“Artini – Virginia Made” at Boathouse Live

The PFAC Board of Advisors is excited to announce the 7th Annual Artini – Virginia Made. This year, the event is taking place at Boathouse Live Friday, March 2nd.

Local mixologists will compete to create the best cocktail using ingredients made in Virginia. Attendees will choose the winner. Enjoy amazing appetizers from Circa, Waypoint, Harpoon Larry’s, P.F. Chang’s, Second Street, Fin, Riverwalk, Juan’s, Kismet, Mellow Mushroom, Schlesinger’s and of course Boathouse Live.

Tickets are $60 in advance and $75 after February 23rd. Admission includes drink tastings and food pairings. Enjoy great food, exquisite drinks and live music by Plastic Eddie. This event is from 6-9pm.

For more info and to purchase tickets online, click here.

“Strange Rootz” at Bull Island Brewery

Friday, January 12th, mark your calendars for the best reggae band in the area. Grab your friends and bundle up to enjoy the island vibes of Strange Rootz at Bull Island Brewery.

Strange Rootz is a group of brothers united together through conscious music. Coming from different roots, the members bring ideas together to create beautiful vibrations of love, unity, truth and rights. Take advantage of the stunning waterfront views while listening to great music. Bull Island offers an amazing selection of craft beer, wine and food. This event is from 7-10pm.

For more info on this and other events, click here.

“Yorktown Holiday Market & Toyland Parade”

The Historic Yorktown waterfront will transform into a Christmas wonderland for the final Market Days event of the year. Enjoy extended hours of 9-3pm on Saturday, December 9th. 

Browse local vendors and shop for wreaths, Christmas gift baskets, gourmet dog treats, fresh breads, baked goods, chowder and more. At 10.30am, be sure to catch a cooking demonstration from Carrot Tree Kitchens of Yorktown.

From 1-3pm, children’s activities will be held in the grassy area near the fountain. Festivities include a colonial Christmas Program from Watermen’s Museum, live holiday music, arts and crafts, and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. At 1.30pm, don’t miss the Toyland Parade. Decorate your strollers, wagons, pets, and kids in your most impressive holiday spirit.

For more info on this event and others in Yorktown, click here.

“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.