Your Virginia Arts Festival Kickoff Weekend

The rain is staying away and there’s a TON to do this weekend. A lot of it is free, so you have no excuse! Get out and have a good time with friends and family, and maybe spring will FINALLY get the message to stick around!

 

 

All Weekend

Hampton

Ongoing/Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents LEGENDS/Hampton Coliseum
Choose from two shows: 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents LEGENDS – Prepare to witness circus feats you thought were so amazing that they would be impossible, and spectacles of strength so grand you once thought them to be unbelievable.
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Norfolk

Friday-Saturday/Norfolk Admirals Hockey/Scope Arena
See the Norfolk Admirals take on the Carolina Stingrays
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Friday-Sunday/The Flying Dutchman/Harrison Opera House
Seafaring stories of sailors and his own disastrous sea journey inspired Wagner to compose his masterful opera The Flying Dutchman in a very dramatic style. The irrevocable, redemptive power of love – set to a mesmerizing score – uses the supernatural and haunting, rocky coast of Norway to set the stage for a an epic, spellbinding voyage. Will the lovers make the ultimate sacrifice? Come aboard and find out!
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Friday-Sunday/Pixelfest/Slover Library
PixelFest has grown to include many more events to celebrate the joy and art of gaming: programming boot-camps, a Smash Bros tournament, Minecraft blocks for toddlers, board games, an arcade, and more
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Saturday-Sunday/Spring for Dance Gala/Chrysler Hall
Making this evening even more spectacular, the dancers will perform to live music played by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. So rarely are dance spectacles like this one presented, even in the dance capitals of the world

Newport News

Saturday-Sunday/Civil War Reenactment: 1862 Siege of Yorktown/Endview Plantation
On Saturday and Sunday, April 9 – 10, reenactors will portray Union and Confederate soldiers in the fortifications between Yorktown and the head of the Warwick River. Witness the life of a soldier as they build fortifications and fend off attacks made throughout the day. Guided tours will leave periodically from the historic house and will lead to various points where presenters will discuss life for civilians and soldiers during the Peninsula Campaign. In addition, see talks, demonstrations, battles and camp life. Complete schedule of events listed below. Admission: $9 per person/ Under 7 free. Hours: 10-5 Saturday/ 10-4 Sunday.

Williamsburg

Friday, Sunday/Opera in Williamsburg Presents: Rossini’s La Cenerentola (Cinderella)/Kimball Theatre
Live fully-staged opera with world-class cast.  La Cenerentola (Cinderella) by Gioachino Rossini is a delightful opera version of the Cinderella story. In this older Italian version, the prince pretends to be his own servant. The heroine prefers the servant to the prince, only to find out that in fact her love is the prince himself. Virtue triumphs, to the chagrin of the wickedly-funny stepsisters and stepfather.
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Friday

Norfolk

5 p.m./Virginia Arts Festival Opening Night Celebration/MacArthur Center
Celebrate the spring and the opening night of the Virginia Arts Festival! Food, live music, beer, and friends will help us launch a fantastic season! Entertainment includes internationally acclaimed all-male British a cappella group Semi-Toned! And don’t miss a special unveiling of the Festival’s iconic 20th season structure during the celebration.
FREE

8 p.m./Aqua X 3 Lau/The NorVa
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8 p.m./Monarch Madness Spring Concert/Ted Constant Convocation Center
ODU SAC presents Monarch Madness 2016 featuring Shy Glizzy, Casey Veggies and ASTR at the Constant Center on Friday, April 8. Discounted tickets are available for ODU Students in person at the Constant Center Box Office or at the Webb Info desk.
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Saturday

Chesapeake

Only "Half Crazy!"

8 a.m./Dismal Swamp Stomp Running Festival/Dismal Swamp Canal Trail
Chesapeake invites you on a spectacular 13.1 mile journey through lush, mysterious landscape and rich history. Alongside and parallel to the trail is the historic Dismal Swamp Canal, part of the famed Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, which offers runners forested wetlands and a peaceful paved pathway through the wilderness. Join the foot stompin’ crowd for the race; enjoy the legendary scenery and entertainment that will be anything but dismal.
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11 a.m.-2 p.m./Arbor Day Celebration/Chesapeake City Hall
Don’t miss Chesapeake’s 30th Annual Arbor Day Celebration. Enjoy environmentally themed displays and activities. Visit with Chessie – the Parks, Recreation & Tourism mascot and his friends Princess Elizabeth and Smokey the Bear. Learn how to plant a tree and participate in the planting of three Bald Cypress tress at City Hall. Explore native trees as you walk the Tree Trail at City Hall. Get free tree seedlings while supplies last. Be present for Mayor Alan Krasnoff’s reading of the Arbor Day Proclamation and a Department of Forestry representative’s presentation of the Tree City USA flag.
FREE

Hampton

9 a.m.-2 p.m./Spring Festival/Bluebird Gap Farm
Come celebrate spring at Bluebird Gap Farm! We will have Little Piggy’s Wurst Nightmare, Bro’s Fish Tacos LLC,Twisted Sisters Cupcakes & Sugar Shack Cafe, and Our Place 24hr Event Rentals with lunch, dessert, and snacks!

Newport News

11 a.m., 2 p.m./Secret Garden/Peninsula Community Theatre5_SECRET_GARDEN
This classic tale of growth and wonder has never been so entertaining. Bright Star’s rendition of The Secret Garden is retold by our lovable comic duo Lenny and Mabel. Together, they bring to life the charming characters and lively scenes that make Frances Hodgson Burnett’s story so wonderful. This play is full of lessons about perseverance, believing in yourself and helping those around you. Along with these important lessons, humor and playful moments breathe life into this magical story about transforming the world around us.
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Norfolk

9 a.m./Sentara Don’t Sit on Colon Cancer 5k/Sentara Princess Anne Hospital
The Sentara Cancer Network is committed to improving health in Hampton Roads through raising awareness and early detection of colorectal cancers through participation in the “Don’t Sit on Colon Cancer 5K.”
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1 p.m./Out of the Box Festival/WHRO
This year’s festival will include performances from local musicians on the center stage and a live broadcast on WHRV’s Out of the Box with host Paul Shugrue. Visual artists featured on The Scene will create live art on site. The afternoon will include children’s activities, local food trucks and craft beer. The event is FREE and open to the public; don’t forget to bring your own lawn chair and sun hats.

6:30 p.m./757 Rock Rookies/The NorVa
Starcoast, Truss, The FoxSmiths, Under The Bridge, Bonne Chere
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7:30 p.m./Gabriel Inglesias #FluffyBreaksEven Tour/Norfolk Scope
Gabriel stars in Fuse TV’s Fluffy Breaks Even!, a non-scripted comedic docu-follow series co-starring his eccentric tour mates and fellow comedians Martin Moreno and Rick Gutierrez. Audience members will have an opportunity to see what it’s like for Iglesias to eat on the road, add up the calories and then try to burn it off and “break even” with a different restaurant and workout in every episode.
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Portsmouth

9 a.m.-12 p.m./Keep Portsmouth Beautiful Recycling Event/Lowe’s Parking Lot
The City of Portsmouth will host a free household hazardous waste collection, document shredding, and electronics recycling event. SPSA will be on site collecting household hazardous waste, RDS Recycling and Disposal Solutions will provide electronics recycling, and Stealth Shredding will provide safe and secure document shredding.

10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m./Art on a String: Kite Making Activities/Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center
It’s that time of the year again, when the breeze is warmer and April is Kite Month.  As always the art museum will host kite-making activities each Saturday so that everyone will have a kite to fly.  During times the kite making activities is offered visitors may purchase kite kits for $3.00 each and museum staff will assist in its creation, which is both fast and fun.  Markers will be available for decorating the kiters so as to make each one a work of art to be flown. These small kites are fool-proof when it comes to flying.  Based on classic professional designs, they will take to the air naturally.  Be sure to bring your kites to test them out or learn to fly them at 11th Annual Atlantic Coast Kite Festival.

Suffolk

OLD-BOOKMOBILE11 a.m./Suffolk Library Bookmobile Retirement Celebration/Morgan Memorial Library
The Suffolk Public Library invites the community to join them at a retirement celebration for the old Bookmobile, and to welcome in the new Library2Go vehicle. The celebration will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 9 and will feature a display of the Bookmobile’s history, crafts and fun activities. Library2Go will be available for people to tour and experience.

8 p.m./Married To Broadway/Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts
In Married to Broadway, Ron and Barbra (together with one or two of their fabulous and equally talented Broadway leading actors and actresses) share their love affair with the great music of the Great White Way, performing the big showstopping numbers that are audience favorites around the world — from Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Evita, and West Side Story, to Carousel, Fiddler on the Roof, and – of course – Les Miz.
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Virginia Beach

All Day/East Coast She Crab Classic/24th Street Park
An open competition among local restaurants, the East Coast She Crab Soup Classic focuses on one of the region’s most-loved seafood delicacies.  This highly identifiable cuisine has been a staple of area menus for decades.
Restaurants serve their individual recipes and compete for People’s Choice Awards, determined by the ballots of those attending.  Critic’s Choice Awards also are given by a panel of four leading regional cuisine experts.
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7 p.m./Western Wags and Whiskers Gold Rush/Landmark Aviation
It’s our 50th Anniversary! Polish your belt buckles for a night of boot-scootin’, bull-ridin’, gold-minin’ fun as we kick off a year of celebration. Watch your fellow supporters rock the runway in the Dog and Cat Walk, enjoy live music and amazing food, and say howdy to some adorable adoptable animals.
This is a night you won’t want to miss, so mark your calendars today!
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Sunday

Newport News

NSO

4 p.m./National Symphony Orchestra/Ferguson Center for the Arts
This performance marks the second year of our unique relationship with The National Symphony Orchestra (NSO), one of the finest, most visible orchestras in the country. Now in its 85th season, the sixth under the leadership of Music Director Christoph Eschenbach, who is also the Music Director of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Orchestra has played to great acclaim in events of national and international importance, including state occasions, presidential inaugurations and official holiday celebrations. Its performances range from bold new works to beloved favorites, chamber music to original educational programming, as well as innovative pops programming in almost every genre. Founded in 1931, the Orchestra has, throughout its history, been committed to artistic excellence and music education.
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Norfolk

7:30 p.m/Beirut/The NorVa
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Williamsburg

11 a.m.-5 p.m./2nd Sundays/Colonial Williamsburgsundaysquare
Williamsburg, Virginia’s only ALMOST Year ‘Round Arts & Street Festival! The Festival takes the winter months of January & February off to allow for Artisan, Organizer & Musician hibernation & REJUVENATION! On the second Sunday of every month from 11a to 5p, March to December, you can stroll the streets of Colonial Williamsburg and take in unique arts, handcrafts and live music in a fun and family friendly atmosphere. From face painting & crafts projects for kids & adults to fine,folk & contemporary artwork, local authors with books appropriate for all ages, and live music & performances for all musical palates, there’s something to be enjoyed by all.

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