Your Fido Fest, VB Flea, NASA, Hampton Roads Weekend


Maybe the luck of the Irish will be with you this weekend as you venture out and enjoy these events, all weekend long!

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All Weekend

Friday – Saturday | Free Income Tax Preparation and Filing | Williamsburg Regional Library
The 2018 AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program runs from February 1 to April 17 in partnership with the IRS and the Williamsburg Regional Library. It provides free, high-quality, income tax assistance, tax form preparation, and electronic filing to low- and moderate-income taxpayers, with special attention to those age 60 and older.

Friday – Sunday | The Art & Science of Arachnids | Virginia Living Museum
Check out this exhibit all about arachnids at the Virginia Living Museum. It’s all about how society perceives arachnids in science, art and culture, inviting guests to experience “creepy” animals in a fun, meaningful way.

Friday – Sunday | Death of a Salesman | The Little Theatre of Norfolk
A thrilling work of deep and revealing beauty that remains one of the most profound classic dramas of the American theatre.

Friday – Sunday | Peter Pan | Sandler Center for Performing Arts
Come out and enjoy the classic Peter Pan tale presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International.

Saturday – Sunday | Easter Bunny at Chesapeake Square Mall | Chesapeake Square
The Easter Bunny arrives at the mall on Sat. March 17 at 11 a.m. The Bunny’s hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sundays, noon – 6 p.m.

Saturday – Sunday | Give Me Liberty | Hampton History Museum
The groundbreaking exhibition “Give Me Liberty: Fugitive Slaves and the Long Revolution Against Slavery” explores the lives of over 30 fugitive slaves from Hampton.

Saturday – Sunday | NASA: Hampton Takes Flight | Hampton History Museum
The story of Hampton’s leading role in aeronautics and space exploration is presented in the exhibit “NASA: Hampton Takes Flight.” Visitors can experience 100 years of NASA history from its early days as NACA (National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics) to the Space Race.



8 p.m. | Pearl Bailey’s Hidden Gems Dance Series | Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center
Join them for five nights of choreographed art inspired by a variety of precious gems featuring the untapped talent of Hampton Roads in honor of their own hidden gem, Pearl Bailey.


5 p.m. | Blacksmithing at the Bird | Bearded Bird Brewing
Join the Bearded Bird Brewing Co. for a micro blacksmithing lesson. You will have the opportunity to hand forge your own bottle opener. Be sure to sign up beforehand as slots are limited.

5:30 p.m. | St. Paddy’s Day Festival | MacArthur Center
Break out your green and go Irish for a Blarney Blast St. Paddy’s Festival out on the MacArthur Center Green! Enjoy music by Hey Hey Hooligan and Newport News Pipe & Drum Band plus traditional Irish food and drink.

8 p.m. | Beautiful, The Carole King Musical | Chrysler Hall
The Carole King Musical tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history.

Newport News

6:30 p.m. | Ladies Night | Starving Artist Studio
Come out and enjoy a quality night with friends. Enjoy a chocolate and dessert bar while getting your art on, catching up, and some good quality time with friends.

8 p.m. | Pearl Bailey’s Hidden Gems Dance Series | Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center
Enjoy five nights of choreographed art inspired by a variety of precious gems featuring the untapped talent of Hampton Roads in honor of our own hidden gem, Pearl Bailey.


11 a.m. | WCAC Hosts W&M Studio Art Major Exhibition | Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center, The Blue Building
The Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center is featuring its first William & Mary Studio Art Majors Exhibition from Feb. 13 to March 16. This will be open to the general public as well as the W&M community.

2 p.m. | Getaway Cafe at WRL | James County City Library
Share conversation, experiences and memories in WRL’s new program for adults with early memory loss and their care partners.

4:30 p.m. | Back to Our Kitchens | Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg
In each war, women are asked to take the men’s place as they go off to war. Four women – one who wrote a newspaper during the Revolution; a nurse from the Civil War, a telephone operator from WWI and a woman from the shipyards during WWII share their stories.



10:30 a.m. | Children’s Garden Club | White’s Nursery & Garden Center
Read a book, sing a song, color, or make a craft! Children’s Garden Club has moved to Saturday at 10:30AM. All children are welcome, but we focus on 3-6 year olds. Parents are invited to shop around if their child is comfortable!

6 p.m. | A “Peace” of Art Paint Night | Gather Cafe
Join the Gather Cafe for a fun, peaceful evening of painting. They will have a stress chest for you to check your stress at the door so you can settle into you “Peace” of Art.


10 a.m. | St. Patrick’s Day Party | Park Lane Tavern
This is an all day party, starting off with an Irish Brunch. They’ll also be serving up Magner’s Steeped Corned Beef and Cabbage for the entire day! Jameson, Guinness, Smithwicks and Green Harp Lager will be flowing strong all day long! There will also be giveaways all day long, including a Guiness Glass. Live music with performances by Bryan Dunn, Brian Sewell and Jan & Zane of Schooner Or Later.

11 a.m. | Strawbale Gardening | Countryside Gardens
You get a complete kit with everything you need to start your NO DIG FUN. Kit includes straw bale, soil, activator & plants.

2 p.m. | Fest O’ Finch | The Oozlefinch Craft Brewery
We will have NOT 1 BUT 2 firkins that will be tapped at opening! Yes, of course we will have green beer! And what’s a St Patrick’s Day party without some good ole, Celtic sing-alongs and pub music.

Newport News 

9 a.m. | St. Patrick’s Day | Tradition Brewing Company
For the luck of the Irish, let’s celebrate… enjoy a Tradition beer & good company! It starts off with a St. Paddy’s Day Inflatable Foosball Tournament. Then O’doodleDoo’s Donuts and Sliders food truck will be there. There will be live music by Heather Gillis.

2 p.m. | Shamrock Festival | City Center at Oyster Point
The Shamrock Festival on Mariners Row is for kids and adults! Kids and adults can enjoy free activities including balloon making, face painting, a hula hoop contest, lune dancing and more! Prizes will be awarded for individuals and groups wearing the best St. Patrick’s Day theme outfits to the event. Admission and parking are free. Chairs are welcomed, no outside alcoholic beverages allowed. Pets are not permitted in the event area.


10 a.m. | Ocean View St. Patrick’s Day Parade | Ocean View Beach Park
It’s the 51st Annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade! Don’t miss the After Parade Party, presented by the Columbian Club of Ocean View starting at noon at 211 W. Government Ave featuring live bands.

10 a.m. | St. Patrick’s Day at Grain | Grain
We got 99 taps and green beer is one! Doors open at 10 a.m. for a true Irish Brunch, then stay the day for all the festivities! Live music by: Snack Bar Jones, Cheap Thrills VA and Vinyl Headlights.

11 a.m. | St. Patrick’s Day | Grace O’Malley’s Irish Pub & Restaurant
Enjoy a St. Patrick’s Day celebration! They will have some fantastic food and some really nice drink features all day. You can enjoy live music from Val Little and  Glasgow Kiss. The Guinness and others will be flowing all day and we will also have some free stuff to give away (while stock lasts).

11 a.m. | Wooden Bead Crafternoon | Fruitive
Come make wooden bead necklaces and enjoy coffee, tea and snacks from Fruitive. $20 per person, all ages welcome! See you there!

11:30 a.m. | St. Patrick’s Day | The Barrel Room
Enjoy a day of Great Irish Food like Bangers and Mash, Corn Beef & Cabbage and Irish Stew all day long!

12 p.m. | 8th Anniversary Party and St. Paddy’s Day Celebration | O’Connor Brewing Co.
Join O’Connor Brewing Co. as they celebrate their 8th anniversary and St. Patrick’s Day at their first big party of the year. Irish dancers, Irish-themed music, specially crafted stouts and more!

12 p.m. | St. Patrick’s Day at Dead Reckoning Distillery | Dead Reckoning Distillery, Inc.
You’ve had green beer, this year step up your celebrations and enjoy some green cocktails! We’ll be open noon to 10pm serving up some amazing green cocktails.

12 p.m. | Saint Patrick’s Day in the Backyard | Hank’s Filling Station
There will be entertainment for the whole family, including outdoor games. Green beer will be available for those 21 and up. Irish food specials will be available as well.

12 p.m. | St. Paddy’s Day Shenanigans | Benchtop Brewing Company
Two brand new Benchtop gose’s coming at you, live music from the Travers Chandler & Avery County band and some good ol’ Irish inspired food from the fine folks at Pendulum Fine Meats.

1:30 p.m. | Garden Bros. Circus 2018 | Ted Constant Convocation Center
Garden Brothers Circus is celebrating over 100 years of entertaining families throughout North America and they are bringing “an all-new, fast paced; totally exciting show to town!”

2 p.m. | Celtic Tea | Hunter House Victorian Museum
May the road rise up to meet you at this afternoon tea celebrating Celtic heritage with hot tea, sweets, savories, and music. The event will be $30 for members and $35 for all other attendees and will feature a 2 p.m. and a 5 p.m. seating.

2 p.m. | Tacos and Beer St. Patrick’s Day Celebration | Rip Rap Brewing Co.
Come Out and Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!

3 p.m. | St. Patrick’s Day Party | Lagoon Bay Point
Don your Green and Party OV Style with us at The Lagoon at our 4th Annual St Partrick’s Day OYSTER ROAST Party.

8 p.m. | LepreCon | Waterside District
Come experience Lepre*Con- St. Paddy’s Day celebration of music, beer, cocktails, good eats, and sports.

Newport News

9 a.m. | Reptiles Bizarre and Beautiful | Virginia Living Museum
Experience a close encounter of the reptile kind at the Virginia Living Museum. See a wide variety of native and exotic reptiles on display and in live animal programs.

2 p.m. | Lucky to be a Pearl Spring Concert | Christopher Newport University Pope Chapel
The Newport Pearls are lucky enough to have their Spring Concert on Saint Patrick’s Day this year! Wear your green, grab your friends, and come to CNU’s Pope Chapel to hear what they have been up to for the last year!


8 a.m. | Live Your Best Story: A Unique Way to Discover Your Passion and Purpose | Towne Bank Building
Make 2018 the year you begin to live your best life story. Join certified life coach Holly Flood for a half-day power-packed workshop “Life Your Best Story.”

9 a.m. | St. Patrick’s Day Poker Run | Bayside Harley-Davidson
Enjoy food specials, live music, green beer and more!

10 a.m. | Once Upon a Time: The World of Fairy Tales | Children’s Museum of Virginia
Step inside beloved stories from around the globe in this hands-on exhibit that brings favorite multicultural fairy tales to life.

10:30 a.m. | St. Patty’s Day Yoga | Copper and Oak Craft Spirits
Start this St. Patricks day off right with Jeyzel and Erin from Harmony Health Yoga. Tickets $25 at the door. Ticket will also include one yoga inspired craft cocktail. This all-levels yoga class.

12 p.m. | Lucky You, Lucky Me O’doption Event | Portsmouth Humane Society
This Saint Patrick’s Day, find a new furry friend at PHS and pull a coin from our pot of gold to receive a discount on your adoption fee. Discounts range from 10% to 100% off!

12 p.m. | St. Patrick’s Party | MoMac Brewing Company
St. Patrick’s Day fun begins with a pint of P-Town Irish Stout. They will have Bar-Q serving up Texas Style BBQ, Twisted Sisters Cupcakes & Sugar Shack Cafe will have dessert covered and Fixity performing.

4 p.m. | Irish Dinner at Stellar | Stellar Wine Co.
Everyone is Irish on St. Paddy’s Day! Come enjoy our special Irish Dinner of Corned Beef, Cabbage, and Potatoes for only $12. Plenty of Guinness too…Wear your green!


11 a.m. | Suffolk Public Library’s Women’s Fest 2018 | North Suffolk Library
In recognition of Women’s History Month, enjoy a celebration of women with inspiring speakers, self-defense demos, Sentara’s Mammography Van, live music, art projects and more! This event is free, open to the public and for all ages.

1 p.m. | Mermaid Paint Night | Twisted Art and More
Come join us for an under the sea painting experience!  All supplies provided!

Virginia Beach

8 a.m. | First VB Flea of 2018 | The Alley
It’s that time of year! Featuring carefully curating vendors, from local and regional pickers, artists, artisans and junkers. Not that bad junk, only good junk!

9 a.m. | St. Patrick’s Day Paintball | Fox Brother’s Paintball Park
Dress in green and enjoy a fun day of paintball on St. Patrick’s Day! Fun themed games all day long! Find a golden paintball pod to win free paintballs and other prizes.

12 p.m. | St. Patrick’s Day Beer and Bacon Pairing | Wasserhund Brewing Company
The Wasserhund Brewing Co. and Full Belly Delights will be partnering up for this year’s St. Patrick’s Day. Come join them for craft beer, bacon truffles, and so much more.

12 p.m. | St. Patrick’s Day | Reaver Beach Brewing Co.
This St. Patrick’s day they will be offering a very limited Milk Stout called to Irish Slammer. They will also have some St. Patrick’s Day goodies to be given away to the first 50 customers in the door.


8 a.m. | Williamsburg Farmers Market | Merchants Square
Check out the Williamsburg Farmers Market with over 30 vendors featuring forced bulbs, artisan chocolate, cheese, meats, honey, baked goods, peanuts and handmade soaps.

9 a.m. | Military Through the Ages | Jamestown Settlement
Hundreds of re-enactors depicting armed forces from the fifth century B.C. to modern times will come together on Saturday and Sunday, March 17-18, 2018, for Jamestown Settlement’s “Military Through the Ages” event.

10 a.m. | Historical Organ Recital | The College of William & Mary
Head to the Wren Chapel on the campus of The College of William & Mary for a half-hour Historical Organ Recital. All are welcome!

11 a.m. | Fido Fest! | Jamestown Beach Event Park
Don’t miss the PAW-TY! Grab your leash and get to the park with your furry friend for a great time! Fido Fest, a new venture by James City County Parks & Recreation, features family and dog-friendly activities, games, food and more! Admission is $5/car (cash or check only).

4:30 p.m. | Shamrock the ‘Burg | Williamsburg Community Building
Presented by the Kiwanis Club. Live Irish music, live Irish dancers, traditional Irish food like corned beef and cabbage, local craft beer, wine and more!

6 p.m. | St. Patrick’s Day with Hangar 02 and B2 | Billsburg Brewery
Hangar 09 will be on the stage in the event tent to help rock their St. Patricks at B2!


10 a.m. | Milica Decker at the Gallery at York Hall | Gallery at York Hall
Have you ever heard of fiber weaving? Come join local artist, Milica Decker, as she shows you first-hand how to use color, texture, and beads to design beautiful pieces of jewelry that are also works of art. Milica will take questions as she demonstrates her technique with fiber art. The gallery sells the work of hundreds of local artists and you’ll find ever-changing art, jewelry, pottery, and more for sale.

10 a.m. | Pruning Clinic | Ken Matthews Garden Center
The York/Poquoson Master Gardeners will be offering FREE indoor pruning clinics. To register, call the York/Poquoson Extension Office at (757) 890-4940

11 a.m. | St. Patrick’s Day Party | Water Street Grille
Water Street Grille is celebrating in a special way this St. Patrick’s day including Irish food specials and great craft beer. Come down for a fun evening!



10 a.m. | Yoga on Tap | Bearded Bird Brewing
Join Danielle Collinsworth, (aka The Caffeinated Yogi), for yoga at the brewery! This class is an all level donation based class. Bring a friend and get ready to flow to fun tunes on your mat.

3 p.m. | Fisk Jubilee Singers | Attucks Theatre
These vocal artists and students at Tennessee’s Fisk University sing and travel worldwide. The original Jubilee Singers introduced “slave songs” to the world in 1871 and were instrumental in preserving this unique American musical tradition known today as Negro spirituals.

5 p.m. | Trivia Night | Bearded Bird Brewing
Prizes: First place team will recieve a $20 gift card to the brewery and second place $10 ( but most importatnly bragging rights..) Teams: Team max size is 6. There is no max number of teams however first come first served!

Newport News

9 a.m. | Newport News Cruise | The Mariners’ Museum and Park
Grab your bike and join other bicyclers on a leisurely ride that stretches from The Mariners’ Museum and Park to Hilton Village.


9 a.m. | Special Day for Special Needs | Children’s Museum of Virginia
The museum will open its doors for children with special needs and their families to enjoy a day of their own. In addition to offering activities and crafts, there will be opportunities to visit with various organizations to learn about resources available to them.

Virginia Beach

7:30 a.m. | Yuengling Shamrock Marathon | Shore Drive
Celebrate your race and the “Luck of the Irish” with 25,000 runners from all 50 states and around the world. Lace up your sneakers, adorn yourself in green and conquer the streets of Virginia Beach. You’ll enjoy flat, fast and scenic courses along the beautiful oceanfront and recover at our huge finish line celebration featuring live music, ice-cold Yuengling beer and much more.

 1 p.m. | Winter Tram Tour | Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge
Join Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge and False Cape State Park staff for a scenic ride to observe numerous flocks of wintering waterfowl, such as ducks, tundra swans and snow geese. Then, continue into the heart of False Cape for a one mile (round trip) hike to the remnants of the Wash Woods Methodist Church and cemetery site.


5 p.m. | Williamsburg Youth Orchestra | Ewell hall, The College of William and Mary
Williamsburg Youth Orchestras will hold its Chamber Music Program and Middle School Brass & Wind ensemble concert on March 18, 2018, at 5:00 pm at the Ewell Recital Hall at the College of William & Mary. This event is free and open to the public.