May 23, 2012
Festivals throughout Hampton Roads.
May 26-27: Pungo Strawberry Festival, Pungo community of Virginia Beach
Taste strawberries prepared 50 different ways, enjoy entertainment on three stages and see a parade on Saturday, carnival, livestock show, arts and crafts. Admission is free, $5 parking charge. It takes place at 1776 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach. No pets allowed. Pungostrawberryfestival.info or 721-6001.
May 31-June 3: Newport News Greek Festival, Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, Newport News
Authentic Greek food; a large arts, craft and jewelry marketplace; pastries; and Greek music and dance make this one of the largest and most popular ethnic celebrations in the region. Newportnewsgreekfestival.org or 596-5599.
June 1-3: Hampton Blackbeard Pirate Festival, downtown Hampton
Enjoy a pirate ball, live entertainment, pirate re-enactors and their encampment, children's activities, sea battles, fireworks and more as Hampton remembers and celebrates the demise of Blackbeard, one of the fiercest pirates ever known. Free. 727-0900 or blackbeardfestival.com
June 1-3: Patriotic Festival, Virginia Beach oceanfront
Show center is at 15th Street as the U.S. NavyBlue Angels perform June 1 as well as parachute teams, amphibious squads, Geico Skytypers, Miss Geico Extreme Boat Race. Concerts by Miranda Lambert (June 1), Steel Pulse (June 2) and Scotty McCreery (June 3), will take place at 5th Street. http://www.patrioticfestival.com.
June 1-3: Yorktown Maritime Weekend
Spirit of Bermuda, Lynx, Godspeed and the Schooner Alliance will be moored at Yorktown's historic waterfront for this OpSail 2012-related event. Free public tours of tall ships, Navy and Coast Guard vessels will be offered. Demonstrations and a Saturday Parade of Sail will also take place. http://www.opsail2012virginia.com/events-schedule/yorktown
June 8-10: Harborfest, Town Point Park, downtown Norfolk
One of the East Coast's premier waterfront festivals gets even bigger this year with the arrival of OpSail 2012, a national maritime history celebration which will bring tall ships and naval vessels from around the world to the region. In addition to all the hulls, masts and decks, Harborfest will feature concerts — including Bruce Hornsby — children's activities, seafood, gift vendors and fireworks. Activities stretch from the Waterside Festival Marketplace to the Historic Freemason Harbor. It begins with a Parade of Sail on Friday, June 8. Festevents.org
June 6: OpSail 2012 Sea and Air Parade
The Sea and Air Parade of Sail will feature an international fleet of naval vessels, waterborne and air assets from the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, NOAA, Army Corps of Engineers and other government and private groups. The parade will pass Fort Monroe in Hampton and into downtown Norfolk along the Elizabeth River. http://www.opsail2012virginia.com
June 13-July 29: Virginia Shakespeare Festival, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg
This year's lineup includes "The Two Gentlemen of Verona" and "The Merchant of Venice." Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall, Jamestown Road, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg. 221-2674. wm.edu/as/vsf
June 14-17: Boardwalk Art Show and Festival, Virginia Beach oceanfront
Arrayed along the Virginia Beach boardwalk between 17th and 32nd streets, this show generates as much as $2 million in art sales annually, helping the event to be ranked among the top fine art and design shows in the nation by Sunshine artist magazine. virginiamoca.org/outdoor-art-shows/boardwalk-art-show
June 22-24: Hampton Jazz Festival, Hampton Coliseum
The 44th edition of this event will feature two nights and one afternoon of music from some of the best-known R&B and smooth jazz talent artists in the nation. Kenny G, Natalie Cole and Jill Scott are on the bill this year. Tickets are $56.50 for each of the three days of the festival. http://www.hamptonjazzfestival.com or 838-4203
June 22-24: Bayou Boogaloo and Cajun Food Festival, Town Point Park, downtown Norfolk
The Bayou Boogaloo and Cajun Food Festival is Norfolk's annual salute to New Orleans spirit and bayou culture. Three stages feature national recording artists. Food vendors supply the etouffee and jambalaya. The festival is free Friday afternoon, but a ticket is required other times. An advance $20 three-day pass will be available. Daily admission is $10. Festevents.org
July 4: 4th of July Stars in the Sky, 7-10 p.m., Victory Landing Park, downtown Newport News
Live entertainment, food vendors, fireworks over the James River. Free. http://www.nngov.com/parks-and-recreation/festivals
July 4: Stars & Stripes Explosion, Virginia Beach
Fireworks by the shore, multiple live performances. Oceanfront, Virginia Beach, at 17th, 24th, 31st streets and on the beach at 20th street. Free. http://www.beachstreetusa.com/events/StarsAndStripesExplosion
July 21-22: Pork, Peanut and Pine Festival, Surry
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 is $5. porkpeanutpinefestival.org
Aug. 31-Sept. 2: American Music Festival, Virginia Beach
National recording artists perform on stages along the oceanfront. Most concerts are free, but some require tickets. http://www.beachstreetusa.com/events/VerizonWirelessAmericanMusicFestival
Sept. 7-9: Hampton Bay Days festival, downtown Hampton
Featuring games, rides, food, fireworks, crafts, environmental displays and children's activities. Downtown Hampton. Free. 727-1641. baydays.com
Oct. 5-6: The Virginia Celtic Gathering and Highland Games, New Kent County
Bagpipes, sheepdog demonstrations, live music, traditional Celtic fare and historical re-enactors. Rockahock Campgrounds, Lanexa. Admission is charged. vacelts.org
Oct. 6-7: Fall Festival of Folklife, Newport News Park
Southeast Virginia's biggest crafts show featuring nearly 200 vendors, folk musicians, craft demonstrations and children's activities. Newport News Park, Jefferson Avenue and Fort Eustis Boulevard, Newport News. http://www.nnparks.com
Oct. 6-7: An Occasion for the Arts, Williamsburg
Annual event features nearly 140 artists in various media, juried art show, children's activities, entertainment on several stages and food. Merchants Square, Duke of Gloucester Street, Williamsburg. Free. aofta.org
Oct. 19-21: Poquoson Seafood Festival
Features arts and crafts vendors, live entertainment, children's activities, dozens of food vendors, watermen's heritage display and fireworks. Poquoson Municipal Park, 830 Poquoson Ave., Poquoson. Free admission, but a parking charge will be collected. 868-3588. poquosonseafoodfestival.com.
Oct. 20-21: Yorktown Victory Celebration
Revolutionary War military life and tactics will be demonstrated at the Yorktown Victory Center. Yorktown Victory Center, Old Route 238, Yorktown. 888-593-4682. Historyisfun.org.
Oct. 20-21:Town Point Virginia Wine Festival, Town Point Park, Norfolk
One of the region's largest gatherings of Virginia wineries. Town Point Park, Norfolk. 441-2345. Tickets are required. http://www.festevents.org
Nov. 2-3: Urbanna Oyster Festival
Parade, arts and crafts, oysters cooked many different ways at this annual feast and celebration. Admission free. 804-758-0368. urbannaoysterfestival.com
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