Slurp an oyster, talk like a pirate, celebrate diversity, relax to music, support a local artist.
June 11-13. One of the region's largest festivals. National and local music acts, Parade of Sail, food and crafts. Town Point Park, 333 Waterside Drive, Norfolk. Free. 441-2345. festevents.org
Boardwalk Art Show & Festival.
June 17-20. Hundreds of world-class sculptors, painters, photographers and craftsmen converge on the Virginia Beach Boardwalk for this four-day extravaganza, recognized as one of the best outdoor art shows in the country. Virginia Beach Boardwalk, 17th-32nd streets, Virginia Beach. Free. 425-0000. cacv.org/events/boardwalk.asp
June 25-27. This year's lineup includes
, Charlie Wilson, and Maze featuring Frankie Beverly.
, Hampton. hamptonjazzfestival.com
Bayou Boogaloo & Cajun Food Festival.
June 25-27. Featuring performances by nationally known New Orleans bands. Cajun and Creole food. Town Point Park, Norfolk. 441-2345.
4th of July Stars in the Sky.
July 4, 7-10 p.m. Victory Landing Park, downtown
. Entertainment, food vendors and fireworks. Free.
Stars & Stripes Explosion.
July 4. Fireworks by the shore. Oceanfront, Virginia Beach. Free.
July 5-7. Authentic re-enactment of the Golden Age of Piracy and
. Downtown Hampton. 727-0900. blackbeardpirate
Virginia Shakespeare Festival.
July 7-Aug. 1. This year's lineup includes "As You Like It" and "A Man For All Seasons." Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall,
, Williamsburg. 221-2674. wm.edu/as/vsf
July 17-18. Features a barbecue cook-off, craft show, food and entertainment, machinery demonstrations and children's activities. Chippokes Plantation State Park, 695 Chippokes Park Road, Surry. Admission fee. 294-3625. porkpeanutpinefestival.org
Norfolk Jazz Festival.
July 23-24, 5-11 p.m. each day. National jazz artists visit this festival every year. Town Point Park, Norfolk. 441-2345.
Sept. 3-5. National recording artists. Oceanfront, Virginia Beach.
Sept. 10-12. Featuring games, rides, food and fun for the whole family. Downtown Hampton. Free. 727-1641. baydays.com
Southeast Community Day Parade and Festival.
Sept. 10-12. The 25th anniversary celebration features a parade, live music, art, dance, ethnic foods and children's activities. The Rev. Bernice A. King, daughter of
, will serve as the parade grand marshal. The
and Southeast Newport News. Free. Andrew Shannon 877-0792. southeastdayparade.com
Williamsburg Scottish Festival.
Oct. 1-2. Bagpipes, sheepdog demonstrations, live music, traditional Scottish fare and historical re-enactors. Rockahock Campgrounds,
Fall Festival of Folklife.
Oct. 2-3. Southeast Virginia's biggest traditional crafts show featuring more than 200 vendors, folk entertainment, craft demonstrations and children's activities. Newport News Park, Jefferson Avenue and
An Occasion for the Arts.
Oct. 3. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Annual event features more than 100 artists in various media, juried art show, entertainment on 10 stages and food. Merchants Square, Duke of
Street, Williamsburg. Free. anoccasionforthearts.org
Oct. 15-17. Features arts and crafts vendors, national musical entertainment, 5K run, children's activities, dozens of food vendors, watermen's heritage display, workboat race, fishing tournament and fireworks. Poquoson Municipal Park, 830 Poquoson Ave., Poquoson. Parking fee. Free admission. 868-3588.
Yorktown Victory Celebration.
Oct. 16-17. Revolutionary War military life and tactics will be demonstrated at the
. Programs also take place in Yorktown and at
. Yorktown Victory Center, Old Route 238, Yorktown. 888-593-4682.
Town Point Virginia Wine Festival.
Oct. 16-17. One of the region's largest gatherings of Virginia wineries. Town Point Park, Norfolk. 441-2345.
Nov. 5-6. Downtown
. Parade, arts and crafts, oysters cooked several different ways. Parking fee. Admission free. 804-758-0368. urbanna