Your Big Blue 5K, International Children’s Fest, Charity Bowl Hampton Roads Weekend


It’s Easter Weekend! If you have family and friends in town, find a fun event to show them around Hampton Roads.

Also check out our Easter Events Guide for egg hunts, bunny visits and more Easter Weekend related fun.

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All Weekend

Chincoteague Island

Friday & Saturday | Annual Chincoteague Easter Decoy & Art Festival | Chincoteague Combined School
Description of Event: Local and national carvers and artists exhibit their work. An auction of Pre-loved Treasures has been a festival highlight in recent years. All proceeds of the Pre-Loved Treasures Silent Auction will benefit the Chincoteague Pony Drill Team.
$4.00 Each Day | Children under 12 are free

Norfolk

Friday – Sunday | The Wiz | Wells Theatre
This multiple Tony Award-winning musical adventure, adapted from L. Frank Baum’s classic children’s novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, will feature cast members from New York as well as Norfolk State University.
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Friday & Saturday | Alice | The Goode Theatre
Only very loosely based on Lewis Carroll’s tales, ALICE follows a young woman through a world she doesn’t recognize, and doesn’t have the knowledge or skills to navigate. As her life becomes “curiouser and curiouser,” she learns to believe in the impossible, in herself, and in her own “muchness.”
Tickets are $15

Friday – Sunday | Norfolk Tides vs. Charlotte Knights | Harbor Park
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Portsmouth

Friday & Saturday | 65th Annual Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (PIT) | Churchland High School
Each year the basketball world focuses on Portsmouth as 64 of the nation’s best college seniors participate in a four-day, twelve-game tournament.
Tickets are $10 at the door

Friday

Newport News

10 a.m. | Animal Hero Days | Virginia Living Museum
The Virginia Living Museum has the honor of hosting Lothair and Molly, two brave and courageous shelties, along with their human mom. Lothair and Molly have each been awarded the Virginia Veterinary Medical Associations “Animal Hero Award.” Molly received her award in 2011 and Lothair most recently won the 2017 award in February.
FREE with museum admission

Norfolk

9 a.m. | Virginia Zoo Spring Break Camp | Virginia Zoo
From neat feet to keen eyes, get up close & learn about the wonderful animals at the Virginia Zoo.
Click here for registration information

5:30 p.m. | Scope on Ice: Public Skating | Norfolk Scope
Superhero Skate – Attendees are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite caped, crowned, or suited idol. “Fly” across the ice.
Tickets are $8

6 p.m. | NSU Fine Art Senior Exhibition | Norfolk State University
You are invited to the 2017 senior exhibition titled, “The Color of Women”, at the James Wise Gallery, Norfolk State University’s Department of Visual and Performing Arts-Division of Fine Arts.
FREE

Virginia Beach

2 p.m. & 7 p.m. | In The Mood | Sandler Center
“In the Mood” takes a look at America’s Swing Era, the last time when everyone listened and danced to the same style of music. It recreates defining moments from the 1930’s – 1940’s. The music arrangements of these American songs evoke powerful emotions even in people who were born decades after WWII.
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7 p.m. | A Shot in the Dark ARTini 2017 | Virginia MOCA
Get ready to GLOW as we celebrate the return of ARTini, where art meets mixology. This gala fundraiser, now in its 4th year, presents some of the area’s finest mixologists who showcase their creativity and distinct style in preparing a signature ARTini that YOU get to vote for.
Tickets are $55 | $65 at the door

Saturday

Hampton

10 a.m. | International Children’s Festival | Mill Point Park
The rich array of sights, sounds, and tastes of distant lands that will captivate the senses of children and adults alike. Experience the beauty and wonder of exotic places as over thirty countries and cultures showcase their unique heritages.
FREE

Newport News

10 a.m. | Story Time | Virginia Living Museum
On the third Saturday of each month, museum visitors can enjoy a different nature-related story.
FREE with Museum Admission

10 a.m. | The Best Perennials for Tidewater | Freedom Park Interpretive Center
Les Parks, Curator of Herbaceous Plants at the Norfolk Botanical Garden, will share information on growing the best perennials. After the program, Master Gardeners will be in the Garden to answer questions and to talk about what is in bloom.
FREE

4 p.m. | Slamfest-Semi Finals | Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center
Teens With a Purpose is pleased to enter its ninth year of collaboration with Youth Speaks Inc. and Brave New Voices, as seen on HBO, as they aim to create a lifelong love of self-expression and literacy. Students learn how to represent themselves, their experiences, and their ideas, powerfully.
FREE

Norfolk

8 a.m. | Phi Kappa Tau & Zeta Tau Alpha Driven to Give | Old Dominion University
Come out to ODU’s Whitehurst parking lot and test drive one of Lincoln’s 2017 lineup of cars for FREE. Proceeds from this event will be donated to SeriousFun Children’s Network. SeriousFun provides a safe summer camp experience for children with serious illnesses and life-threatening conditions.
FREE

9 a.m. | Big Blue 5K and 1K | Old Dominion University
The 5K will take runners and walkers through the ODU Campus and have them finish on the 50-yard line at S.B. Ballard Stadium. Registered participants will celebrate their finish at a huge tailgate party immediately after the race.
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12 p.m. | 49th Annual Priority Toyota Charity Bowl | Foreman Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium
Watch as local celebrities, national sports legends and dignitaries play a game of flag football for the title of 2017 Charity Bowl Champion.
FREE

4 p.m. | Bold Friday Fundraiser & Live Music | Bold Mariner Brewing Company
BMBC will be donating a portion from every beer sold to the Norfolk Police Union which organizes programs for disadvantaged children/teens in our community.
FREE

5:30 p.m. | Scope on Ice: Public Skating | Norfolk Scope
Get up and GLOW! Gear up for an evening of colorful lights on ice—glow sticks, skates, and sweet tunes provided.
Tickets are $8

7:30 p.m. | Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness | The NorVA
96X presents Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness with special guests Atlas Genius & Night Riots.
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7:30 p.m. | Sinbad Live Featuring Allison Moore | Norfolk State University
MooreLaughing presents the legendary Comedian and Actor Sinbad Live for a long-anticipated appearance. Also performing is Virginia’s own rising star Comedian Allison Moore.
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Portsmouth

9 a.m. | Volunteer Service Day | Paradise Creek Nature Park
Become a river hero. Help us clean up the park, improve plantings and learn river stewardship while you’re at it. Projects vary by date.
FREE

9 a.m. | Spring Recycling Event | Lowes Parking Lot – Victory Crossing Shopping Center
Goodwill will be on site collecting clothing and other household items. SPSA will be collecting household hazardous waste, RDS Recycling and Disposal Solutions will provide electronics recycling, and Stealth Shredding will provide safe and secure document shredding. We will also be collecting gently used eye classes for the Lions Club.
FREE

10 a.m. | Yoga in the Courtyard | Portsmouth Arts & Cultural Center
Join yoga instructor Neve in nature for a yoga class for all levels and ages. No experience is required. Neve teaches alignment based hatha yoga styles which focus on safety and relaxation.
FREE | Suggested Donation of $5

10 a.m. | The Youth Outreach SUMMIT | I.C. Norcom High School
FREE Food • Great Give-a-ways • Youth Speakers • Live DJ • Teen Cuisine • Bushido Mixed Martial Arts • Interactive Simulations • Vendors for Jobs & Activities • Interviewing Skills, Fashion, and Dressing for Success.
FREE

1 p.m. | Breast Cancer Awareness | Portsmouth Main Library
Regular mammography screening decreases a woman’s chances by 30% of dying from breast cancer. Come listen to speakers from The Breast Care Center discuss other facts about early detection and treatment of breast cancer.
FREE

Suffolk

10 a.m. | Hide & Seek: Geocaching at the Library | Morgan Memorial Library
So what’s the big deal about this geocaching thing? Learn all about the popular high-tech treasure hunt with local geocaching experts Tom and Pam Dubois, and see if you can find geocaches hidden at the library.
FREE

11 a.m. | Touch A Truck | Driver Village
Get up close to a variety of trucks and other vehicles. Free and open to the public. Tons of family fun! There will be food by CHKD & vendors, as well as knockerball, and bedding plants & hanging baskets available for purchase. Each child will be given a raffle ticket for a chance to win a free trampoline donated by Walmart.
FREE

2 p.m. | Suffolk Speaks Launch and Recording Session | Morgan Memorial Library
Celebrate the launch of Suffolk Public Library’s oral history project, Suffolk Speaks. Throughout the year they will be recording and collecting true stories from community members that will be made available to the public.
FREE

Wallops Island

11 a.m. | Space Racers | NASA Visitor’s Center
Space Racers is an animated preschool television program that follows young spaceship cadets as they soar through the solar system learning about the power of scientific investigation and observation, the wonders of space exploration and the importance of working together as a team.
FREE

2 p.m. | STEM Saturdays: Engineering Challenge | NASA Visitor’s Center
Assemble a team of family or friends and accept the challenge. Discuss a challenge Wallops’ engineers solve every day, then work together with your team to overcome a similar type of engineering challenge.
FREE

Williamsburg

7 a.m. | Bird Club Field Trip | Colony Square Shopping Center
A field trip to the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge where you’ll explore Jericho Ditch. Bring cameras, bug spray, sun protection, water, and snacks.
FREE

Virginia Beach

7 p.m. | Virginia Arts Festival: International Bach Academy Of Stuttgart | Sandler Center
One of the most glorious pieces of music ever written, Bach’s St. John Passion is a transcendent celebration of faith. Bach’s masterwork will be performed by the orchestra and chorus of this superb German ensemble.
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Sunday

Norfolk

7 p.m. | Storytelling Night: Dream | Push Comedy Theater
Tickets are $5

Suffolk

4:30 p.m. | Healthy Kids Running Series | Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
Kids compete each week of the Series for a chance to earn points and at the end of the Series the top boy and girl with the most points in their respective age division receive a trophy.
$10 Per Race

Virginia Beach

7 p.m. | Family Fest presented by Beach Ford | Virginia MOCA
Family Fest offers a unique opportunity to create, explore, enjoy art, and most importantly, have fun together. Themed around current exhibitions, families can create their own art, play detective in a gallery scavenger hunt, and experience the interactive ARTlab.
FREE