9 things to look forward to in 2019

posted on January 2, 2019 by Amy Scott
Welcome to 2019! We’ve got a lot to be excited for in the 336. Below and pictured above are 9 exciting and upcoming attractions we can’t wait to share with our visitors and residents.

Live Music

Live music is North Carolina, Governor Roy Cooper, stated that "2019 is the Year of Music," and Greensboro, NC has music playing everywhere. Check out the North Carolina Folk Festival, September 6-8 in downtown Greensboro- featuring music from all over the world. See the first tour spot from Carrie Underwood: Cry Pretty 360 Tour at Greensboro Coliseum Complex, May 1. Greensboro is also home to the Eastern Music Festival and The Carolina Blues Festival—The longest running blues festival in the southeast.


Greensboro is nicknamed Tournament Town. This year Greensboro is full of competitions. See the best and the brightest compete this year. This February, Men's and Women's  ACC Swimming and Diving compete at the Greensboro Aquatic Center. This March, US Gymnastics American Cup takes place at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex see who qualifies to represent the US for worlds. This April sees World Irish Dancing Championships, who will win the world title in this worldwide competition. This July AAU Junior Olympic games are in Greensboro. At AAU you will see  junior athletes compete in multiple sports from Track & Field to sport stacking and taekwondo. This August, PGA heads to Greensboro for the annual Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club.

New Places to Stay

New hotels are underway in Greensboro. Be on the lookout for new places to stay including Downtown Hyatt Place the newest hotel to open in downtown Greensboro in over 15 years, expected to be completed in early 2019 along with Towneplace Suites by Marriott GSO Coliseum Area and SpringHill Suites GSO Airport scheduled to complete in 2019.


Experience annual festivals in Greensboro including the Fun Fourth Festival and Piedmont Winter Fest. Be a part of new ones including Greensboro Bound Literary Festival May 17th-19th it celebrates creativity and literature with author readings and writing workshops, and the North Carolina Comedy Festival, this April 17th-27th see stand-up improv and more. Local and National performers are set to perform. Don’t miss out on food trucks from around North Carolina at the Greensboro Food Truck Festival (April and August). Celebrating 15 years  the Summertime Brews Festival features beers from all over the world, plus live music. It is a one of the largest beer festivals in North Carolina.

Outdoor Space Growing

A new park is coming, Brightwood Park, located on the east side of Greensboro. The Downtown Greenway is completing more of the route around downtown Greensboro. We’re excited to see the views we are sure to see on the route. Plus, Greensboro Parks has added paddle boats to Country Park. The paddle boats include looking like swans, and dragons once the weather warms up we are excited to play outdoors.

New Food and Drinks

Being home to many award-winning food and drinks, Greensboro continues to grow with exciting new concepts, including The Barking Deck- an indoor dog park and pub scheduled to open in March 2019. We can’t wait to see what’s in store with our great local businesses.

The Greensboro Science Center

The Greensboro Science Center is growing, experiencing exciting expansions including outdoor space for Komodo dragons and the reopening of the tiger exhibit. We can’t wait to see the new exhibits and experiences.

Sports All Year Long

Greensboro is home to many great teams that play all year long, be sure to catch a home game. In the winter, Basketball at the Greensboro Fieldhouse of the Greensboro Swarm, an NBA G League team and an affiliate of the Charlotte Hornets. Baseball in the Spring and Summer downtown at First National Bank Field is where you’ll see the Greensboro Grasshoppers, a minor league baseball team of the South Atlantic League and Class A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Grasshoppers are celebrating its first year being an affiliate of the Pittsburg Pirates. See in the Spring and Summer the Greensboro Cobras, the 2018 National Arena League Champions, it’s indoor arena football.


In 2018 with had visitors from all over the world. Greensboro welcomed visitors from Around the US to China to France and Canada. This year we can’t wait for you to explore Greensboro. Share your adventure with us #VisitGSO.