sip on Sutler’s gin while learning about the gin and rum distilling process and take home a Sutler’s rocks glass. The distillery is open to the public after the tour from 7:45 to 9 p.m. Register at sutlersspiritco.com.
Open mic @ Centennial Station Arts Center (HP), 7 p.m.The High Point Arts Council presents its Fifth Friday open mic featuring music genres ranging from hip hop and gospel to country and indie rock. Though open to all ages, adults can take advantage of deals on local craft beers and wines at the bar. Learn more at highpointarts.org.
- Family First block party @ NC Cooperative Extension (GSO), 10 a.m.
To wrap up Local Foods Week, the NC Cooperative Extension hosts a family-friendly block party featuring food trucks, healthy food demonstrations, exercise classes, garden tours and games. Receive free health screenings and flu shots. This unique event offers everything from a live cow-milking demonstration to free crash courses in financial planning. For more information, visit guilfordextension.com.
- The Queen’s Storytime @ Scuppernong Books (GSO), 11 a.m.
Stonewall Sports hosts drag queen Jean Jacket’s reading of Where the Wild Things Are for children before they enjoy crafting their own monster masks as everyone explores shared interests in dressing up and exercising imagination. Find the event on Facebook.
- 4th anniversary and Oktoberfest release @ Hoots Roller Bar (W-S), noon
Hoots hosts an all-day festival celebrating Winston-Salem and the coming of fall. The event features food from Bill’s BBQ and the Bahtmobile food truck, a flea market, games, a dunking booth, raffle prizes, contests and the release of the 4th annual Zinzendorf Oktoberfest beer. Enjoy live music from I Anomaly, the Genuine, Bjorn & Francois, Space Cadet Orchestra, Brother Bear Presents “3PC & A Biscuit,” DJ SK, DJ Eighty Four and the Carolina Stars Drumline. Find the event on Facebook.
- Queer Ancestors and Histories @ Elsewhere Museum (GSO), 5 p.m.
All are welcome to participate in QueerLab’s OUTlaws workshop, where North Carolina-based artists — including participants in the Greensboro Mural Project — guide attendees through the histories of queer ancestors and create podcasts to coincide with photos that capture past, present and future stories in an effort to explore queer culture in the South. Learn more at goelsewhere.com.
Blake Worthington @ Forsyth County Public Library (W-S), 6 p.m.Local author Blake Worthington’s debut novel Murder unto Death landed on the New York Times bestseller list, but it’s not clear whether he will survive his appearance at the new library to promote his book. Willow’s Bistro provides refreshments as guests enjoy a classic “Whodunit” game. Due to language and suggestive humor, the event is recommended for ages 13 and up. Learn more at forsyth.cc.
Art in the Arboretum @ Greensboro Arboretum (GSO), noon
Greensboro Beautiful hosts a juried art and fine craft event exhibiting the work of 50 regional artists in an outdoor gallery. This event also features entertainment on three stages, interactive art activities, monarch butterfly and honey bee exhibits, two food courts and plants for sale. Learn more at greensborobeautiful.com.
- Civil rights tour @ Beloved Community Center (GSO), 2 p.m.
The American Friends Service Committee partners with Lewis Brandon and the Beloved Community Center for a tour of Greensboro’s long and rich civil rights history, followed by snacks and stories of the committee’s desegregation work in North Carolina. Find the event on Facebook and reserve you spot.