Nightlife is a mixed bag—or perhaps a "grab bag"—in Greensboro. While the dance club scene is certainly lacking, the live music scene flourishes. There is a consistent group of devotees for most genres, and some appreciate all music that arises out of North Carolina. You may realize after a couple shows that you recognize some of those indie rockers from the last show, although it all tends to blend together after late nights in dark, crowded venues. Most shows are under $10 or even free, so you can enjoy a cheap night out if you don't drink too much. Many Guilford students tell tales of sketchy incidents in clubs and bars, so if you are going out somewhere for the first time, be careful and go with others if possible. The bars are certainly more social than clubs, but they are better suited for those who feel the need to drink in public. Meanwhile, you can keep yourself fairly entertained by socializing on campus. Parties on campus are very personable and small in comparison to large university frat parties. Students shouldn't feel restricted from going to parties, even if they are uninvited. Guilford students rarely seem to be bothered by class differences.
Serendipity is the big party and entertainment weekend at Guilford in the spring. When the drinking age was 18, back when Serendipity began, the school used to buy mountains of kegs for the students. Although Serendipity is still a college-funded event, alas, there is no longer any school-sponsored drinking. There is a carnival full of games, inflated things, picnics, dances, parties, games, concerts, a huge bonfire, and general revelry all around campus. People are entranced and delighted all weekend in many different ways. It is a wonderful tradition that you may just have to experience for yourself.