“Hampton Roads Home Show” March 3rd-4th

Shop, compare and save from experts in remodeling, landscaping, decorating and building! The Hampton Roads Home Show returns to the Hampton Roads Convention Center March 3rd-4th.

Stroll through the wall-to-wall displays showcasing the latest trends and unveiling the newest products. Trusted professionals are on-hand to provide you with comparative information. Enjoy the entertainment and interactive demonstrations to motivate you for Spring.

Let the Hampton Roads Home Show inspire you with countless ideas on enhancing your homes look, comfort and value. Admission is $10.

For detailed info, 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.

“Go Green Expo” in Newport News

Eat local, go local, live local! The Go Green Expo returns Saturday, September 9th. Come out and experience Hampton Roads’ premier horticultural sustainability indoor event. The Expo is free, open to the public and will take place from 10am-3pm.

There will be many diverse vendors on site, activities for children and earth-friendly lectures. You will also find a Farmers Market, bake sale and exciting chef demos throughout the day.

If you’ve been thinking about starting your own garden or even raising your own chickens, this is the place to be. There will be speakers on site to provide presentations on topics relevant to our environment and the practice of sustainability. The event will be held at Brittingham Midtown Community Center in Newport News.

For more info, visit nngogreenexpo.org/the-event.

“Sunset Paddle Board” at Bell Isle

Bell Isle Marina and Beach Club is excited to announce another fun Thursday evening event. Beginning August 3, 2017, Sunset Paddle Board Tours will be available every Thursday starting at 7:15p. The tour will launch from the marina and take you on a relaxing journey to Factory Point and then back to the Isle after sunset.

The tour is adaptable to ALL skill levels. The maximum capacity of the group is 8 people.

For more info and to reserve your spot, visit https://www.facebook.com/BellIsleMarina/.

Inside Look: Bell Isle Marina in Hampton

So, you’ve heard of Open Mic Night, now how about Open Boat Night? The fine folks at Bell Isle Marina have partnered with the preferred charter, ‘Fightin’ Time’ to bring Thursday evening charter tours.

Recently, I had the pleasure of visiting the marina and took a tour of the grounds. I was pleasantly surprised to see such a large, private beach, a charming family-friendly area with several grills, picnic tables and tents along with an incredibly kind staff. There are beach chairs available for use, a snack bar onsite, and a 60 ft aqua lily pad to play on!

The marina provides the option to rent SUP paddle boards, paddle boats, sea-cycles, hydrobikes, and kayaks by the hour. Bell Isle features a growler-filling station with Larry’s Lemonade, and a few other options from Bull Island and Smart Mouth.

This is also the only local marina that allows month-to-month boat slips. Membership options are $250/year for the first person in the household, then $50 for additional. You can also just visit for a day for a fee of $25.

The Thursday night ‘Open Boat’ charter was so much fun. It would be great for a girls night, family fishing trip, or just to cruise. With a party of 6 people, the Captain will completely accommodate you. We did a little fishing, and we did a little cruisin’. You can also bring your own food and drinks on board. You’ll enjoy 4 hours on the water with Bell Isle Crew and Captain Mac Firth for only $60 per person.

The boat departs at 5pm sharp. You must arrive early to get signed in. Drinks and snacks are available for purchase at the marina store and the boat will provide water, coolers and chairs.

For detailed info and to purchase tickets, visit the Facebook Event Page.

“Celebrate the Park” at Mariners’ Museum

Bring the family out to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Noland Trail. There will be something fun for everyone. The celebration will take place Saturday, June 24th, from 11-3pm. Enjoy family activities and games, environmental displays and demonstrations along with raffles, scavenger hunts and much more. Sit back and listen to Bluegrass and folk music on the front lawn. ‘Raw Beets’ and ‘In Laymans Terms’ will perform throughout the day. For lunch options, there will be food trucks onsite. Park, Trail and Lake merchandise will be available for purchase.

For more info, visit marinersmuseum.org/celebrate-the-park.

“Farmers’ Market” at City Center

Summer is officially here and so is the Farmers’ Market! Beginning Thursday, June 1st and every following Thursday until September 28th from 10-2pm. Enjoy a great selection of locally grown fruits, vegetables, plants and herbs. You can also purchase dairy products such as cheese, goat’s cheese, milk, and eggs. Meats are also available at the market. You can find free-range chicken, bison, pork and fresh seafood. There will also be an array of locally made breads, baked goods, bath products, and dog treats! Grab your friends and shop local.

For more info, visit citycenteratoysterpoint.com/events.

“Chick-Fil-A 5K/10K” at Mariners’ Museum

It’s almost time for those crazy cows again! Join Flat-Out Events May 27th for the 10th Anniversary of the Chick-Fil-A 5K/10K. This family-friendly event features a scenic course through the Mariners’ Museum and along the James River. Once you’ve conquered the race, enjoy the post-race celebration area featuring the Chick-Fil-A Family Fun Zone with crafts, a petting zoo, magicians, and a complimentary food item for all 5K/10K runners.

Bring the youngest runner in the family for the “Running of the Cows Fun Run” and run alongside the Chick-Fil-A cows. Dress up to show your cow spirit and have a blast! There will also be live music by the Joe Gosman Band. This year, there will be a couple of exciting surprises in store to celebrate the 10 year anniversary.

The Chick-Fil-A 5K/10K is managed by Flat-Out Events and supports the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank and Students Run the Streets.

For more info and to sign up, visit cfa5k.com.