Your Virginia Ballet, Mardi Gras, Valentine’s, Hampton Roads Weekend

Enjoy a weekend filled with love and family fun here in Hampton Roads!

Just looking for love? Here is a list of all the Valentine’s Day events and specials happening all over Hampton Roads.

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All Weekend

Friday – Sunday | New Exhibition: “Another Look: Marine Photography from 1948-1972” | Mariners’ Museum and Park
Join local photography clubs in viewing photography collected from 1948 through 1972. This retrospective exhibition will explore man’s connection to the ocean.

Friday – Sunday| Virginia Ballet Theatre Concert | ODU Theatre
Experience the magic of Dance with Virginia Ballet Theater, Hampton Roads premiere professional Ballet Company, in its Annual Winter Concert at The University Theatre at Old Dominion University February 9 and 10 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, February 11 at 2:00 p.m.

Saturday- Sunday | Give Me Liberty | Hampton History Museum
The groundbreaking exhibition “Give Me Liberty: Fugitive Slaves and the Long Revolution Against Slavery” explores the lives of over 30 fugitive slaves from Hampton.



2 p.m. | Beyond the Bell After School Program | Hampton Parks, Recreation, & Leisure Services
The Beyond the Bell program includes: Recreational Activity, Academic Enrichment, Arts & Crafts and much more. Dinner and snack will be provided.

6 p.m. | Sacred Arts Festival | St. Basil the Great Orthodox Church
The community is invited to explore ancient Christian worship through the Sacred Arts Festival that includes Byzantine Chant, Iconography, tours and displays. The festival will begin Friday evening and continue throughout Saturday. There will be vendors, talks, as well as an opportunity to ask questions about how art and theology coexists

Newport News

6 p.m. | Taekwondo With Action Arts Academy | Newport News YMCA
Get fit with family-friendly taekwondo martial arts classes through Action Arts Academy USA’s certified instructors. Beginner classes 6-6:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays; intermediate and advanced classes are 6:45-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays.

7 p.m. | Connections – Newport News Hampton National Alliance on Mental Illness | Denbigh Church of Christ
NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group is a free, peer-led support group for adults living with mental illness. You will gain insight from hearing the challenges and successes of others, and the groups are led by NAMI-trained facilitators who’ve been there.


7 p.m. | SAFARI~ Tales of the Griot | The Perry Family Theater at the Hugh R. Copeland Center
The Hurrah Players and Atumpan Edutainment present SAFARI – Tales of the Griot. Feel the thunder of the talking drums as Africa’s animals and three young griots take you on a musical adventure through the African savanna!

7:30 p.m. | Justin Moore | Ted Constant Convocation Center

8 p.m. | A Midsummer Night’s Dream | Harrison Opera House
Join Virginia Opera for Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Nights Dream- a vivid and glorious retelling of Shakespeare’s classic story. The all-time best of comic opera with an all-star cast and students from The Governor’s School for the Arts.


9 a.m. | Tourism Super Sessions – Seasonal Marketing | Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance
Tourism Super Sessions are a series of free marketing tips and tools to assist your company in promoting and partnering more with the Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance.

9:30 a.m. | A Perfect Adornment Tour | Colonial Williamsburg
As you are guided through the opulent home of Peyton and Elizabeth Randolph, a heart-wrenching narrative unfolds exploring the complicated relationships between gentry women and their enslaved maidservants.

2 p.m. | A Gathering of Hair | Colonial Williamsburg
Despite living in a world where most had little time to themselves and for family, the enslaved still found ways to develop a rich culture and strong relationships. Meet Elizabeth, a free black woman, and her enslaved friends, Agnes and Lydia, as they prepare for a gathering. Discover how these women manage love, work, beauty, friendship . . . and, of course, hair!


Newport News

4 p.m. | The Virginia Craft Spirits Roadshow: VA Spirits are for Lovin’ | Mariners’ Museum and Park
Calling all lovers of local spirits! Come join us for the next The Virginia Craft Spirits Roadshow: Virginia Spirits are for Lovin.’. Tickets will include all samples of artisan spirits, craft cocktails, local beers and delicious southern foods pairings – inside the beautiful backdrop of the Mariner’s Museum.


7 p.m. | Star-Crossed Lovers | Pretlow Planetarium
Join the Pretlow Planetarium for Star-Crossed Lovers, a special hour-long version of their classic show focusing on tales of star-crossed lovers. Join them at this event and make this Valentine’s Day something truly out of this world! Learn the romance, heartbreak and intrigue behind sights in the nighttime sky.

8 p.m. | Mardi Gras 2018 | Waterside District
Get ready for Mardi Gras 2018 at Waterside District, featuring 5 parties under one roof! There will be live music from Anthony Rosano and the Conqueroos — as well as the Janks, street performers, King Cake eating competition, and Norfolk’s first indoor shopping cart parade.


12 p.m.| Winter Farmers Market | PortsEvents
Come enjoy local brews and see what is growing in the Winter months.


7 a.m. | V.F.W. Community Breakfast | Smithfield VFW Post 8545
The Smithfield Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8545 invite the Community for an “Ole Fashioned Country Breakfast” at our Post located, at 223 Washington Street, across from the library and YMCA. Breakfast is served from 7-10 a.m. with a menu of: scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, grits, biscuits, gravy, hash browns, corn bread, fried salt spot and mixed fruit. Coffee and juice are included with a $7.00 donation. Omelet to order is an additional $2:00. Children 6-12 $4:00 and children under 6 eat free. All proceeds go to support the many activities and programs of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8545 in Smithfield.


8 a.m. | Williamsburg Bird Club Walk | New Quarter Park
Please join us at New Quarter Park for the Williamsburg Bird Club’s regular “Second Saturday” bird walk. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars if you have them. If not, there are some at the park office you may borrow. We meet in the parking lot near the park office and the walk is scheduled for 2 hours. However, participants may leave at any time they wish.


8 a.m. | Big Yard Sale at Yorkminster Presbyterian Church | Yorkminster Presbyterian Church
Yorkminster Presbyterian Church will hold a giant yard sale. The sale, coordinated by the church’s Presbyterian Women group, will feature a wide variety of goods for sale and will be held in the church’s fellowship hall, Covenant Hall. Open to the public. Hours are 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Yorkminster Presbyterian Church is at 6218 George Washington Memorial Highway (Route 17) in the Grafton area.


Newport News

9 a.m. | The Art & Science of Arachnids | The Virginia Living Museum
Explore the connections between arachnids (spiders) and literature, art, folklore, paleontology, science, and history, in the largest, touring arachnid exhibit in the United States, featuring three-themed, live spider cubes (Science, Art, and Culture).


8 a.m. | Galentine’s Day Brunch | Cure Coffee House
Galentine’s day is upon us! Inspired by (fearless fictional leader) Leslie Knope’s love for waffles and gal pals and continued on in tradition and celebration of the strength, empowerment, and beauty (and love for waffles) of the women in our community! Come celebrate the ladies in your life and #treatyoself to a fabulous brunch!