“Hampton Roads Tattoo Festival” March 2nd-4th

Attention tattoo enthusiasts, pin-up girls and people with a passion for piercings! The 8th Annual Hampton Roads Tattoo Arts Festival is coming up March 2nd-4th. This event will take place at the Hampton Roads Convention Center and feature live entertainment, vendors and contests.

This highly anticipated event will celebrate all aspects of the tattooing industry and welcome talented artists from across the country. There will be artists performing work onsite, a BMX stunt team, daily categorized tattoo contests, art and tattoo supply vendors, and live mural painting. Also, don’t forget about the 7th Annual Miss Hampton Roads Pin-Up Contest. Tickets can only be purchased at the door.

For detailed info, click here.

“Poquoson Seafood Festival” October 20-22

The weekend of October 20-22nd, the city of Poquoson will celebrate the 37th Anniversary of the Poquoson Seafood Festival.

This event will have something for everyone. Shop over 160 arts and craft vendors, enjoy fresh seafood and catch live entertainment on multiple stages.

The children’s area will feature a petting zoo, magician and a puppet show. Dance the night away with Slapnation, The River Gypsies, Bad Ace and Soul Patch. Entry to this event free, parking is $5.

For more info, visit the site 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.

“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

“Summer Celebration Wine Festival” at Lee Hall Mansion

Celebrate the beginning of summer with wine in hand at the beautiful grounds of the Lee Hall Mansion. The ‘Summer Celebration Wine Festival’ will take place Saturday, June 10 from 11-6pm. This much-anticipated annual event will feature live music, exquisite food, and unique craft vendors.

Enjoy tasting an assortment of Virginia’s best wines while strolling the historic exterior property of Lee Hall Mansion. Get there early to reserve your spot for the band! Advance tickets are $20 for tasting and $10 for non-tasting. Tickets purchased the day of are $25 for the tasting and $10 for non-tasting.

For more info, visit the Facebook Event Page.

“Chesapeake Bay Reggae Fest” in Hampton

May 20th and 21st, Hampton’s Mill Point Park will host the 7th Annual Chesapeake Bay Reggae Fest. The continuing goal of this event is to promote Unity in the Community. Organizers work very hard to keep original reggae music alive by reviving some of the forgotten artists from the golden era of reggae music.

Currently, thirteen artists are lined up to play to include Strange Rootz, Cultivated Mind, and Nature’s Child. This festival is also known for having outstanding food and craft vendors from all over the East Coast. Come out and have an irie time!

For more info, visit cbreggaefest.com.

“Children’s Festival of Friends” at Newport News Park

Saturday, May 6th, Newport News Parks and Recreation is excited to host the 28th Annual Children’s Festival of Friends. This always-popular festival will feature your children’s favorite book characters as well as animals from the Virginia Living Museum, Gum Tree Farm, and ZooPro.

There will be over 100 hands-on activities including crafts, pony rides, trackless train, tiki rock wall, moon bounce, obstacle course, and tennis. There will also be educational exhibits such as science experiments, gardening, and sheep-shearing.

This event takes place in Newport News Park from 10am-5pm. Festival admission and all activities are free. There is a $5 parking fee. Food vendors will be onsite.

For more info, visit the Facebook Event Page.

“Blue, Brews, and BBQ Festival” at Riverwalk

Saturday, May 6th, ‘Blues, Brews and BBQ’ returns to Historic Yorktown for the Fourth Annual Festival on the River. Enjoy down-home blues musicians, incredible microbrew, outstanding BBQ, and other gourmet foods for purchase. This event takes place in Riverwalk Landing in Yorktown by the water.

Beautiful surroundings, great crowd and a wonderful time, all for a great cause. Proceeds will benefit The York Foundation for Public Education. Tasting tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. You may bring blankets or chairs for the designated seating area. No outside alcohol, coolers will be checked upon entry. This event is from 12-6pm.

For more info and to purchase tickets, visit villageevents.org.