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Fantastic beasts and where to find them

June is here and that can only mean one thing: It's National Zoo & Aquarium Month! Of course, it also means the kids are home, aka, there are wild creatures leaping from couch to rug to ottoman like they’re jacked up on Mountain Dew and Fruity Pebbles – not that you'd ever feed that to your offspring. Why not load your babbling, bumbling band of baboons into the safari jeep and zip out for a day of reconnecting with their kind educational animal fun? No butts about it.

Forward this to someone who could use some wildin'.

All creatures great and pygmy

Hippos, okapi and sand cats, oh my! This week, the Greensboro Science Center, whose mission is to preserve species and habitats, opens its highly anticipated Revolution Ridge to the public. We're giving you a sneak peek of what wild beauties and beasts await beyond the gate. Please keep your hands inside the tour vehicle at all times – if you're attached to them and would like to keep it that way.


  • Pygmy hippos: Don't be fooled by their adorable Polly Pocket stature. Though they be but little, they are fierce. 
  • Caribbean flamingos: What the flock!? Did you know these beauties enjoy bubble baths? Siri, book a day at the spa for us and our flamin-gals. Oooh, and a round of shrimp cocktails, please.
  • Sand cat: Move over, Puss in Boots. This cat will simultaneously get what it wants and silently judge you with just one look.


  • Okapi: Loves to eat and wears fancy socks. We're one click away from purchasing "soulmate" necklaces.
  • Ground hornbill: What's black and white and red all over? These large carnivorous birds that eat small children animals. Despite what their name may imply, they're slow breeders.


  • Southern cassowary: Sweet but psycho. They remind us of Villanelle in Killing Eve: Easy on the eyes but cold, murderous hearts.
  • Serval: If these cats were good enough for Cleopatra to worship, then they're good enough for us. Now bow down and feed us grapes.

Stay wild, zoo child

No monkeying around – you can now see the untamed during untimed visits at the NC Zoo, meaning you can come at any point during park hours on the day of your reservations. Activate beast mode!



Knead carbs now

Greensboro welcomes its newest comfort food hot spot, Little Light Bread & Soup Co. Each week, they serve up a different scratch-made bread and soup. Carbivores welcome here. 

What the folk?

Think you've got what it takes to become the next Appalachian Idol? From now until June 13, folk things up by entering the NC Folk Fest's Not Your Average Folk Contest – open to a diverse array of musical groups from across the state. Don't be average. Be savage, with a touch of classy, bougie, ratchet. 

Sunsets are our favorite color

We're not crying, there's dusk in our eyes. This Saturday at 7 p.m. at Center City Park, electronic indie-pop artist Quilla kicks off the return of City Sunsets concert series. Bring a picnic blanket, grab a beer and some grub from the food trucks and let the golden hour tickle all of your senses. Pairs well with te-Quilla sunrise.

A stand-up kind of guy

If SNL is your calling, head to The Brewer's Kettle in Kernersville on Wednesdays for Open Mic Comedy Nights. Let an audience with lower standards than Lorne's be the judge.



Musical or chasm (say that out loud)

You've met the perfect match on Tinder, but he likes classical and you're into folk. Swipe right, because we've got the perfect date night. Gorge yourself on the music of the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra – like you've never heard them – with Grammy award-winning sons of North Carolina, Steep Canyon Rangers, on Saturday, June 5. Grab your tickets here.

A night at the museum

On Saturday, June 5, from 4-8 p.m., gather outside the Greensboro History Museum for Reflections on Pieces of Now. This free event will include a look back on the changes made over the last year in our city through all forms of artistic expression. Performances by Brandon Green, DJ Mac Daville and DJ Delinkwent will have you feeling more like you're at A Night at the Roxbury.

Who arted?

Downtown Greensboro is putting the art in partk – the t is silent. On Friday, June 4th, from 6-9 p.m. kick off First Friday Art Park at Center City Park, where hands-on projects and demos abound. We're on the prowl for a Patrick Swayze type to help us recreate that scene in Ghost. You know the one.

So crafty

Your Friday night just got made. On June 4, at 5 p.m., head to SouthEnd Brewing for their First Friday Market & Music. Shop goods from local craftsmen and wash it down with craft brews. From 7-10 p.m., enjoy live Southern rock by WristBand. Makers gonna make, make, make and we're just gonna drank, drank, drank.

Why ya gotta be so crood

We're not sure why you'd take two of the best-looking people in Hollywood – hello, Emma Stone and Ryan Reynolds – and hide them behind animated cave people, but we're just here for the food trucks. Kick off summer at Oak Ridge's free Community Movie Night – showing The Croods: A New Age – this Friday, June 4, from 6:30-10 p.m. Reservations required.

More vintage flare than your jeans

If you're headed in the direction of the NC Zoo this Saturday, grab a tote and get ex-cidered! Take a little detour into the charming town of Ramseur for Vivian & Dot's Vintage Outdoor Market at Millstone Creek Orchard. The cider and donuts alone will keep us coming back faster than a 90s trend. Have you seen our velvet scrunchie?

Daisy me rollin'

On Saturday, June 5, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., hit up one of our favorite Lexington haunted houses haunts, the Holt House, for their Summer Market. Vendors, fresh bouquets at the flower cart, concessions and free tours of the historic abode make for a bloomin' good time. You can even put the flow in flowers by arriving early for yoga on the lawn.

No pooper scooper necessary

They don't bark, bite or shed, and won't destroy your favorite Chucks. They're Puppies in the Park! Distractions, a paint-your-own pottery studio in High Point, will be hiding 60 ready-to-paint puppies (for kids 6-12) in 3 different parks around High Point and 1 in Greensboro. Find a puppy and bring it in to paint for free. This event is adorable!

Leaving a paper tail

Let's go fly a kite and send it soaring! But first, let's make said kite. On Sunday, June 6, from 2-4 p.m., children in grades 1-6 (accompanied by an adult) are invited to a creative paper kite-making outdoor workshop at Reynolda House, after which they'll fly them in a meadow. This high is Poppins-approved!

Takin' it to the street

The International Civil Rights Center & Museum kicks off their Street Talk program on Saturday, June 5, from 6-8 p.m. All are invited to Elm St. for straight talk regarding open-ended topics relevant to our community and beyond. Be the change you want to see.

Shut up and drive-in

On Saturday, June 5, cruise that Cadillac to The Drive at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds for free movie night with the fam. Choose from The Dark Knight Rises or The Lego Movie. Just don't fall to pieces making your selection because, no matter what, everything is awesome!



Son, can you play us a memory

How about a round of musical barstools this weekend? We've got all the spots where you can sip and sway – to the music, not because you can't stand up straight.

  • Little Brother Brewing: Friday night from 8:30-10:30 p.m., local singer/songwriter David McLaughlin will be bringing down the house with classic rock and blues covers. On Saturday night, get a little taste of Appalachia – and IPA – with lyrical stories, banjo strums and a touch of harmonica from Colin Cutler.
  • Oden Brewing: If you want a doubleheader of Colin Cutler this weekend, hit up Oden on Friday night from 7-10 p.m. Then on Saturday evening, from 5-8 p.m., enjoy the sounds of Farewell Friend & Viva La Muerte. If we didn't know any better, we'd think that was the working title for a 2020 memoir.
  • Bull City Ciderworks: Friday night from 6-8:30 p.m., catch country artist Sean Michael Kaye live. His debut recording, My Sweet Caroline, is giving us some juicy Zac Brown vibes. We're already fangirling over here and hoping he'll sign our bra album. On Saturday from 6-8:30 p.m., Robertson Boys will be working their eclectic, bluegrass-infused magic, strings attached.
  • Joymongers: On baby Friday, Friday Eve, or – as the commoners call it – Thursday – catch the Finns covering all of your favorite hits. Basically, if you know it, they'll play it. Get your requests ready!
  • Craft City Sip-In: Take the highway to the danger zone and pull up a stool Friday night at 7 p.m. to enjoy the acoustics of Gipsy Danger. Pairs well a hoppy light brew.
  • SouthEnd Brewing: Hotwax & the Splinters, a local bluegrass band – not some sort of kinky torture treatment as some of us thought – is coming to you live Friday night from 8-11 p.m. Get your candles ready.

Taking pride in our reading

With a new month comes a new book club pick. In honor of Pride Month, we've selected Trixie and Katya's Guide to Modern Womanhood. We can't wait to laugh our way through this one – guaranteed not to be a drag – as we learn how to be real ladies of the new millennium. 

We love to run (our mouths)

Tomorrow night at 6 p.m., take part in The Big Run. This race has something for everyone: a 5k, a trail 5k and a 1-mile kids fun run. Wait, where is the "5k in our hearts" option for people like us? Something for everyone? Pfft.

Will run for beer

Hey, sole sisters – and brothers! Kick off North Carolina Beer month by taking your kicks to the street. On Saturday, June 5, sprint to Winston-Salem to run in the Craft Half Marathon and 5k. There'll be Foothills beer at the finish line so you can replace those electrolytes with their juicy IPA, the Festival Express.

Belly flop champion

June 1 represents the unofficial start of summer which means it's time to be indoorsy get that bucket list ready. Ours is loaded with making s'mores, reading trashy romance novels, accidentally feeding the mosquito population and brushing up on our synchronized swimming – and, clearly, diving – skills. Hit reply and let us know what's on your "must-do" list for the summer.

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