Experience something completely different this weekend! You can enjoy Caribbean culture right here at our own Virginia Beach or teach your kids what the 60’s were really like in Hampton.
And it’s a great weekend to be active! Besides Hampton Roads’ usual beaches, playgrounds, and parks, there are all kinds of inexpensive or free events that both adults and kids will enjoy.
PANorama Caribbean Music Fest: Friday and Saturday
The PANorama Caribbean Music Fest is a musical adventure set to the soothing sounds of steel pan music. Fusing together the rhythm of steel bands, ocean breezes, and great Caribbean food, the breathtaking Virginia Beach oceanfront becomes an “island paradise” for the weekend. All performances are free to the public.
Kalbones Off Road Monsters at the Beach Friday-Sunday
This wildly-popular event brings thrills and chills to the Virginia Beach oceanfront as monster trucks battle for ultimate sand domination! A course is built right on the beach at 6th Street, with bleachers overlooking from the boardwalk. Sand dunes and junk cars combine to make the race course fast and fun for drivers and spectators alike. This is a ticketed event, with prices designed to fit the family budget. Each of the four shows is approximately two hours in length. General admission: $12.50 in advance (plus service fees) and $15 day of show. Children 2 and under are admitted free for the regular shows.
Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale 8:00 PM/Chrysler Hall
It’s the tale of a soldier who trades his fiddle to the Devil for a fortune. Now JoAnn Falletta gathers the “stunning, brilliant” (Seattle Times) violinist Tianwa Yang and public radio’s Fred Child as narrator for a one-night-only fully staged production of The Soldier’s Tale. Stravinsky’s music tells the tale with sounds of a Spanish bullfight, jaunty folk tunes, tango, waltz, and even ragtime, as actors portray the soldier and the Devil and a dancer plays the princess.
Above the Fold Opening Party 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m./Hermitage Museum
Be the first to see the Hermitage completely transformed for our spring exhibit. Wander through the various rooms of the Sloane mansion to discover innovative origami from nine internationally-acclaimed artists. There will be live entertainment, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, a full cash bar, and origami demos by Rich Gray. Each ticket includes one free beer or wine drink
Strawberry JAMboree 10 a.m.-5 p.m./Hickory Ridge Farm
U-Pick strawberries and tons of fun kids activities like a bounce house, hay rides, pony rides, live music, local artisans, face painting, and more!
Time Trip to the 1960s 11 a.m.-2 p.m./Hampton History Museum
Spend a fun day learning about all things 1960s; the clothing, the importance of JFK, the war in Vietnam, MLK’s role in Civil and Voting Rights, 23rd – 26th Amendments, and Beatles Mania! Bring an item of clothing to tie-dye and enjoy many other activities related to life in the sixties.
We are One Mother’s Day Celebration 7:00 p.m./Hampton Coliseum
The We Are One Foundation is kicking off the summer this year with the biggest gospel show to hit Hampton Roads by honoring mothers with the We Are One Mother’s Day Celebration. $55, $45. Facility fee: $4. Additional fees may apply.
Downtown Block Party: Fishbone with Rocky 7 6:00 p.m.-11 p.m./East Queens Way between Wine and King Streets.
Come early and bring a chair then make your way to one of the dining establishments along Queens Way for some dinner before the party starts. Free parking can be found on the street and in multiple surface lots. There is a public parking garage at the corner of Settlers Landing Road & Old Hampton Lane. FREE
Girls on the Run 7 a.m.-noon/TownPointPark
This is an exhilarating 5K race along the waterfront in downtown Norfolk! Dash to the Tides Stadium then circle back by the Spirit of Norfolk, the red “tan bark” sails of the American Rover punctuating the Waterside Harbor. Wind your way through the beautiful Town Point Park. Run alongside Nauticus and take a glance at history as you pass by the USS Wisconsin. Circle around the stunning Chinese Pagoda. Make your way back up waterside Drive to a victorious finish.
Currituck-Outer Banks Skyway Festival 9 a.m.-4 p.m./Currituck Regional Airport
This fun, family-friendly Skyway Festival is free and open to all. Attendees will be treated to an excellent array of activities, exhibitors, static and active aircraft displays ― including drones ― and more! FREE
Family movies on the Lawn: Big Hero 6 7:30 p.m./nTelos Wireless Pavilion
Looking for great outdoor activities this spring? Join us under the stars on the Pavilion Lawn at 7:30pm Saturday evenings in May for “FAMILY MOVIES ON THE LAWN”. The nTelos Wireless Pavilion is the perfect backdrop for these FREE events.
Suffolk On The Move’s 6th Annual 5K Walk/Run-7:30 a.m./Bennett’s Creek Park
Join us for our 6th Annual 5K Walk/Run! Check-in begins at 6:30 a.m. and the event begins at 7:30 a.m. Suffolk on the Move is an initiative to: Create a greater awareness of a broader definition of “active living.” Include all activity that requires additional movement. Educate community members regarding personal and community health benefits of an “active” lifestyle. FREE
Spring Adventure Expo-9 a.m.-2 p.m./Bennett’s Creek Park
This family-oriented event will include seminars, vendors and interactive activities such as fishing, skateboarding, and tennis. Come enjoy the bounce houses and field games. FREE
Step up for the UP Center 9:00 a.m./Town Center
Get your weekend exercise in a fun way! It’s a stair climbing competition that challenges participants to walk or run up the 37 stories of the Westin Virginia Beach Town Center, Virginia’s tallest building. Climbers are invited to climb once or three times up, for a total of 111 stories! $15 for those age 8-15 $35 for those 16 and up $50 on the day of the event
Breast Fest noon-5:00 p.m./Hunt Club Farm
Celebrate with us on a pre-summer Saturday filled with fun, laughter, and inspiration. Come for the picnic style party, drinks, vendors, and music, and then stay to support Beyond Boobs! with a rousing competition. FREE, 21 and up.
Chic’s Beach Festival noon-7:00 p.m./HK on the Bay
2nd Annual Chic’s Beach Festival presented by The Ohana Center & HK on the Bay featuring Keller Williams. Chic’s Fest will take place at HK on the Bay on Saturday, May 9th. HK on the Bay will be open all day with music inside, but the main event is in the lot behind HK on the Bay from 12-7pm. Tickets are $15 before and $20 day of the Festival. This is an all ages event! We encourage you to safely walk or ride your bicycle if you live in the neighborhood.
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra 4:00 p.m./Ferguson Center
Established in 1916, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) is internationally recognized as having achieved a preeminent place among the world’s most important orchestras.You can take Mom to see this amazing orchestra right here in Hampton Roads! Tickets starting at $22.
Attacca String Quartet 7:00 p.m./The Parlor on Granby
It’s not often a string quartet gets called “exuberant” and “funky” — but those are some of the adjectives critics from such major publications as The New York Times have used to describe the Attacca Quartet. This year, the group joins Virginia Arts Festival as the quartet in residence. Be sure to hear this gifted ensemble in beautiful intimate settings as part of Virginia Arts Festival’s Chamber Concerts. $20
Second Sundays Art Festival: 11 a.m.-5 p.m./Near Merchant’s Square
Monthly Street festival in Downtown Williamsburg VA! 75+ artisans, Family friendly activities & entertainment, 3 stages of Live Performances. Balloon Artist & face painting, Child play area. FREE
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