Hampton Roads Weekend Planner October 9-11

We refuse to acknowledge any rain on the forecasts.

Let’s plan our amazing fall weekend in Hampton Roads like there’s no hurricane, flooding, or seemingly endless storm clouds! (But seriously, please be careful and be weather prepared. Our pals at WAVY can get you set with their Super Doppler 10 Forecast.)

And don’t forget the endless list of Haunted Houses and Fun Fall Events we have around here!

All Weekend


Saturday, October 10-Sunday, October 11/6th Annual Waterways Heritage Festival/Battlefield Park
Located on the Intracoastal Waterways in Chesapeake, VA, the Waterways Heritage Festival is truly a rich celebration of Chesapeake’s waterways and cultural heritage. FREE

Newport News

Saturday, October 10-Sunday, October 11/Port Warwick Art & Sculpture Festival/Loftis Ave.
Artists’ booth will line Styron Square this year, during the 2nd weekend of October, to showcase a full spectrum of original works by nationally recognized artists. FREE


Thursday, October 8-Sunday, October 11/Suffolk Peanut Festival/Suffolk Executive Airport
Known for its fun family activities, Suffolk Peanut Fest offers concerts, amusement rides, contests and competitions,   a demolition derby, a truck and tractor pull, motorcycle rally, fireworks and much more. Combine all of these great activities with local and national entertainment and you have a weekend full of good times! FREE, Parking is $15 



5:30 p.m./YNOT Friday Frights: Frankenweenie/Hermitage Museum
Gates open at 5:30 p.m. for lawn games, pizza by YNOT Italian and a beer and wine bar. Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket and/or lawn chairs for the movie at 7:00. No outside alcohol is permitted. $7 Hermitage Museum non-members, FREE for museum members

6 p.m./Roarchestra/Virginia Zoo
Enjoy a Special Evening at the Virginia Zoo as the Virginia Symphony Orchestra Performs Outdoors. Pack your blankets and chairs to enjoy a classic evening under the stars at this outdoor, kid-friendly concert. Zoo Members & Symphony Subscribers free. Tickets (ages 6 +) $5.00


5:30 p.m.-9 p.m./3rd Annual Merchant’s Square Birthday Bash/Merchant’s Square
The event features a concert by world’s greatest 70’s party band, Right On Band (7-9pm), great picnic food from our restaurants for purchase—including adult beverages—beginning at 5:30pm and children’s entertainment beginning at 6pm. Bring a lawn chair and be ready to party! FREE



9 a.m.-4 p.m./American Heroes Air Show/Hampton Roads Executive Airport
The American Heroes Air Show is the nation’s premier, helicopter-only, admission-free aviation experience designed to profile rotary-wing aviation’s dynamic role in law enforcement, public safety, communications, Search & Rescue as well as homeland security and national defense.  FREE

12 p.m.-6 p.m./Chesapeake Wine Festival/Chesapeake City Park
Unlimited tastings from over 20 premier Virginia Wineries, Live Entertainment, Award Wining Art, Wine Apparel, Wine Accessories and Specialty Food Vendors from the Mid-Atlantic and Coastal Virginia Region. $35
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Eastern Shore

10 a.m.-5 p.m./Chincoteague Oyster Festival/Tom’s Cove Park
oysters will be served every way imaginable beginning at noon along with clam chowder and clam fritters, hushpuppies, hot dogs, appetizers and desserts. Gates open at 10:00 a.m. giving attendees the opportunity to decorate their spaces for the Best Decorated Space Contest, and purchase festival souvenirs and raffle chances for the Extravaganza of prizes to be given away at 4 p.m. Live music by local favorite Island Boy can be enjoyed from noon to 4 p.m. $40, kids are FREE

12 p.m.-4 p.m./Brews, Band, BBQ & Oysters too!/Sunset Beach Inn Cape Charles
Enjoy a fall Saturday complete with good eats, drinks and jams while also furthering a good cause! The fun-filled afternoon features BBQ from Scobby Duck’s Chuck Wagon, wine from Chatham Wineries, craft beers from Smartmouth Brewery, and music by Audio Sauce against the backdrop of the beautiful Eastern Shore just 1/2 mile north of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. $40
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10 a.m.-5 p.m./Phoebus Fall Festival/Mellen St.
Celebrate a return to simpler times at the Phoebus Fall Festival. The event will feature live music, food vendors, a doggie costume parade, pie eating contest, children’s activities, dance demonstrations, a selfie photo station and more. This year, all of Mellen Street will be closed for the Vendors Market (featuring over 30 local crafters).

11 a.m.-2 p.m./Hampton and the Elements/Hampton History Museum
The four elements: Earth, Air, Fire and Water have each played a role in shaping Hampton’s past, present and future. Families are welcome to explore the 2nd Saturday ArtsWalk in downtown Hampton after the fire safety instruction.

12 p.m.-5 p.m./ Junior League of Hampton Roads 3rd Annual Craft Beer Fest/Peninsula Town Center
Plan to join the JLHR for the Peninsula’s hottest fall event! The third annual Craft Beer Festival is a rain or shine event, with a VIP hour from 12-1 pm at Peninsula Town Center. It will be located in the Town Square area across from Barnes and Nobles. To sample the craft beers you will need to purchase a ticket online beginning July 1st at www.jlhr.org, or at the door. $5 non-drinking tickets available at the door. Anyone can bring a new (tags on) bath towel, and receive $5 off your ticket purchase at the door only. This year’s festival will offer live music, food and merchant vendors, fun raffles and contests, and of course – beer samples from 15 different breweries, and more than 30 different beers! The festival will offer something for everyone!


12 p.m.-6 p.m./Crafted Indie Arts and Crafts Market/O’Connor’s Brewing Co.
Features over 50 of the best and brightest, juried selected artists, crafters, designers and makers from VA and beyond.  FREE

7 p.m./Eaglefest 2015/Norfolk Scope
SevenVenues and Max Media’s 97.3 The Eagle are thrilled to announce EAGLEFEST 2015 featuring country music sensation JAKE OWEN, with special guests PARMALEE and JANA KRAMER!
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12 p.m./- Annual Portsmouth Bier Garden Oktoberfest/The Ambassador Club of Portsmouth
Come join us for our annual Oktoberfest. The Original Elbe Musikanten will be here again this year with their traditional German festival music. We will be featuring Paulaner beer and a wonderful selection of wines. There will be plenty to do for the children and adults alike. Plan to spend the day with us!

12 p.m.-5 p.m./ The 3rd Annual Virginia Bacon Festival/nTelos Wireless Pavilion
An Event of Epic Pork-Portions: Bacon Eating contest, Bacon, craft beer, import beer, domestic beer, bourbon, bacon themed cocktails, bacon, live music, cooking competition, and more bacon! virginiabaconfestival.com


9 a.m.-2 p.m./14th Annual Smithfield Ruritan Club Car Show/Downtown Smithfield
The Smithfield Ruritan Club is proud to announce its 14th Annual Car Show. This show is open to all vehicles. Registration is 9AM to noon, judging takes between 10AM and 1PM with awards made at 2PM.   The cost is $15 if preregistered by September 30th. After September 30th, the cost will be $20. FREE to attend


8 p.m./The Capitol Steps/Suffolk Center for the Cultural Arts
The Suffolk Center is proud to present our season opener: The Capitol Steps, a political comedy sketch group. Adults $45/$35


Virginia Beach

8 a.m./S.M.I.L.E. 5k Run/Walk/First Landing
Registration starts at 8 a.m. at the 64th Street entrance. You may also register anytime from now until race day at www.raceit.com. The run/walk begins promptly at 9 a.m. The after party and awards ceremony begins at 10:30 am at Hot Tuna.

8 a.m./Virginia Beach National Chess Day Festival/Town Center
This fun, outdoor public event in the urban heart of Town Center is designed to celebrate National Chess Day. Features include a multi-section tournament (with sections for both experienced and beginning players), free chess lessons, and a simultaneous exhibition by Virginia State champions FIDE Master James Schuyler and National Master Dan Miller. FREE

12 p.m.-6 p.m./Noblemen’s Oktoberfest 2015/Camp Pendleton
The Noblemen Oktoberfest is the BIGGEST and BEST Oktoberfest celebration in Hampton Roads! There will be fun for the whole family all day long including: Live music with The Happy Dutchmen and The Deloreans, Authentic German Food, Large Variety of Micro Brews on Tap, Wine and Soft Drinks, Kids Food and Drinks, Kids Games and Carnival, PLUS Handicap Accessible! This year we will feature “Das Festhaus”, an all-inclusive VIP area (includes authentic German food and beverages, beer and wine) inside of the Oktoberfest event! General admission tickets do not include food and beverage, but guests will be able to purchase food and beverages inside of the event. Kids under 13 get in FREE! Kids between 13 and 18 are only $5.00 (pay at the gate). Active duty, retired military and their immediate families get in FREE! Special needs persons and their immediate families get in FREE!

1 p.m.-6 p.m./Beach Ambassadors 3rd Annual Battle of the Beers/Tapped Gastropub
It is the only craft beer event that pits Hampton Roads-based breweries against each other to see who has the best brews! And YOU get to help decide! What is the best part? ALL of the proceeds will go to charity! Seventy Five percent of the proceeds will go directly to St. Mary’s Home in Norfolk. The other twenty five percent will go to the charities of the winning brewers. Ticket holders will receive: Souvenir logo cup, 28 samples of local craft beer that will make you smile, Excellent food provided by Tapped Gastropub, Cornhole Games, High Quality Raffle/Auction Prizes, Professional photography to make you look good on social media, And…..Live Music: Nature’s Child and The Brandon Bower Band. Purchase tickets here:http://beachambassadors.myshopify.com/products/2015-battle-of-the-beers-ticket


4 p.m.-10 p.m./Chili ‘n Tunes/4301 New Town Ave.
This is the second New Town Chili N’ Tunes event featuring unlimited chili provided by local restaurants inside Legacy Hall from 4 PM – 7 PM. Also enjoy a fantastic outdoor concert beginning at 6:30 by a Journey tribute band, Trial by Fire. Your chili ticket includes the concert, 2 drinks and chili sampling in Legacy Hall. $25


9 a.m.03 p.m./Yorktown Market Days and Fall Festival Celebration/Riverwalk Landing
In addition to the usual array of fresh produce, meat and seafood, baked goods, specialty cut flowers, quality art, and entertainment, there will be hayrides, children’s games, pumpkins, face painting, and other activities. Featured live entertainment is Runaway String Band (Bluegrass) Riverwalk Landing. FREE




8 a.m.-10 a.m./Jordan Bridge Hike & Bike/Elizabeth River Park
This morning outing welcomes guests on foot, bike, stroller or wagon to traverse the mile-long crossing of the Elizabeth River’s Southern Branch. All vehicle traffic will be restricted to ensure safe pedestrian access during the fall family event. FREE


12 p.m.-4 p.m./Sunday Funday Food Truck Carousel and Marketplace/Hampton Carousel Park
A variety of gourmet food trucks,  live music and activities for the whole family! FREE

Newport News

7 p.m./The B-52s/Ferguson Center
It is well known that The B-52s are The World’s Greatest Party Band. And after 20 million albums into their career, there can be no doubt as to why they remain one of rock music’s most beloved and enduring bands.
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12 p.m.-5 p.m./Colonial Place-Riverview Front Porch Art Walk/600 and 700 blocks of Mayflower Road
This yearly event is an opportunity for neighborhood artists to share and sell their creative works.  Artisans display their paintings, photography, pottery, jewelry, and other mixed media art at homes throughout the two historical neighborhoods. FREE


9 a.m.-2 p.m./14th Annual Suffolk Swamp Roar Motorcycle Rally/Suffolk Executive Airport
Ride the scenic 80-mile perimeter of the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. Enjoy a VIP reception and a complimentary parking pass to Peanut Fest. $20 Registration fee. Proceeds benefit Great Dismal Swamp educational programs. Produced by the Suffolk Division of Tourism. Staging of bikes at 9am; departure at 10:30am. $20

Virginia Beach

12 p.m.-5 p.m./Green Flash Brewing’s 2nd Annual Treasure Chest Fest/Green Flash Virginia Beach
Green Flash Brewing Company’s annual fundraiser event to help raise money for breast cancer research. Right next to the site of the new brewery complex the will feature an exceptional line-up of over 20 Green Flash beers, including the Treasure Chest 2015, a Mosaic hopped IPA brewed with grapefruit, prickly pear juice, and hibiscus flowers. Green Flash has also invited several local brewers to participate as well as food venders and local restaurants. Plus live music by local bands. #RaiseAGlass2015


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