Try to beat the dangerous heat this weekend by finding something fun to do indoors. There are going to be giant life-like dinosaurs at Norfolk Scope and some hands-on art at Virginia MOCA.
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Friday – Sunday | 3rd Annual Bark and Brew | Bay Creek
Plan to bring the family – including Fido – and spend a day or the weekend surrounded by the beauty of Bay Creek, This is a DockDogs wildcard double-header. This event will include not only DockDogs but also Dueling Dogs.
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 – Sunday | Roller Rink Beach Music Dance Party Weekend | MacArthur Center
Ride the roller wave at the rink with Dance & Roll to Beach Music Party.
Admission is $9
Friday – Sunday | Jurassic Quest | Norfolk Scope
Jurassic Quest brings you a Dinosaur Adventure for the whole family. The main dinosaur exhibit features ultra-realistic, life-size animatronic dinosaurs; over 80 life-size dinosaurs in all! Visitors can interact with these huge creatures, learn about them and even ride a few.
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Friday – Sunday | Escape Ship: Saving Bobby Wilder | Nauticus
Bobby Wilder, coach of the top-ranked ODU Monarchs football team, is missing! Your mission is to find him in time for the big game against his fiercest competitor, scheduled to kick off within an hour. You’ll need to solve puzzles, find clues and decipher codes to save the day. Tick, tock!
Admission is $20 per person
7 p.m. | Audio Portrait | Oozlefinch Brewing Company
FREE live music
5 p.m. | Friday Food Truck Rodeo | MacArthur Center
Enjoy your favorite Eat the Streets 757 food trucks. This weeks line-up includes: Cast Iron Catering, Cast Iron Sicles & Sammies, Frog n Anchor, The Lucky Peach, Street Eats USA and Vicki Vail’s. Also play your favorite board games outside on the green with our oversized versions of Chess, Connect 4, Jenga and Checkers.
6 p.m. | Yacht Rock Dock Party | Waterside District
Join us for a Yacht Rock Dock Party as the Waterside Marina is offering $10 docking for the evening, and every boater will receive a coupon for (1) FREE Cogan’s Pizza.
8 p.m. | Set Phasers to Dumb: The Improvised Star Trek Show | Push Comedy Theater
Whether you’re a Trekker, a casual fan or don’t know the difference between Star Trek and Star Wars, this show is guaranteed to be a blast.
Tickets are $5
9:15 p.m. | FlickIt! Fridays: Flash Gordon | Naro Cinema
A benefit for The Muse Writers Center, we will have CBC – Coelacanth Brewing Company beer available for purchase, with all proceeds benefiting their scholarship programs and workshops.
Tickets are $10
6 p.m. | Patterned Wood Coaster: Make it with MOCA | Virginia MOCA
Get inspired by the patterns, colors, and shapes for exhibition artist Mickalene Thomas. Using pine slices and acrylic paint we will be create a set of 4 groovy hand painted wood coasters. Develop your own unique patterns using floral, geometric, animal, and abstract designs.
Members $15 | Non-members $20
6:30 p.m. | Beer Release: Cape Henry Hefe + Live Music by Harrison Bounds | Back Bay Brewing
The Cape Henry Hefeweizen is a traditional hefeweizen with a bit of a twist—full of flavor, light in body with subtle hints of Banana, Clove and Honey.
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.
7 p.m. | Scares That Care 5k & Children’s Run | Double Tree by Hilton Williamsburg
Do you like tricks and treats? Do you like the feeling you get from helping others? If you answered YES to both of those questions, then this is the summer race for you. Join Scares that Care’s Halloween in July for an evening 5K in Williamsburg where you are guaranteed to spot costumed characters, friendly “monsters” at the finish line and fun, scary creatures roaming the post-race party for photo ops and finisher medals for all 5K and kids fun run participants.
Race fee is $10
9 a.m. | Nature Connects Art with LEGO Bricks – Opening Day | Virginia Living Museum
Nature Connects is an award-winning, record-breaking exhibition now touring North America. Created with over a half million LEGO pieces, this show features larger-than-life sculptures built with LEGO bricks by Brooklyn artist and children’s author Sean Kenney.
FREE with museum admission
10 a.m. | Turtle Census | Virginia Living Museum
Every year in June and July, the Virginia Living Museum sets out live-capture, baited hoop nets in Deer Park Lake. Come to the Children’s Garden to watch as VLM staff gather all of the turtles that are collected in these nets, identify the species of turtles and whether they are male or female, clean the shell to remove any stuck-on algae and determine whether this is a new turtle or recapture.
FREE with museum admission
5:30 p.m. | Virginia Zoo Catch-a-thon | Virginia Zoo
Charge your phone and head to the Virginia Zoo to catch the wildest bunch of Pokémon Norfolk has to offer. There will be 20 plus Pokéstops with dozens of lures activated just for this event, plus three new gyms, food, merchandise and more. Pokémon costumes are encouraged!
Click here for discounts and parental supervision information
3 p.m. | BBQ Wars: Hampton Roads | Wasserhund Brewing Company
Southern Grit Magazine presents BBQ Wars: Hampton Roads, where patrons can try BBQ from four local pitmasters and place their vote for the best BBQ in Hampton Roads. This year’s pitmasters are Forrest Warren from Smoke BBQ Restaurant and Bar, Al Devane from Carolina Son BBQ, Bob Roberts from Redwood Smoke Shack food truck, and Jon Wade from Two Drummers Smokehouse.
Tickets are $25 – $35 per person
11 a.m. | Dog Days of Suffolk Pet Fair | North Suffolk Library
Celebrate all things furry, scaly, and feathery at the Suffolk Public Library! Catch a furrtastic storytime, watch outrageous animal videos, make creature crafts, and record your favorite pet or animal related memory for the Suffolk Speaks project. Meet therapy dogs and pets up for adoption, or enter the pet photo contest by tagging the library on social media and using the hashtag #DogDaysofSPL from July 1 to July 21 for a chance to win a cool prize. Therapy dogs and animals for adoption will be on site. Personal pets will not be allowed inside the library building.
7 p.m. | Hampton Heat 200 | Langley Speedway
This race features the biggest names in NASCAR late model racing from the Mid-Atlantic region, all chasing the chance to win the $10,000 payday. This race is also the 2nd leg of the Virginia Triple Crown.
Tickets are $12 – $30
7:30 p.m. | WWE Live SummerSlam Heatwave Tour | Hampton Coliseum
Check out the WWE Live Summerslam Heatwave Tour. See All of your Favorite WWE Superstars in action.
Tickets start at $15
9 a.m. | Sunday Dog Days | Norfolk Botanical Garden
Experience the garden with your furry best friend!
FREE admission for members and $5 for nonmembers
12 p.m. | Civil War Life | Fort Norfolk
Civil War reenactors will be at Fort Norfolk demonstrating life at the Fort during the Civil War. Learn about the year that the Fort was used by the Confederate Army to defend Norfolk from the Union Army and Navy.
7 p.m. | Sunset Boat Cruise | Norfolk Botanical Garden
Enjoy Sunday evening on a relaxing, extended, and informative sunset cruise on Lake Whitehurst.
Registration is $15 for members and $25 for nonmembers
7:30 a.m. | Sunday RUNday | Mount Trashmore Park
Lace up your sneakers and enjoy a flat, scenic course around Lake Trashmore. Proceeds benefit the Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation Foundation to provide youth scholarships and free swim lessons for Title I schools.
Race fees are $30 – $40
6 p.m. | Groovin’ by the Bay | Buckroe Beach
Head to the beach this weekend to dance, hear some of your favorite hits and try some delicious eats at the City of Hampton’s summer concert series. This weekend’s band is Strictly Bizzness, a wedding band that puts their own spin on dance, rock, Motown, and country hits!