Sunday, September 19, 2010

October 1st FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE!!!

City Center park is the place to be from 6-9pm on Friday October 1st! Come check out 3 great local bands--Israel Darling, Emily Stewart and the Baby Teeth, and Matty Sheets and the Blockheads.  Don't miss the Mischief Makers Handmade Market and kids activities on the lawn. Bring a lawn chair or Blanket to lounge on the lawn or come play in the fountain :)

Check out this little ditty from Israel Darling:

Matty Sheets rippin' it up!!

See you on Friday!!!!!!!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

September 3rd Friday Night Live!!

If you haven't yet been to one of the FREE outdoor concerts at Center City Park this year then it's time you came!!  This month features a free show by local indie favorites Hammer No More the Fingers, Bronzed Chorus, and Decoration Ghost!! Come lounging on the lawn and enjoy some great music. Also, don't miss the Mischief Makers Handmade Market- select, local, indie designers and handmade crafters and vintage collectors displaying their finest wares for you. There are also crafty kids activities for the wee-ones.  Don't miss this!!

 Check out this video from Hammer No More the Fingers

Thursday, July 8, 2010

August 6th FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE!!! at Center City Park

Don't miss this FREE outdoor show at Center City Park featuring Filthybird, Come Hell or High Water, and Citified. Hot summer nights lounging on the lawn near someone you love, listening to some great music.... does it get better than that?? Oh Wait, it does!! Stroll around the park and check out the Mischief Makers Handmade Market- select, local, indie designers and handmade crafters and vintage collectors displaying their finest wares for you. Also, for the littlens, there are crafty kids activities as well as jubilation on the lawn for the young and young at heart.  Don't miss this slice of Greensboro goodness!!

First Friday, August 6th from 6-9 pm 
Center City Park.

Here's some videos of the bands to whet your ears and tickle your soul.

Come Hell Or High Water: Wound Around from All Aces Media on Vimeo.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Celebrating Independence Day since 1975

The Fun Fourth Festival has been presented annually since 1975 as a community celebration of Independence Day for Guilford County and the Piedmont Triad.The festival is held in the Cultural District of Downtown Greensboro and at Grimsley High School.
Over 90,000 people will attend Fun Fourth events this year, including the Freedom Run, the Kickoff Block Party, the Parade and Street Festival, as well as the Pops Concert and Gate City Fireworks Spectacular. More than 100 businesses help sponsor the events and over 12,000 volunteer hours of assistance are donated.
Fun Fourth maintains all the favorite American Independence Day traditions and offers great entertainment and exhibits free. Put on your red, white and blue and come downtown to celebrate!
The Fun Fourth Festival is produced by Grassroots Productions Limited. This local non-profit corporation focuses on charitable and educational activities which foster interest in local history and events in Guilford County. An advisory board of local business and civic leaders oversees the planning of each event for this 501(c)3 organization.
The Annual Fun Fourth Festival has been recognized as a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism society and as an Outstanding Event by Celebration NC Foundation.

Here is a basic schedule, for more information visit
 freedom run & walk
Saturday, June 26, 2010 8am
kickoff block party
Friday, July 2, 2010 7-11pm

Thursday, July 1, 2010 8pm
Friday, July 2, 2010 8pm
Sunday, July 4, 2010 3pm

parade & street festival
Saturday, July 3, 2010 9:30am-6:30pm


pops concert & fireworks
Sunday, July 4, 2010 7:30pm-10pm

Mischief Makers has helped organize the craft vendors this year. We have over 100 crafters and vendors form all over the SouthEast and beyond!!  Don't miss this opportunity to snatch up unique treasurers and one of a kind finds at the Street Festival on Saturday July 3rd, downtown Greensboro!!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Friday Night Live! at Center City Park

Swing on down to Center City Park on Friday, June 4th, from 6-9 pm, for Friday Night Live! Last month over a 1,000 people gathered in the park, spread blankets on the lawn, listened to the music, enjoyed the kid's activities, shopped the Handmade market, and enjoyed the ambiance of our downtown. Don't miss out on the fun!!!  Come down this First Friday and enjoy a free concert by Urban Sophisticates and Brand New Life. Get a glass of tea from the Tea Hugger Gals, or a cup of Gelato from Gnam Gnam Gelato. Shop the talented artists and crafters at the Handmade market featuring--Gremlina Vintage, 12 Oaks, Origin Games, Anni Frolic, Gracie Rae's Recycled Designs, Rewined Recycled Glassware, and more!  See you there!!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

FilthyBird will be playing Live at the Yes! Weekly Mainstage this Sunday.
Holy Ghost Tent Revival----Free outdoor Show at the Shindig!!!!! This Sunday May 2nd!!!

Holy Ghost Tent Revival - Needing You from Will on Vimeo.

The Festival is gearing up to be Amazing!!

The restaurants are stocking up on food, the musicians ready to perform, 100 art and craft vendors can't wait to show you their handmade goodness. The weather is looking fantastic. The Shindig is on!!!!
You will regret it if you miss this, so come on down to South Elm Street on Sunday and have a blast with us. It is FREE. Where else can you have FREE Fun now days??

Pick up the new issue of 99Blocks for an advanced copy of the map this wonderful handdrawn map by This Paper Ship.

See you Sunday!!!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

ArtBeat and ArtBeat Sponsors

For those of you who may have been living under a rock or just awoken from a long coma; In Greensboro, the first week in May every year is ArtBeat time. What is ArtBeat you say?? ArtBeat I say is a 10 day celebration of the arts in Greensboro. It includes contributions from many different established and emerging arts groups in the areas of music, theatre, visual arts, performance art and street festivals.
Founded in 2007 by Triad Stage, The Greensboro Symphony, and Eastern Music Festival, this years ArtBeat has 16 participants featuring over 60 events spanning the 10 days starting on April 30th and ending May 9th.

ArtBeat is a time to get of your butt and go experience something new!! Attend a concert, see a play, go to a street festival, visit the museums; whatever you do don't just sit there. Don't miss a Beat!!

Visit the ArtBeat website for a complete schedule.

ArtBeat Participating Organizations include:
Carolina Theatre
City Arts: MUSEP Concert
Community Theatre of Greensboro
Downtown Greensboro Inc
Eastern Music Festival
Elsewhere Artist Collaborative
Face-to-Face Greensboro, Inc
Greenhill Center for NC Art
Greensboro Public Library
Greensboro Symphony Orchestra
Piedmont Blues Preservation Society
The Music Center
The Shindig Art, Craft and Music Festival
Touring Theatre of North Carolina
Triad Stage
Weatherspoon Art Museum

ArtBeat is made possible by the cooperation of all these fine organizations above and the many generous sponsors who help make their individual possible and by several wonderful sponsors of ArtBeat like:

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Name one festival that has Roller Derby Girls!!! Dare ya!

Skate on down to the Shindig and check out the Gate City Roller Girls. They'll be skating around letting you know about the resurgence of Roller Derby, Roller Derby Rules (yes, rules!), and when and where you can catch upcoming matches. 8 wheels of Action, don't miss it!! 

Wednesday, April 14, 2010


Did I mention that over 100 artists, crafters and vintage sellers will be at the Shindig. That's a ton of local talent in the streets of downtown Greensboro!! Here is a small bit o' art awesomeness and craftacular goodness to whet your art appitite...(would that be your artitite or your appitart?)

This is just 5. Times this by 20 and make it 3D -with food, music and beer- and if you got a good imagination, you might be able to imagine the Shindig!   See you there!

Get your grub on!!!


What is a festival without food?? And I am not talking corndogs and sno cones. I am talking good food from some of Greensboro favorite restaurants. Bring your appitite to the Shindig cause these four will be serving up the goods!

Thai Pan
Iron Hen


Thursday, April 8, 2010

Lyndon Street Artworks, Blowing up the spot!!

 The talented artists from Lyndon Street Artworks collective are uniting like Voltron to invade the parking lot next to Cheesecakes by Alex to unleash an artistic whirlwind that will sweep you up and blow you away!  Everyday I hear of new things planned for their special section of the Shindig...a flamenco band? interactive art project? A mountain of Mashed potatoes you can snowboard down?? We're not quite sure, so you'll have to come check it out and experience it for yourself! In the mean time get an idea of who some of these amazing artists are on their websites below. -Lyndon Street Artworks Homepage   - Erik Beerbower   - Brittany Sondberg  - Brittany Sondberg   - Jillian Webb - Anni Frolich - Ann Lynch - Cindy Flowers - Lori Bushell -Anne Marie Davis

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Hand-Crafted, Local Beer by Natty Greene's

We are proud to welcome Natty Greene's to the Shindig Art+Craft+Music Festival! The Natty Greene's beer wagon will be on site to serve up their delicious brews to quench your thirsting palate.  The Shindig will be a wrist-banded event; anyone wishing to purchase and consume beer will have to stop by the wrist-banding station with proper ID to receive a wristband. Once you got your special wristband, you will be allowed to purchase  a cold Natty's beer and consume it anywhere within the Festival grounds.
Please help us put on a safe and enjoyable festival for all. Consume beer responsibly. Do not drink and drive. Do not leave the festival grounds with your beer. Do not enter Elm Street businesses with beer, and do not bring beer out on the Street from Elm Street businesses. Thanks!!


There are lots of things to do while at the Shindig Festival, but only one offers you a chance to win a night on the town!!! So be sure to stop by the O.Henry Hotel/Green Valley Grill Stage and enter the raffle for a chance to win--
*Dinner at the Green Valley Grill
*Two Tickets to Triad Stage's Production of  'Providence Gap'
*A Night at the fabulous O.Henry Hotel

Coming to a store front window near you, it's our poster super hero: Kitty Loves Toast!! And who doesn't. love kitties and toast. Toast is so easy to make. And kitties...well, Toast is awesome!  Almost as awesome as the Shindig Festival!! It's on a Sunday afternoon, so i know you don't have plans. So come to the Shindig, it will be fun, I promise!!

Map what! Map what? Get yourself around!

Be sure to look for this map and festival guide in the April 22nd issue of 99Blocks. Bring it to the festival to get yourself around and not miss a beat!!!

Yes! Weekly Main Stage

We have tapped the best local bands to play their hearts out for you at the Shindig.  Greensboro is gushing with super talented musicians and we are so excited about being able to bring them to you for free! Thanks to Yes! Weekly.

Here's The Line up:
Raving Knaves- 12noon
Sugar High Gang-12:40
The Goodbye House- 1:20
Crystal Bright and Silver Hands- 2:00
Citified- 2:40
Decoration Ghost- 3:20
Filthybird- 4:00
Holy Ghost Tent Revival- 5:00

Getting to the Shindig

There are plenty of ways to get to the Shindig. There is also plenty of parking downtown so fear not!!  Here is some tips make your travel to and from the festival easy and enjoyable.

1) Ride your bike!! There are lots of safe bike lanes and trails you can utilize to make your way downtown on two wheels. There are also lots of new safe and secure (and artsy!) bike racks for your bike.

2) Take the bus! If you have never ridden the Greensboro Buses then you are missing out on an experience. There are 6 bus routes that run on Sunday from 6am to 6pm. Check out this GTA site to plan your route!

3) If you are going to drive then there are many options for parking. Check out this map for all the insider info on great parking decks and lots. There is also on street parking on Davie, Washington, Elm, MLK, February 1, Greene, Spring Garden, and McGee to mention a few. Keep in mind that Elm Street between McGee and Washington will be closed to through traffic.