Your First Fridays, Adult Soapbox Derby Hampton Roads Weekend


For the first-time ever in the City of Hampton, a soapbox derby will take place, for adult racers only! The race will be part of the Downtown Hampton Block Party which will feature the awards ceremony and live music.

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All Weekend

Norfolk

Friday – Sunday | Virginia Craft Kickoff | O’Connor Brewing Company
Join us as we kick off Virginia Craft Beer Month with some of our friends from around the state. This event will feature delicious brews that you can’t get just anywhere, so stay tuned for more info on exactly which beers will be showing up at this celebration.
FREE

North Carolina

Friday – Sunday | North Carolina Watermelon Festival | Historic Murfreesboro
This is a traditional family-oriented fun-filled event. Watermelon guests will once again experience a variety of entertainment, arts and crafts, great food, a 5K Race/walk, fireworks, and a carnival atmosphere with Cole Amusement Rides and games.
FREE

Portsmouth

Saturday & Sunday | 31st Annual Unity Gospelrama Celebration | Portside
This event is presented by Helping Others Progress Successfully (HOPS), Portsmouth Redevelopment and Housing Authority, The City of Portsmouth and the Virginia Children’s Chorus.
FREE

Saturday & Sunday | 2017 Portsmouth City Amateur Golf Tournament | Bide-A-Wee Golf Course
Come watch some of the best amateurs and seniors play for lots of prizes. Size and quality of the field is always top notch.
FREE

Virginia Beach

Friday – Sunday | Tidewater Stage Theatre Presents: The Christians | Regent University
Backed by a full gospel choir, The Christians is a rousing, soul-searching new play about how faith can unite – or divide – a community.
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Williamsburg

Saturday & Sunday | 3rd Annual Butterfly Festival | Williamsburg Botanical Garden
This festival has several parts, but the main and most exciting focus will be two butterfly tents with hundreds of butterflies enjoying those hot August days. These tents and butterflies, provided by Virginia Master Naturalist Catherine Short, will offer a wonderful opportunity for both children and adults to see hundreds of native butterflies close up.
FREE, Donations welcomed

Friday

Hampton

7 p.m. | Nathan Lienard | Oozlefinch Brewing Company
FREE

Newport News

6 p.m. | Fridays @ The Fountain Concert Series | City Center at Oyster Point
Begin your weekend here! 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.
FREE

Norfolk

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.
FREE

12 p.m. | Slover Sounds: John Padovano | Slover Library
Musicians entertain our patrons in the Forum for a free lunchtime concert.
FREE

4:30 p.m. | Bhav Brigade Yoga | MacArthur Center
While the class is for all-levels, these Friday Fire-Ups will be constructed with the intention of advancing an already growing practice. You’re welcome to pay whatever you feel the class is worth. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Hope House Foundation. Grab a yoga mat, bring your friends and catch some good vibes with us.
FREE, Donations welcomed

5 p.m. | Downtown Norfolk First Fridays | TCC Plaza, 300 block of Granby Street
Get ready to grab some friends and have some fun with music, food, merchandise vendors and a beer and wine garden all in an authentic downtown setting.
FREE

6 p.m. | T.G.O.V. – Summer Concert Series | Ocean View Beach Park
The TGOV Beach Music Concert Series is a great way to start the weekend with Live Music on the Chesapeake Bay, children’s activities, cornhole games, food, beverages and more.
FREE

7:05 p.m. | Norfolk Tides vs. Durham Bulls | Harbor Park
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9:15 p.m. | Naro-Minded: Boogie Nights | Naro Cinema
Naro-Minded is a monthly collaboration between Naro Cinema and Naro Video, bringing much-loved classics back to the big screen. Sponsored by O’Connor Brewing Co., beer and wine will be available for purchase at the show, with all proceeds benefiting Naro Video.
FREE

Smithfield

8 a.m. | Friday Night Summer Concert Series | Smithfield Times Gazebo
After thirty seasons of Friday evening concerts from Memorial Day to Labor Day, the Summer Concert Series is woven into the fabric of the community. The concerts are free; bring a chair or a blanket and enjoy an eclectic mix of music and musicians.
FREE

Suffolk

3 p.m. | Teen Ice Cream Social | North Suffolk Library
Let’s break the ice! Join us for tasty ice cream treats as we get acquainted and talk about the types of activities you’d like to see at your library.
FREE

6 p.m. | T.G.I.F. Summer Concert Series: Cheap Thrills | Bennett’s Creek Park
Enjoy this free and family-friendly event in the park, as Cheap Thrills play a variety of hits and kids enjoy the children’s area. Our aim is to get you out of your seat and enjoying your Friday night.
FREE

Wallops Island

2 p.m. | Rocketry | NASA Visitors Center
Learn about the suborbital sounding rockets and see the principles in action by launching model rockets, straw rockets or bottle rockets.
FREE

Williamsburg

5:30 p.m. | Jamestown Jams – The Deloreans | Jamestown Beach Park
James City County is pleased to announce its Jamestown Beach Event Park concert series, now called Jamestown Jams, is returning for the second year. Come and enjoy free live music.
FREE

Virginia Beach

7 p.m. | Florida Georgia Line: Smooth Tour | Virginia Beach Amphitheater
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Saturday

Chesapeake

8 a.m. | Chesapeake Criterium | Race starts at Chesapeake City Hall
This is a great opportunity for families to experience top level bike racing in Chesapeake! Virginia Senior State Championship.
FREE

Hampton

12 p.m. | Adult Soapbox Derby | Booker T. Washington Bridge
Adults build and race their own gravity-powered cars down the Booker T. Washington Bridge along Settlers Landing Road. They’ll be judged for speed or artistic interpretation.
FREE

6 p.m. | Downtown Hampton Block Party — Pietasters with Buddha Council | Downtown Hampton
The day begins with the city’s first Adult Soap Box Derby at noon, followed at 7 p.m. by the reggae band Buddha Council and at 9 p.m. by the ska/soul band The Pietasters.
FREE

7 p.m. | Chisman Creek Band | Oozlefinch Brewing Company
FREE

Newport News

7 p.m. | Hungry Jazz on Canvas – The Gerome Project | Ferguson Center for the Arts
Experience art as entertainment when fusion painter Gerome Meminger Sr., paints live on stage with local, national, and international jazz musicians from around Hampton Roads.
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Norfolk

7:05 p.m. | Norfolk Tides vs. Durham Bulls | Harbor Park
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8 p.m. | Descendents | The NorVa
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Portsmouth

7 a.m. | 3rd Annual Cutter 10K & Coast Guard 5K | Portsmouth Pavilion
The race is a unique opportunity to honor and pay tribute to the local Coast Guard community and recognize the City of Portsmouth as the only official Coast Guard City in Hampton Roads.
FREE for spectators

9 a.m. | End of Summer Document Shredding | I.C. Norcom High School
The City of Portsmouth will hold a free-drive thru household hazardous waste collection, document shredding and electronic recycling event.
FREE

10 a.m. | Olde Towne Portsmouth Antiques Flea Market | Middle Street Parking Garage
With more than 70 vendors, you will discover a great selection of antique and flea market items of all types – priced to sell. Shop for estate furniture, architectural salvage, china, silverware, art, sports gear, musical instruments, books and ephemera, hand-made crafts and toys, as well as decorative accessories and one-of-a-kind items.
FREE

Smithfield

1 p.m. | 2017 Smithfield BBQ Classic | Windsor Castle Park
This one of a kind event will bring the spirit of competition BBQ to Smithfield. Come learn tips & tricks from Champion BBQ Pitmasters. With free admission, come enjoy free samples, live music, giveaways, etc. Food will be available for purchase.
FREE

4 p.m. | Sundays at Four presents the 10th Annual Terrific Teen Talent Recital | Christ Episcopal Church
This recital will again feature six Hampton Roads teenage musicians whose already-recognized talents will amaze the Sundays at Four audience. Your generosity will support this on-going opportunity for young musicians, as well as the Nelson Linaburg Scholarship fund.
FREE

Suffolk

11 a.m. | Suffolk City Wide Play Day | North Suffolk Library
Play your day away throughout Suffolk! Find a partner or form a team and explore the city while visiting mapped locations to enjoy games with family and friends. Begin the day at either the North Suffolk Library or Morgan Memorial Library to pick up a Play Day map.
FREE

11 a.m. | Disney’s Beauty and the Beast – Free Family Movie | Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts
Movie fans will get a special treat after the film, as Belle will be stopping by for photos with film attendees. Children are welcome to wear their own Beauty and the Beast costumes.
FREE

Virginia Beach

1 p.m. | Military Family Fun Day | Virginia Beach Field House
Get out of the heat and enjoy an afternoon of a variety of activities all under one roof.
FREE

8 p.m. | Joe Bonamassa | Virginia Beach Amphitheater
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Williamsburg

12 p.m. | Brass Cannon Celebrates One Year | Brass Cannon Brewing Company
We are hosting a celebration with delicious craft beer, food, and two music acts. Elderberry Jam will be playing from 3-6 p.m. and The Delta Daggers will be playing from 6-9 p.m., both of which are locally known and whole lot of fun. Hungry Hungry Arrow will be offering Traditional Native American cuisine for all your food needs.
FREE

Sunday

Hampton

8 a.m. | Yoga at Buckroe Beach | Buckroe Beach Park
Join instructor Janet Tucker for free yoga sessions on the left side of the James T. Wilson Pier at Buckroe Beach.
FREE

6 p.m. | Groovin’ by the Bay | Buckroe Beach
Summer concert series, August 6 – Slapnation
FREE

Norfolk

9 a.m. | Sunday Dog Days | Norfolk Botanical Garden
Explore the garden’s with your canine best friend.
FREE with admission

4:05 p.m. | Norfolk Tides vs. Durham Bulls | Harbor Park
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8:30 p.m. | Movie Night on the Patio: The Accountant | Mermaid Winery
Get here early to reserve your seat on the patio Movie begins at 8:30 p.m. Must be 21-years-old to attend. Complimentary popcorn available.
FREE