Hampton Roads Weekend Planner September 25-27

The rain and wind are causing some scheduling snafus for some of our big Hampton Roads events this weekend, but there is still a ton to do: rain or shine!

If you find yourself stuck in the rain, remember that Saturday is National Museum Day and several Hampton Roads museums have discounted or free admission. Call your favorite local museum and check!

Also take advantage of affordable rabies shots in Norfolk on Saturday and show some love for your four-legged friends.

Let’s get to the fun!

(But please double check with some outdoor events to see if they are still going on in the case of inclement weather)

All Weekend


Ongoing/Disney on Ice/Hampton Coliseum
Grab your Mickey ears and get ready for the ultimate Disney experience at Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic Presented by YoKids Yogurt! Be charmed by a cast of over 50, including Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Disney Princesses, and Disney’s Frozen as they bring 14 stories and 30 songs to life when the celebration skates into your hometown!
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Friday-Sunday/Orpheus in the Underworld/Harrison Opera House
An irreverent parody – complete with the “Can-Can” – join Virginia Opera for this hilarious spoof. Offenbach, a master of musical burlesque, uses the backdrop of a Greek myth about an unhappy couple who become the victims of meddling Olympian gods to set the stage for his caricature of serious opera – and we all get a good laugh in the process!
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Virginia Beach

Friday-Sunday/Hampton Roads Gay Men’s Health Conference/Holiday Inn Conference Center
We will be discussing: Exercise/Nutrition, Healthy Dating/Relationships, Smoking Cessation, PrEP, Dealing with Homophobia and More. The event is free and there are limited rooms available for people who live outside of the Hampton Roads Area. Breakfast and Lunch are also provided.

Ongoing/International Sand Sculpting Competition/Oceanfront
How else can one describe this new and improved event any other way than with an experience? With a world-class venue, talent, and prize purse, Neptune’s International Sandsculpting Championship has distinguished itself as a premier event unlike any other for miles.  From the gallery feel and extended viewing hours, your sandsculpting fill can be quelled with a single visit. $5



4:30 p.m./Downtown Suffolk Block Party
Fun family-friendly party to celebrate the West Washington Street revitalization

Virginia Beach

8 p.m./Mozart and Tchaikovsky/Regent University
Benjamin Rous conducts the series season opener, featuring the Virginia Symphony Orchestra’s own Simon Lapointe and Beverly Baker as soloists in Mozart’s passionate and deeply expressive Sinfonia Concertante. Also on the program is Mozart’s festive Symphony No. 32 and Tchaikovsky’s “piece from the heart,” the Serenade for Strings, including a lively finale based on a Russian folk tune, a Volga “hauling song.”
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6:30 p.m./Rhythms on the Riverwalk Concert Series/Riverwalk Landing
Get your toes tappin’ to fantastic sounds during this five-week concert series featuring three Fridays of toe tappin’ Jazz and Big Band followed by two Fridays of knee slappin’ Country. Bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating. FREE



2 p.m.-5 p.m./Khedive Swashbucklers’ “4th Ever” Pig Pickin/Khedive Temple Greenbrier
Enjoy Slow-Cooked Whole Pig, Baked Beans, Cole Slaw, Hush Puppies, French Fries, and Ice Cold Beverages. There will also be door prizes, auctions, cornhole, games, and kids activities. Enjoy music from BadDadz. This event is rain or shine. Admission: $15.00 in Advance; $20.00 at the Gate.

5 p.m./Despicable Me 2/Western Branch Park
Chesapeake Parks, Recreation & Tourism Movies & More Series continues and on Saturday, September 26, the final movie in the series, “Despicable Me 2”,  will be shown. Come out and go MINION CRAZY with us by dressing like a minion! Before the movie kicks off, dance the evening away with Astro DJ playing family friendly music, visit our information tent and sign up to win minion prizes, let the kids bounce in our large inflatables and the younger ones play in our new and improved “waddler and toddler” area. Other activities include photo booth, face painting, lawn games, and food trucks. FREE


8 p.m./Bill Jenkins and the Virginia Mountain Boys/American Theater
Before he started his show on stage at the American Theatre last season, Bill Jenkins was inducted into the prestigious Virginia Musical Museum Hall of Fame. His old Martin D38 guitar is in a case next to Ralph Stanley’s banjo.
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9 a.m.-4:30 p.m./Magnolia Circle Dragon Boat Race/Nauticus
Join us at Nauticus in downtown Norfolk on Saturday, September 26 to see why dragon boat racing is the fastest-growing watersport in North America, enjoy food, beverages, and music, and show your support for CHKD. FREE

10 a.m./Heart of Ghent 10k/Colley Ave
Heart of Ghent 10K and Kid’s Fun Run rings in the fall season to historic Ghent in Norfolk with a fit, festive, charitable family oriented run/walk through the historic and scenic Ghent neighborhood.  The run will be followed by a festive post-race party with live music, O’Connor and Smartmouth beer and food from local restaurants for sale. Click here for more info and to register

12 p.m.-4 p.m./HENSE Mural Event/Glass Wheel Studio
Glass Wheel Studio is pleased to announce the commission of a large-scale mural by internationally-recognized, contemporary artist, and award-winning painter Alex Brewer, a.k.a. HENSE. Enjoy music by DJ Lord Thomas, participate in a community art-project, and watch HENSE at work. FREE

7:30 p.m./Mozart and Tchaikovsky/Roper Performing Arts Center
Benjamin Rous conducts the series season opener, featuring the Virginia Symphony Orchestra’s own Simon Lapointe and Beverly Baker as soloists in Mozart’s passionate and deeply expressive Sinfonia Concertante. Also on the program is Mozart’s festive Symphony No. 32 and Tchaikovsky’s “piece from the heart,” the Serenade for Strings, including a lively finale based on a Russian folk tune, a Volga “hauling song.”
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8 p.m./Attucks Jazz- Jimmy Greene/Attucks Theatre
Widely regarded by critics and musicians as one of the most important saxophonists of his generation, Jimmy Greene has been recording and playing live shows since the late 1990s.
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10 p.m./Glowshow/The NorVA
From 6 consecutive sold out GlowShows, they bring to you another EDM experience to the NorVa with 100,000 watts of pulsing bass! With a 20,000 lumen projector stimulating 3d visuals on a 20×40 backdrop, they bring to you the most powerful dance experience possible. Performances by 6 electronic dance DJ’S, LED hoopers, GlowGirls, Poi spinners, Jolley Brothers! Get ready for an unbelievable EDM extravaganza!!!
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9 a.m.-1 p.m./Fall Festival/Virginia Cooperative Extension
Celebrating 15 years, join the Virginia Cooperative Extension for a day of fun including healthy recipes, health and wellness tips, line dancing, a plant sale, children’s gardening activities, 4-H Youth Development activities and much more FREE

Virginia Beach

10 a.m.-4 p.m./3rd Annual Apple Extravaganza/Virginia Beach Farmer’s Market
All things Apples, with an Apple Pie Eating Contest!  Food, Live Music, FacePainting, Bounce Houses, Pony Rides. FREE (Fee for some attractions)

10 a.m.-6 p.m./Harvest Festival/Hunt Club Farm
Featuring a Petting Farm, Daytime Farm Tours, Pony Rides, Carnival Rides, Giant Haystack and More! Live Entertainment: DJ with Music, Games and Free Prizes! Don’t forget our Huge Pumpkin Patch with Mums, Cornstalks and Straw! Fees for special features

2 p.m.-6 p.m./4th Annual Gordon Biersch Arts & Drafts Craft Beer Fest/Town Center
Featuring a multitude of craft beers, live music, good eats from Gordon Biersch, local art displays and more. The event is free to enter; sampling tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the gate
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8 p.m./Buddy Guy/Sandler Center
Guy is a genuine American treasure, and one of the final surviving connections to an historic era in the country’s musical evolution. And still, as one glorious track on Rhythm & Blues puts it, he claims that “All That Makes Me Happy is the Blues.”
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7 a.m.-3 p.m./Williamsburg Plein Air Art Show/Merchant’s Square
See artists in action throughout Williamsburg painting “en plein air” between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. Review and purchase the original artwork at the event tent afterwards. FREE

9 a.m.-2 p.m./Fall Plant Sale and Arts & Craft Show/Williamsburg Botanical Garden
Fall Plant Sale and Art/Craft Show. Native plants, perennials, shrubs, daffodils and bulbs, iris, fall mums butterfly-friendly plants and more. Local Artists and Craftsmen selling garden and nature related arts and crafts FREE


11 a.m.-6 p.m./Watermen’s Museum 2nd Annual Folk Fest
Enjoy America’s best music genres during this two-day event. Local and regional groups on three stages. Food and beverages available for purchase. Watermen’s Museum. FREE

11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m./Yorktoberfest/Hampton Roads Harley Davidson
Join us for the York County Chamber of Commerce 5th Annual Yorktoberfest. Craft Beer, food, music and more. Ticket price includes a souvenir mug, craft beer samplings and (t-shirts while they last). $20

2:45 p.m.-5 p.m./Virginia Tea Party of 1774 Re-enactment/Riverwalk Landing
Performances by the York Town Tea Players and The Fifes and Drums of York Town. FREE



5:30 p.m./Loving Lauren Through Leukemia Fundraiser/Greenbrier Skating Center
Please join us for a fun night of skating. Lauren is a local two-year-old little girl who was recently diagnosed with Leukemia. 100% of all proceeds will benefit Lauren and her family. $10 for skaters, $5 for spectators 

7 p.m./3 Redneck Tenors/Chesapeake Conference Center
The 3 Redneck Tenors are a new breed in the “tenor genre” – their musical comedy featuring classically trained veteran artists is like Duck Dynasty goes to Carnegie Hall – down home laughs with big city music!
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Newport News

7 p.m./Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show/Ferguson Center
A truly entertaining theatrical production based on the musical and comedic legacy of the Rat Pack.
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7 p.m./Total Luna-See/Virginia Living Museum
Join the Virginia Living Museum for a lunar eclipse party. Part of the Virginia Science Festival, the evening includes planetarium program, live eclipse viewing, crafts, games, face painting and snacks (available for purchase)
VLM members $4, non-members $8.


12 p.m.-4 p.m./Sunday Funday Food Truck Carousel and Marketplace/Hampton Carousel Park
A variety of gourmet food trucks,  live music and activities for the whole family! FREE

Virginia Beach

1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m./Float-a-Rama/Bayside Recreation Center
​​Join us in the pool for a day of huge, fun floats! Membership or day pass needed, but no additional cost. Open to all ages, but those age 9 & under must be directly supervised by someone age 16 or older.

2 p.m./Family Fest and Prisms Reception/Virginia MOCA
Family Fest offers a unique opportunity to create, explore, enjoy art, and most important, 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

3 p.m./A Seussical Symphony/Sandler Center
A mad romp through Dr. Seuss classics Green Eggs and Ham and The Sneetches, this concert is an unbeatable combination of timeless music and favorite stories that everyone knows. Come in your craziest, zaniest, most outrageous hat in honor of the occasion! Special reading time and color creations just before the concert.
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7 p.m./Brad Paisley Crushin’ It World Tour/Farm Bureau Live
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10 a.m.-6 p.m./Yorktown Art Stroll/Riverwalk Landing
Riverwalk merchants and the Historic Freight Shed will be filled with paintings and hand crafted artwork by some of the region’s most talented artists. Visit and talk with the artists’ or sit and watch as they demonstrate their work. See the watercolor exhibit and demo by local artist Hazel Camp at the Gallery at York Hall. Restaurants will feature specials. FREE

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