There are plenty of entertaining activities in Hampton Roads — music, sports, theater, museums, parks and shopping. Take a ride back in time on the Hampton Carousel, or use some pedal power to bike along the historic Colonial Parkway. Treat the kids to interactive education at the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, or marvel at treasures of marine history during the Norfolk Harborfest. Plus, there’s nothing quite like a sunset walk through the arts and scenery of the Virginia Beach Boardwalk.
Residents throughout Hampton Roads enjoy many different annual events, festivals and community gatherings.
Downtown Norfolk Waterfront
Every June, Norfolk celebrates its nautical history in a three-day extravaganza by displaying tall ships from all around the world, along with maritime events; children’s activities; local, regional and national entertainment; delicious food; and one of the largest fireworks displays on the East Coast. Tour the science exhibits of the Nauticus, the Battleship Wisconsin museum and the Hampton Roads Naval Museum — all full of educational activities for kids and adults alike. Don’t miss the Parade of Sails, lasting more than two hours.
Virginia Beach Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend
265 Kings Grant Road, No. 102
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Ranked one of the Top 100 festivals in America, this September weekend of fun in Virginia Beach attracts more than 500,000 people annually. Along the 30 blocks of the Virginia Beach Boardwalk, you’ll find local arts and crafts, live music, a regatta, a sand sculpture contest, fun runs, fireworks, volleyball contests and more. Line up early for the Festival Grand Parade between 16th and 32nd streets.
Suffolk Peanut Festival
Suffolk Executive Airport
1410 Airport Road
Suffolk, VA 23434
This family-friendly festival in October is something to go nuts over. Featuring free concerts, arts and crafts, a motorcycle rally, fireworks, bingo, amusement rides, exhibits and more, the four-day celebration of all things peanut is a guaranteed goober time.