Summer Events Guide on hrScene

Concerts, festivals, expos… there’s so much to do in Hampton Roads this summer!

Find your city and pick out an event. There’s something for everyone from free live music to international cuisine to unforgettable concerts and live shows.

It’s going to be an amazing summer, and it starts here on hrScene.com!

 

Chesapeake

May 30/Elizabeth River Park Grand Re-Opening
Please come and join us for a day filled with celebration and family fun. Kickoff begins at 4 p.m. with activities to include: Park Tours, Inflatables, Children’s Play Area, Fireworks and light show start at 8:15pm, Food, and a Family-Friendly Outdoor Movie “Shark Tale”.
Elizabeth River Park/FREE

June 20/Caribbean Food & Music Festival
We created The Caribbean Food & Music Festival for community-building, and to bring people together to learn about Caribbean music, food and culture. If you share our passion, we invite you to attend, become a volunteer and/or share your ideas with us.
Chesapeake City Park/FREE

July 3/Celebrate Freedom
Celebrate America’s Birthday! Fireworks will illuminate the night sky after sunset. Enjoy children’s activities and family entertainment. Bring your own chairs/blanket.
Chesapeake City Park/FREE

July 4/35th Annual South Norfolk Parade & Picnic in the Park
Parade, entertainment, food, games and paddleboat rides!
Lakeside Park/FREE

Hampton

Saturdays/Downtown Hampton Block Party
Week after week all summer long, 2015 block party-goers will be treated to a variety of local and national music acts spanning all genres, as well as our always quirky signature events such as “The Rolling of the Bulls” and a few special surprises. Make sure you stop by every week to see what the block party will think of next!
East Queens Way between Wine and King Streets/FREE

May 23/Harmony Family Night on The Peninsula
Bring your family and friends for fun and fellowship to meet the percussion musicians of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. “Pet” the Instruments at an Instrument Petting Zoo. Have fun while playing along with percussion musicians of the VSO.
The Six House/Free

May 30 8 p.m./Black and Brown Comedy Get Down
Cedric The Entertainer, Mike Epps, Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley, George Lopez and Charlie Murphy will come together to for one historic night of comedy..
Hampton Coliseum/Tickets start at $48.50 plus additional fees

June 26-28/Hampton Jazz Festival at the Hampton Coliseum
The annual Hampton Jazz Festival presents the opportunity for us to marvel and appreciate the many visitors who journey here to enjoy American music at its best. This annual gathering has become more of a reunion – a celebration a friends, family, culture, music, and life.
Hampton Coliseum/Tickets start at $66

Newport News

May 28-31/Newport News Greek Festival
Celebrate the best of Greek culture in Newport News!
Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church/Free

June 30/Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo 35th Anniversary Concert
Together, with Benatar’s mezzo-soprano vocal range and Giraldo’s trail-blazing work as a guitarist, producer and songwriter, Pat Benatar and Neil “Spyder” Giraldo have forged one of the most successful partnerships in rock & roll history.
Ferguson Center for the Arts/Tickets start at $49

August 8/“Weird Al” Yankovic – The Mandatory World Tour
With more than 12 million albums sold, three Grammys to his name and one of only three performers in history to have registered a Top 40 single in each of the last four decades, “Weird Al” Yankovic is back on the road with The Mandatory World Tour.
Ferguson Center for the Arts/Tickets start at $37

August 11/Peter Frampton & Cheap Trick
Time-tested rockers Peter Frampton and Cheap Trick co-headline this concert for the ages in the fittingly, acoustically superb, Ferguson Center for the Arts concert hall!
Ferguson Center for the Arts/Tickets start at $49

August 30/Brian Regan Comedy Tour
Comedian Brian Regan’s family friendly act has made him one of the premier funny men working today. His non-stop theater tour has taken him around the globe and in front of diverse audiences — all to critical and peer acclaim.
Ferguson Center for the Arts/Tickets start at $40

Norfolk

Fridays/Downtown Norfolk First Fridays
In its third 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. New this year, First Fridays will alternate locations throughout the season.
Various Locations in Downtown Norfolk/FREE

Memorial Day Weekend/Bam Bam’s Spring Jam
Cocktail Reception & Silent Auction, family cookout, and celebrity basketball game all to benefit communities in Hampton Roads and Seattle areas with educational, health, and wellness tools.
Various Locations in Downtown Norfolk/Cost depends on event

Various Fridays/Drag the Night Away with the Sea Queens Moonlight Series
Join female impersonator Victoria Foster (of Drag Yourself to Brunch) and her Sea Queens for a midnight show and dance party in Hampton Roads. Get ready for some glitz and glamour aboard our Drag the Night Away cruise experience, presented by Spirit of Norfolk and 96.1X
Spirit of Norfolk/Tickets start at $22.90

May 24/Memorial Day Moonlight Cruise
Cruise under the stars! Includes a moonlight menu.
Spirit of Norfolk/$35 per adult plus taxes and fees

May 29/Gladys Knight at Chrysler Hall
The legendary singer performs at Chrysler Hall in Norfolk!
Chrysler Hall/Tickets start at $68.05

June 13/CHKD RunWalk
Join us Saturday, June 13 for family friendly fun and celebrate RunWalk for the Kids 10th Anniversary to benefit CHKD! The fun begins at 6:15am. Participate in the 8k Run, 2 Mile Walk or 1 Mile Fun Run and enjoy new routes and a grand finale Finish Line in the park. (Receive a new commemorative medal!) 8K participants receive one free beer!
Town Point Park/Kid registration $15, Adult $45

June 19 – 21/Bayou Boogaloo & Cajun Food Festival
Norfolk’s annual love-fest with New Orleans’ vibrant spirit and captures the melting pot of Bayou culture. It’s the most authentic food and music festival in the nation.
Town Point Park/Tickets start at $10

June 26-27/Hampton Roads Pridefest
To instill pride, celebrate unity and embrace diversity in the Hampton Roads Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community by creating visibility and promoting full human and civil rights through education, celebration, and networking.
Various Locations in Norfolk/FREE

July 4/33rd Annual 4th of July Great American Picnic
Award-winning food vendors that will be there to grace your taste buds with delicious delectables while you hang out and have a good time. And of course FIREWORKS!
Town Point Park/Free

July 5/Tidewater Winds 30th Anniversary Concert
The Tidewater Winds is a professional concert band that performs free concerts in the Tidewater area. This is their 30th anniversary!
Town Point Park/Free

July 10/5th Annual Summer Brewfest
Enjoy a cold beer in Town Point Park at this Friday Afternoon beer festival.
Town Point Park/Free

July 17/Norfolk Waterfront Jazz Festival
The Norfolk Waterfront Jazz Festival features two days of incredible musicians.
Town Point Park/Tickets start at $30

August 22/15th Annual Latino Music Festival
Hampton Roads heats up with the hottest salsa, meringue, and guaguanco dancing on the East Coast. Live explosive Latin music by local, regional and national recording artists will fill Town Point Park and keep you moving all night long!
Town Point Park/FREE

Portsmouth

May 23/35th Annual Elizabeth River Run & Children’s Museum Fun Run
Join the Tidewater Striders Club and the Portsmouth Museums Foundation for a 10K race, a one mile race and a fun run on the course that traverses Historic Olde Towne and the Elizabeth River waterfront. Enjoy post-race festivities.
nTelos Wireless Pavilion/FREE

May 23/25th Annual Umoja Festival
Umoja means unity and this three-day festival presents the rich heritage of African cultural and the manner in which it weaves into our national tapestry. Visitors are introduced to the continent through art, music and entertainment, demonstrations and food.
nTelos Wireless Pavilion/FREE

May 24/Old Crow Medicine Show at nTelos Wireless Pavilion
See the “Wagon Wheel” band play in Portsmouth!
nTelos Wireless Pavilion/Tickets start at $39.75

June 5/Rob Zombie in concert
Rob Zombie returns! Zombie last performed in Portsmouth when he opened the concert season in the venue in 2002. As a rock ‘n’ roll icon and filmmaker with a unique vision, Zombie has a reputation for stretching the boundaries of both music and film.
nTelos Wireless Pavilion/Tickets start at $19.75

June 6/Seawall Music Festival
Join us for a summer celebration of music along the seawall with free family fun.  Musical performance by local and regional acts as well as National Recording Artist Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes followed by the East Coast’s largest pyrotechnical show at 9:30 PM.
North Landing Park/FREE

June 26/Dancing with the Stars: Live!
Following a sold-out winter tour and the 10th Anniversary Season of ABC’s hit show Dancing with the StarsDancing with the Stars: Live! is going back on the road giving fans the opportunity to see their favorite stars dance live in their hometowns, visiting over 40 cities across America.
nTelos Wireless Pavilion/Tickets start at $53.95

July 4/Concert with Tidewater Concert Band
The Band is comprised of 48 talented woodwind, brass, and percussion musicians from across the Hampton Roads, Virginia area representing various military, professional, and college bands and orchestras.
Portside Park/FREE

July 9/Tidewater Winds
The late C. Sidney Berg founded The Tidewater Winds Professional Concert Band in 1985 to provide an opportunity for residents of the Hampton Roads area to enjoy free professional band concerts in the “Sousa Band” tradition.
The Edmonds Center/FREE

Suffolk

June 19/T.G.I.F. Summer Concert Series: Slap Nation
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 Slap Nation 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!
Constant’s Wharf Park & Marina/FREE

June 26/T.G.I.F. Summer Concert Series: Broke By Sunday
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 Broke By Sunday 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!
Constant’s Wharf Park & Marina/FREE

July 4/Stars & Stripes Spectacular
Enjoy the Stars and Stripes Spectacular, as the skies of Suffolk light up with the firework show over the Nansemond River at Constant’s Wharf Park & Marina. The park will open at 5:30pm with entertainment, children’s activities, local merchandise vendors and food choices available. The firework show will begin at 9pm, for the whole family to enjoy!
Constant’s Wharf Park & Marina/FREE

July 10/T.G.I.F. Summer Concert Series: The Rhythm Express Band
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!
Constant’s Wharf Park & Marina/FREE

July 31/T.G.I.F. Summer Concert Series: The Deloreans
Join your neighbors at Bennett’s Creek Park for the second half of the TGIF Summer Concert Series in Suffolk. Enjoy this free and family-friendly event in the park, as The Deloreans play a variety of hits and kids enjoy the children’s area. Our aim is to get you out of your seat and enjoying your Friday night!
Bennett’s Creek Park/FREE

August 7/T.G.I.F. Summer Concert Series: Joe Gosman Band
Join your neighbors at Bennett’s Creek Park for the second half of the TGIF Summer Concert Series in Suffolk. Enjoy this free and family-friendly event in the park, as Joe Gosman Band plays a variety of hits and kids enjoy the children’s area. Our aim is to get you out of your seat and enjoying your Friday night!
Bennett’s Creek Park/FREE

August 14/T.G.I.F. Summer Concert Series: Wesley Spangler Band
Join your neighbors at Bennett’s Creek Park for the second half of the TGIF Summer Concert Series in Suffolk. Enjoy this free and family-friendly event in the park, as the Wesley Spangler Band plays a variety of hits and kids enjoy the children’s area. Our aim is to get you out of your seat and enjoying your Friday night!
Bennett’s Creek Park/FREE

August 21/T.G.I.F. Summer Concert Series: Tidewater Drive Band
Join your neighbors at Bennett’s Creek Park for the second half of the TGIF Summer Concert Series in Suffolk. Enjoy this free and family-friendly event in the park, as the Tidewater Drive Band plays a variety of hits and kids enjoy the children’s area. Our aim is to get you out of your seat and enjoying your Friday night!
Bennett’s Creek Park/FREE

August 22/Mystery Authors Festival
Join us for the Second Annual Mystery Authors Festival on Saturday, August 22, 2015. Multiple best-selling mystery and romance authors will be in attendance, signing their books and participating in moderated panel discussions. There will also be workshops, light refreshments and door prizes, as well as readings throughout the day.
Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts/FREE

Virginia Beach

May 25-31/USO of Hampton Roads 2nd Annual Warrior Week Virginia Beach
Each wounded service member and their family will have the opportunity to participate in various activities from adaptive water skiing and kayaking, to coastal fishing, to a horsemanship therapeutic program, and surfing. There will also be national representation from the US Sailing and US Cycling organizations!
Various locations/FREE

May 29-31/2015 Patriotic Festival
Hampton Roads, VA is home of the largest military bases in the USA. Virginia Beach, the largest resort city on the east coast is hosting The Patriotic Festival—A Military Celebration to honor our armed forces personnel and their families.
5th Street & Oceanfront/FREE

June 24/Luke Bryan, Randy Houser and Dustin Lynch at Farm Bureau Live
One of the hottest country artists in the world right now, the award winning Luke Bryan, has just announced a second date bringing his Kick the Dust Up Tour to Farm Bureau Live!
Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach/Tickets start at $54

June 25/Virginia Beach Tuna Tournament
The Virginia Beach Tuna Tournament was founded in 2005 and has become a signature event for sport fishermen in Virginia and surrounding states. This tournament is all about big boats, big money and lots of fun. There are four nights of parties with great food and live entertainment. There is 100% payout of entry fees to the winners and, in the history of the tournament, more than $800,000 has been paid out. Registration begins June 24. Fishing begins June 25.
Marina Shores/Base registration $400

June 28/Fallout Boy and Wiz Khalifa at Farm Bureau Live
Fallout Boy and Wiz Khalifa’s Boys of Zummer tour!
Farm Bureau Live/Tickets start at $20

July 3/Def Leppard, Styx and Tesla at Farm Bureau Live
Def Leppard are a musical tour de force. With a career spanning nearly 40 years, they are as energized and engaging on stage as they have ever been, causing fans hysteria wherever they go!
Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach/Tickets start at $44

July 16 – August 16/KOOZA | Cirque du Soleil
KOOZA is a return to the origins of Cirque du Soleil: It combines two circus traditions – acrobatic performance and the art of clowning. The show highlights the physical demands of human performance in all its splendor and fragility, presented in a colorful mélange that emphasizes bold slapstick humor.
Virginia Beach Convention Center/Ticket prices vary

August 13/J. Cole live at Farm Bureau Live
J. Cole: Forest Hills Drive Tour
Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach/Tickets start at $13

Williamsburg

May 22-June 28/Food & Wine Festival At Busch Gardens
Tickle those taste buds with the culinary delights at Busch Gardens® Food & Wine Festival. Enjoy authentic tastes from around the world while strolling through the world’s most beautiful theme park. Busch Gardens invites guests to unleash their inner foodie with a variety of dishes and wines not normally served at the park. Individual tasting portions make exploring all that the Food and Wine Festival has to offer easy. The hardest decision might just be deciding what to eat first.
Busch Gardens Williamsburg/Price of Admission to Park

Thursdays/Shagging on the Riverwalk” Beach Music Concert Series
Put on your dancing shoes and join us for this annual concert series featuring a variety of beach music for all ages to enjoy. Bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating.
Riverwalk Landing/Free

July 4/Liberty Celebration at the Yorktown Victory Center
Salute America’s independence with tactical and artillery drills, and role play that highlights the challenges of our nation’s founders.
Yorktown Victory Center/$9.75 for adults and $5.50 (ages 6-12). Children under 6 are free

July 4/Yorktown Independence Day Celebration
Come salute America along the Yorktown waterfront beginning with a 9 am patriotic parade on Water Street. Evening activities feature: a bell-ringing ceremony at 7 pm, live musical entertainment at 8 pm at Riverwalk Landing, and spectacular fireworks on the York River.
Riverwalk Landing/Free

 

Of course there are so many more events going on this summer in Hampton Roads. If you are an event organizer or promoter, be sure to add it to our free calendar.