Events

2019 Spring/Summer Festivals Guide

 

Norfolk NATO Festival

April 27

Town Point Park

www.vafest.org 

Beginning at 10 AM with the Parade of Nations on Waterside Drive in Downtown Norfolk, the Norfolk NATO Festival celebrates the connection the city has with NATO headquarters in Norfolk with a parade of International floats from all 29 member nations, marching bands and other attractions. Following the parade, in Town Point Park, visitors can interact with NATO persons and families from France, Greece, Italy, Spain, Norway, United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Turkey, Albania, Belgium, Spain, Germany, and other countries while being entertained by traditional dancers and musicians. There’ll be plenty of food and beverages available, including a craft beer resulting from a collaboration between NATO Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Transformation Admiral Manfred Neilson of Germany and Norfolk’s Bold Mariner Brewing Company.  

 

Spring Fling Beer Fest

April 27

Downtown Phoebus

www.phoebusvaevents.com 

Craft beer tastings from local breweries and Sly Clyde’s Ciderworks. 

 

Lupin Effect IPA Festival

April 27

Smartmouth Brewing Co/Norfolk

www.smartmouthbrewing.com

For hop heads and those who enjoy all things hoppy, Smartmouth Brewing Co will unveil new IPA creations and IPA collaborations with Basic City, Hardywood Park, Big Ugly and others.

 

Taste of India

April 27

Ted Constant Center/ODU

www.constantcenter.com

Taste of India is one of the largest Asian Indian Festivals in Virginia attracting about 7,000 to 10,000 people each year. It is a collaborative effort of hundreds of Indians living in Hampton Roads in order to share the heritage with residents of Hampton Roads. It is on the of the most popular cultural single-day event organized by any ethnic group in the region.

 

Williamsburg Craft Beer Festival

April 28

Grounds of Williamsburg Public Library

www.williamsburgbeerfest.com 

A fun day of craft beer, great food and live music — all for a good cause.

 

Spring Town Point Virginia Wine Festival

May 4-5

Town Point Park

www.festevents.org

From 11 AM to 4 PM, experience some of the finest wines produced in Virginia on the banks of the scenic, historic Elizabeth River.

 

Atlantic Coast Kite Festival

May 4-5

16th-18th Streets at Boardwalk

www.liveonatlantic.com 

Kite fliers and spectators of all ages will experience a visual feast at the Atlantic Coast Kite Festival.  This popular event features a variety of activities appropriate for all ages and all levels of kite aficionados.

Everyone is invited to take part in the Atlantic Coast Kite Festival’s “Best Kite Contest.”  To enter this contest, participants bring a kite that they have made or purchased and fly it at the festival.  The contest consists of two parts: the actual kite itself (how it looks and how well it is made), and the participant’s ability to fly the kite.  Participants must be able to fly their kites consecutively in the air for 5 minutes at a height of 100 feet.  Kites will be judged on Flight (ability to fly for 5 minutes), Structural Design, Craftsmanship, and Visual Appeal.  There will be three competitive divisions: Master, Novice, and Youth (ages 7-14).  Trophies will be awarded for all divisions.  The Best Kite Contest is free to enter, and takes place from 1:30-3:00pm each day.

 

Blues, Brews, & BBQ

May 4

Riverwalk Landing/Yorktown

www.villageevents.org  

Sample dozens of local craft beers, dig into some amazing BBQ, and listen to some of the best Blues musicians in Hampton Roads. Proceeds benefit the York Foundation for Public Education.

 

Mariners’ Museum Craft Beer Festival

May 5, Noon-5 PM

Mariners Museum

www.marinersmuseum.org 

Tickets include 20 four-ounce craft beer tastings, a souvenir tasting glass, live music, beer talks by brewery representatives, and the day’s admission to The Mariners’ Museum.

 

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

May 5, Noon-7 PM

O’Connor Brewing Company

www.oconnorbrewing.com 

Celebrate El Guapo’s unofficial birthday on Cinco de Mayo. Just for this event, O’Connor will be releasing a New England-style El Guapo Agave IPA dubbed El Jugo (translation: The Juice) to pair with the savory heat of Voodoo Pies and Get Stufffed Shack Tacos.  Plus, there will be Cinco-inspired music and decor all day to add to this most special and festive occasion.

 

Virginia International PAN Fest

May 10-11

24th Street @ Oceanfront

www.vafest.org 

The Virginia International PAN Fest is a musical adventure set to the soothing sounds of steel pan music. The festival’s casual atmosphere appeals to the island community and people of all ages who are intrigued by the unique sounds and style of steel drum music. Fusing together the rhythm of steel bands, ocean breezes, and great international food, the breathtaking Virginia Beach oceanfront becomes an “island paradise” for the weekend.  Virginia International PAN Fest at its core is a steel drum band competition featuring over 20 high school, college, and community bands from throughout the United States.

 

Mural Festival

May 10-19

Virginia Beach ViBE District

www.vibecreativedistrict.org

10 murals will be painted in 10 days in a fun display of public art.

 

Beach Music Cruise-In

May 10-12

30th Street @ Oceanfront

www.liveonatlantic.com 

Beach Music Cruise-In, combining bands on the beach and cars on the boardwalk, blends the best of the “oldies” with dancing under the stars in a jam-packed blast to the past!  Settle into the sand as the top Beach Music bands from up and down the East Coast descend on the Virginia Beach oceanfront in a nostalgic salute to the “good old days” of cool cars and hot tunes.  Stroll the boardwalk to view classic cars, hot rods, antiques, and more.

 

16th Annual Neptune Festival’s Spring Wine + Food Festival

May 11, Noon to 5 PM

31st Street Park @ Oceanfront

www.neptunefestival.com 

Travel the world without leaving the beach at Neptune’s Spring Wine + Food Festival. 31st Street Park is transformed into a hub of tasting stations from around the world with 70 wines from 9 countries, each featuring blends and styles that are sure to ignite the traveler in you.

Culinary treasures will be serving up by Eurasia Cafe, Cowboy Neil’s Cantina, Catch 31, Bella Monte, Quirks VB, Sonoma Wine Bar, Press Wine Bar, Salacia and The Atlantic on Pacific Raw Bar & Eatery. 

 

Frisky on the Whisky

May 11

Nauticus/USS Wisconsin 

www.nauticus.org 

Gather on the fantail of the Battleship with an open bar, music by Moer, and food tastings from Todd Jurich’s Bistro, Rodman’s BBQ, Waterside District, S’mores Amore and more. 

 

Norfolk Greek Festival

May 16-19

Annunciation Greek Cathedral/Granby Street

www.norfolkgreekfestival.com

Under the big tent, enjoy Greek music and traditional dancers in costume as well as delicious Greek food, beer, wine, and shop in the Greek Bizarre. 

 

Suds & Buds

May 17

Norfolk Botanical Gardens

www.sudsandbuds.org 

Tickets include garden admission, food from area restaurants and food trucks, two adult beverages, live music by Lewis McGehee, a fun party in Rose Garden Hall and the rose garden. Proceeds benefit Norfolk Botanical Garden, the Rotary Club of Norfolk, and Lee’s Friends.

 

Common Grounds – A Collaboration Beer Fest & Camp Night

May 18

Holiday Travel-L Park/Virginia Beach

www.commongroundsfest.com 

Come hang, drink, dance and camp with some of your favorite national and international brewers! Enjoy 20+ authentic, small batch, one time only collaboration beers!! All beer style ticks will be represented and quite possibly some new ones created at this unique event.

 

35th Annual Spring Stockley Gardens Arts Festival 

May 18-19

Stockley Gardens/Ghent

www.hope-house.org 

Set in a tree-lined park in Norfolk’s most eclectic neighborhoods, the locals’ favorite art show features over 130 regional artists, plus kids activities, and live music. 

 

29th Annual Umoja Festival

May 24-26

Union Bank & Trust Festival Park/Portsmouth

www.umojafestportsmouth.com

A celebration of African American heritage through storytelling, dance, music and food. A national musical act will headline May 25 at the Portsmouth Pavilion stage. 

 

Bodacious Bazaar & Wine Festival

May 31 — June 2

Hampton Roads Convention Center

www.visithampton.com

Over 250 vendors, artists, crafters and several of Virginia’s finest wineries at the Hampton Roads Convention Center, where there is something for everyone.

 

20th Annual Blackbeard Pirates Festival

June 1

Downtown Hampton

www.hampton.gov

Celebrating 20 years of one of the top rated pirate festivals in the world. Find out why pirate lovers come from all over the country to enjoy the sights and sounds of 18th century Hampton overrun by pirates each year. Hampton’s waterfront comes alive with dozens of pirate re-enactors, costumed in historically accurate garb, who transform today’s Hampton into the busy seaport of yesterday. Led by Blackbeard the Pirate himself, re-enactors help visitors step back in time and re-live the history and legends of 1718 Hampton. The Festival offers a variety of children’s activities, live musical entertainment, fireworks, period vendors, arts and crafts, and much more.

 

Steampunk: Visions of Futures Past

June 1

Hampton History Museum

www.visithampton.com

Experience the fantastical craftsmanship, conveyances and contraptions from an alternative Victorian era and Wild West frontier in “Steampunk: Visions of Futures Past” during Blackbeard Festival Weekend.

 

The New Norfolk Harborfest

June 7-9

Town Point Park

www.festevents.org

Tall ships, fireworks, food vendors, and tons of live music are annual highlights of the region’s largest waterside party in downtown Norfolk. Concert headliners include Oak & Ash, Afishal, Rose Royce, Blessid Union of Souls, Ripe, Lone star and Maggie Rose. Free admission. 

 

64th Boardwalk Art Show

June 13-16

Virginia Beach Boardwalk

www.virginiamoca.org

Produced by the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art and regarded as one the the best outdoor art shows on the East Coast, artists from around the world display their lastive creative expressions with the Atlantic Ocean as the backdrop.

 

Pride Fest 2019

June 16-23

Town Point Park

www.hamptonroadspride.org

This weeklong festival celebrating the LGBT community include a Saturday morning boat parade and national level entertainment.  

 

Latin Fest

June 21-22

24th Street on the Beach

www.liveonatlantic.com

A celebration of Latin culture through, music, dance and food. 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. Headline performances will take place on a giant stage built right on the beach at 24th Street.

 

Williamsburg Live

June 21-22

Lawn of the Art Museums

www.vafest.org

Norah Jones and Emmylou Harris headline this Virginia Arts Festival production featuring music, craft beers and foodie fun. 

 

Hampton Jazz Festival

June 28-30

Hampton Coliseum

www.hamptonjazzfestival.com

More R&B than jazz, this year’s festival includes Babyface, Maxwell, KEM, Najee, Will Downing, Ledisi, The Gap Experience, and Maze featuring Frankie Beverly. 

 

30th Annual Bayou Boogaloo & Cajun Food Festival

June 28-30

Town Point Park

www.festevents.org 

Bayou Boogaloo Music & Cajun Food Festival is Norfolk’s annual love-fest with New Orleans’ vibrant spirit and captures the melting pot of Bayou culture. This popular 3-day festival delivers the heart and soul of Louisiana to visitors of Town Point Park in true Cajun and Creole style.

From New Orleans to the Downtown Norfolk Waterfront, two stages featuring national recording artists providing diverse cultural musical entertainment including Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Chubby Carrier, JJ Grey, Dumpstaphunk, and New Orleans Suspects.  This is the most authentic food and music festival in the nation. The Arts Market of New Orleans returns and brings with it talent, unique artistry and the culture of Louisiana.  No Bayou celebration would be complete without the mouthwatering Cajun delicacies prepared by authentic Louisiana inspired chefs. Festival guests are in for a real treat as they feast on fresh crawfish straight from Louisiana, jambalaya, gumbo, etouffee, alligator, muffuletta, andouille, and beignets.

 

Sandstock: A Tribute to Woodstock

June 28-30

24th Street on the Beach

www.liveonatlantic.com

This annual event featuring tribute band to classic rock artists will focus on the music of Woodstock as the famous festival celebrates its 50th anniversary this summer. 

 

Norfolk Latino Music Festival

July 27

Town Point Park

www.festevents.org 

Eat, drink, and salsa the night away at the 19th Annual Norfolk Latino Festival! Live explosive music, Latin food, dance lessons, face painting, crafts, soccer, bi-lingual story time and more.

 

Whistle Belly Pub Craft Beer Festival

August 4

Merchants Square/Williamsburg

www.dogstreetpub.com  

Featuring 40+ breweries, 70+ beers, non-alcohol vendors, multiple food stations, and live music. Tickets are inclusive of food and beverages. Proceeds benefit Junior Women’s Club of Williamsburg.

 

Beer, Bourbon, & BBQ Festival

August10

Hunt Club Farm/Virginia Beach

www.beerandbourbon.com 

60 beers on tap, 40 bourbons, great BBQ, education seminars, and live music.

 

Virginia Beach Funk Fest Beach Party

August 23-24

24th Street on the Beach

www.liveonatlantic.com 

Funk bands from the 1970s and ‘80s headline this fun-filled, get-your-groove-on weekend. Check the website for updates on bands. 

 

37th Annual Norfolk Waterfront Jazz Festival

August 23-24

Town Point Park

www.festevents.org 

This smooth jazz and R&B festival includes the music of Brian McKnight, Sheila E, Paul Taylor, Richard Elliot and more. 

 

Neptune’s Coastal Craft Beer Festival

Aug. 24, 1-6pm

31st Street & Oceanfront/Virginia Beach

www.neptunefestival.com 

Enjoy over 65 beers from 30 breweries, live music, food trucks, and more!

 

Chartway Federal Credit Union American Music Festival

August 30-Sept. 1

5th, 17th, 24th & 31st Streets at the Oceanfront

www.liveonatlantic.com

Major recording artists from the genres of country to rock, pop to reggae headline this popular end of summer festival. Look for a schedule announcement soon. We hear Peter Frampton’s farewell tour may include this festival as one of its stops. Stay tuned.