Your Lava Fest, Umoja, and Salute to Summer Weekend

It’s a major festival weekend!

In Portsmouth, the 26th Annual Umoja Festival honoring African culture and heritage is going down at the Portsmouth Pavilion. That’s three days of music, activities, art and celebration!

At the Oceanfront, we’re celebrating the official start of the season with the Salute to Summer. There will be all kinds of free live music, but in the spirit of Memorial Day weekend be sure to pay special attention to the “Heroes Walk” display on the boardwalk. It features essays written by local high school students about military conflict.

And finally this weekend is the Second Annual Lava Festival! Last year it was a huge hit in Suffolk, and this year they’re doing it again but this time, at O’Connor Brewing in Norfolk. Get a behind the scenes look here. 

And many people have a long weekend with Monday off for Memorial Day. Pause and remember those who served and died for this country. Here’s a list of Memorial Day ceremonies in Hampton Roads.

See anything we missed? Add it to our events calendar!

All Weekend


Ongoing/The Addams Family/The Little Theatre of Norfolk
In this laugh-a-minute musical based on the TV Series and comic strip about the creepy and kooky and altogether spooky family we have all grown to love, Wednesday Addams, the princess of darkness, has fallen in love with a young man from a respectable family. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before — keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change when Wednesday’s ‘normal’ boyfriend and his parents come over for dinner with the Addams family.
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Ongoing/The Library/Generic Theater
After Caitlin Gabriel survives a deadly shooing at her high school, she struggles to tell her story to her parents, the authorities, and anyone who will listen. But there are other narratives that gain purchase in the media and paint her in a different light. Renowned Hollywood screenwriter Scott Z. Burns (Contagion, Side Effects) returns to the stage with this bold and chilling play that asks us to examine our relationship to the truth and the lies that claim to heal us.
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Friday-Sunday/Norfolk Tides Baseball/Harbor Park
The Norfolk Tides are the Triple-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, and a member of the International League. The 2016 season will be the Tides’ 48th season at the Triple-A level and 24th season at Harbor Park. It will also be Norfolk’s tenth season as the Triple-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles.
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Friday-Sunday/26th Annual Umoja Festival/Portsmouth Pavilion
Umoja means unity and this three-day festival presents the rich heritage of African cultural and the manner in which it weaves into our national tapestry. Visitors are introduced to the continent through art, music and entertainment, demonstrations and food. From the Opening Ceremonies and The Permission of the Elders Ceremony, to the closing Umoja stage performance, this celebration is a family event that will appeal to all ages

Virginia Beach

Friday-Sunday/Salute to Summer/Oceanfront
Salute to Summer is an unabashed “Star-Spangled” salute to great music, fun in the sun, and the military men and women who have sacrificed their lives throughout our history. Free live entertainment on three outdoor stages features music presented by local and regional bands.
The “Heroes Walk” display stretches along the boardwalk from 17th to 31st Streets. Original essays written by local high school students are reproduced on four by eight foot banners easily read by passers-by.

Friday-Sunday/Pungo Strawberry Festival/1776 Princess Anne Rd.
The Annual Pungo Strawberry Festival is held on Memorial Day weekend every year. This year we are estimating an attendance of over 100,000 people for the two day event. Activities will include a parade, continuous entertainment on three stages, one of the largest carnivals on the east coast, a multi-million dollar military display to honor our veterans and service members, a pie eating contest, pig races, a youth arts and craft display, 4H exhibits and activities, arts and craft booths, and, last but not least some of the best food you have ever tasted. Vendors will offer fresh picked strawberries, strawberry shortcake and ice cream, chocolate dipped strawberries, strawberry pizzas, and much more.

Saturday-Monday/Billabong presents the Coastal Edge Steel Pier Classic & Surf Art Expo/1st Street Jetty
Join us Memorial Day Weekend, May 28-30, 2016 to kick off summer! Pro Surfing/Am Surfing Contest, Student Art Show on the Beach, Professional Art Show on the Boardwalk, 5K/10K Race, SUP Race, SUP Surf, and our annual Paddleout to honor our Military and those who died serving our country.
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Newport News

11 a.m./50th Anniversary Celebration/Newport News Park
Newport News Park will hold a 50th Anniversary Celebration on Friday, May 27, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. inside the Park at Picnic Shelters 19 & 20. City and State officials will unveil commemorative plaques that will be placed at the renovated flagpole plaza on Constitution Way (the Park’s main road) along with a time capsule.


11 a.m./Norfolk Bike Month Food Truck Rodeo/MacArthur Square
Celebrate Norfolk Bike Month with lunch outside at MacArthur Square, outdoor games and bike freebies!

8:30 p.m./DMX/The NorVa
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Virginia Beach

1 p.m./Story time at the Lighthouse/Cape Henry Lighthouse
Starting March 25th, every Friday will be story time at the Cape Henry Lighthouse. Join us in the picnic area while we explore the swashbuckling seas and the deepest parts of the ocean. The stories featured in Cape Henry Lighthouse Story Time include The Whale by Cynthia Rylant, The Eagle by Cynthia Rylant, The Turtle by Cynthia Rylant and How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long and David Shannon.



7 p.m./TBMA Monthly Bluegrass Concert/Hickory Ruritan Club
The TBMA monthly concert held at the Hickory Ruritan Club features some of the best in local and regional bluegrass talent. May’s concert features music by The Dust Cutters. Donations are accepted at the door to cover the cost of the bands and rental.


6 p.m./Downtown  Hampton Block Party/Downtown Hampton
For the past 22 years, thousands of residents from all over Hampton Roads have gathered together in Downtown Hampton for music, food, and community during the annual Downtown Hampton Block Party Series. This year’s Block Party is set to be bigger and better than ever before! Week after week, all summer long, Block Party goers will be treated to a variety of local and national musical acts spanning all genres, as well as our always quirky signature events such as “The Rolling of the Bulls”, and a few special surprises. Make sure you stop by each week to see what the Block Party will think of next!
May 28: Kasey Rae Band with Full Spectrum


10 a.m./VGA Game Day/Slover Library
Come play games or learn new ones. We will have games or you can bring your own. We will also have dedicated demos for library walk ins.
Invite your gaming friends and spend the day in a historic library playing great games with great folks!

10 a.m./Yoga at Norfolk Botanical Garden/Norfolk Botanical Garden
Yoga class at the botanical gardens. All levels welcome. The cost of the class is $15 for non members and $10 for members. **the cost for the class includes your admission into the gardens (which is $12)!! What a great opportunity to spend a beautiful day in the gardens.
Please sign up to secure your spot! We have a max number of 20 slots.
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1 p.m./Lava Festival/O’Connor Brewing Co.
LAVA Music Festival will take place at O’Connor Brewing Company in Norfolk, Virginia on Saturday, May 28th. Tickets are on-sale NOW! #lavafestva
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Noon-5 p.m./Bam Bam’s Spring Jam/Town Point Park & Ted Constant Center
Complimentary lunch provided for youth 18 and under eat free. Food served until 2 p.m.
Adults will have the opportunity to support the foundation by purchasing an $8 meal voucher (2 pieces of fresh fried chicken-cooked onsite, baked beans, roll, and beverage).
Additional food vendors will be onsite until 4:30 p.m.
Lawn chairs and blankets are strongly encouraged. Come relax in the park while enjoying the sounds of the FUZZ BAND!

7 p.m./Naked- A Gospel Play/TCC Roper Performing Arts Center
With plenty of hilarity the casthelps us strip the facade of religionby reveeling the root of suffering and pain, while sharing the healing power of God, as we come “Naked” before him.
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8 p.m./Brandi Carlile/The NorVa
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Virginia Beach

10 a.m./Bike Rodeo/Williams Farm Park
In celebration of May as Bike Month, families are invited to Williams Farm Park for a day of fun activities with a focus on bicycle safety. Kids can participate in bicycle skills stations, interactive games, bike decorating and a parade! Remember to bring your children’s’ bicycles and helmets.

7:50 p.m./Big Screen Saturday Comicon: Avengers Age of Ultron/Virginia Aquarium
When Tony Stark and Bruce Banner try to jump-start a dormant peacekeeping program called Ultron, things go horribly wrong and it’s up to Earth’s Mightiest Heroes to stop the villainous Ultron from enacting his terrible plans.
Tickets are $5
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10 a.m./Summer Yoga at the Plot/NEON District
Yoga at the Plot is back for another season! We will be practicing at the Plot in the NEON District April through September on the last Sunday of the month at 10:00 am. Local yoga teachers will lead a series of free and fun pop up yoga classes open to all levels of experience. Bring your friends, get outside, and experience the NEON!

3 p.m./Hampton Roads Metro Band: A Memorial Day Picnic Concert/Knights of Columbus Hall
Hampton Roads Metro Band is an all volunteer, non-profit symphonic concert band that is comprised of 55 – 60 musicians, both amateur and professional, from diverse walks of life. The age of the band’s musicians range from 15 to 86! The band’s mission is to provide enjoyable rehearsals and performances of concert band literature, and to share a varied musical repertoire with the public at large. The musical repertoire includes marches, patriotic selections, Broadway musicals, big band, and easy listening music. The concert performance locations include assisted living facilities, retirement homes, fraternal and charitable organizations, churches, synagogues, civic events, festivals, and graduation ceremonies.

5 p.m./Sons of Serendip/Attucks Theater
Serendipitous is the perfect description of how the four members of Sons of Serendip came to meet and form a musical group. Though many miles separated them, many years of happenstance brought together vocalist Micah Christian, harpist Mason Morton, cellist and vocalist Kendall Ramseur, and pianist and guitarist Cordaro Rodriguez, and took them to the stage of the hit TV show, America’s Got Talent—where they charmed audiences of millions with “soaring, stirring vocals…an amazing experience of harmonious sound…an experience that makes you feel good” ( Now you can hear Sons of Serendip live—order your tickets today!
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7:30 p.m./Andy Black/The NorVa
The Homecoming Tour
with special guest Colours
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