Your Cherry Blossom and Daffodils Hampton Roads Weekend

Don’t let the threat of April Showers make you stay inside this weekend. There’s a ton of great stuff going on!

First Fridays are back with lights over Granby, and the Writing Lightly Opening is happening at Work|Release, so Norfolk is the place to be on Friday. Portsmouth also has a great Friday concert event, the First Friday Concert Series: Jimmy Masters.

Up on the Peninsula, Hampton’s Historic Carousel Reopens and it’s the first weekend of the month so that means it’s Free Admission Weekend at the Peninsula Fine Arts Center.

And of course this weekend is the Gloucester Daffodil Festival and the Cherry Blossom Festival in Virginia Beach’s Red Wing Park. Have a wonderful weekend!

All Weekend

Gloucester

Saturday-Sunday/Daffodil Festival/Main Street, Gloucester
It’s a beautiful, fun staple of the Springtime in Hampton Roads: The Gloucester Daffodil Festival!
FREE

Newport News

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

Ongoing/The Pillowman/Generic Theater
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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Suffolk

Friday-Sunday/Allure Bridals Premier Trunk Show/Maya Couture on Main
Trunk Shows are exciting events where authorized Allure Bridals® retailers present the latest breathtaking styles. Join the staff at Maya Couture on Main as they present the latest fashion experience, an exciting and fun way for future brides to view Allure Bridals® gowns from the current season.
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Friday

Newport News

8 p.m./The Hidden Voice Experience /Downing Gross Cultural Arts Center
Silence can be deafening. That’s exactly what men in Sisters Without Voices:  Who Will Tell Their Stories? have discovered. Inspired by the intricacies of interpersonal relationships this theatrical production uses monologues, dialogue, poetry, dance, comedy and songs to inspire and strengthen relationships between women and men.
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Norfolk

5 p.m./Writing Lightly Opening/Work|Release
Writing Lightly focuses on the visualization and interpretation of language through the use of neon and light.
FREE

5 p.m./First Fridays Street Party/Downtown Norfolk
Be there for the first First Friday of the season! The lights come on over Granby at 8 p.m., party starts at 5 p.m.
FREE

7 p.m./757 Country Fest/The NorVa
Runnin’ Shine, Murphy’s Law, Maria Taylor, Adam Maddock & The Double Shots, DJ Ty Street
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9 p.m./CAMAF Presents Bluegrass and Brews/Back Bay Brewing
Come enjoy the best in Bluegrass and Brews with the good folks at The Colley Avenue Music and Arts Festival, featuring The Hackensaw Boys and The Sawdust Trio.
Presale tickets are $20 and are available at Back Bay Brewing Co. DOS price is $25

Portsmouth

5 p.m./Exhibit Reception: 2016 Outdoor Sculpture, Degrees of Separation, Vanishing Beauty/Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center
This annual juried Sculpture Exhibit, now in its 11th year, features a range of outdoor sculptures in our garden courtyard created by artists from the region and beyond.

5 p.m./First Friday Concert Series: Jimmy Masters/Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center
Jimmy Masters once again brings his extraordinary talents to the Courtyard, accompanied by some of the finest jazz soloists around. Celebrate the arts with exhibit opening receptions and live music performances, with styles ranging from jazz to blues, rock-n-roll, to independent singer-songwriters.  Exhibits and music are free and open to the public.
FREE

Virginia Beach

4 p.m.-7 p.m./ViBe District Anniversary Block Party/ViBe Creative District  CANCELLED
Enjoy an evening of creativity, local art, and family fun!
FREE

Saturday

Hampton

11 a.m./Downtown Hampton Kiwanis Fun Hunt/Hampton History Museum
Follow clues and visit Downtown Hampton retailers, restaurants, and tourist destinations. Earn points and win prizes valued at over $500. In addition, free tastings, receive meal and shopping discounts. The event benefits children’s and local charities.
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9 a.m./Hampton’s Historic Carousel Reopens/Downtown Hampton
The historic carousel reopens for the season. It is one of about 100 antique wooden merry-go-rounds still existing in the United States.

8 p.m./The HillBenders: Tommy- A Bluegrass Opry/The American Theatre
“Ever since I was a young boy I played the silver ball.” Maybe not your standard bluegrass lyric, but a line known by all the world from the biggest rock opera of all time, The Who’s Tommy.
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Norfolk

3 p.m./Author Visit: Kwame Alexander/Chrysler Museum
Norfolk Public Library will kick off National Poetry Month with award-winning author and poet, Kwame Alexander, on Saturday, April 2 at 3 p.m. in the Kaufman Theater at the Chrysler Museum. Later that evening, NPL will host an Author Talk with Randall Blythe, frontman of the five-time Grammy nominated rock band, lamb of god, at the Slover Library at 7 p.m.

6 p.m./Wearable Arts Festival Reception/D’Art Center
Any Portmanteau in a storm: Blending techniques, materials, and ideas to create the perfect storm of conceptual creativity though wearable art

7 p.m./Author Talk: Randall Blythe/Slover Library
Norfolk Public Library’s Author Talk at the Slover Library will feature internationally acclaimed writer, photographer and musician, Randall Blythe. While best known for his work as the singer of the rock band, lamb of god, Blythe’s first book, “Dark Days,” a memoir of his arrest, incarceration, trial and exoneration of manslaughter charges stemming from a 2010 incident while on tour in the Czech Republic, landed him a place on Publishers Weekly National Bestseller’s list during its first week of release.
FREE

8 p.m./Attucks Jazz Series- John Fedchock/Attucks Theatre
John Fedchock’s illustrious career in jazz has spanned over three decades. Since his emergence on the scene in 1980, Fedchock has established himself as a world-class trombone soloist, a heralded bandleader, and a Grammy-nominated arranger.
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8 p.m./Mahler’s Fifth Symphony/Chrysler Hall
Joann Falletta, Conductor; Brendon Elliott, Violin
Glazunov: Violin Concerto
Mahler: Symphony No. 5
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10 p.m./100,000 Watts of Bass Glow Show Party/The NorVa
Jolley Entertainment and Allusive Cloud Factory  are bringing it back to the NorVa once again for another FOAM PARTY! 100,000 watts of Bass with an Xtreme Light Show to set the Spring off just right!
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Portsmouth

7 a.m./Bunny Hop 5k and 1 Mile Family Fun Run/Portsmouth Pavilion
Come out and have fun at our family-friendly event. Proceeds to benefit the Portsmouth Museums Foundation in support of the Children’s Museum of Virginia! Registration Fees: 5k is $25 and Family Fun Run 1 Mile is $20 through January 31st.  From February 1 until February 29, 5k is $30 and Family Fun Run is $25.  From March 1 until race day, 5k is $35 and Family Fun Run is $30.Packet Pick-up will be available on the day of the race or on Friday, April 1st at the Children’s Museum of Virginia from 11:30am – 5:00pm.
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10 a.m./First Weekend Saturday Series/Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center
Local band Who We Are Not will perform live in the courtyard during the morning Farmers Market that takes place every Saturday around the Museum’s sidewalk off Court and High Streets.  Who We Are Not is headed by husband and wife singer-songwriters, Pamela Jo Sward and Joe Talley who mix a surprising combination of folk, jazz, and pop into their music style.
FREE

Virginia Beach

12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m./Cherry Blossom Festival/Red Wing Park
Join us as we celebrate Virginia Beach’s international sisterhood with Miyazaki City, Japan, at the annual Cherry Blossom Festival. This event offers the rich culture and beauty of Japanese music, martial arts, creative activities and various demonstrations.
FREE

6 p.m./Light it up Blue for World Autism Day/Adventure Park at Virginia Aquarium
The Adventure Park will be lit up blue to celebrate World Autism Day and support the Virginia Autism Project and the Light It Up Blue campaign!

Williamsburg

7:30 p.m./Virginia Musical Museum and Virginia Music Hall of Fame concert/Kimball Theater
The Virginia Musical Museum and Virginia Music Hall of Fame concert at the Kimball Theatre. Featuring Bill Jenkins and the Virginia Mountain Boys, Tracy Hill, The Virginia Rounders, The Demster Sisters, Richard Ahlfield and Jim Rice. Come early 7:00 PM to meet the artists.
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Sunday

 

Norfolk

6:30 p.m./Fear Factory/The NorVa
With Genexus, Fear Factory forges a new hyper-alloy of sound, extreme and idea. “We wanted to create a new hybrid,” states guitarist and founding songwriter, Dino Cazares. “Something that summed up every aspect of who we are. Musically. Lyrically. You can hear the organic, the technological; the past and the future. It’s the next evolution of Fear Factory.”
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Portsmouth

1 p.m./Feed your Wild Side- Spring Tasting Tour/Hoffler Creek Preserve
Local naturalist, survival expert and author Vickie Shufer, will lead the annual Spring Tasting Tour at Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve.  Join in as Vickie leads a walk through the Preserve collecting dandelions, chickweed and other springtime edibles while explaining the nutritional value you unlock with every bite.  Participants will share their collection in a Spring Greens salad with the group.   The tour is limited to twenty-five participants.
Registration is discounted or members of Hoffler Creek Wildlife Foundation at $10 per person.  Non-members admission is $18.

Suffolk

3 p.m.-7 p.m./9th Annual Pork ‘n Pinot Party/Vintage Tavern Restaurant
A Food and Wine all-inclusive event! Bring your palate and your party shoes and enjoy plenty of deliciously-prepared pork dishes, seafood and fixings. A variety of wines and beer will be served. Live music, too!
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