Opa! Bonjour! Good Day! Cheers! Yum!
It’s a weekend for the record books! There are some truly incredible, fun, and FREE events happening around Hampton Roads this weekend.
Say “Opa!” at the Oceanfront. “Bonjour!” in Norfolk celebrating Bastille Day. “Good Day!” at the Shakespeare Festival. “Cheers!” at Beer Fest and “Yum!” When you have one of the season’s first peaches. And of course there’s the weekend roundup of free movies for everyone in your family.
Friday, July 10 – Sunday, July 12/2nd Annual Chesapeake Peach Festival/Mt. Pleasant Farm
Join us for the second annual Chesapeake Peach Festival July 10 – 11 from 10 AM – 6 PM and July 12 from Noon – 5 PM. During the festival there will be U-Pick peaches and produce. For the kids there will be pony rides, wagon rides, animals, food, music and more!
Friday July 10 – Saturday July 11/ “Barrymore” at the Little Theater of Norfolk
Each act begins with a stunning entrance onto a stage that the 60 year old legendary actor John Barrymore has rented to prepare for a comeback performance of Richard III. Barrymore jokes with the audience, spars with an offstage prompter, reminisces about better times and does delicious imitations of his siblings Lionel and Ethel. Shows start at 8:00 p.m. Click here for ticket information
Tuesday July 9-Friday July 10/Warrior Expo/Virginia Beach Convention Center
Warrior Expo East is the premiere industry event designed specifically to bring end users, program managers, and procurement specialists together with our industry-leading solutions partners in an environment designed specifically for government and defense organizations. FREE for military, law enforcement, first responders, and federal and state agencies.
Friday, July 10 – Sunday, July 12/My Big Fat Greek Party/24th St. Park
My Big Fat Greek Party is a three-day Greek-American party featuring world famous Greek cuisine, music, and festivities. Greek dancers of all ages will be dancing the night away for your entertainment! Learn Greek dances yourself! Authentic Greek items will be for sale, and prizes will be given away. This weekend promises to be FUN for the entire family! FREE
Starting Wednesday, July 8/All’s Well that Ends Well during the Virginia Shakespeare Festival/William & Mary
The Virginia Shakespeare Festival has begun! Once upon a time, in a land we’ll call…France, there lived a beautiful servant girl, in love with a young nobleman that she hardly dared dream of gaining. Click here for performance schedule and tickets
5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m./Fridays at the Fountain/City Center at Oyster Point
Begin your weekend here. Join us for the City Center Friday Concerts by the best bands in the region. Bring your friends, lawn chairs, blankets, and dancing shoes. Free Parking. Food ($) and beverage ($). Featured tonight are Fuzz Band with Black, White & Blues! FREE
5:00 p.m./Summer BrewFest/Town Point Park
Loosen the tie or take off the heels and meet your friends to sample more then 36 beers from around the country. Summer BrewFest is the perfect, laid-back way to celebrate the end of the work week with a nautical happy hour and live entertainment along the Elizabeth River. FREE
5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m./GSA Jazz Band Performs at MacArthur Center
The Governor’s School for the Arts Jazz Band will be performing in the Center every Friday from 5-7pm beginning April 24th and continuing through August 28th. FREE
6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m./TGIF Summer Concert Series: The Rhythm Express Band/Constant’s Wharf Park
Join your neighbors at Constant’s Wharf Park & Marina for the TGIF Summer Concert Series in Suffolk. Enjoy this free and family-friendly event in the park, as The Rhythm Express Band plays a variety of hits and kids enjoy the children’s area. Our aim is to get you out of your seat and enjoy your Friday night! FREE
9:00 p.m./Group Therapy plays the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s/Fat Tuna Grill
Group Therapy plays Powerhouse Rock from the 70s, 80s, 90s-present. This is guitar driven, Arena Rock and Power Pop from the days when Rock and Roll ruled the airwaves. Playing songs you may have totally forgotten how much you love! Everything from The Cars to Van Halen and everything in between. FREE
6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m./Family Dance Party at Mount Trashmore
Join us for a night of dance party fun! Zumba® and MixxedFit® will be coming together on one stage. Feel the Latin Flavor with Zumba® – a high intensity workout that is a fusion of the spicy flavors of Latin and International rhythms designed to get your heart pumping and your feet moving. Then get ready for that Hip Hop flavor with MixxedFit®. MixxedFit® is a dance fitness program performed to your favorite songs on the radio. It is the perfect blend of explosive dancing and bootcamp style toning. Bring the kids to get in on the fun at this free event!
1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m./Tidewater Fencing Club Open House/Tidewater Fencing Club
This will be a practice for members as well as an open house to the public, during which we’ll demonstrate what fencing, the Olympic sport of sword fighting, is all about. All are welcome, from those who are curious about the sport and are seeing it for the first time, to experienced fencers who want to try out the new space! FREE
Noon – 10:00 p.m./Downtown Hampton Block Party
Pelt the Dominion Derby Girls with water balloons! “Rolling of the Bulls: Black and Bluegrass” w/ Hackensaw Boys / Love Canon / Jackass Flats / P Grass / Big Daddy Love / Brackish Water Jamboree FREE
8:00 p.m./Bobby McFerrin/Ferguson Center for the Arts
Bobby McFerrin was always an unlikely pop star. The 10-time Grammy winner has blurred the distinction between pop music and fine art, goofing around barefoot in the world’s finest concert halls, exploring uncharted vocal territory, inspiring a whole new generation of a cappella singers and the beatbox movement. His latest album, spirityouall, is a bluesy, feel-good recording, an unexpected move from the music-industry rebel who singlehandedly redefined the role of the human voice with his a cappella hit Don’t Worry, Be Happy. Click here for ticket information
10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m./Free Family Day: Gifts from the Garden/Chrysler Museum of Art
Come enjoy a rousing performance of Taiko Drums inspired by our Gifts from Japan woodblock prints. Watch John Wharton, owner of Norfolk’s pop-up Glass Gardens, demonstrate terrarium gardening with succulents and other plants inspired by The Artist’s Garden. FREE
10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m./Second Saturdays of Summer/Norfolk Botanical Garden
Each second Saturday of the month June-August join us in the Children’s Garden as we focus our attentions on edible gardening. In conjunction with the Butterfly Festival we will focus on edible gardening for wildlife. Make critter crafts and take walking tours of our Plant Safari habitat gardens. Included with regular garden admission.
3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m./Bastille Day in Ghent/Colley Ave.
Come see the can-can dancers, listen to live music, taste great French food, and cheer for the winner of the Waiter’s Race. Perhaps you’d like to take a spot on the starting line of the “Tour de Ghent” Tricycle Race, or admire painters, jugglers, and artists as they demonstrate their skills. Have fun with everyone storming the Bastille wall once again at the given signal!! FREE
7:30 p.m./Big Band Concert and Dancing/Town Point Park
Town Point Park will feature a spacious open air dance floor along with reserved table seating. Lawn seating and picnics are welcome. Gourmet foods, beverages including vintage cocktails, will be available for purchase. Produced by Norfolk Festevents. FREE
8:30 p.m./Fantail Film Festival: Top Gun/Battleship Wisconsin at Nauticus
Watch a movie on a battleship! As students at the United States Navy’s elite fighter weapons school compete to be best in the class, one daring young pilot learns a few things from a civilian instructor that are not taught in the classroom. $3
11:00 a.m./Cradock Recreation Center Grand Opening/308 Allen Rd.
Join in the excitement of the grand opening of the Cradock Recreation Center. There will be bounce houses, gamer bus, face painting, free 5 x 7 pictures (Grand Opening Cradock Recreation 2015) as a memento, snow cones, food vendors, DJ and line dancing, free kid’s tattoos and a softball game. Don’t miss this fun event. FREE
10:00 a.m./Virginia Aquarium Chalk the Walk ARTSplosion/Boardwalk on the Oceanfront
The Virginia Aquarium Chalk the Walk ARTsplosion is where hundreds of artists and “wanna-be artists” gather to turn the boardwalk into an impromptu canvas of color! Artist registration takes place on the boardwalk at 17th Street, and chalk art is displayed for two blocks. At Chalk the Walk, participants draw four by four foot chalk drawings. FREE
7:50 p.m./Jurassic Park 3d/Virginia Aquarium
On a remote island, scientists use genetically altered frog DNA to create cloned dinosaurs for a new wildlife park. While giving a preview tour, the power goes off in the rain and leaves a group of scientists and two kids to survive on an island with meat eating dinosaurs. $3 for members and $5 for non-members
7:00 p.m./Sunday Movies at the Park: Annie/City Park
Annie – A foster kid, who lives with her mean foster mom, sees her life change when business tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in. FREE
10:00 p.m./Summer Blast! Fireworks on the Beach/Oceanfront
Sink down into the sand or take a stroll beside the ocean–the explosive light show can be seen anywhere along the boardwalk. Weekly displays are 100% free, fun, and last all summer! FREE
All Day/2nd Sundays Williamsburg/433 Prince George Street
Stroll the streets of Colonial Williamsburg and take in unique arts, handcrafts and live music in a fun and family friendly atmosphere. From face painting & crafts projects for kids & adults to fine,folk & contemporary artwork, local authors with books appropriate for all ages, and live music & performances for all musical palates, there’s something to be enjoyed by all. FREE
8:30 p.m./Summer Movies on Prince George Street: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Summer Movies on Prince George Street – every Sunday night at Dusk. Tonight’s Movie: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Sponsored by the Shops at Merchants Square! FREE
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