Known as the “City of Arts and Innovation,” Winston-Salem offers a surprising amount of activity, dining and recreation for its relatively modest size. A moderate climate year-round contributes to the widespread availability of outdoor activities, and its location at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains means you won’t run out of day trip destinations anytime soon.

In addition to outdoor activities, the city has an abundance of opportunities to explore the arts. From browsing shops in the Downtown Arts District during one of the monthly Gallery Hops, to attending a performance of The Nutcracker at the Stevens Center, to visiting an exhibition at the Diggs Gallery, Reynolda House or SECCA, residents and visitors enjoy a wide range of entertainment and exhibitions.

Meanwhile, Wake Forest Innovation Quarter is one of the fastest-growing urban-based districts for innovation in the United States. Home to more than 150 companies, five leading academic institutions, more than 3,600 workers and 1,500 degree-seeking students and over 8,000 workforce trainee participants, the Innovation Quarter is a place for research, business and education.

Nearby Attractions and Events

In addition to all the activities and options in Winston-Salem itself, we also have both the mountains and the beach within easy driving distance. Head west into the Blue Ridge Mountains to find skiing, winter sports, Asheville, Grandfather Mountain, the Blue Ridge Parkway, camping, hiking, river sports and more. Head east for a dose of sun and sand at the NC Outer Banks, the Crystal Coast, Wilmington, Wrightsville and Carolina beaches; or detour slightly south and visit Myrtle Beach, SC, the elegant Charleston or the South Carolina Lowcountry. 

Make the most of a free day or afternoon by visiting nearby attractions, such as:

  • Korner’s Folly
  • Pilot Mountain
  • Hanging Rock
  • Stone Mountain
  • Yadkin Valley wineries
  • High Rock Lake
  • NC Zoo
  • Seagrove Pottery
  • Sporting Events
    • Panthers (NFL) – Charlotte
    • Hornets (NBA) – Charlotte
    • NASCAR – Charlotte Motor Speedway
    • Carolina Hurricanes (NHL) – Raleigh 
    • WS Dash (minor league baseball)
    • WS Open (ATP World Tour)

Civic and athletic-minded community members can find a benefit event most weekends throughout the year. Popular oneswinclude:

  • Mistletoe Run
  • Ardmore Run Against Hunger
  • Piedmont Down Syndrome Support Network Buddy Walk
  • St. Leo’s 5K
  • Color Run
  • Beat the Heat 5K
  • The Humane Society Mutt Strut
  • 3-2-1 Deacon Dash for Down Syndrome
  • Bike MS: Tour to Tanglewood
  • JDRF One Walk

Twin City Track Club is a good resource for upcoming 5Ks and hosts various club activities as well.