BIG Summer Events Guide

The summer allows us the freedom to do lots of things, like going to the beach, attending that big concert or visiting our favorite amusement park. But also summer is the time of year that BIG events and festivals go down.

So find something BIG, or out of the ordinary, to do with friends and family.

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Saturday, August 6 – 7/91st Annual Hampton Cup Regatta
The oldest continuously running hydroplane boat race in the country. Join over 30,000 spectators for a weekend of on-the-water thrills, chills and racing excitement. Enjoy a children’s area, food vendors, Bay Education, and environmental exhibits.
Mill Creek Enterance at Fort Monroe/FREE


Saturday, August 13/13th Annual Norfolk Latino Music Festival
This cultural celebration not only features great Latino music, it also serves up mouth watering Latin cuisine and libations.
Town Point Park/FREE

Every Friday through October 7/Downtown Norfolk First Fridays
In its fourth season, each First Fridays event runs from 5 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. and features music, food and merchandise vendors and a beer and wine garden all in an authentic downtown setting.
Various Locations in Downtown Norfolk/FREE


Every Friday through October 7/First Friday Concert Series
Celebrate the arts with exhibit opening receptions and live music performances, with styles ranging from jazz to blues, rock-n-roll, to independent singer-songwriters.
Portsmouth Cultural Arts Center/FREE

Sunday, August 6/30th Annual Gospelrama
Over 20 Gospel artists performing. Sponsored by Helping Others Progress Successfully (HOPS) and the City of Portsmouth.
Portside – Water Stage/FREE

Saturday, August 27 – 28/47th Annual Seawall Art Show
Featuring the works of a select 80-90 artists, selections include oil paintings, wood carving, art glass, fine jewelry, pottery and more. Inlcudes a student art show (Saturday only) food, and entertainment.
Olde Towne Portsmouth Waterfront/FREE

Virginia Beach

Saturday, July 16/Red, White & Brew
Participants will have access to 100+ American beers and wines while enjoying Virginia Beach’s best food trucks, vendors, lawn games and live entertainment. With two 3-hour sessions to choose from, participants can celebrate from noon until night.
Virginia Beach Sportsplex/Tickets are $25 – $45

Friday, August 26 -28/FunkFest Beach Party featuring Africana
Featuring music generated over the years by influential legends such as James Brown, Sly and the Family Stone, George Clinton, and The Ohio Players. Food, merchandise, and dance contests all contribute to a festive, “funky” vibe.
On the Beach at 24th Street/FREE