As we feel the first signs of autumn, it’s our imperative to spend what time we can outdoors without bundling up. Whether you’re looking to engage as a citizen or enjoy more lighthearted recreation, we’ve got something to help you relish the final few weeks of this Carolina summer.
- Bookmarks Festival of Books & Authors @ various locations (W-S), 5 p.m.
Bookmarks Bookstore hosts the largest annual book festival in the Carolinas, inviting more than 45 authors, storytellers, illustrators and panelists from around the country to share their books in a variety of formats. On Saturday, the whole family can explore a free street festival in and around the Milton Rhodes Arts Center. Find an event map and learn more about both free and ticketed events at bookmarksnc.org.
- The Bicycle: Art Meets Form opening reception @ Theatre Art Galleries (HP), 5:30 p.m.
Theatre Art Galleries hosts a multidisciplinary art exhibit relating to bicycles and cycling in conjunction with the High Point Cycling Classic, which begins Friday. Prizes will be allotted to first, second and third place finalists, and attendees will be able to view oil, acrylics, watercolor, pastels, mixed media, linocut prints, assemblages, and photography as well as rare bikes. The exhibit is open through Sept. 22. Learn more at tagart.org.
- Panel discussion about Charlottesville @ Wake Forest University (W-S), 6 p.m.
Join professor Melissa Harris-Perry in Wait Chapel on the campus of Wake Forest University as she moderates a panel discussion on race, politics and the South. Harris-Perry grew up in Charlottesville and her father served as the first dean of Afro-American Affairs and as a professor at the University of Virginia for decades. Michael Signer, mayor of Charlottesville, Jamelle Bouie, chief political correspondent at Slate, UVA alumnus Michael B. Dougherty, senior writer at National Review, Rashad Robinson, executive director of Color of Change, and Takiyah Thompson, a Durham activist who helped dismantle a Confederate statue last month, will take part. Doors open at 5:30. Learn more and access the livestream link at news.wfu.edu.
- The 77th National Folk Festival @ downtown (GSO), 6 p.m.
Featuring performances and demonstrations by more than 300 musicians, dancers and craftspeople, the festival returns to downtown Greensboro Friday through Sunday, Sept. 10. The Family Stage hosts special performances for the kids, but everyone can enjoy a non-stop dance pavilion. Learn more about the free, outdoor event at nationalfolkfestival.com or on page 10.
- Demo Day @ BioTech Place (W-S), 2 p.m.
New Ventures’ annual accelerator capstone event features exhibition demos from more than 30 startup tech companies. Hear new pitches from startup founders and attend the after party at Wise Man Brewing beginning at 5:30 p.m. Learn more and register to attend at innovationquarter.com.
- International Village Food and Music Festival @ Corpening Plaza (W-S), noon
This annual festival showcases global cuisine, entertainment by cultural organizations, crafts for purchase and education about Winston-Salem’s international community. Learn more at cityofws.org.
- Central Carolina Fair Concert Series @ Greensboro Coliseum Complex (GSO), 5 p.m. (GSO)
100.3 KISS FM’s Back-to-School Jam features indie-pop band AJR and special guest Jorge Blanco at the Fieldhouse at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex. The concert is free with a fair admissions ticket and for all children. Get your ticket at the box office or ticketmaster.com.
- Greensboro City Council candidate forum @ Scuppernong (GSO), 4 p.m.
Scuppernong Books hosts an open conversation with several candidates running for Greensboro City Council. Candidates in attendance will include at-large candidates Marikay Abuzuaiter, Irving Allen, Dianne Bellamy-Small, Michelle Kennedy, Lindy Perry-Garnette and David Wils. Learn more at facebook.com/GSOperSisters.
- Jazz concert for Hurricane Harvey relief @ College Park Baptist Church (GSO), 4 p.m.
The Piedmont Triad Jazz Orchestra is performing a free, 45-minute charity concert and 100 percent of the cash donations will go directly to recovery efforts in Houston. Wake Forest University School of Divinity students will also collect diapers and new underwear and socks for all ages to send to Covenant Church in Houston for their “Building Bridges with Britches” campaign to help residents impacted by flooding last week. Learn more at collegeparkchurch.com.
- Salsa classes @ Limelight (GSO), 6 p.m.
Two levels of salsa rueda classes begin on Limelight’s rooftop at 6:15 p.m. before the party starts. Spend the evening enjoying drink specials and moving to salsa, timba, bachata and kizomba music from 7:30 to 10 p.m. No partner required. Learn more at facebook.com.