Greensboro ( www.visitgreensboronc.com) allows you to “play in the center of it all,” thanks to a variety of tasty restaurants and events built to savor.
The dining scene continues to grow, with the possibilities now including Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen ( www.lucky32.com), Print Works Bistro ( www.printworksbistro.com); Green Valley Grill ( www.greenvalleygrill.com), Natty Greene’s ( www.nattygreenes.com), Stamey’s Barbecue ( www.stameys.com) and Iron Hen Café ( www.ironhen.com).
In April, celebrate North Carolina Beer Month ( www.ncbeermonth.com) in the center of it all. Greensboro is home to two breweries, Red Oak Brewery ( www.redoakbrewery.com) and Natty Greene’s. Red Oak is open for tours and tastings Fridays at 3 p.m. The in-depth tours are $15 and end with beer samplings. Natty Greene’s is the second-largest brewery in the state and one of America’s fastest-growing craft beer brand. Natty Greene’s has recently added The Bunker – a tasting room at the production brewhouse that is open 5 to 9 p.m. Fridays.
Beer enthusiasts can also participate in the Tap n’ Run Beer Run ( www.tapnrun.com) on April 26. Participants in the 4k race get a beer sampling at its beginning and again at the completion of each kilometer, with a party and full beer waiting at the finish line.
Go behind the scenes at the Carolina SciQuarium at the Greensboro Science Center ( www.greensboroscience.org). Attendees will go to the food preparation area, see animal holding spaces, walk through a maze of pumps and filters, and see what it takes to keep the water and animals healthy in the SciQuarium. The tour ends high above the Shark Reef, a 90,000-gallon Caribbean community. The 45-minute tours start at 2 p.m. and are available Thursday to Sunday.
Fire in the Triad ( www.fireinthetriad.com) returns to the area April 22 through June 2. The statewide Got To Be N.C. Competition Dining Series ( www.competitiondining.com) pits local chefs head-to-head in the classic competition formula of mystery ingredients and time constraints, but with a twist: the dining public helps decide who wins.
The Wildfire Music Festival ( www.illflyawayfoundation.org/events) will be June 14 at White Oak Amphitheater. Performers scheduled to play include The Time Jumpers (featuring Vince Gill, Ranger Doug, Dawn Sears and Kenny Sears), The Gibson Brothers, The Sierra Hull Bluegrass Band and The Greencards; more groups will be announced.
Fun Fourth Festival ( www.funfourthfestival.org) has been presented since 1975 as a community celebration of Independence Day. More than 90,000 people typically attend. Events include the Freedom Run, a block party, parade and street festival, as well as the pops concert and fireworks finale.
The Wyndham Championship (Aug. 11-17; www.wyndhamchampionship.com) is North Carolina’s oldest professional golf event; it was founded in 1938. The tournament, at Sedgefield Country Club, is the only regular-season event on the PGA Tour contested on a course originally designed by Donald Ross. Lynn Seldon