Hampton Roads Virginia
Festivals - Shows - Expos
Hampton Roads Virginia has an exciting schedule of annual festivals. The following is a list of popular events.
Virginia Arts Festival
Begun in 1997 as a way to promote tourism, this spring festival showcases artists from around the world as well as the Virginia's best professional artists. The array of performances include of music, theatre and dance. Festival events are held in eight cities across Hampton Roads in concert halls, performing arts centers, opera houses, theatres, museums, outdoor stages, and historic churches.
Virginia Beach Boardwalk Art Show & Festival
The Virginia Beach Boardwalk Art Show and Festival is one of the Commonwealth's most highly anticipated events. Attendance often exceeds 350,000 visitors and art sales can surpass $2 million annually. The event has been ranked in the top 50 best fine art and design shows in the nation by Sunshine artist magazine. Prize money for artist awards reached over $30,000 in 2008, a milestone which has attracted high-caliber artists and art collectors since.
Ocean View Art Show
The Ocean View Art Show is sponsored by the Chesapeake Bay Art Association. The event is the largest and oldest artist run show in Hampton Roads, Virginia. Held in October, the show has entertainment for the whole family, food vendors, and more.
Newport News Fall Festival of Folklife
The Newport News Fall Festival of Folklife is held in annually Newport News Park. This is Hampton Roads Virginia's biggest traditional craft show. The event features over 200 vendors, crafts, trades, entertainment, foods, and children's activities.
Norfolk Jazz Festival
Held in Town Point Park over 2 days, this is the region's longest running outdoor jazz festival. The festival recruits nationally known artists as well as a selection of local and regional jazz favorites.
Hampton Jazz Festival
The Hampton Jazz Festival is held each year during the last full weekend in June. Festival organizers evaluate available jazz, R&B and blues artists that are on tour during the time of the festival, bringing in the best musicians possible. Held in the Hampton Coliseum, the venue is highly respected by Hampton residents and visitors.
Norfolk Latino Music Festival
This summer festival features the largest outdoor dance floor in Hampton Roads filled with salsa, merengue, and guaguanco dancing and live music by local, regional, and national Latin recording artists.
Virginia Wine Festival
The Virginia Wine Festival is an annual event that no wine lover should miss. Each year, thousands of wine lovers flock to the banks of the Elizabeth River in downtown Norfolk, Virginia to enjoy this festival. The event has music, gourmet foods, specialty wares, and samplings of newly released vintages and past favorites from Virginia's premier wine-makers. Wineries from across the state offer chardonnays, merlots, cabernets and other fine wines. Wines presented during the festival are available for purchase by the bottle or the case throughout the day.
Virginia Beer Festival
This festival celebrates the fine art of beer making. The event features live music, food, and beers from Europe and America. The Virginia Beer Festival is often held in the Town Point Park at Norfolk's Waterside.
Pungo Strawberry Festival
Every year the Pungo Strawberry Festival is held in Virginia Beach on Memorial Day weekend. The Festival features strawberries prepared in over 50 different ways, a variety of events, including a pie eating contest, strawberry bake-off, continuous entertainment on three stages, a parade, one of the largest carnivals on the east coast, livestock show and sale, a multi-million dollar military display, pig races, youth art show, and unique arts and crafts. For more information, visit www.pungostrawberryfestival.info
Bayou Boogaloo and Cajun Food Festival
The Bayou Boogaloo and Cajun Food Festival is Norfolk's annual New Orleans and Bayou culture festival. This 3-day summer festival delivers the heart and soul of Louisiana to visitors to Town Point Park in true Cajun and Creole style.
Suffolk Peanut Fest
Suffolk Peanut Fest offers concerts, amusement rides, contests and competitions, a demolition derby, a truck and tractor pull, motorcycle rally, fireworks, as well as local and national entertainment. The event has been featured in numerous magazines, including Virginia Business, Southern Living, The Southern Farmers Almanac, Best Festivals-Mid Atlantic, and others.