Whether you want to salute our nation or talk like a pirate, there are some great annual events going on around Hampton Roads this weekend.
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Friday – Sunday | Bodacious Bazaar – Spring Show | Hampton Roads Convention Center
Over 200 vendors (see vendor list), artists, crafters, several of Virginia’s finest wineries and a beer garden at the Hampton Roads Convention Center. RV’s, Boats, Classic Cars, Live Music, Food Trucks, held both inside and outside.
Adult $7 one day | $10 two days | Children $4 | Children in Strollers FREE
Saturday & Sunday | 2017 Blackbeard Pirate Festival | Downtown Hampton
Hampton’s waterfront comes alive with dozens of pirate re-enactors, costumed in historically accurate garb, who transform today’s Hampton into the busy seaport of yesterday. The Festival offers a variety of children’s activities, live musical entertainment, fireworks, period vendors, arts and crafts, and much more.
Friday – Sunday | 50th Annual Newport News Greek Festival | Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church
Come spend the weekend with us immersed in Greek culture and cuisine! There will be all of Greek food, Greek dancing, and Greek everything! Many vendors will be on site to check out, so please come on in and join us.
Friday – Sunday | 4th Annual LGBT Film Festival in Hampton Roads | Granby Theater
A community focused event with the goal and purpose of exposing, educating, and introducing the lifestyle, struggles, joys, and hardships of the LGBT community through the world of film and media.
Friday – Sunday | 2017 Virginia Beach Patriotic Festival | Virginia Beach Oceanfront
Three days of National Touring Artists Concerts, Military Expos and Displays. The USO Military Expo Village at 17th Street & Oceanfront will showcase the mission, equipment and personnel through exhibits, demonstrations and displays on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 15th Street to 20th Street. All branches of the military: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard will be participating.
5:30 p.m. | Steampunk: Visions of Futures Past | Hampton History Museum
Experience the work of artists and craftspeople whose attire, weaponry, and gadgets conjure up a time when airships were commonplace and steam power ruled the world. For the 5th incarnation of this popular event and exhibit, artists and entertainers are emphasizing the frontier style and sensibilities of the American West.
Admission is $5
6 p.m. | Fridays @ The Fountain Concert Series | City Center at Oyster Point
Join us for free concerts by the region’s best bands. Bring your friends, lawn chairs, blankets and dancing shoes. Food and beverages for sale.
8:30 a.m. | The Tide Turns: Battle of Midway Symposium | The MacArthur Memorial
he Symposium will feature four lectures by experts on the Battle of Midway. Speakers include Walter Borneman, Dr. Timothy Orr, Elliot Carlson, and Anthony Tully. In addition, there will be book signings and other commemorative exhibits onsite.
10:30 a.m. | Writers Coffee Break | Cafe Stella
An informal get-together where area writers and Muse teachers, students, and friends enjoy conversation and camaraderie over a (perhaps much needed) coffee break.
12 p.m. | Slover Sounds: Woody Beckner Jazz Duo | Slover Library
Musicians entertain our patrons in the Forum for a lunchtime concert.
5 p.m. | First Fridays Downtown Street Party | The Plot – Granby Street
Get ready to grab some friends & have some fun. First Fridays runs from 5-8:30 p.m. and features music, food and merchandise vendors and a beer and wine garden all in an authentic downtown setting.
9:15 p.m. | FlickIt! Fridays: The Princess Bride | Naro Cinema
A benefit for Tidewater Arts Outreach, sponsored by Chop Suey Books in Richmond, Local Heroes, Quixotic Arts, and Stage Right Lighting. Smartmouth Beer will be available for purchase, with all proceeds benefiting Tidewater Arts Outreach.
Tickets are $10
5:30 p.m. | Neighborhood Block Party | Abram Frink Jr. Community Center
Enjoy arts & crafts, fitness demonstrations, dance music, inflatables, big trucks, food, prizes and more.
7:30 p.m. | Drinking History: Jefferson and Ginger Beer | Kimball Theatre
Join renowned character historian Bill Barker portraying Thomas Jefferson. Taste the authentic beverage that was a household staple for the Harriott family as they built enterprises spanning four centuries, supplying the country with essential commodities from the Caribbean.
Tickets are $7
6 p.m. | A Night of Jazz | House of God Worship Center
Team Destiny Chasers will host A Night of Jazz featuring, MOER, a sultry band, with melodious harmony, coupled with guests choice of sirloin steak or grilled chicken breast from Outback steakhouse. This night of music will be one to remember.
Tickets are $25
9 a.m. | Clean the Bay Day | 16th Street and Chesapeake Avenue
This Clean the Bay Day tradition, is an opportunity for families, businesses, clubs, civic or church groups to give back to local waterways.
12 p.m. | King-Lincoln Day | King-Lincoln Park
The event features a broad range of free activities for all ages including make-and-take crafts including t-shirt painting, free Bingo (ages 50 & up), community exhibits, and live entertainment. The afternoon will be filled with live music with the Music of Ella Fitzgerald (Jazz; 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.) and RaJazz (Smooth Jazz, Soul; 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.). Kids will enjoy free face painting, a moon bounce, a giant slide, and an obstacle course. Everyone can enjoy free sno cones, free cotton candy, and a cupcake walk.
10 a.m. | Pocahontas and After | Slover Library
Learn the true story of Pocahontas through presentations, readings, discussion and activities. Uncover how widely accepted misconceptions and stereotypes have rendered Indians of the Chesapeake nearly invisible.
11 a.m. | Day of Dance | Kroc Community Center
Get yourself moving for the spring and summer. Free dance workshops including basic jazz, Zumba Gold, line dancing, and hand dancing. Exercise in disguise.
11 a.m. & 1 p.m. | I’ll Huff & I’ll Puff at Virginia Stage Company | Children’s Theater of Hampton Roads
An engaging and interactive production that will entertain the youngest audience members, the seasoned theatre-goers, and everyone in-between.
Tickets are $5
12 p.m. | O’Connoroo | O’Connor Brewing Company
A day full of live music, games, a barcade and a host of special beers that are produced exclusively for this event.
1 p.m. | Writers Supporting Writers: Talk it Out, Write it Out | The Muse Writing Center
Don’t curse your blank screen again–come vent with us, collaborate with us, brainstorm with us, advise us, and get advice from us on the numerous issues related to writing from beginning a short or long project to finding an agent, publisher, mentor.
6 p.m. | Zoo To Do | The Virginia Zoo
Virginia Zoo’s Annual “Zoo to Do” celebrates the arrival of the zoo’s newest members, two white rhinos.
Free with Zoo admission
7 p.m. | The Art of Burning Man Opening Party | Hermitage Museum and Gardens
Leave your expectations at the gate and experience a party at the Hermitage like you’ve never encountered before. Opening Night for The Art of Burning Man, the very first museum exhibition dedicated to the artwork of Burning Man.
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8 p.m. | Third Eye Blind | Waterside District
Tickets are $20
5:30 p.m. | Adventure Book Club | Suffolk Art Gallery
Discuss the book Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides, and will conclude with attending a PFLAG event also being held on the premises. Books will be provided and participants should stop by the library to pick up a copy.
FREE but click here to register
6 p.m. | Celebrating Pride with PFLAG | Suffolk Art Gallery
Celebrate Pride Month with the local chapter of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, PFLAG Norfolk/South Hampton Roads, to learn about their history, community involvement, and how you can get involved.
8:30 a.m. | Goal Seekers 5k Race | Virginia Wesleyan University
This chip-timed race is supported by J&A Racing and provides t-shirts, medals, live music, and post race food & beer (ages 21+) to all participants. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Beach Health Clinic and Clever Communities in Action.
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4 p.m. | Common Grounds Collaboration Beer Fest | Sherwood Forest Campground
A carefully curated showcase of brewing and creative expression of one time only flavors you don’t want to miss. Indulge in the tastiest of adult beverages while hanging out with your favorite breweries. Then spend the night camping by the bonfire under the stars with your friend.
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9 a.m. | Historic Trades Fair | American Revolution Museum at Yorktown
Throughout the day in the museum’s outdoor living-history areas, visitors can take part in a variety of trade-related activities. In the re-created Powhatan Indian village, visitors can see historical interpreters burn and scrape a log canoe, a vessel used to travel along the waterways to trade and transport goods. At the ships’ pier, visitors can learn about the sailor’s trade of sewing and repairing ship sails.
$17 for adults| $8 for ages 6-12 | Children under 6 are FREE
10 a.m. | Get Ready for Kindergarten with Girl Sprouts! | Camp Simmo
During the event, parents and caregivers can learn more about and register their girls to start Girl Scouts in the fall, while girls play games, make bracelets and work on earning their first Girl Scout patch.
4 p.m. | Chesapeake Civic Chorus | Indian River Middle School
‘For You We Sing’. Pops Concert featuring choral standards and popular favorites. Director Geraldine T. Boone, Accompanist Dr. Matthew Russell, Special Guests Joliff Middle School 8th Grade Chorus.
10 a.m. | Yang/Yin Practice with Julie Paddock & Tenesha Bazemore | The Plot – Granby Street
In this 70 minute class, local yoga instructors Julie Paddock and Tenesha Bazemore invite students to explore the opposing, yet inherently balancing qualities of yang (active) and yin (passive).
4 p.m. | The Three Sopranos presented by Virginia Children’s Chorus | Royster Memorial Presbyterian Church
Virginia Children’s Chorus present The Three Sopranos, featuring VCC alumni Brenna Miller, Corbin Thomas Pinto & Keaton Whitehurst. Joining the soloists will be the Concert Choir, directed by Carol Thomas Downing and the Chamber Singers directed by Paul Putnam.
7 p.m. | Veteran’s Open Mic Night | O’Connor Brewing Company
All performers are graduates of ASAP’s Comedy Bootcamp program, the first stand-up comedy class in the country for veterans and military families.
8:30 p.m. | Movie Night on the Patio: Pulp Fiction | Mermaid Winery
Get here early to reserve your seat on the patio. Must be 21 years old to attend. Complimentary gourmet popcorn.