“Fall Festival of Folklife” in Newport News

The 44th Newport News Fall Festival of Folklife will be held on Saturday, October 7th & Sunday, October 8th, each day from 10am to 5pm. This family friendly event will take place in Newport News Park. The festival will feature over 150 exhibitors showcasing traditional crafts, heritage trade demonstrations, entertainment, children’s activities, and food.

An exciting new addition to this year’s festival is the Virginia Beer and Cheer area featuring Virginia beers and ciders. New entertainment includes Latin Ballet of Virginia, Fado Nosso, The Rhythm of Ireland School of Dance, Drunken Weasels Border Morris, and Lady Beatricethe Gypsy Fortune Teller.

Don’t forget about all of the fabulous festival food! Enjoy options from seafood, barbeque, pork rinds, funnel cakes, and lots of other favorites.

For more info, visit nngov.com/820/Fall-Festival-of-Folklife.

“SONset on the Isle” At Bell Isle Beach Club & Marina

Saturday, September 30th, don’t miss ‘SONset on the Isle’. This is a fun family friendly event with live music throughout the day.

Catch some of the best Christian bands around while enjoying the beautiful atmosphere of Bell Isle Marina. Every King and Commoner, Caleb Folks and Co, Mehlek Pfsha, REP, 757 Worship and Reverence Worship will be rockin’ the beach club all day.

Pack some chairs, bring a picnic and enjoy this beautiful weather on the Isle. Food, drinks and snacks will be available for purchase at the marina store. This event is free and open from 12-9pm.

For more info, visit facebook.com/BellIsleMarina.

“Brews That Benefit” at Alewerks Brewing Co.

Saturday, September 30th, come out to Alewerks and celebrate a great cause. Tap into Fall with 10 Alewerks craft beer samples and an exclusive firkin of Pumpkin Ale with vanilla and coffee.

Prost! food truck will be on site serving their Oktoberfest-inspired menu including brats, schnitzel and beer braised sausage. The primary beneficiary for this event is the local branch of Warriors at Ease. Prior to the event, at 11 a.m. an instructor will lead a complimentary yoga session.

This year’s event will offer lawn games, live music and a silent auction featuring items such as restaurant gift cards to Merchants Square and rounds of golf at Kingsmill Resort. This event is from 12-4pm. Admission is $25, non-drinkers are $10.

For more information, visit williamsburgjuniors.org/btb.

“Hampton Haunts” A Halloween Guide for the City of Hampton

Summer may have come to an end, but as quickly as we’ve emptied the sand from our beach bags, we realize that with fall leaves comes one very exciting holiday… HALLOWEEN. Mark your calendars now for the following events during the entire month!

 Fort Monroe Ghost Walk | October 20-21

Come and discover where history meets mystery! Learn the hidden secrets of Fort Monroe’s rich 400 year history during the guided ghost walks. Special priced tickets go on sale in September. Tours are rain or shine. Please be advised that this is a walking tour and most of the areas of the tour are not handicapped accessible. This tour is not recommended for children under the age of 12. Children under the age of 17 must be accompanied by an adult. Fort Monroe. 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. $15 in advance, $20 night of tour. www.fmauthority.com


Hampton Horror Tours | October 23-27 

These 60-minute tours include eerie tales of Old Hampton and the Coastal Virginia area. The tour will encounter actors portraying the first witch recorded in America, ghosts of Civil War soldiers, pirates from Blackbeard’s Crew, a speakeasy proprietor, escaped prisoners, yellow fever victims, and more characters from the city’s tales of mystery and the macabre. Each tour will include the grisly side of Hampton history; special surprises and a spooky lantern tour of the St. John’s Church graveyard, and other points of fright along Queen Street and around downtown Hampton. Hampton History Museum. 6:30 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. $10 advance, $12 at the door. www.hamptonhistorymuseum.org

Rocky Horror Picture Show | October 26 

Grab your fishnets, and dance your way to The American Theatre’s creature feature presentation of THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW! Coming this October, audiences will TIME WARP back to the 1970s and shimmy the night away to the voices of Magenta, Frank-N-Furter & Riff Raff on The American Theatre’s silver screen. Dust off your gold sequin top hat, snap on your rubber gloves and lace up your corset for some harmless musical fun—a delightful spoof of Hollywood horror movies and Old Dark House melodramas! The American Theatre. 8:00 p.m. $10. www.hamptonarts.net

Bluebird Gap Farm Festival | October 28 

On Saturday, October 28, check out the return of the Blue Bird Gap Farm Festival! The event, held rain or shine, will include awesome activities and events like punkin’ chunkin’, live entertainment, happy hay rides, and more! There will also be craft beer and food available for purchase. Best of all, the event is free and open to the public. Bluebird Gap Farm. 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Daily. Free. www.hampton.gov/bbgf


Downtown Hampton Halloween Block Party October 28

Hampton takes to the streets for a fun-filled street fair including live music by Buck Shot, cold refreshments and plenty of activities for the young and old. Dog Costume Contest at 6:30 p.m. Best Costume Contest at 8:30 p.m. Downtown Hampton. 6:00 p.m. -10:30 p.m. Free Admission. www.hamptonblockparty.com

Pumpkins!

And don’t forget about pumpkins! Wood’s Orchards Farm Market is the perfect place to find carve-worthy pumpkins this year, offering a selection ranging from $3-$45, and varying from small to very large pumpkins, with a whole field of white pumpkins. Hours of operation: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays

“Oktoberfest” at Tradition Brewing Co.

Saturday, September 23rd, find your stein and rock the Lederhosen for Oktoberfest at Tradition! This all-day celebration will feature live music, German food and seasonal beer releases.

The Tasting Room will be transformed into an Authentic German Beer Hall. Deutscher Imbiss will be on site serving up bratwurst, currywurst, schnitzel bites, and more. There will be live music throughout the day, including Good Shot Judy taking the stage at 7:00 pm. The party starts at 12pm and will go until 11pm. Cheers!

For more info, visit facebook.com/TraditionBrewing.

“Hampton Cup Regatta” Returns to Mill Creek

September 23-24th, the highly anticipated Hampton Cup Regatta returns to Hampton’s Mill Creek. Get ready for a weekend full of on-the-water thrills, chills and racing excitement. Up to 80 hydroplanes, flat bottoms, and jersey speed skiffs from the United States and Canada are expected to compete.

This year, Hampton will host up to 12 classes of the fastest hydroplanes in North America. Considered the loudest piston-powered racing boats in the world, these hydroplanes are sure to have onlookers marveling. The racing will begin each day at approximately 10.30am and end by 5pm. There will be food trucks, live music and admission to the event is free.

Don’t miss the kick-off party Friday night at Oozlefinch Craft Brewery. There will be live music and food trucks also on site. You are encouraged to bring chairs or tents to enjoy the entire weekend outdoors. Fun for the whole family!

For more info, visit hamptoncupregatta.com

“Salute Back” Fundraiser Presented by FMB

Attention party people! If you appreciate real hip-hop, reggae music and a great crowd, mark your calendars for this weekend. Saturday, September 9th, FMB presents “Salute Back”, a fundraiser held to benefit the Combat Wounded Coalition and Kevin Thorp, a loyal friend to the FMB family.

Kevin was recently involved in an accident, puncturing one lung and causing him to miss work. A portion of proceeds made will go towards Kevin’s mounting medical bills.

There will be live performances by Jason Coffey, I Gabe, DrummerBoy and DJ Raw Base. You’ll receive a free FMB cup with entry and enjoy drink specials all night long. This event will be held at County Grill in Yorktown. Attendees must be 21 and up with valid ID. The party starts at 9.30pm and will continue until close. It’s always a good time with the FMB crew!

For more info, visit facebook.com/events

“7th Annual Shag at the Foodbank” in Hampton

Thursday, September 28th, get ready to dance, dine and donate at the 7th Annual ‘Shag at the Foodbank’. This popular indoor/outdoor event is hosted by the Kiwanis Clubs of Division 13 and will take place at the Foodbank, located at 2401 Aluminum Ave. in Hampton.

Nixon Catering will be on site to serve all-you-can-eat seafood. Menu items include steamed shrimp, clams, crab bites, fried oysters, scallops, and pork BBQ. Bill Deal’s Original Rhondels will perform all evening. This event is from 5.30-8.30pm. Tickets purchased in advance are $40 per person and $50 at the door.

This year, the Kiwanis are having a canned tuna/chicken drive to stock the Foodbank shelves so make sure to bring some goodies. Proceeds directly impact literacy, health, recreation, family support, quality childcare, youth leadership development programs and reduce hunger throughout Hampton Roads.

For more info and to purchase tickets, visit shagatthefoodbank.com.