What’s Happening in Camel City June 17-19

compiled by Carissa Joines

This weekend Camel City has theater, festivals, memorials, concerts and a parade on offer to increase your summer fun and get you out into the community. Check out these picks of some of the activities and events happening in Camel City this weekend.

leap of faith
leap of faith

Kernersville Little Theatre (KLT) concludes its 39th season with a journey to a small town with big love and big dreams with their performance of Leap of Faith. Based on the hit 1992 comedy of the same name starring Steve Martin and Debra Winger, Leap of Faith features an inspirational, roof-raising score by Tony Award and eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken (Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors, Disney’s The Little Mermaid) who was inspired by the sounds of gospel, country and American roots music. Lyrics are by Grammy Award winner Glenn Slater and the book was written by Leap of Faith film writer Janus Cercone and Tony Award winner Warren Leight.
Leap of Faith opens on June 16, 2016 at James Fitzpatrick Auditorium in Kernersville. Performance dates are June 16-18/23-25 at 8:00 pm and June 19 & 26 at 2:00 pm. Tickets may be purchased at the door or online at Brown paper Tickets. Online ticket sales end four hours before show time. Prices are as follows: Adults-$18, Students/Seniors-$16/Children-$8. June 16th is Preview Night and all tickets are $10.


The city’s Human Relations Department is again sponsoring the 12th annual Juneteenth festival, organized by Triad Cultural Arts and being held this year on Saturday, June 18. This year’s festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bailey Park and Biotech Place in Wake Forest Innovation Quarter. Activities will include a health fair, a forum on the Black family, cooking demonstrations, arts and crafts, a children’s area, music and tributes to Prince, B.B. King, Natalie Cole, Maurice White and others. For more information, visit TriadCulture.org visit the event page HERE or call 336-757-8556.


Saturday, June 18: Hanging Rock State Park 100 Junior Rangers. Kick the summer off right. Become a Junior Ranger at Hanging Rock and join in celebrating 100 years in North Carolina State Parks. This will be a day filled with nature stations and nature programs, all designed to complete the junior ranger workbook. Kids of all ages are invited to spend the afternoon going from station to station which will be set up between picnic shelter 1 and picnic shelter 4. After completing all of the requirements of the workbook, there will be a swearing-in ceremony by the Park Rangers for all the participants. All kids will receive an official patch and recognition certificate. Date of Event: Saturday, June 18, 2016 – 1:00pm to 4:00pm Start Location: Lake Area Shelter # 4. For more information call 336-593-8480.


Summer on Liberty kicks off their 19th season of free outdoor concerts downtown with local band Suitcase on June 18th. The concerts (formerly known as Summer on Trade) will be held at Liberty and 6th streets downtown from 7-10pm every Saturday evening through September 3rd. To learn more about Suitcase, click HERE 


let's danceThe Hispanic Arts Initiative invites you to a night of music and dancing featuring the music of West End Mambo. A Bailar – Let’s Dance will be held June 18th at 6pm at the HanesBrand Theater at 209 N Spruce Street. Tickets are $15 for one, $25 for two and can be ordered HERE  or at the door.
Playgirls & Playboys Motorcyle Club presents The “Father’s Day Homeless Cookout Block Party” on Sunday, June 19th from 1-6pm at the Bethesda Center for the Homeless at 930 Patterson Ave. Every year the clubs rotate Mother’s and Father’s Day to give back to the ones who are in need. This year it will be on Father’s Day, and they invite the community to come together and bless everyone that is in need on this day. Food, Clothes, Giveaways, Music and Dancing by DJ BizzyBee (That’s Our DJ), also special guests, and of course Fellowship.


Mo Lucas Community Foundation Father’s Day Parade will be held June 19 at 3 pm in Downtown Winston Salem. The Mo Lucas Community Foundation will have its third Father’s Day Parade in Winston-Salem North Carolina beginning at 3:00 pm at 7th street and Trade Street and continuing down Trade Street making a right onto Fourth Street and a left on Spruce Street ending at the Winston-Square Amphitheater. The Parade will consist of Marching Bands, local businesses as well as organizations gathering to display talent and art throughout the community for spectators to enjoy. Immediately following the parade the organization will hold their 11th Annual Mo Lucas Father’s Day Cook Out which will consist of various performances by local Talent. The Cookout will have Free Food, Drinks, and games for everyone to enjoy making this an annual event for all ages. This event will bring together 4 generations that Mr. Lucas became a father figure to by teaching youth to perform in various parades throughout the state of North Carolina for over 60 years. Father’s Day will be the day he’s honored with his own parade as the community come together to show their appreciation.


rainbow heartsBeloved Community: Healing Space, Hosted by WS North Star LGBT Center Sunday June 19th from 7 PM – 8:30 PM at Merschel Plaza (on 4th street at Trade) This is a safe space for LGBTQ folks and allies to mourn the lives lost in the Pulse massacre, honor them, honor each other, and begin the healing process. Come join in beloved community as the community holds each other during this time and begins to heal together. Participants are encouraged to bring flowers in every color of the rainbow, which will be used during the event as a memorial.