“19th Annual Blackbeard Pirate Festival” in Downtown Hampton

Brace yourself for a weekend full of swashbuckling excitement! The 19th Annual Blackbeard Festival returns to Downtown Hampton June 2-3.

Enjoy the sights and sounds of Blackbeard and his crew all weekend long. Interact with Blackbeard himself and over 100 other authentically costumed pirate re-enactors as they run rampant on the streets of Downtown Hampton! Saturday and Sunday will include costumed characters and a replica of Blackbeard’s pirate camp, complete with live history interpreters teaching skills of the sailor circa 1700.

This year, the pirates will celebrate the 300th anniversary of Blackbeard’s notorious demise! There will also be a children’s area with activities including colonial games, pirate face-painting, strolling fairies, digging for treasure and more.

The festivities will take place Saturday from 10am-10pm and Sunday from 12pm-6pm.

For detailed info on this event, click here.

“Summer Concert Series with The Deloreans” at Port Warwick

Summer is right around the corner and with that comes lots of live music on the Peninsula! Wednesday May 23rd, dress in your best 80’s gear and dance the night away with The Deloreans.

The concert will begin promptly at 6pm. This event is kid/pet friendly and is free and open to the public. Feel free to bring your own chairs, blankets or even a picnic. Beer and wine are allowed. Free parking for the concerts is available in the Sentara parking lot.

Concerts are every Wednesday, 6-9pm from May 23 to August 29, 2018 (no concert July 4). For detailed info and the entire season’s schedule, click here.

The concert will take place rain or shine. Should weather conditions cause a cancellation, a decision will be made by 5:30pm and will be posted on the website and Facebook page.

“One City Marathon” in Newport News

The Fourth Annual One City Marathon will be held on Sunday, March 4th. This is an exciting weekend event including a two-day Health and Wellness Expo, kick-off celebration at Boathouse Live, pasta dinner, and four races!

Choose from the Boston Qualifier Marathon, Marathon Relay (teams of 2-4 split the marathon), Maritime 8K or Nautical Mile Fun Run. The marathon starts at Newport News Park and is a point to point course taking you through scenic Newport News. You’ll enjoy beautiful views of the James River, a flat course, enthusiastic fans, course support, and more.

This year, the Saturday night pasta dinner will take place at Boathouse Live. Join the awesome runners and staff at the official One City welcome party with great food, live music and guest speakers. The menu will include salad, two pasta dishes, vegetables, bread and dessert. Tickets are $17.50 per person with group discounts available.

Once the race is over, you’re invited to celebrate at ‘One City, One Celebration’, the official after-party for the race. This event will feature a live DJ, food provided by Uno’s Pizzeria & Grill, craft beer by Tradition Brewing Company, runner-relaxation area and fun children activities.

For more info and to register, click here.

“Hampton Roads Welcomes Lionsbridge FC”

“It’s about more than soccer. It’s about community. It’s about a family night out. It’s about local flavor.” Newport News is excited to welcome Lionsbridge Football Club to the area with games beginning in May 2018.

Not long ago, bringing high-level soccer to the area was a dream for local businessman, Mike Vest, Dan Chenoweth and Kevin Joyce. Now, thanks to their hard work and a very excited community, that dream has become a reality. The team will play in the Premier Development League (PDL) of about 75 teams that Vest says represents the best amateur soccer in the nation.

POMOCO Stadium will be home for the team named after the iconic bridge in nearby Mariners’ Museum Park. The coaching staff will recruit players from area and state schools, including CNU, William & Mary, Virginia Wesleyan and Old Dominion.

Lionsbridge FC’s owners want to make the games more than just sporting events. Each game will be preceded by a ‘pre-game community festival’, featuring live music, a beer tent, food trucks, bounce houses  and other family-friendly activities. Don’t miss the fireworks displays as well! Ticket prices will be $8 for adults and $2 for children. Season tickets are also available for purchase.

Tradition Brewing Company will have craft beer on site at each game. Fans have the option to watch the games up close and personal at the Tradition Sideline Lounge at POMOCO Stadium. Tradition will also host Lionsbridge FC events, including ‘St. Patricks Day Human Foosball Tournament’.

For details information and more about the team, click here.

“Mutts Gone Nuts” at The Ferguson Center for the Arts

Saturday, February 10th, The Ferguson Center for the Arts presents ‘Mutts Gone Nuts’. Bring the entire family out to enjoy an afternoon of talented pups. Expect the unexpected, as canines and comedy collide in a smash-hit performance that’s leaving audiences everywhere howling for more!

From shelters to showbiz, these amazing mutts unleash havoc and hilarity in a breathtaking, action-packed, comedy dog spectacular, featuring some of the world’s most talented four-legged performers. Deemed “A Must See” by The Washington Post, the dogs are sure to steal your heart, and then your socks! Mutts Gone Nuts promotes adoption of rescue animals. The show takes place from 2-4pm.

For more info and to purchase tickets, click here.

“Game Day 5K/10K” in City Center

Kick off Super Bowl Sunday with a race through City Center! Take part in the GameDay 5K or 10K race so you won’t feel terribly guilty about eating all that junk food later on for the big game.

Runners are encouraged to wear their favorite sports gear in true Super Bowl spirit. There will also be a half-mile ‘Fun Run’ for the little ones. At the post-race party, you’ll enjoy the greatest tailgate in Newport News. Tradition Brewing Company will be onsite providing their best craft beer along with food from Uno’s Pizzeria & Grill.

After the race, be sure to head down the street and visit Tradition Brewing Company for live music by Felicia Hoyos, free sports massages and great food from Sliders Food Truck.

Race Day is February 4th. For detailed info and to register, click here.

“Holiday Market” at the Hampton History Museum

Featuring unique vendors and taking place at the Hampton History Museum, the Hampton Holiday Market is sure to have something for everyone in the family!

This event is well known for traditional arts and crafts, fresh-baked goods, food trucks, a beer and wine garden, live entertainment and heirloom holiday ornament making. The children will enjoy face painting, train displays, retro toys, as well as indoor and outdoor games. There will be free food samples from Lidl, and much more on Saturday, December 9, 10-4pm. Admission to the Hampton History Museum is free all day, 10-5pm.

Also, be sure to head on over to the Hampton Carousel and snap free “Selfies with Santa” from 1-6pm. The first  150 children to visit with Santa will receive a free gift.

For detailed info on this and other events in Hampton, click here.

“Hampton Holly Days Parade” in Downtown Hampton

This December 9, let the joy of the holiday season take over at the Hampton Holly Days Parade: Holiday Lift Off in honor of NASA Langley Research Center’s centennial celebration. The free event, taking place at 7:00 p.m. in downtown Hampton, is one of the largest annual illuminated parades in all of Hampton Roads.

Hampton Holly Days Parade will feature over 70 units, including beautiful floats, marching bands including high school bands, auto clubs, dance groups, military honor units, and everyone’s favorite holiday guest…Santa Claus!

For more information on Holiday Lift Off, dial 757/727-8311 or click here.