WFDD Sponsored Events

WFDD is proud to sponsor a variety of events in and around the WFDD listening area. 

To view a complete listing of events throughout the WFDD listening area, check out the 10 & 2 Calendar.

Bookmarks Festival of Books and Authors

The 10th annual Bookmarks Festival of Books and Authors will be held Saturday, September 6th, from 10 to 5pm in downtown Winston-Salem. It is the largest annual book festival in the state of North Carolina and is free and open to the public. Additional Festival activities begin on Thursday, September 4th, with a ticketed keynote address from James Patterson and through Sunday, September 7th.

88.5 WFDD is once again proud to sponsor this event. In addition to featured guest James Patterson, other authors in attendance include Rita Mae Brown, L. M. Elliott, Terri Kirby Erickson, James McBride, Robert Morgan, Mary Alice Monroe, and many, many others. In total, there will be over 35 authors, plus workshops, panel discussions, storytelling, and more.

This year's event is being held in a new location - inside the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts and in the surrounding area on Spruce Street. We hope to see you there! For more details on all the Festival events, please click here.

The Winston-Salem Air Show

The Winston-Salem Air Show returns to Smith Reynolds Airport on September 13th & 14th. Come out and see 88.5 WFDD and check out all the demonstrations and activities, including Harrier Jump Jet Demo, Aerostars Aerobatic Team, School Time – Jet Bus, Air Power Demonstration, Microjet Demonstration, Bomb Squad Pyrotechnics, L-39 flybys, Solo Aerobatic Act, and more. Plus there's the Sheriff's K-9 demo, Cobra & Huey rides, Little Pete's Train, Antique & Muscle Car displays, a kids' play area, food, and music-- lots of fun for the whole family.

The Winston-Salem Air Show gates are open from 10am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday, September 13th and 14th. Parking is free, and so are tickets for kids under 12. To see the full activity, demonstration, and performance schedule, and to get ticket information, click here for the Winston-Salem Air Show website. We hope to see you at the Show!

The Hispanic League's Fiesta!

88.5 WFDD is proud to sponsor the 22nd annual Fiesta! organized by the Hispanic League. This multicultural street festival takes place in downtown Winston-Salem on Saturday, September 13th, from 12 noon to 7pm (rain or shine!) and is free and open to the public. Enjoy live Latin music, cultural programs, a children's area, Latin cuisine, a beer and margarita garden, and local arts and crafts. This year's event includes special offerings like the Running of the Bulls.

Fiesta! is the largest fundraiser for the Hispanic League, and all the funds raised from the event support cultural, health, education, and college-scholarship programs for the Hispanic/Latino community year-round. Fiesta! expects to bring over 25,000 visitors to the area this year.

For more information visit the Fiesta! website.

17DAYS Festival Greensboro

Arts Greensboro presents 17DAYS Arts & Culture Festival, September 19th through October 5th, featuring over 150 events in venues across Greensboro. Experience everything from body-painting, music, theatre, and dance, to art exhibits and street fairs. Performance highlights include Steve Earle, Jane Monheit, and Catherine Russell, plus there's mystery at Triad Stage and a special 60th birthday celebration for Dmitry Sitkovetsky with the Greensboro Symphony.

ArtsGreensboro’s 17DAYS has firmly established itself as a major arts destination event for North Carolina. What’s unique about 17DAYS is the collaborative nature of the Festival’s vision: more than 70 arts and entertainment presenters, arts producers, venues and other organizations work together to create and produce the events in the two-and-a-half week calendar. 88.5 WFDD is once again proud to sponsor this event.

For complete 17DAYS Festival information, visit the Festival website.

Greensboro Farmers Curb Market

88.5 WFDD is proud to sponsor the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market, where more than one hundred local farmers bring produce, eggs, meats, flowers, and baked goods to sell. The Market is located at 501 Yanceyville Street, at the corner of Yanceyville and Lindsay Streets, just east of downtown Greensboro, across from War Memorial Baseball Stadium. It’s open Saturdays all year round, from 7am to 12noon, and is now open May through December on Wednesdays from 8am to 1:30pm. There’s plenty of free parking available, or on Wednesdays, catch the Curb 2 Curb free market shuttle departing every 15 minutes from 11:30am to 1pm from the Renaissance Plaza at 230 North Elm Street.

Greensboro Farmers Market, Inc.’s vision statement is “Farmers, Food, Friends.” Greensboro Farmers Market provides greater Greensboro with opportunities to purchase and learn about local food and crafts while interacting with producers and each other in a friendly and diverse social setting.  Greensboro Farmers Market encourages and supports the growth of local foods and artisan goods businesses to improve greater Greensboro’s economy, support better health through healthy eating and build social and community connections.

Pick up some fresh produce, meat, eggs, or baked goods from local providers, and grab lunch on site or to-go.

Find more information, including recipes, at the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market website.

Second Sundays On 4th

88.5 WFDD is proud to sponsor Second Sundays on 4th, a series of family-friendly street festivals taking place the second Sunday of each month, from May to October, in the 300th block of 4th Street in downtown Winston-Salem.
The fun kicks off with a film screening at a/perture Cinema at 2pm, followed by free live music and kids activities in the street, starting at 3pm. The entire block is closed down to celebrate, so join in! Celebrate warm weather, free community fun, togetherness, good eats/drinks, arts, family + friends and our amazing downtown! In addition, each event honors and promotes a select nonprofit organization integral to our community.
We'll have WFDD swag on hand-- tell us something you love about the station and we'll pass some swag on to you, so you can show your public radio pride. Hope to see you there!

The Blue Ridge Music Center 2014 Summer Concert Series

88.5 WFDD is proud to sponsor the Blue Ridge Music Center's 2014 Summer Concert Series, whose artists include Grammy Award Winners The Carolina Chocolate Drops and The Steep Canyon Rangers, plus The Kruger Brothers, Wayne Henderson, Red June, and Chatham County Line; also guest hosts Paul Brown (formerly of NPR and 88.5 WFDD) and Kinney Rorrer (WVTF); and many other musicians. Concerts begin on Saturday, May 31st, with Bluegrass and Old Time Mountain Music performed by Chatham County Line and The Buckstankle Boys, and will continue through October 11th's concert featuring The Steep Canyon Rangers and The New Spring Valley Boys. Shows are generally scheduled for Saturday evenings from 7pm to 9pm, with some exceptions, so please check the full schedule.

Attendees should bring lawn chairs and picnic baskets (but no alcohol, please!), and the Galax Smokehouse will be present on concert nights serving up barbeque and sides.

The Blue Ridge Music Center is located at the heart of one of the most musical places on earth-- the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and Virginia. It features a free, interactive, and entertaining exhibition highlighting the historical significance of the region's music. The exhibition traces the history of Blue Ridge Mountain Music through local artists back to the creation of the music generations ago by people from Europe and West Africa, and shows its continued influence on many forms of folk, rock, and popular music made across America today. The Blue Ridge Music Center is also the starting point for two beautiful hiking trails. It is operated by the National Park Service, with the programming coordinated through a partnership with The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation.

An Evening with David Sedaris

Celebrated NPR humorist David Sedaris is coming to Greensboro for an evening of cutting wit, social satire, and riveting conversation, including a question and answer session! Experience live the hilarious brilliance that created the national bestsellers Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, and David's latest #1 bestselling New York Times release, Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls.

Join us on October 24th at the Carolina Theatre in Greensboro for an evening of readings and recollections featuring all-new, unpublished content from the man the Washington Post called "one of America's most prickly and most delicious, young comic talents." Meet David after the show at a special book signing.

Click here for tickets and more information. We hope to see you there!

Want us to sponsor your event?

If you'd like to have your event considered for sponsorship, it's a simple process.  Just contact us a minimum of six (6) weeks prior to your event with some detailed information (what, when, where, expected attendance, demographics of attendees, and levels of sponsorship available).  We'll review our commitments and availability and be in touch.

If you'd like more information about requirements and what is provided as part of an event sponsorship, feel free to contact us or download the PDF document below.