Your Jubilee, Beer Fest and Comicon Hampton Roads Weekend

You’ve got a busy weekend ahead, Hampton Roads!

In Chesapeake, the annual Chesapeake Jubilee is happening and promises, as always, to be fun for everyone. Norfolk delivers fun for everyone at the 32nd Annual Stockley Gardens Spring Arts Festival but for grownups specifically at the Virginia Arts Festival’s Virginia Beer Festival in Town Point Park.

Virginia Beach has something for everyone at Tidewater Comicon and head to Pungo for Warbirds Over the Beach.

And you folks on the Peninsula who don’t feel like hitting a tunnel can party it up with the Downtown Hampton Block Party with Slapnation or the World Arts Celebration in Newport News.

But that’s not all! Check your calendar and find your city on our list. Don’t let the rain put a damper on your weekend!

All Weekend


Thursday-Sunday/Chesapeake Jubilee/Chesapeake City Park
The 2016 Chesapeake Jubilee kicks off Thursday, May 19 with the Kiwanis Shrimp Feast. Rides will be open on Thursday from 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM Fun-filled amusements and carnival rides provided by Amusements of America; Kansas City Barbecue Society-sanctioned BBQ Cook-off; spectacular fireworks by Zambelli Fireworks; and popular Kids Korner with rides and special projects for the kiddies. Also, a variety of foods to meet everyone’s fancy. Talented artists and crafters will be in our Arts & Crafts Show and vendors galore to exhibit their wares!
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Friday-Sunday/Cool Wine, Hot Air Balloon Fest/Hampton Roads Winery
Balloons will be flying Friday night (sponsor flights), and Saturday morning, Saturday evening, and Sunday morning for paid ticket holders. Morning lift-off is about 7 AM and evening flights are about 5 PM. Parking is FREE – you will be able to meander about the vineyard for your “perfect picture” and watch the balloons go off!
FREE, charges for balloon rides

Newport News

Thursday-Saturday/The Wiz Reprise/Downing Gross Cultural Arts Center
You asked for more shows, you got it. Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center is happy to reprise our sold-out production of The Wiz, from May 19-21st! It broke our hearts to turn away hundreds of people for our February production of The Wiz. It truly was community theater at its best. If you never made it off the waitlist, don’t miss this rare second chance to catch The Wiz, live on stage at the Ella Fitzgerald Theater in Newport News.
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Saturday-Sunday/32nd Annual Stockley Gardens Spring Arts Festival/Stockley Gardens
Twice a year, on the third full weekend in May and October, people flock to Stockley Gardens in Norfolk’s historic Ghent neighborhood to browse through jewelry, pottery, paintings, and other works of art by over 130 artists. The park is full of strollers and dogs and tantalizing smells. Music drifts from the stage. Friends stop to chat. And throughout the weekend, there is a feeling of hope.
The money raised during these events helps pay for housing, transportation, medical care, and more for people with developmental disabilities.

Saturday-Sunday/15th Annual Virginia Beer Festival/Town Point Park
The Mid-Atlantic’s largest, oldest and most dynamic beer festival celebrates a diverse selection of more than 150 brews from around the world.  America’s craft beer explosion combines with international tradition to create a unique culinary experience.  Travel around the world in one afternoon in a taste bud tantrum along the Downtown Norfolk Waterfront at one of USA Today’s 2013 Best Beer Festivals!
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Ongoing/The Addams Family: A New Musical Comedy/Little Theatre of Norfolk
In this laugh-a-minute musical based on the TV Series and comic strip about the creepy and kooky and altogether spooky family we have all grown to love, Wednesday Addams, the princess of darkness, has fallen in love with a young man from a respectable family. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before — keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change when Wednesday’s ‘normal’ boyfriend and his parents come over for dinner with the Addams family.
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Ongoing/The Library presented by Generic Theater/Chrysler Hall
After Caitlin Gabriel survives a deadly shooing at her high school, she struggles to tell her story to her parents, the authorities, and anyone who will listen. But there are other narratives that gain purchase in the media and paint her in a different light. Renowned Hollywood screenwriter Scott Z. Burns (Contagion, Side Effects) returns to the stage with this bold and chilling play that asks us to examine our relationship to the truth and the lies that claim to heal us.
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Virginia Beach

Saturday-Sunday/Tidewater Comicon/Virginia Beach Convention Center
Cosplayers, celebrities, games, fun, and stuff for kids. There’s something for everyone at Tidewater Comicon
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Friday-Sunday/Warbirds Over the Beach/Military Aviation Museum
Travel to the warmth of Virginia Beach, alongside the bright sunshine of the Atlantic shoreline, where German submarines once hunted merchant ships in the Gulfstream waters. Look up in the sky, where you will see fighters and bombers of our armed forces patrol the countryside to protect our homeland from the Axis forces. You will experience all this and more during the weekend before Memorial Day with hundreds of re-enactors, actual warplanes of these times and entertainment reminiscent of the 1940s.
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Friday-Sunday/Sonrise Music Festival/31st Street Park, Oceanfront
The 3rd Annual Sonrise Music Festival brings the best of Christian music to the oceanfront! See national headliners such as Building 429, Blanca, Jeremy Rosado, Brightwork, and Citizen Way! There will also be a ton of local talent there. Local singers include Demetria, Rachelle Hope, Humble Tip, Abby Robertson, and more. This festival is free and open to the public. There will be merchandise booths for people to purchase CDs and other music merchandise. Bring cash in case credit cards are not accepted at the booths. Also, an offering will be appreciated, but not mandatory. The offering will benefit a local homeless shelter.



8 p.m./Glow Ride/The NEON District
Let’s show Norfolk how NEON celebrates Bike Month. Get on your bike for a night time ride in the NEON District! Riders of all ages and experience levels are welcome to attend this free critical mass group ride. The 5.25 mile loop will begin at the Plot, head under the Lights Over Granby arches, circle around Harbor Park and end back in the NEON.


7 p.m.-9 p.m./Gallery After Hours/Suffolk Art Gallery
Join us for fun after hours events close to home. Enjoy art demonstrations, live music or a DJ, games, DIY art-making stations that fit the evening’s theme, food and drink. Some events are for the entire family and include kids’ craft stations, others are adult fun only.
Cost varies based on events

Virginia Beach

8 p.m./Philip Glass’ Violin Concerto No. 1/Regent University
JoAnn Falletta conducts the close of the series with contemporary composer Philip Glass’ theatrical Violin Concerto No. 1, featuring VSO Concertmaster Vahn Armstrong. Dvořák’s Czech Suite engagingly incorporates rustic bagpipe imitations, a melancholy polka and a Czech “neighbors’ dance.” Also on the program is one of Puccini’s rare non-operatic works, Preludio Sinfonico.
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Williamsburg Area

6:30 p.m./Jazz on the James/Jamestown Settlement
Enjoy live jazz from the little big band Good Shot Judy, tastings of fine wines, Virginia craft cider and beer, and access to food trucks all against the stunning vista of the James River on the Jamestown Settlement ships’ pier.
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4 p.m./Unite@Night Walk/Oak Grove Lake Park
This year’s unite@night walks show huge promise in helping those suffering from Chiari malformation, syringomyelia, and related disorders. We are so excited to get out there, have fun with you all, and make a difference at the same time!
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7 p.m./The Giving Garden Foundation Annual 5k Run/Walk & Glow Festival/Peasley Middle
The 2016 TGGF 5K Run/Walk & Glow Festival will be held on the grounds of Bethel Elementary & Peasley Middle Schools on May 21, 2016. Some changes and improvements planned for the 2016 event ensure that it will be bigger and better than ever! The 5K run/walk in Gloucester will begin at dusk and is open to everyone from serious racers to walkers. But the event doesn’t stop there, participants will end the race at a glow festival that will include music, games, food, entertainment, vendors and prizes for individuals and teams!
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6 p.m./Downtown Hampton Block Party with Slapnation/Downtown Hampton
For the past 22 years, thousands of residents from all over Hampton Roads have gathered together in Downtown Hampton for music, food, and community during the annual Downtown Hampton Block Party Series. This year’s Block Party is set to be bigger and better than ever before! Week after week, all summer long, Block Party goers will be treated to a variety of local and national musical 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 each week to see what the Block Party will think of next!

Newport News

4 p.m./World Arts Celebration/City Center at Oyster Point
Set in the beautiful Fountain Park, the second annual World Arts Celebration will allow patrons to explore heritage far and near. Experience a day of free family fun with music from around the world, international food, an artisan village and hands-on cultural craft activities. This will be an adventure for the whole family!


7 p.m./3rd Annual Sail Nauticus “Gettin’ Frisky on the Wisky”/Nauticus
Tickets for the 3rd Annual “Gettin’ Frisky on the Wisky” are now available for purchase! Featuring a live band, signature drink, and delicious eats, we hope you’ll join us for the best party of the year!
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4 p.m./Beer, Band & BBQ/Portside in Portsmouth
We will be featuring More Cowbell and The Deloreans playing your favorite tunes. Beer, wine and one large plate of food are included in the ticket price.
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7:30 p.m./Family Movies on the Lawn: The Good Dinosaur/Portsmouth Pavilion
Enjoy a film under the stars!


11 a.m./The Rainy Day Imagination Play/Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts
One rainy day. Two bored kids. A roomful of empty cardboard boxes. Just how big can their imaginations get? Join us for a unique and highly interactive experience as our characters and the audience prove that the sky (or possibly the ceiling) is the limit when you decide to make your own fun.

3 p.m.-7 p.m./C.E. & H. Ruritan’s 16th Annual Beer, Bands, and BBQ/The Ruritan Hall in Eclipse
Join us for our annual fundraising event in beautiful Eclipse, Virginia! Enjoy great local barbecue, beer and live music by Island Boy and Aces Up Reunion. Tickets available at Rio Grande Traders (3049 Kings Highway) or The Market (1604 Bridge Road).
$25 advance/$30 door; children 12 & under free

6 p.m./Drive-in Movie in the Park: The Goonies/Bennett’s Creek Park
Throw it back to the days of the Drive In! Bennett’s Creek will transform for a family fun night of children’s activities and a larger-than-life movie screen to watch an 80s classic, The Goonies, from the comfort of your front seat! A picnic area will be available for movie goers and everyone’s sweet tooth will be covered by our onsite concession area. Get into the summer spirit with Suffolk Parks and Recreation!

Virginia Beach

9 a.m./Girls on the Run Spring 5k/Virginia Wesleyan College
SPRING 5K – Girls on the Run South Hampton Roads hosts the COLLEGIATE 5K at Virginia Wesleyan College on Saturday, May 21st! 9 am is when the festivities begin which include: face painting, bounce house, silly photo booth, happy hair station, official cape ceremony and more! 5K begins at 10 am through the adventure course through the campus of this beautiful college campus! Come out for a fun morning for the entire family. J&A Chipped-Timed General Public Runners are welcome for $45. We welcome volunteers to help out the day of the event.
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11 a.m./Chic’s Beach Festival/HK On the Bay
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 11-7 p.m.
$25 pre-sale and $35 day of

12 p.m./Virginia Beach Funk Out/Shaka’s Live
1st Annual Funk Out Fest in Va Beach to benefit Music Education. Stanlee Ventures, Heady Entertainment, Shaka’s Live are partnering with (HOPE) n MUSIC
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3 p.m./Shaggfest/Veterans United Homes Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
The 2016 Shaggfest will feature DIPLO as this year’s headliner! The Z104 Shaggfest draws in so many music lovers all along the east coast! Rap and hip hop music hit VA Beach for the annual Shaggfest. Many more performers will rock the stage like Lex, Daya, Lil Dicky, Travi$ Scott, and others! The official DJs for this poppin concert will be DJ Canrock and DJ Babey Drew.
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5:30 p.m./A Full Moon Menagerie/Virginia MOCA
Opening night party for Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose, an unprecedented exhibition showcasing 51 of some of today’s foremost contemporary artists from the ten year history of Hi-Fructose Magazine.
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7:50 p.m./Big Screen Saturday: Ant Man 3D/Virginia Aquarium
Armed with a super-suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, cat burglar Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.
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11 a.m./Family Fun Fest/Chickahominy Riverfront Park
Join James City County Parks and Recreation at the annual Family Fun Fest on Saturday, May 21, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Chickahominy Riverfront Park. Enjoy petting animals, inflatable rides, hands-on activities, family entertainment, music and contests too! Stop by the ‘Good for You Zone’ and see why being healthy can lead to loads of fun. Oh, and be sure to participate in the Fun Run! Grab some lunch provided by our food vendors and visit all of the local craft and business vendors!
Admission is $5/car (cash or check only)

2 p.m./Carnival of the Animals/The Williamsburg Community Chapel
The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra presents “Carnival of the Animals,” a concert for the whole family featuring musicians, dancers from Virginia Regional Ballet, painter Bob Oller, and narrator Elisabeth Reiss. Together they bring the animals to life. After the concert, stay for the hands-on instrument “petting zoo” and learn to draw animals.
Tickets $15 adults/$10 children
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Virginia Beach

7 a.m./No Child Wet Behind Diaper Drive, Family 1-miler and 5k/Mount Trashmore Park
Hampton Roads Doulas is proud to bring you No Child Wet Behind 2016, directed by Lacey Bauer, Megan Robert, & Kathleen Rucka. This diaper drive, 5k run/walk, and family 1 miler will benefit local families through the Greater Hampton Roads Diaper Bank.
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8 a.m./Dirty Girl Mud Run/Virginia Beach Sportsplex
This is a totally fun and dirty way to get a start on that summer beach body! Get fit and have fun while doing it with the Dirty Girl Mud Run 2016. Bring your girl friends and wear your cutest tutu outfit (or whatever you want) to this event! Don’t be afraid to go all out with your stylish outfit, as many of the other runners will be doing the same! This run is supposed to be FUN and push you to your limits. This race is a 5K obstacle coursed run.
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2 p.m./Q&A with the Co-Founders of Hi-Fructose Magazine/MOCA
To conceive and create a high quality art magazine is a considerable undertaking. To nurture your publication until it becomes a best-seller is an incredible accomplishment. Independent publishers, Daniel Seifert (aka Attaboy) and Annie Owens-Seifert are artists and designers who saw a need for an art magazine that celebrated diverse art that transcended genres. So, they made one.
FREE with museum admission