Your Pixel Fest, Motown Musical, She Crab Classic Hampton Roads Weekend


Hopefully you and yours stayed safe during all the recent severe weather that has hit the area. Maybe a fun weekend is just what you need!

Also if you are starting to make Easter plans, check out our Easter Events Guide for egg hunts, bunny visits and more.

See anything we missed? We want to know about it! Send us an email: info@hrscene.com or submit your events to our calendar by clicking here.

All Weekend

Newport News

Saturday & Sunday | Free Admission Weekend | Peninsula Fine Arts Center
The first full weekend of every month, when an exhibition is on view, PFAC offers free admission.
FREE

Norfolk

Friday – Sunday | PixelFest 2.017 | Slover Library
Experienced artists and programmers may register for a Game Jam where they will team up to create their own games over the course of the weekend. Other events include programming boot-camps, a Smash Bros.™ tournament, Minecraft blocks for toddlers, board games, an arcade and more.
FREE

Friday – Sunday | Motown the Musical | Chrysler Hall
Motown the Musical is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more.
Click here for ticket information

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

Suffolk

Saturday & Sunday | Shrek! The Musical | Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts
Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, Shrek The Musical is a Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure. Shrek brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage and proves there’s more to the story than meets the ears.
Click here for ticket information

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

8 p.m. | Tchaikovksy’s Symphony No. 5 | Ferguson Center for the Arts
Well known to VSO audiences, composer Kenneth Fuchs brings us a world premiere. This is a continuation of more than 30 years of collaboration between Kenneth Fuchs and Music Director JoAnn Falletta, which began in 1985 when they were students at Juilliard.
Click here for ticket information

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

5 p.m. | First Fridays Downtown Street Party | TCC Plaza, 300 block of Granby Street
Each First Fridays event  features music, food and merchandise vendors and a beer and wine garden all in an authentic downtown setting.
FREE

Portsmouth

5 p.m. | First Friday Concert Series: Jimmy Masters Quartet | Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center
Jimmy Masters once again brings his extraordinary talents to the Courtyard, accompanied by some of the finest jazz soloists around.
FREE

Saturday

Chesapeake

8 a.m. | Dismal Swamp Stomp Half Marathon, 5k & Cub Run | The Dismal Swamp Canal Trail
For the second year the Dismal Swamp Stomp will also incorporate a 5K run/walk. The 5K will start and finish in the same locations as the half marathon, and will start 5 minutes after the start of the half marathon. All entrants receive a race premium, custom finisher medal and age group winners will receive custom awards.
Click here for registration information

Hampton

8 a.m. | Easter EGGstravaganza | Salvation Army Hampton
Who doesn’t like to have fun while doing some shopping with the Easter Bunny? Clothes for women of all shapes & sizes, little girls toddler to teens, also will have shirts for men and little boys too. Shop from over 40+ various vendors & crafters that specialize in many products. You will find beauty, fashion, home needs, homemade crafts and much more.
FREE

10 a.m. | Child Identification Festival | Hampton Carousel Park
Come to the Hampton Sheriff’s Office annual event for children to register and receive proper identification. There will be fun activities and food.
FREE

2:30 p.m. | The Wright Brothers – Those Daring Young Men & Their Flying Machine | The American Theatre
Two brothers, Orville and Wilbur Wright, decide that it is indeed their destiny to make this dream real and begin in earnest to build a machine that can fly. Witness the historic flight itself in this Wright Brothers musical guaranteed to send your imagination soaring.
Click here for ticket information

Newport News

10 a.m. | Helpful Paws, Extraordinary Dogs | Virginia Living Museum
Meet dogs (and people) from the Tidewater Chapter of Pets for Vets, whose mission is to unite deserving veterans with specially trained dogs rescued from shelters. Members of the Newport News K-9 Unit will demonstrate how these highly trained dogs help keep our police officers and communities safe.
FREE with museum admission

12 p.m. | Local Organization Giving Out Free Prom Dresses to Those in Need | WOW Center 2
The Heart of a Princess was created to provide formal dresses and accessories at no charge for high school aged girls who may not otherwise have the opportunity to purchase a dress or attend a high school formal event.
FREE

12 p.m. | A Walk with Ella | Newshouse House Museum and Cultural Center
In celebration of Ella Fitzgerald’s 100th birthday, join us as we take a walk down memory lane, turning The Newsome House into a live exhibit where actors re-enact some of Ella’s most memorable moments. Come and learn why Ella became The First Lady of Song.
FREE

6:30 p.m. | Star Party/Laser Light Shows | Virginia Living Museum
Free sky observing begins tonight at sunset with the Virginia Living Museum’s telescopes. In the planetarium, see “The Eclipse 2017” show at 6:30 p.m., and a tour of the current night sky in “Virginia Skies” at 7:30. Then, enjoy the planetarium’s state-of-the-art laser system in these music-and-light shows: “Laser Mania” at 8:30, “Laser Metallica” at 10, and “The Vision Bell” at 11:30.
Planetarium shows are $6 each, or $10 for two

Norfolk

8 a.m. | Kettle Krush 5K | Harbor Park
Join us for the 5K or 1K that takes you around the Norfolk Waterfront and into Harbor Park to finish next to home plate.
Click here for registation information

9 a.m. | 9th Annual Garden Heritage Celebration | Norfolk Botantical Garden
Join us for a ceremony in rose garden Hall to honor the 220 African-American women and men who first planted the Garden more than 75 years ago through the Works Progress Administration. Garden tram tour and reception to follow.
FREE

10 a.m. | Breakfast with the Easter Bunny | Salvation Army Kroc Center
Join us for a Breakfast Buffet, Games, Crafts, and a special visit with the Easter Bunny himself.
$7 per person

10 a.m. | Chalk Mandalas Community Art Project | Chrysler Museum Glass Studio
Join us in the courtyard of Glass Wheel Studio to help create floral mandalas inspired by our featured exhibitions, ‘Organica’ by Martie Negri & The Layered Up Invitational. Using a spectrum of brightly colored sidewalk chalk, families and friends from the community are invited to fill in life-size mandala designs. Drinks and supplies are provided so just bring yourself and a thirst for creativity.
FREE

11 a.m. | National Zoo Lovers Day | Virginia Zoo
Visitors can enjoy kid-friendly crafts, educational activities, keeper chats, discovery carts and conservation buttons.Join us for a day of fun celebrating our beautiful Zoo.
FREE with zoo admission

12 p.m. | Spring Crafted at O’Connor Brewing Co. | O’Connor Brewing Company
Crafted is one of the most anticipated indie art and craft shows in the Hampton Roads, Virginia area. A gathering of modern makers, crafters, artists, designers, craftsmen and DIY’ers from all over Virginia and beyond.
FREE

1 p.m. | HEAR THIS! Poetry Festival | Chrysler Museum
The Festival has become a modern tradition, a festival of competitive performance poetry that blends written tradition with lyricism, positive music and stage acumen in a way that profoundly affects and entertains youth and audiences of all kinds. Here young poets fearlessly tell their stories, in their own words to be shared with their generation and the community at-large.
FREE

8 p.m. | Festival of Laughs: Mike Epps | Ted Constant Convocation Center
The Festival of Laughs featuring Mike Epps, Bruce Bruce, Rickey Smiley, and Felipe Esparza. Mike Epps has generated an extraordinary amount of buzz among his peers within the entertainment industry for being one of the funniest comic actors toe emerge in the Hollywood scene as of late.
Click here for ticket information

8 p.m. | Tchaikovksy’s Symphony No. 5 | Douglas Wilder Performing Arts Center – NSU
Well known to VSO audiences, composer Kenneth Fuchs brings us a world premiere. This is a continuation of more than 30 years of collaboration between Kenneth Fuchs and Music Director JoAnn Falletta, which began in 1985 when they were students at Juilliard.
Click here for ticket information

8 p.m. | Pants Down Circus | TCC Roper Performing Arts Center
This Australian company blends cirque-style acrobatics and quirky wit in a show that dares you not to laugh. The troupe’s show is inspired by and performed to classic rock by and it’s “a winner of a show that zings from start to finish.
Click here for ticket information

Portsmouth

8 a.m. | Yoga for Adults | Portsmouth Public Library
Join us for a gentle yoga practice where all levels are welcome. Different levels are offered for each pose and flow; attention is given to following your breath. All you need is a mat, a smile, and a willing attitude.
FREE

9 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

12 p.m. | Nano Day | Children’s Museum of Virginia
Immerse yourself in SMALL-SCALE science with experiments and demonstrations led by students from Norfolk State University. Test your Nano IQ and meet the scientists who bring this cutting edge technology to your everyday life.
FREE with museum admission

Suffolk

10 a.m. | Suffolk Mud Jam | Suffolk Executive Airport
This is a family-friendly, rain-or-shine event. Five classes including a Street Class plus a Tuff Truck competition through an obstacle course designed for high flying action. Also featuring a Mega Trucks “Tug a War” exhibition.
Tickets are $15 per person (kids 6 and under are free)

11 a.m. | Eggstravaganza | Bennett’s Creek Park
Filled with games, pony rides, crafts, music and more, the event is geared towards families with children 10 years old and under. Peter Cottontail will arrive to this egg-citing event at 11:15 a.m. and will be available all morning to meet with the children.
FREE

12 p.m. | Local Authors Festival | Norfolk Suffolk Library
Meet local authors and discover their books. Want to publish your own writings? We’ll have a panel discussion and writing workshop with local authors who will provide guidelines and tips on how to get published. Books will also be available for purchase by the authors.
FREE

Virginia Beach

9 a.m. | Rain Barrel Workshops | Virginia Beach Farmers Market
Participants will build a 55-gallon sealed rain barrel and be given a free diverter kit to help with installation on their existing down spout.
Click here for registration information

10 a.m. | Eggstra Eggstravagent Egg Hunt | Bayville Farms Park
What an eggs-cellent time to enjoy the season with crafts, an egg hunt and a visit from the Easter Bunny himself! Find a golden egg for a chance to win great prizes.
FREE

12:30 p.m. | East Coast She Crab Classic | Resort Area – 2400 Atlantic Avenue
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.
Click here for ticket information

12:30 p.m. | 9th Annual Strike Out Cancer Day | Virginia Wesleyan College
Virginia Wesleyan Softball hosts the 9th Annual Strike Out Cancer Day in memory of Elaine Sears. Silent auction with over 50 items. Bounce houses, corn hole, ladder golf, food provided by GENESIS Ministries, music, fun for the whole family.
Admission is $5

2 p.m. | Ballet Virginia Int’l presents “Coppelia” | Sandler Center
Join Ballet Virginia International for this classic comic ballet for the whole family to enjoy. Everyone will be captivated by Dr. Coppelius’s charming life-like doll, Coppelia, and the hilarious mix-up that ensues. Delightful music by Delibes and beautiful choreography for our region’s finest dancers will make this a ballet not to miss.
Click here for ticket information

2 p.m. | Second Saturday Conversations Tours | Virginia MOCA
Join us for a tour highlighting current exhibits. A MOCA educator will guide you through the exhibitions, promoting conversation and sharing fascinating details on the meaning and background of the art.
$7.70 for two adults | $5.50 for two students, seniors, 65+, military

Wallops Island

11 a.m. | Story Time and Craft | NASA Visitors Center
Bring the little ones to story time where we will explore various space topics from gravity to electricity, to what makes a rainbow. Followed by the story, children will get to make a themed-craft.
FREE

2 p.m. | A Tour of the Solar System | NASA Visitors Center
During this Science on a Sphere presentation, we will take a tour of the solar system with stops at the sun, the planets, moons and a dwarf planet.
FREE

Williamsburg

8 a.m. | Williamsburg Farmers Market | Duke of Gloucester Street
Flowerbeds and benches offer a tranquil setting for Market shopping while enjoying morning coffee, muffins, music, and samples at the Chef’s Tent. Among the local products available are organic produce; free-range chickens, beef, and pork; oysters and crab; baked goods; honey; cheese; potted plants and cut flowers.
FREE

8:30 a.m. | Shred-A-Thon | AAA Williamsburg
Area residents may bring up to three storage boxes of personal paperwork containing personally identifiable information including names, birth dates, account numbers, etc., for free on-site shredding. No business files, please. Remove all binders, plastic and other similar materials that cannot be shredded.
FREE

12 p.m. | Camp Outback Open House | Camp Outback
Families are invited to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy an afternoon exploring everything that camp has to offer, including tents and cabins, boating docks, and so much more. From outdoor cooking and swimming to science experiments and horseback riding, there are camp sessions designed for girls with a variety of interests. Staff will be on hand to answer questions and help families select the perfect camp sessions for their girl.
FREE

Sunday

Cheseapeake

4:30 p.m. | Healthy Kids Running Series | Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
Each Race Series takes place once a week and offers age appropriate running events including the 50 yard dash, the 75 yard dash, the 1/4 mile, the 1/2 mile and the one mile run.
$10 per race

Hampton

9:30 a.m. | Come to the Cross and Remember | Bethel Baptist Church
Bethel Baptist Church invites you celebrate the Easter season  with their Palm Sunday services.
FREE

Portsmouth

2 p.m. | 7th Annual Chevra Cinema: Broadway Danny Rose | Jewish Museum & Cultural Center
Broadway Danny Rose will be introduced by Professor Andrew Quicke – Former Bureau Chief CBN Jerusalem, Israel.
Tickets are $5 at the door

Virginia Beach

8:30 a.m. | PurpleLight Tidewater 2017 | Neptune Park
Join us for PurpleStride Tidewater 2017 to help us make strides against pancreatic cancer at our 5K run and family friendly walk. Enjoy a day filled with children’s activities, music, refreshments and more.
Click here for registration information

2:30 p.m. | Tchaikovksy’s Symphony No. 5 | Sandler Center
Well known to VSO audiences, composer Kenneth Fuchs brings us a world premiere. This is a continuation of more than 30 years of collaboration between Kenneth Fuchs and Music Director JoAnn Falletta, which began in 1985 when they were students at Juilliard.
Click here for ticket information

Williamsburg

11 a.m. | 2nd Sundays | Colonial Williamsburg
On the Second Sunday 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.
FREE

4 p.m. | The William and Mary Jazz Ensemble Combo Spring Concert | Kimball Theatre
The College of William & Mary Department of Music presents The William & Mary Jazz Ensemble with Director Woody Beckner, and The William & Mary Jazz Combo with Director Harris Simon. Don’t miss this afternoon of jazz classics.
Tickets are $8 general admission | Children and students with ID are FREE