Your Battle of Hampton Roads Weekend


We feel Spring approaching, and although we might see some rain on Friday, it’s going to be a nice weekend.

There’s something awesome to do in every city, but the Peninsula is turning out tons of fun during The Battle of Hampton Roads Weekend at the Mariners’ Museum and don’t forget that Hampton Restaurant Week starts on Sunday.

Down on the Southside, LanternAsia opens on Saturday at the Norfolk Botanical Garden! Click here for our behind the scenes look as the amazing exhibit came together. And if you have a song in your heart, Mame is at the Sandler Center and some of the musicians and cast want to hang out on Saturday night for a Ten-Spot Piano Party!

Scroll down for so much more! Where will we see you this weekend?

All Weekend

Hampton

Friday-Sunday/Hampton Roads Tattoo Festival/Hampton Roads Convention Center
The 6th annual Hampton Roads Tattoo Arts Festival, taking place March 4-6 at the Hampton Roads Convention Center. The event will celebrate all aspects of the tattooing industry and welcome talented artists from across the country.Tattoo-Festival-620x400
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Saturday-Sunday/Greenberg’s Great Train and Toy Show/Hampton Roads Convention Center
The country’s largest model train and toy show comes to Hampton for the first time!  See hundreds of tables of trains, accessories and collectible toys for sale, huge operating model train layouts, free modeling workshops, trains for kids to run, a riding train and more.  Kids 11 and under are admitted free!
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Newport News

Friday-Sunday/Bonnie and Clyde/Peninsula Community Theatre
At the height of the Great Depression, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow went from two small- town nobodies in West Texas to America’s most renowned folk heroes and the Texas law enforcement’s worst nightmares. Fearless, shameless, and alluring, the TONY-nominated Bonnie & Clyde from the legendary Frank Wildhorn (Jekyll And Hyde, Civil War, Dracula) contains country, hillbilly electrifying story of love, adventure and crime that captured the attention of an entire country.
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Friday-Sunday/The Battle of Hampton Roads Weekend/The Mariners’ Museum and Park
On March 8, 1862, the CSS Virginia entered the waters of Hampton Roads and destroyed the USS Cumberland and the USS Congress in a battle that showed the supremacy of iron over wood. The following day the Union ironclad Monitor met the Virginia in a battle, which, though fought to a draw, changed the very nature of naval warfare not only in America, but worldwide. One hundred and fifty-four years later, on March 5 & 6, 2016, The Mariners’ Museum will commemorate the two-day Battle of Hampton Roads with a weekend of family fun.
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Saturday-Sunday/Free Admission Weekend/Peninsula Fine Arts Center
View our exhibits and explore PFAC’s Hands on for Kids Gallery, Gallery Shop and Sculpture Garden for free on the first weekend of every month, thanks to the generous support of the Noland Memorial Foundation.
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Norfolk

Thursday-Sunday/Glass Studio Visiting Artist: Rik Allen/Chrysler Glass Studio
Come enjoy the retro-futuristic vision of a mainstay in the West Coast glass art scene, and be part of the Studio audience as Rik Allen brings his quirky creations to life.
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Friday-Saturday/Norfolk Admirals Hockey/Scope Arena
Watch the Norfolk Admirals take on the Adirondack Thunder
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Ongoing/The Pillowman/Generic TheaterPillowman275w
The Pillowman tells the tale of Katurian, a fiction writer living in a police state who is interrogated about the gruesome content of his short stories, and their similarities to a number of bizarre child murders occurring in his town. The play received the 2004 Olivier Award for Best New Play, the 2004-5 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best New Foreign Play, and two Tony Awards for production.
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Ongoing/Grounded/Wells Theatre
A mesmerizing one-woman play about the shift in American warfare from the air to a chair as drones take over the battlefield. A kinetic, provocative story of a fighter pilot’s balance between life and war.
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Smithfield

Ongoing/One for the Pot/Smithfield Little Theatre
A highly successful evening’s entertainment, this hilarious farce revolves around a young man, Hickory Wood, who has to prove he is the only child of a former business associate of a rich mill owner in order to receive 10,000 pounds. Unfortunately, his efforts are thwarted and complicated by the arrival of the other claimants, creating some first class and uproariously funny situations. Presented through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
Tickets are $18 for adults and $10 for students.
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Virginia Beach

Friday-Sunday/Rhinocerous/Regent University Theatre
A small French town is overrun by rhinoceroses while its citizens curiously disappear in this comic satire about following the pack.
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Friday-Sunday/Mame/Sandler Centervmt_mame
“Tune the grand up, dance your shoes off, strike the band up, it’s today!” So begins Mame Dennis’ joyous celebration of life, and one of Broadway’s greatest musical masterpieces of all time. Mame, the story of Mame Dennis and her orphaned nephew Patrick building a colorful life together, sparked one of the most enjoyable musicals of all time. With an amazing score by Jerry Herman, including “It’s Today,” “We Need a Little Christmas,” “Boston Buddies,” and the rousing title song, “Mame” is the embodiment of life lived to the fullest. A musical masterpiece!
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Friday

Newport News

7 p.m.-9 p.m./Sip and Sculpt/The Mariners’ Museum
A new Battle of Hampton Roads event where guests can enjoy a glass of their favorite adult beverages while creating their own iron-cast molds. The molds will then be used to turn the design into a work of art using traditional iron-casting techniques during iron pour demonstrations throughout the weekend. Cost is $35 for members, $50 for non-members. Space is limited. Tickets include 1 scratch block, 2 drink tickets, and light hors d’oeuvres.
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Norfolk

6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m./Rock for Life Fundraiser/School of Rock
Join us for a  fundraiser to help THE SARAH MICHELLE PETERSON FOUNDATION further its mission of preventing suicide on March 4th at School of Rock Norfolk! Enjoy live music from the House Band and food from Mojo Bones!
Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door!
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Portsmouth

5 p.m.-8 p.m./First Friday Concert Series Featuring Matt Thomas/Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center
Hampton Roads acoustic guitar and harp guitar phenom Matt Thomas kicks off the Courtyard Concert season, showcasing uncanny technique and musicality on his instruments. Matt is a great storyteller, too!
FREE

Virginia Beach

5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m./Rock Wall Fun: Get Hooked on Climbing/Seatack Recreation Center
The entire family can experience new heights on the vertical rock wall at Seatack Recreation Center. Two belayers help climbers up and down. Climbing experience can range from beginner and intermediate to advanced. Register by Feb 26 online via EZreg using #129164, or in person at any recreation center.
$4/climber. Recreation center membership or day pass is needed.

Saturday

 

Hampton

7 p.m./Professional Bull Riders Blue Def Tour/Hampton Coliseum
Buckle Up: The BlueDEF tour is the stepping stone to the glitz and glamour of the elite Built Ford Tough Series, but there’s nothing minor-league about it. These are young men dreaming of the big time. To make it, they have to get past the same monsters you see every week on national television, and superstar veterans looking to stand in their way. When you compete in the toughest 8 Seconds in Sports – the first step is just to stay alive.
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8 p.m./Avery Sunshine Duo/The American Theatre
Having wowed the crowds at this year’s Hampton Jazz Festival, it became clear that Avery*Sunshine is without a doubt one of the most dynamic voices in the creative music scene. Known for her invigorating and combustible live performances, Avery*Sunshine is lauded for her compelling and revealingly honest song writing and impeccable vocal quality.
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Newport News

9 a.m./18th Annual Fort Eustis 10k Run and 5k Ruck Challenge/Fort Eustis
The surface is 99% flat asphalt roadways. The race will take you past the historic Matthew Jones House, along the beautiful James River with a view of the Ghost Fleet, near Fort Crawford and then past a site of an early American brick factory located on Mulberry Island.
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1 p.m./Women’s History Month Film Fest: Fly Girls/Virginia War Museum
At the height of World War II, more than a thousand women left their homes and jobs for the opportunity of a lifetime – joining the Women’s AIr Force Service Pilots (WASP) to become the first female pilots to fly for the United States military. Drawing on archival footage, rarely seen home movies, and interviews with pilots themselves, the women of the WASP take wing once again, to tell their story of skill, determination, and courage.

BATTLEOFHR2:30 p.m./Civil War Beard Competition/Mariners’ Museum
The competition is fun for the whole family! So bring out the family for fun, history and whiskers.
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6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m./History Bites/The Mariners’ Museum
Top restaurants and caterers in Hampton Roads will compete in a food-tasting event of historic proportions. The contestants will prepare a selection of traditional 19th century dishes representing the North, the South and the Navy, preparing their best interpretations of dishes that may include: Grandma’s Bean Soup, Fried Salt Pork, Yankee Pork and Beans, Macaroni Pudding, Sweet Potato biscuits with ham, Clam Chowder, Plum Cobbler, Sliced Apple Pudding, Apple Fritters, Apple Custard, and more! Tasters will help award trophies.
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8 p.m./My Sister’s Keeper: Ladies in Red Concert/Downing Gross Cultural Arts Center
In honor of National Women’s Month Featuring Myra Smith
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Norfolk

8:30 a.m./Corn Hole for the Cure/Norfolk Collegiate SchoolHigh Quality Flyer Spelled right
On Saturday, March 5th, 2016 over 400 baggers as well as spectators and volunteers will join this annual battle against breast cancer at Corn Hole for the Cure.  This event is open to baggers of all ages, with two tournaments running concurrently.  The first is a battle between local corn hole associations and some of the best baggers in the state.  The second will be a social tournament.  Their will be good food, fun and entertainment for all ages.
Free to watch.  25.00 to play.

11 a.m./Ugandan Children’s Choir/Virginia Zoo
Hear the Ugandan Children’s Choir while learning facts about animals indigenous to that area. The Ugandan Kids Choir, a group of ten talented Ugandan children, has announced that they will be performing at the Virginia Zoo.
FREE with Zoo admission

1 p.m.-2:30/Special Gallery Talk: The Women of the Chrysler/Chrysler Museum of Art
Mark National Women’s History Month with this in-depth look at female artists represented throughout the Museum’s galleries.

6 p.m.-10 p.m./8th Annual Samoa Soiree/Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center
Find out just how sophisticated a Girl Scout Cookie can be!  At the event, top chefs in Hampton Roads create unique desserts and appetizers using a Girl Scout Cookie variety as the key ingredient. The evening includes delicious food, live music and a silent auction. Tickets are $75 per ticket. Proceeds from the event will support the Opportunity Fund, which provides financial assistance to girls whose families need help with Girl Scout membership, summer camp and program fees.
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7 p.m./Hermitage Instrumental Recital Series: Stephen Coxe and Special Guests/The Hermitage Museum
Be our distinguished guest! Enjoy the intimate setting of a recital in the Hermitage’s Great Hall this winter on the Hermitage’s custom Steinway baby grand Piano. A cash bar and complimentary hors d’oeuvres by East Beach Catering will be available. Pianist Stephen Coxe and four accompanying musicians will perform pieces inspired by the Hermitage’s spring American Impressionism exhibit at our second concert on March 5th from 7-9pm. Tickets are limited, get yours today!
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8 p.m./Legends of Soul Concert Series/Harrison Opera House
Featuring Chante Moore, Howard Hewitt, and Grammy-Award Winning Freddie Jackson
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8 p.m./Attucks Jazz Series: Chuck Redd/Attucks Theatre
Chuck Redd is an accomplished performer on both drums and vibraphone. Chuck began performing and recording internationally when he joined the Charlie Byrd Trio in 1980 at the age of 21. To his credit are thirteen extensive European tours and five tours of Japan, with the Barney Kessel Trio, Ken Peplowski, Terry Gibbs and Conte Candoli. He served as Artist-In-Residence at The Smithsonian Jazz Café in Washington, DC from 2004-2008. Chuck was featured vibraphonist with the Mel Torme All-Star Jazz Quintet from 1991 until 1996. While appearing in New York with Torme, Ira Gitler of Jazz Times said: “Redd’s vibes were equally notable for vigor and melodiousness.”
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Portsmouth

2 p.m.-4 p.m./Building with Keva Planks/Portsmouth Main Library
Keva planks are simple small planks of wood that can be used to build amazing structures.  Come use your engineering and artistic skills to discover what your imagination can create.  Open to ages 6 – 11.

Suffolk

6 p.m./Increase the Peace Fashion Show/King’s Fork Middle School
The Suffolk Youth Advisory Council along with the Suffolk Office on Youth will be presenting the 5th Annual Increase the Peace Fashion Show. The event will feature local youth modeling various types of attire. A portion of the proceeds will go towards a non-profit organization.
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Virginia Beach

2 p.m.-6 p.m./Kiss my Cask Real Ale Festival/Back Bay Brewing
This is not your average beer festival . We will have over 35 one of a kind cask creations from some of the best breweries around. If you don’t know what a cask is let us give your some quick knowledge.
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11208399_ori7:50 p.m./Big Screen Saturday: Hoosiers/Virginia Aquarium
Relax and rewind with your favorite movies on Virginia’s largest movie screen, our National Geographic 3D Movie Theater! We’ve selected our favorites to show on the big screen. A stirring movie about teamwork, discipline, and second chances that features exciting basketball action as a small team works to get to the state finals.
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10:30 p.m./Late Night Series: Ten-Spot Piano Party/Zeiders American Dream
Join us and the cast of Virginia Musical Theater’s Mame, as we have an old fashioned piano party. After their performance at the Sandler Center, the cast will come next door to keep the night going. Great songs, talented singers and good times.
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Williamsburg

6 p.m./Vernard “The Laugh Therapist” Hines Presents Kingdom Komedy/Kimball Theatre
The Laugh Therapist has brought some friends along with him to help provide the laughter. Your host will be Comedian Quincy Carr along with Team Fred, Comedian Peaty Ray Red, Comedian Kenny “Cornbread” Robinson and from the last season of Last Comic Standing Kasuan Wilson. Veterans HomeFront Mobilizes national & local boots on the ground support in numerous ways. They provide meaningful support for Veterans, the Homeless & Community engagement.

Sunday

Hampton 

Starting Sunday/Hampton Restaurant Week/Various Resturants

Hampton Restaurant Week Starts Sunday Check out the participating restaurants and make plans to eat out next week

Hampton Restaurant Week Starts Sunday

Check out the participating restaurants and make plans to eat out next week

2:30 p.m./Hampton Roads Philharmonic/The American Theatre
In 2013, talented professional and amateur musicians in the community signed on to the dream of creating a new orchestra to serve the area, and by that summer, the Hampton Roads Philharmonic (HRP) was born. The HRP is led by Steven Brindle, a young conductor that has been recognized as a burgeoning local talent.

Portsmouth

3 p.m./Portsmouth Community Concerts Presents: Geoff Gallante/Willet Hall
Geoff Gallante is a 14-year old trumpet, cornet and flugelhorn soloist extraordinaire!  One of the most celebrated young musicians in the world today, Geoff found his older brother’s trumpet at age four and has since performed on prominent stages and with distinguished artists across the country – as an acclaimed soloist with concert bands, brass bands and pop orchestras as well as a featured jazz and national anthem performer and as a church soloist.
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Virginia Beach

10 a.m.-3 p.m./Pungo Bazaar/The Tar Roof
Come Join us for a fun filled day of Creativity and Community. We’ll have a wide array of local artists, artisans, craftsmen, businesses, farmers, and other vendor showcasing their talents. A few food trucks and live music with Derek Smith!
FREE

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