With the 4th of July long weekend some of you may have had a short work week. This weekend the Oceanfront will be filled with sidewalk art, while in Hampton you can get a taste of a Spanish tradition. Also in Smithfield, the world’s oldest ham turns 115 years old.
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Friday – Sunday | ZADT Summer Series Presents: Chasing Mother Goose | The American Theatre
The venerable poet Mother Goose currently presides over a library that houses every piece of literature in existence. Day and night she does her best to keep order and ensure peace among the shelves. This hilariously creative play, rich with audience interaction and touching moments, is perfect for any age.
Tickets are $10
Friday & Saturday | Bring It! Live | Chrysler Hall
After a massive sold-out 2016 summer tour, Lifetime®’s hit series Bring It! is back by overwhelming demand, and set to take the stage in Norfolk. Miss D and her Dancing Dolls, the stars of Lifetime’s hit series.
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Friday – Sunday | The Wedding Singer | Chrysler Hall
It’s 1985 and rock-star wannabe Robbie Hart is New Jersey’s favorite wedding singer. He’s the life of the party, until his own fiancé leaves him at the altar.
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Friday & Saturday | Friends of the Library Book Sale | 300 Carolina Road
The Friends of the Library hold a monthly book sale, the revenue of which is used to support library programs. Peruse thousands of used books, magazines, movies and more.
Friday – Sunday | Tommy’s Honour | Kimball Theatre
An intimate and powerfully moving true story of the challenging relationship between “Old” Tom Morris and “Young” Tommy Morris, the dynamic father-son team who ushered in the modern game of golf.
Tickets are $7
10:30 a.m. | Storytelling in the Park: Hampton Public Library | Bluebird Gap Farm
After we take a close look at a real live tortoise and hare and a llama, our own Hampton Public Library reads the “Tortoise and the Hare” and “Llama Llama Mad at Mama.” Let’s learn how slow and steady wins the race and anger has a proper place. Grab a free glitter sticky hand afterward.
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.
10:30 a.m. | Writer’s Coffee Break | Cafe Stella
Join us for an informal get-together where area writers and Muse teachers, students, and friends enjoy conversation and camaraderie over a (perhaps much needed) coffee break.
6 p.m. | “Thank Goodness It’s Ocean View” Beach Music Concert Series | Ocean View Beach Park
Summer brings the return of the popular Friday after-work music series, “Thank Goodness It’s Ocean View” Beach Music Concert Series at Ocean View Beach Park on the Chesapeake Bay.
10 a.m. | Resistance and Resilience: A Memoir Workshop of the Jim Crow Era | Portsmouth Colored Community Library Museum
How did you, your family, and your community cope with the daily pressures and challenges of the Jim Crow Era? Join Lisa Hartz, the founder and director of the Seven Cities Writers Project, who is deeply committed to collecting and archiving this unique history, as you write in response to visual and literary prompts.
2 p.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. Groups please contact us in advance to schedule a private volunteer event.
5 p.m. | First Friday Concert Series: More Cowbell | Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center
The First Friday Concert Series closes with the blues and rock of More Cowbell Two guitars, Allman, Stevie Ray, Steely Dan, James Brown….need we say more?
Smithfield/Isle of Wight County
6 p.m. | Smithfield Lions Classic Car Cruz-In | Sentara/St. Luke’s Urgent Care Facility
The show is open to all makes and models and each event includes a featured car club. Food is provided by The Main Catch (Carrollton), and 50’s & 60’s music is provided by the club’s DJ, Lion Tom Norris.
8 p.m. | Friday Night Summer Concert Series featuring Higher Ground | Smithfield Times Gazebo
The sounds of jazz from Liberty Baptist Church returns to Smithfield. Bring a chair or a blanket and enjoy an eclectic mix of music and musicians.
9 a.m. | Paddle Yoga | Chickahominy Riverfront Park
Practicing yoga on a SUP brings a whole new perspective to being fully present in the moment. Asanas create a new challenge while floating, requiring full awareness, acceptance of mother natures mood and of course a sense of humor.
$25 per class
5:30 p.m. | Jamestown Jams – Affirmative Groove | Jamestown Beach Park
Snacks, picnics and non-alcoholic beverages are permitted. All items are subject to inspection prior to entrance. No alcohol or large, plastic coolers are permitted. Assorted beer will be available for purchase and the Williamsburg Winery will be on hand pouring fine wines. Vendors will be present selling food and snacks.
6 p.m. | Yorktown Music Jamboree | Watermen’s Museum
Come and enjoy us for an evening of music and fun along the beautiful York River.
6 p.m. | Downtown Hampton Block Party: Rolling of the Bulls | Downtown Hampton
In the Rolling of the Bulls, runners go through a gantlet of roller derby girls before they chase the runners pelt them with water balloons filled with red food coloring. The winner is whoever winds up with the most white clothing unstained after 2000 balloons have been thrown.
7:05 p.m. | Peninsula Pilots vs. Wilson Tobs | War Memorial Stadium
Tickets are $5
2:30 p.m. | Civil War Lecture Series: Harriet Tubman- Conductor, Spy, ‘General’ | The Mariners Museum and Park
Join Laurie King as she delves into the life of Harriet Tubman and explores the endeavors of this American heroine.
FREE with museum admission
First show starts at 6:30 p.m. | Laser Nights | Virginia Living Museum
Start with a planetarium program. Then experience a sensory extravaganza as laser shows provide music to both the eyes and ears every second Saturday of the month. The museum has an incredible state-of-the-art laser system that splashes brilliant high-color LED laser light all across the entire surface of the dome. It’s the most amazing light show you’ve ever seen! Plus, there’s music to suit every taste. Different bands are featured every month.
$3 for members | $6 for non-members per show
7 p.m. | Pajama Jam | Virginia Living Museum
Jump into your favorite pair of pajamas and enjoy an evening of tons of fun! Spend the evening exploring the museum after hours while also enjoying games, crafts, animal encounters, dancing and much more. Evening of pajama fun is designed for families with children ages 12 or under.
VLM Members Only
5 p.m. | Barnyard Square Dance | O’Connor Brewing Company
Grab your boots and join us for a lively evening of group square dancing. Never gone dosey-doe-ing before? Not a problem! A live caller and folk band will be on stage to guide everyone through the basics before turning you loose to cut a rug.
7 p.m. | Night Nation Run | Harbor Park
The Night Nation Run is the World’s first Running Music Festival. A musical voyage filled with live music, lights, lasers, all set to the latest in Electronic Dance Music. Run, walk, skip or dance your way through this electrifying adventure with music carrying you every step. Your journey will take you through an illuminated racecourse to multiple on course DJ stages, finishing with an explosive main stage after party featuring top EDM DJ’s and special guest celebrity performers.
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7 p.m. | All-American Bash | Mermaid Winery
Celebrate our country’s Independence day with us! Wear red, white or blue and enjoy our select red, white or rose wine. Individual or couple with most creative ensemble wins a $75 bottle of wine. Runner-up wins a $25 gift card.
$3 per glass
7 p.m. | 1st Annual Naturally You Dance | ODU’s Webb Center
This event is being held for young girls ages 18 and under at ODU’s Webb Center North Cafe. The mission of the event is to promote self-esteem, positive self-image, and empowerment. This is a fun night of dancing, eating, hearing positive speech and a celebration of natural beauty in all its forms.
9 a.m. | Yoga in the Courtyard | Portsmouth Art & 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.
10 a.m. | 2nd Annual Christmas in July Car Show | Kroger Marketplace Parking Lot
All makes and models vehicles, vendors, kid fun, raffles and best of all Santa will be join us. Santa House will be accepting un-wrapped, new toys or monetary donations.
10 a.m. | Patriot’s Day | Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum
Celebrate American independence 1940’s style! Learn about life on the home front in World War II Portsmouth. Sign up to become a W.A.V.E., fly a target kite, and experience live Swing Music and Swing dancing throughout the afternoon.
3 p.m. | Shaggin’ on High: A Tribute to Portsmouth’s Bill Deal & Beach Music | High Street
Join us as we pay tribute to Portsmouth’s Bill Deal & Beach Music. Featuring music from Soul Intent and the Original Rhondels along with other street performances.
7 p.m. | Movies in the Park: The Wild Life | Portsmouth City Park
Join us each Saturday evening for Movies in the Park. A daring parrot recounts how Robinson Crusoe came to be stranded on a tropical island. Rated PG.
Smithfield/Isle of Wight County
9 a.m. | Smithfield Farmers Market | Downtown Smithfield
Named one of the “101 Best Farmers Markets in America” by TheDailyMeal.com, the Farmers Market is located in the parking lot of the Bank of Southside Virginia and offers tasty foods, baked goods, lovely gift items & of course, plenty of fresh produce and live music every week.
10:30 a.m. | The Pet Ham’s 115th Birthday | Isle of Wight County Museum
The world’s oldest ham turns 115. Join us in this annual tribute to the birthday boy, and help us launch our annual Pan Ham contest. Also here to help us celebrate will be the Blackwater Regional Library’s “Library 2 Go Bookmobile.”
10 a.m. | Free Skool Fair | North Suffolk Library
Learn, make, and do at Free Skool! Join members of the community as they share their talents, hobbies, and passions through demonstrations and workshops. There will be activities for all ages and supplies will be provided.
10 a.m. | Chalk the Walk ARTsplosion | Oceanfront Boardwalk between 16th and 18th Streets
Chalk the Walk takes over the Virginia Beach Boardwalk as hundreds of artists and “wanna-be artists” gather to turn the boardwalk into an impromptu canvas of color. 200 competitors will complete chalk drawings to be evaluated by a panel of judges from the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art in Virginia Beach.
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.
MOCA members and children 4 & under FREE | $7.70 for 2 adults | $5.50 for 2 students, seniors 65+, military
4 p.m. | Red, White and Brew LAGERfest! | Back Bay Brewing
Kickstart the summer with 25 epic ice-cold lagers, awesome live music by The Cody Austin Band and feel good knowing the best brewery (voted on by you) will get $500 donated to a well-deserving Charity.
8 a.m. | Williamsburg Farmers Market | Duke of Gloucester Street
Join us for the celebration of our 15th anniversary! Over 40 vendors will bring meats, produce, mushrooms, flowers, artisan chocolate, cheese, honey, baked goods, peanuts and handmade soaps to the Williamsburg Farmers Market. Live music will be performed by the LCV Project.
8 a.m. | Fossil Frenzy Hike | York River State Park
oin us in discovering relics of these very old creatures as we hike to a fossil beach. The hike is less than two miles round trip and begins with a description of some of the fossils that are found at the beach.
6 p.m. | Groovin’ by the Bay | Buckroe Beach
Summer concert series, July 9 – Rare Mixx
2 p.m. | Family Day | Tradition Brewing Company
We’ll have the inflatable water slide ready for the little ones and the brews ready for you. Suck On This BBQ will be with us all day, serving up their delicious menu items just for you and the fam. We’ll also have the folks from Crazy Pops Gourmet Popsicles here to help with the summer heat.
9:30 a.m. | Brewed to Run Series | Smartmouth Beer
Tighten your laces for the latest installment of our monthly running group, We will offer two run groups: 10k (Approx. 6 miles) – leaving at 9:30 a.m. 5K – (Approx. 3 miles) – leaving at 10 a.m. Exact routes will be made available before each run.
8 p.m. | David Blaine Live | Chrysler Hall
“David Blaine is the greatest magician who ever lived.” Howard Stern made that on-air proclamation, a sentiment echoed by Penn Jillette of Penn and Teller, who referred to Blaine’s Street Magic as “the best TV magic special ever done.”
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8:30 p.m. | Movie Night on the Patio: Mean Girls | 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.
9 p.m. | Full Moon Bike Meet-up | TowneBank Fountain Park
Start in TBFP for a ride under the Full Moon on the ERT.
8 p.m. | Art Garfunkel | Sandler Center
Blessed with what the New York Times described as a “beautiful countertenor,” singer Art Garfunkel has made an indelible mark on the music world as both a solo artist and half of the unrivaled Simon & Garfunkel.
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11 a.m. | 2nd Sundays Williamsburg Art & Music Festival | Prince George Street
Williamsburg’s almost year ’round Art, Music and Street Festival featuring over 75 varied Artists, Artisans, Authors and at least 8 unique live music performances and performing arts in 4 blocks of downtown Williamsburg.