Calendar

July 4th Fireworks
Both the Virginia Beach Oceanfront (31st Street through 24th Street) and Downtown Norfolk/Olde Town Portsmouth riverfronts will feature spectacular fireworks shortly after 9 PM on July 4. Norfolk’s Town Point Park will come alive with food vendors, music and more. Free admission.

 

Mariners’ International Wine Classic

June 16

Music by Jae Sinnett Trio

Mariners Museum

www.marinersmuseum.org/wineclassic 

 

Boardwalk Art Show

June 14-17

18th Street to 35th Street on Virginia Beach Boardwalk

www.boardwalkartshow.com 

Voted one of the best outdoor art shows in America by Sunshine Artist Magazine, the festival features 300 visual artists from all over the USA. Live entertainment, food and craft beer are part of the mix. Free admission. 

 

Latin Fest

June 22-23

24th Street Park @ Oceanfront

www.beachstreetusa.com

Latin Fest possesses the key ingredients of good food, family participation, and first-rate Latin music. National performers electrify the diverse audience with high-energy tunes that move the crowd to dance under the stars. Local and regional Latin acts take the stage and unite festival-goers with the rhythms of salsa, Merengue, and jazz.

 

Bayou Boogaloo 

June 22-24

Town Point Park

www.festevents.org 

A slice of New Orleans culture is transplanted in downtown Norfolk for a weekend of authentic cuisine (crawfish, jambalaya), art (artists from NOLA), and live music featuring Robert Randolph & The Family Band, The Funky Meters, Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience, Marcia Ball, The Iguanas, New Orleans Swamp Dogs, and New Breed Brass Band. 

 

51st Annual Hampton Jazz Festival

June 22-24

Hampton Coliseum

www.hamptonjazzfestival.com 

The region’s longest running jazz festival takes place inside the iconic Hampton Coluseum and features a mix of jazz and R&B greats. This year’s lineup includes The Gap Band’s Charlie Wilson, saxophonist Kenny G, Maze, Boyz II Men, and Lalah Hathaway.

 

Funhouse Fest

June 22-23

Williamsburg

www.vafest.org

Alison Krauss and Bruce Hornsby perform on June 22. Hornsby, backed by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, headline on the Saturday with Amos Lee and The Wood Brothers serving as opening acts. 

 

Hampton Roads Pride Fest 2018

June 30

Town Point Park

www.hamptonroadspride.com 

The region’s longest-running LGBT festival include a rainbow boat parade, concert, food, beverage, vendors, and lots of community pride and unity. 

 

Sandstock — A Tribute to Rock & Roll

June 29 — July 1

24th Street Stage @ Oceanfront

www.beachstreetusa.com

A beach tribute to the vibe of the past, official tribute bands covering the music of Aerosmith, Heart, Fleetwood Mac, Van Halen, Guns & Roses, and Motley Crue entertain from 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM. 

 

Ocean View Brews on the Bay

July 13, 6-9:30pm

Ocean View Beach Park, Norfolk 

www.festevents.org 

Sample a wide variety of summer beers from a selection of local, regional, national, and international breweries and enjoy live music by The Fuzz Band.

 

Performing Arts

 

Generic Theater

“Hand of God,” June 22 through July 15

www.sevenvenues.com

 

Little Theater of Virginia Beach

“Hairspray,” July 13 through August 5

www.ltvb.com  

 

Peninsula Community Theater

“Celebrating 25 Years of Hilton Village ,” June 29-30

www.pctlive.org 

 

Sandler Center

Brian Setzer, June 19

Miller Jazz Series w/John Toomey & Jae Sinnett, July 5

Ted Nugent, July 16

www.sandlercenter.org 

 

Virginia Arts Festival

Nicole Atkins, July 14, VA Arts Fest Courtyard

www.vafest.org 

 

Virginia Symphony Orchestra

VSO Jazz with Elijah Rock, Inn @ Warner Hall, June 30

Symphony by the Sea, 31st Street @ Oceanfront, July 12

www.virginiasymphony.org  

 

Zeiders American Dream Theater

All-Star Cabaret Show, June 16 (7:30 PM)

Plan B Comedy Goes Back in Time, June 16 (9:30 PM)

Mitch Barrett, June 23

www.americandreamtheater.org