We’re Moving Downtown Forward

Bringing More to Our Downtown

Paving the Way Forward for Downtown

The Future of our Downtown is Bright

We’re Moving Downtown Forward

Bringing More to Our Downtown

Paving the Way Forward for Downtown

The Future of our Downtown is Bright

The Future of Our Downtown

Forward High Point is bringing exciting new opportunities to downtown High Point, NC. Through the development of economic initiatives and innovative projects, we work to move our city forward into the future. With each new venture, we are actively taking strides to transform High Point into a vibrant destination to live, work, study and play.

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January 20, 2020 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

This annual chapel service celebrates the life and work of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and features noteworthy clergy and scholars from across the country.

Martin Luther King, Jr. was deeply committed to serving others and helping foster a most just society. Every year, thousands of people across the United States come together to honor Dr. King through service projects, scholarship opportunities, and worship services. High Point University and the surrounding community are growing their partnership to make MLK Day a day on rather than a day off.

Our speaker this year is Rev. Michael A Walrond, Jr. Pastor Mike is a graduate of Morehouse College, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy. He continued his studies at Duke University School of Divinity as a Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholar and earned a Master of Divinity degree with a focus in Theology.  He served Duke University as the University Minister and Director of the African American Campus Ministry for eight years. Pastor Mike served as the Senior Pastor of Zion Temple United Church of Christ in Durham, North Carolina for eight years. He is now the Senior Pastor of First Corinthian Baptist Church (FCBC) in Harlem, New York.

No tickets required. Open to the public.


January 23, 2020 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Elizabeth Bradfield is a writer and naturalist. She is the author of the poetry collections Once Removed, Approaching Ice, Interpretive Work and the forthcoming mixed-genre Toward Antarctica. Her poems and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, West Branch, Poetry, The Atlantic Monthly, Orion and elsewhere. For the past twenty years, she has worked as a naturalist and guide on ships both at home and in some of the globe’s most remote places.

Winner of the Audre Lorde Prize from the Publishing Triangle, finalist for a Lambda Literary Award and the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets, her awards also include a Stegner Fellowship, a Bread Loaf Scholarship, and a residency at the Vermont Studio Center.

Bradfield grew up in Tacoma, Washington, graduated from the University of Washington, and received her MFA from the University of Alaska, Anchorage. Founder and editor-in-chief of Broadsided Press and a contributing editor at theAlaska Quarterly Review, she lives on Cape Cod with her partner and is Associate Professor and co-director of creative writing at Brandeis University.

This event is open to the public. No tickets required.


January 25, 2020 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join us for a reading of the play Copenhagen by Michael Frayn, directed by HPU student Emmie D’Amico.

Scientists Heisenberg, Bohr, and Bohr’s wife meet after their deaths to debate the motivations and outcomes of their attendance to a 1941 meeting in Copenhagen to discuss nuclear power.

For guests interested in experiential learning, from 5:30-6:30 pm, the HPU Mobile Lab will be parked outside the Wanek School of Natural Sciences and will welcome visitors with activities that highlight the science concepts relevant to the play content.




Forward High Point is a non-profit organization, managed by a Board of Directors made up of local elected and community leaders, helping to reinvigorate downtown High Point. Forward High Point has been tasked with planning and executing many of the strategic goals of the community and city council.

Mission: To Transform Downtown High Point into an extraordinary and vibrant place to live, work, study and play.

Meet our Executive Director, Ray Gibbs





Meet Tim Elliott, with Elliott Sidewalks

welcome to


Furnishing Downtown Joy 365

Forward High Point is proud to present
the unveiling of a new Downtown Joy ~

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What’s Happening Here

Craft Beer Fest

Held in the spring of each year, the Carolina Brewsfest Craft Beer Festival in downtown High Point celebrates North Carolina’s exciting and rapidly growing craft brewing community, and our state’s great beer!  This years event occurs on Saturday, May 11th, 2019

High Point Theatre

The Theatre features an elegant 929 seat auditorium with continental style seating. The center is suited for convention use, all types of performing arts, and is available to both professional and amateur groups on a rental basis.

Cycling Classic

In its original tenure, the High Point Cycling Classic evolved into one of the most respected Criterium series races in North Carolina and the Southeast. Backed by the High Point tourism and business community, the city hosted the 2013 and 2014 USA Cycling Professional Criterium National Championships.

Go Far

Launched in 2003 in response to the childhood obesity epidemic, GO FAR is a comprehensive fitness program designed to teach children of all abilities about healthy eating habits, goal setting, and how to train for a 5K


Theatre Art Galleries (TAG) began as a program of the High Point Area Arts Council. TAG is now in its 25th year of independent operation. The High Point Theatre offers a wide range of performing arts throughout the year that complement TAG’s visual art exhibits.


A Multi-Cultural Festival with musical performances by local groups and established artists. Experience the music, food, dance and art that originates locally and all over the world.


Last Updated: December 23rd, 2019

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High Point, NC 27260


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