(The Parade of Nations is part of Norfolk NATO Festival on Saturday, April 30 at 10 AM in Downtown Norfolk)

Compiled by Staff

After two years enduring pandemic restrictions, things are back to normal and everyone’s ready to get back to enjoying life. Perhaps the best way to do so is by attending one of the many festivals happening in the 757 region. 

Here’s our list on must-attend festivities, literally something for everyone. 

25th Annual Virginia Arts Festival

April 26, Tallis Scholar, Christ & St Luke’s Church

April 28-May 1, Virginia International Tattoo, Norfolk Scope

May 5-7, InHEIRitance Project, Attucks Theatre

May 5, Kitchen Dwellers, Perry Pavilion

May 6, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Chrysler Hall

May 7, Music of Queen, Sandler Center

May 8, Amanda Mole, Chris & St Luke’s Church

May 10, Joel Ross, Hixon Theater

May 11, Malpaso Dance Company, Sandler Center

May 12, Cowboy Junkies, Perry Pavilion

May 13-15, The Sound of Music, Harrison Opera House

May 14, Rhythm Project Showcase, Perry Pavilion

May 18, Buster Williams & Something More, Perry Pavilion

May 19, Samantha Fish, Perry Pavilion

May 20, Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, Sandler Center

May 21, Kristin Chenoweth/Renee Fleming, Chrysler Hall

May 22, Aoife O’Donovan, Perry Pavilion

May 25, Olga Kern & Friends, Hixon Theater

May 26, The War & Treaty, Perry Pavilion

June 2, Allison Russell, Perry Pavilion

June 3 & 5, “Briar Patch” and “Companionship,” Attucks Theatre

June 4, Symphonic Celebration of Water, Chrysler Hall

June 17, Mandy Moore, Lawn of the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg 

June 18, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Lawn of the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg 

June 19, Martina McBride, Lawn of the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg



69th Annual Norfolk NATO Festival

April 28 through May 1

Scope Plaza & Town Point Park


The region’s longest running festival once again celebrates our NATO allies with a flag raising ceremony on April 28 on Scope Plaza (5 PM) and the Parade of Nations on April 30 (10 am). NATO Village in Town Point Park (April 30, 11:30 am) will feature food, beverages, and live entertainment. 


Helles Yes – Helles Beer Festival

April 30

Elation Brewing


12 local breweries, live music, and food specials all day.


Atlantic Coast Kite Festival

April 30 – May 1

Between 16-18th Streets on Oceanfront


Open to the public, show off your favorite kite and compete in the Best Kite Contest. Plus kite-making workshops and more. 


Virginia International PAN Fest

May 6-7

24th Street Park @ The Oceanfront


A fun celebration of steel drum music and Caribbean culture. 


Blues, Brews, & BBQ

May 7, 2-6pm

400 Water Street, Yorktown


Sample more than 30 craft beers, dig into some amazing BBQ, and listen to some of the best Blues musicians in Hampton Roads. Proceeds Benefit Sister Cities Yorktown and the York Foundation for Public Education, Inc.


Coastal VA Spirits Festival

May 7, 12-3pm

Event starts on Saturday, 7 May 2022 and happening at MacArthur Center, Norfolk, VA.


Dharma Fest

May 7-8

Good Vibes Concert Hall

A benefit for Adhesive Arachnoiditis feature the live music of The Dharma Initiative, Grateful Jed, Matt Lochhardt’s Freedom Funk, Roy Ira Moats, Karl Werne and more. 


(Don’t miss Neptune’s Spring Wine Festival on May 14.)


Neptune’s 17th Annual Spring Wine Festival

May 14, Noon – 5 pm

31st Street Park @ The Oceanfront


A beautiful setting for a wine festival with food and live music. 


Suds & Buds

May 19, 5:30-8:30pm

Norfolk Botanical Gardens

6700 Azalea Garden Road, Norfolk


Tickets include garden admission and features food from area restaurants, craft beer, wine, and live music by Dave Welsh. Proceeds benefit Norfolk Botanical Garden and the Rotary Club of Norfolk.


Bayou BonVivant

May 20-22

Town Point Park, Norfolk


Indulge in the flavors of New Orleans with this three-day celebration of the tastes, tunes, and traditions of the Crescent City. From juicy handfuls of crawfish to world-renowned N’awlins musicians, the festival offers a fun experience for the entire family. Plus, there’s an Arts Market featuring 30+ New Orleans crafters, crocodile and reptile exhibits, mouth-watering Cajun dishes, and an upgraded VIP tasting experience. Performers include Terrance Simien, Marcia Ball, The Iguanas, Rebirth Brass Band, and Dumpstaphunk. 


Beach Music Cruise-in

May 20-22

30th Street on The Oceanfront


A festival of Beach Music featuring bands such as The Embers, Chairmen of the Board, The Tams, Swingin’ Medallions, and Bill Deal’s Original Rhondels.


Stockley Gardens Spring Arts Festival

May 21-22, Noon – 5 pm

Stockley Gardens/Ghent

A beloved neighborhood outdoor art show featuring over 100 regional artists, plus live music, food and drink. 


Umoja Festival

May 27-29

Atlantic Union Bank Pavilion


A celebration of Black culture featuring live music from legends Chaka Khan, The Stylistics, Heatwave and more. It’s a ‘70s soul jam. 


Salute To Summer

May 27-29

17th Street and 24th Street Stages @ The Oceanfront


Three fun days of live bands paying tribute to hitmakers of yesteryear. 


Patriotic Festival

May 27-29

Norfolk Scope Arena & Town Point Park


A celebration of the US armed forces and country music featuring Morgan Wallen, Kane Brown, Jon Pardi, and more. 


Spring Craft Beer Festival

May 28, 12-6pm

Cogans North

4311 Colley Avenue, Norfolk 

Pretty Ugly Distribution and Cogans North present Pretty Ugly Gorilla Spring Craft Beer Festival featuring local breweries and live music.


Newport News Greek Festival

June 2-5

Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church


A celebration of Greek culture through food, dance, and traditional music. Opa!


Portsmouth Pride Festival

June 4, 11 am – 5 pm

Festival Field/Atlantic Union Bank Pavilion


Music, entertainment, retail vendors, food, beer and more. 


Blackbeard Pirate Festival

June 5, Noon to 6 PM

Mill Point Park, Hampton


Pirate re-enactors take over the downtown Hampton waterfront with period vendors, crafts, history stories, musical entertainment, and more. A must-do for families. 


Bodacious Bazaar Wine & Spring Festival

June 5, 10 am to 6 pm

Hampton Roads Convention Center


Shop for local art, crafts, Virginia wine and more. 


Annual Norfolk Harborfest

June 10-12

Town Point Park, Norfolk


America’s largest, longest-running, free maritime festival, Norfolk Harborfest celebrates all of the elements that make Norfolk & Hampton Roads a historic maritime & Naval community. Featuring the annual Parade of Sails featuring international tall ships, one of the largest fireworks shows on the East Coast, a drone show, interactive family games and activities, Navy exhibits and demonstrations, artisan foods and beverages, live entertainment, and more.


43rd Annual Seawall Music Festival

June 10-11

High Street Landing, Portsmouth

Two days of  food, drink, and live music including Bill Deal’s Original Rhondels, Champagne Band, Hot Cakes, Michael Clark Band, and more.  


Juneteenth in the Park

June 18, 12-5 pm

Town Point Park, Norfolk


Juneteenth marks the freedom of enslaved people In the United States at the end of the Civil War.  


Ghent Pride

June 20, 6-10 pm

The Palace Shops & Station, Norfolk


Live music, cocktails, food and more. Benefits LGBT Life Center, Hampton Roads Pride, and the Ghent Business Association. 


La Fiesta Virginia Beach

June 24-25

24th Street Park @ The Oceanfront


A mix of authentic food, colorful costumes, and Latin music by Fulanito, Aymee Nuviola, Jerry Rivera, El Rey Tulile, and more. 


Hampton Roads Pride Fest

June 25, Noon to 8 pm

Town Point Park, Norfolk


Entertainment, music, vendors, food, drink, and activities. 


Totally Tribute Music Fest

July 1-3

17th & 24th Street Stages @ The Oceanfront


Celebration of music by tribute bands. 


IPA Invitational Beer Festival

July 2

Elation Brewing


12 local breweries, live music, and food specials all day.


Fourth of July Great American Picnic & Fireworks Celebration

July 4, 5-10pm

Town Point Park, Norfolk


Relax on the lawn and enjoy an evening of All-American fare, including hot dogs, hamburgers, barbecue, seafood, cotton candy, and much more, along with live musical entertainment from military brass bands! The night is capped off by the sensational fireworks show high above the Elizabeth River, beginning at 9:30 pm.


Butterfly Festival

July 16, 10 am – 4 pm

Norfolk Botanical Garden


The Garden’s newly reworked butterfly house will be open for visitors to walk through and be dazzled by the beauty and grace of these winged creatures. 


Norfolk Latino Music & Food Festival

July 23 4-10pm

Town Point Park, Norfolk


Featuring explosive live music performances, an eclectic offering of Latin cuisine including tacos and empanadas, fun family-friendly activities, authentic dance lessons and performances, and much more.


Taste of VA on the Bay

July 29, 6-9:30pm

Ocean View Beach Park, Norfolk


Craft beer, wine, spirits, food sampling, and live music.


Virginia Honey Bee Festival

August 20, 10 am – 4 pm

Norfolk Botanical Garden


Honey bees are essential. Learn about which plants help the bees and the production of honey. 


Backroads Blues Festival

August 21

Atlantic Union Bank Pavilion


Live music featuring Buddy Guy, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and more. 


39th Annual Norfolk Waterfront Jazz Festival

August 26-27

Town Point Park, Norfolk


A two-day festival featuring world-class smooth jazz artists. This year’s lineup includes Tower of Power, Pieces of a Dream, Chris Standring, Althea Rene, and Brian Culbertson. 


Virginia Beach Funk Fest Beach Party

August 26-27

24th Street Park @ The Oceanfront


A throwback party featuring funk music from the 1970s and ‘80s. Bands to be announced by early summer. 


7th Annual Neptunes Coastal Craft Beer Festival

August 27, 1-6pm

31st Street & Oceanfront, Virginia Beach


Enjoy over 65 beers from across the Commonwealth and beyond, live music, food trucks, and more! Each ticket includes a commemorative beer glass and tastings throughout the day. Tickets starting at $40.


Sunflower Music Festival

August 28, Noon to 6:30 pm

Norfolk Botanical Garden


Music by Last Fair Deal, Tailgate Down, and HM Johnson Band, plus craft vendors, food and beer. Dogs welcome, especially if they can howl along to the music. 


Neptune’s 25th Annual Fall Wine Festival

September 10-11, Noon – 5 pm

31st Street Park @ The Oceanfront


The weather is delightful for this 2-day celebration of international wine, food, and tasteful music. 


NashFest 757

Sept.17, 12-8pm

Town Point Park, Norfolk


Hot chicken, hard drinks, and Music City sounds! Celebrating the iconic culture and cuisine of Nashville and featuring national and local recording artists, mouth-watering hot chicken, barbecue, line dancing, craft beer & whiskey tastings, and much more.