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Hampton Roads Area Events & Kid Fun

2010  Summer Fun for Kids

Kids Bowl Free
FREE Family Film Festival-Regal Cinema’s: 10am Tues and Wed startinig in June
Cinemark’s Summer Movie Clubhouse – Cinemark Cinema’s: check your local schedule
AMC Summer Movie Camp – 10am Tuesday
Passport to Summer Reading Program-Barnes and Noble
Double-Dog Dare Reading Program-Border’s
Busch Gardens-Kids 5 and Under FREE
FREE Select Museum Admission: Active-Duty Military ONLY
Norfolk Tides

2011 Events by Month


April 30th – May 1st Spring Arts & Crafts Show Williamsburg FREE 10am
May 1st Earth Day Mount Trashmore VB FREE 11am-4pm
May 5th Malini’s Dances of India Norfolk FREE 5pm
May 5th Cinco de Mayo Town Point Park, Norfolk FREE 5pm-10pm
May 6th & 7thPANorama Caribbean Music Festival, VB FREE 10am-7pm
May 6th – 8th Charles Barker Toyota Scion Monsters on the Beach, VB $12 advance, $15 gate 2 and under free 6th 7pm, 7th noon & 7pm, 8th 2pm
May 7th & 8th Go Sports Art Festival Portsmouth FREE 10am-6pm Saturday and 10am-5pm Sunday
May 7th Pirates! Portsmouth FREE 10am-5pm
May 7th Children’s Festival of Friends Newport News (admission fee but all activites are FREE) 10am-5pm
May 7th Comic Book Day & Costume Contest Chesapeake FREE 10am-6pm
May 12th – 15th Beach Music Weekend, VB FREE check website for times
May 13th – 14th Virginia Beach GospelFest, VB FREE check website for times
May 13th Max & Ruby Bunny Party Norfolk tickets are $16.50 6:30pm
May 13th – 15th Langley Air Show Hampton FREE Gates open at 9am each day
May 14th Armed Forces Day- Toy Soldier Show Newport News $6 adults, $4 child ages 7-18 Free for children under 7 (Show your AAA membership card for $1 off) 9am-4pm
May 14th Skate Against Bullying Norfolk FREE 1pm-5pm
May 21st & 22nd Annual Stockley Gardens Spring Arts Festival Norfolk FREE (times not listed)
May 21st Pirate Party on the Beach VB Free 10am-10pm
May 21st Holland Founders Day Parade & Celebration (Holland Village) Suffolk opens 10am, parade 11am FREE
May 21st The Amazing Race! Chesapeake (all day) Free for spectators
May 26th – June 5th Amusements of America Carnival Hampton (fees vary for rides/exhibits) Time to be determined
May 28th & 29th Pungo Strawberry Festival 9am-7pm each day, $5 parking per vehicle
May 31st Family Karaoke Night Chesapeake: $8.00 per participant 6pm-8:30pm


June 2nd The Mystery of Stonehenge Chesapeake FREE 8pm
June 3rd – 5th Patriotic Festival VB FREE See website for tickets and times
June 3rd Mission Mythology Williamsburg (Free with Museum admission cost) 4pm
June 3rd – 5th Blackbeard Pirate Festival Hampton FREE Time tbd
June 4th – 5th 3D Sand Soccer Shootout & Carnival Hampton FREE 9am-5pm
June 4th & 5th American Indian Festival, Chesapeake: FREE 10am – 6pm
June 5th Family Fishing Rodeo Chesapeake FREE 10am-1pm
June 10th – 11th Hardee’s Latin Fest VB FREE (also fireworks at the beach on the 10th)check website for times
June 10th & 11th Seawall Music Festival Portsmouth FREE for more information & times 757-393-8481
June 10th – 12th Norfolk HarborFest Norfolk FREE noon til 11pm, on the 12th, noon til 6pm
June 12th Phelps Brothers Music Festival Chesapeake FREE 1pm-6pm
June 14th – July 22nd Suffolk Art League’s Annual Open Members Show Suffolk FREE 757-514-7284 for times
June 17th Movie Night “The Goonies” VB FREE 7:30pm-10pm
June 18th Aberdeen Gardens Heritage Day Hampton 11am
June 18th Get Lost, Be aMAZEd! Norfolk Adults $9, Srs/Mil. $8, 3-18 $7, 2&under FREE 9am-7pm
June 22nd Fountain Field Days Norfolk FREE 11am-3pm
June 24th – 26th Bayou Boogaloo & Cajun Food Festival Norfolk ($20 advance purchase 3 day pass, $10 per day at gate) noon til 10pm, on the 26th noon til 6pm
June 24th Wynne Ford Volvo Storytelling in the Park Hampton FREE 11am
June 28th Pomoco Family Movie Hampton FREE 7pm


July 4th (all day) Stars & Stripes Explosion VB FREE All Day Event
July 4th Stars & Stripes Spectacular Suffolk FREE concessions start at 5pm, fireworks 9pm
July 4th Independence Day Fireworks Portsmouth FREE 9:30pm-10pm Pets Welcome
July 4th 29th Annual AT&T Fourth of July Great American Picnic & Fireworks Norfolk 5pm-10pm, Fireworks 9:30pm
July 4th Abbitt Planetarium Laser Spirit Newport News (Call Museum for pricing) 7, 8 & 9pm shows
July 4th Stars in the Sky Fireworks Celebration Newport News FREE 6pm
July 4th 31st Annual Lakeside Park 4th of July Celebration & Parade Chesapeake FREE Parade starts at 10am, Festivities @11am
July 6th Flicks at the Fountain (Beethoven movie) Norfolk FREE 8:30pm
July 8th Star Hike at Northwest River Park Chesapeake $3.00 7pm-9:30pm
July 9th Horseshoe Tournament Chesapeake FREE for spectators info on start time (757) 717-4307
July 22nd SkyWatch at Northwest River Park Chesapeake FREE dusk til midnight
July 23rd Mid-Atlantic Hermit Crab Challenge VB FREE All Day Event


August 5th – 7th 85th Annual Hampton Cup Regatta Hampton FREE 10am-5pm
August 6th & 7th Artisans in the Park VB FREE 10am-5pm Saturday, 10am-4pm Sunday
August 6th Butterfly and Dragonfly Tour Portsmouth nonmember $5, member $2.50 10am-noon
August 12th Crab-pickin at The Point Norfolk (check website for prices or if FREE) 5pm-9p
August 13th Chesapeake Criterium Bike Races Chesapeake FREE to spectators
August 19th Movie Night Mt. Trashmore- Willie Wonka & The Chocolate Factory VB FREE 7:30PM
August 20th – 21st Nansemond Indian Tribe PowWow Suffolk FREE (757) 514-7250 for times
August 20th Gear Up Back to School Pep Rally Portsmouth 1pm-5pm
August 27th 11th Annual Norfolk Latino Music Festival Norfolk FREE 5pm-10pm


September 1st Corn Maze at Bergey’s Breadbasket Chesapeake Admission to be determined
September 2nd First Friday ArtWalk VB FREE 5pm-8pm
September 2nd – 4th “SOS” Sunset of Summer Portsmouth FREE 757-393-2525 for times
September 9th – 11th 29th Annual Bay Days Hampton FREE Times Sept 9th noon, Sept 10th 10:30am, Sept 11th noon
September 10th Taste of Suffolk Suffolk FREE 10am
September 10th End of Summer Train Day Suffolk FREE 10am – 5pm
September 10th & 11th Virginia Freedom Festival Chesapeake Contact for admission information
September 16th & 17th Peroni Festa Italiana VB Check website for times
September 17th 4th Annual Books in the Park Norfolk FREE noon – 4pm
September 18th 6th Annual Mid-Autumn Moon Festival Norfolk FREE noon til 4pm
September 30th – October 2nd North American Sand Sculpting Championship VB FREE All Day event, judging starts Oct 1st at Noon


October 1st Neptune Festival Grand Parade VB FREE 11am-1pm
October 1st Fireworks Extravaganza VB FREE 9pm-9:30pm
October 1st Fall in Love with Virginia Market Suffolk FREE 10am
October 1st Peanut Festival Parade Suffolk FREE 10am
October 1st & 2nd Fall Festival of Folklife Newport News FREE admission, $10 parking per vehicle 10am-5pm
October 1st Five Alarm & Festival Chili Cook-off Hampton FREE cookoff starts at noon, call for info on gates opening 757-727-1212
October 1st 23rd Annual AT&T Virginia Children’s Festival Norfolk ticket required 10am – 3pm
October 2nd Bark in the Park Chesapeake FREE 12 noon til 5pm
October 6th – 9th Peanut Festival Suffolk Free (parking $10.00) 6th 2:30-10:30pm, 7th 10am-11pm, 8th 10am-11pm, 9th 10am-7pm
October 20th – 22nd and October 27th – 29th Ghost Train at NWRP Chesapeake call 757-421-7151 for more info
October 22nd Haunticus at Nauticus Norfolk $7 kids, $5 adults call for times 757-664-1014
October 29th Annual Safe Trick or Treating Olde Towne Portsmouth FREE 6pm
October 29th 20th Annual Halloween Bash Hampton (museum fee Virginia Air&Space Center) 4pm
October 29th 20th Annual Halloween Bash Hampton (museum fee Virginia Air&Space Center) 4pm


November 5th & 6th and 19th & 20th Santa’s Stocking Christmas Bizarre VB FREE Saturdays 9 am – 5 pm, and Sundays 10 am – 4 pm
November 18th – December 31st Holiday Lights at the Beach VB Check website for times closer to event
November 18th Downtown Illumination Ceremony Suffolk FREE 6:30-8:30pm
November 18th (5pm), 25th (9am) & 26th(9am) Winter Wonderland, The Coleman Collection Portsmouth costs $3 to $6
November 19th Coliseum Central Holiday Parade Hampton FREE 9:30am
November 19th & 20th Indian River Christmas Craft Show Chesapeake FREE Sat. 10am-5pm Sun. noon til 4pm
November 19th Coliseum Central Holiday Parade Hampton FREE 9:30am
November 20th Grand Illumination Parade Norfolk FREE 7pm
November 24th Celebration in Lights Newport News $10 per car 5:30pm-10:30pm
November 24th Celebration in Lights Newport News $10 per car 5:30pm-10:30pm
November 25th – 27th Virginia Beach Christmas Market VB $7adults $2 children, 6-12, under 6 free admission covers all 3 days, bring a canned good donation for .50 cents off admission.


December 2nd Downtown Suffolk Holiday Open House Suffolk FREE 4pm-7pm
December 2nd Hollydazzle! Newport News FREE(fireworks!) 6pm-9pm
December 3rd
23rd Annual Lighted Boat Parade Hampton FREE 7pm
December 3rd
Colonial Christmas Antiques & Artisans Show Williamsburg Adults $6, 12 & under FREE 9am-5pm 
December 3rd & 4th 
The Battle of Great Bridge  Chesapeake  call 757-382-8466 for more info
December 3rd ShiverFest at Mount Trashmore VB FREE 6pm
December 3rd Holiday Parade at the Beach VB FREE All Day Event
December 10th Suffolk Holiday Parade Suffolk FREE 757-514-4130 for time
December 10th Olde Towne Music Festival Portsmouth FREE Noon-6pm
December 10th Santa’s Arrival Parade (after Olde Towne Music Fest.) FREE Portsmouth 5:30pm
December 18th Sounds of the Season PB&J series Norfolk tickets go on sale August First
December 31st Olde Towne Scottish Walk Portsmouth FREE 3:30pm

 Thanks to Donna for helping to put this list together!

 *Photo from MamaRucci

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