“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.

“Christmas Parade” in Colonial Williamsburg

Saturday, December 2nd, head out to Colonial Williamsburg  for the highly anticipated Christmas Parade.

Enjoy over 100 floats, marching bands and characters trailing down Richmond Road in celebration of the Holidays. The parade will go through Merchants Square onto Henry Street and end at the corner of Henry and Francis Streets.

This year’s theme is “winter wonderland,” and will feature special guests, Mr. and Mrs. Santa Clause. The parade will begin at 8am with streets closing promptly at 7.30am.

For more info, click here.

“Hollydazzle Celebration” in City Center

The 14th annual Hollydazzle Celebration returns to city center Saturday, December 2nd.

This family-friendly event has something for everyone, including live musicians, choral groups and dancers performing on four different stages. Catch the amazing street performers to include living statues, fire performers, magicians, hoop dancers, holiday characters and stilt walkers!

From 4-8pm, the evening will be filled with fun activities leading up to the spectacular Fountains of Light Show beginning at 7.45pm. Following the fireworks and incredible special effects will be the lighting of the 45 foot tree on the Fountain Plaza.

The children’s area will have holiday crafts, entertainment and free face painting. Twenty food vendors will sell food items ranging from turkey legs to pizza and funnel cakes.

For more info, click here.

“City Center Fall Festival” in Newport News

City Center is excited to host the 6th Annual Fall Festival Saturday, October 14. Festivities this year include craft beer, hard cider, wine tastings, artwork and live music.

Browse over 40 vendors featuring seasonal fruits, produce, baked goods and plants. Enjoy the sounds of The Joe Gasman Band and Borderline Crazy live on the Market Stage. The children’s area will offer free hay rides, a craft area, face painting and door prizes.

Beer and wine tasting tickets are available for $30. Discounted tickets are available now until October 10th for $25. This event is free, family friendly and open to the public.

The festival is from 11-6pm. For more 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.

“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.

“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

“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