Thursday, February 8, 2018

Virginia Arts Festival 2018

2018 marks the Virginia Arts Festival’s 22nd season. This year's Virginia Arts Festival will feature Bernstein at 100 Tributes, Classic Ballet and Contemporary Dance, A Mozart Celebration, lively theater, and music from classical to jazz to pop.

On opening weekend, the Virginia Arts Festival will participate in a worldwide celebration of the music of Leonard Bernstein.

Friday, April 13 at the Ferguson Center for the Arts in Newport News, and Saturday, April 14 at Chrysler Hall in Norfolk, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra is joined by the Virginia Chorale and Todd Rosenlieb Dance in performances of some of Bernstein’s most exciting works.

The audience is taken on a breathtaking ride through the joyful celebration of the Chichester Psalms, the darkly intricate beauty of the Serenade, featuring Grammy-nominated violinist Robert McDuffie, the transporting Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, and the knife-edge jazz of Prelude, Fugue and Riffs, written for Benny Goodman and performed here by award-winning clarinetist Jon Manasse.

Virginia Symphony Orchestra’s Music Director JoAnn Falletta will conduct the celebration; Falletta studied under Bernstein while at Juilliard.

Bernstein on Broadway, Saturday, May 12 at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts in Virginia Beach, will bring together award-winning Broadway music director Rob Fisher with Broadway stars and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and Chorale to celebrate Bernstein’s unforgettable musicals including Candide, West Side Story, On the Town, Wonderful Town, and more.

source: Virginia Arts Festival

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Monday, February 5, 2018

2018 William & Mary Global Film Festival

The 11th Annual William & Mary Global Film Festival will be held Feb. 15-18, 2018 at the Kimball Theatre.

The festival is celebrating its 11th anniversary with four days of films, special guests, workshops and receptions.

The festival will feature a diverse program of films and live events showcasing the work of international filmmakers, the William & Mary community, and a variety of performers and musicians.

For more information, visit

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Seal Sightings in Virginia

Each winter, ​Virginia’s coastline is visited by migrating seals, whales, and other marine life.

During these periods, the Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Team receives dozens of calls informing them of the locations of “hauled out” seals.

Hauling out is when seals or other marine mammals temporarily leave the water between feedings. This information is helpful for the aquarium’s population surveys and research.

As sightings continue to increase, the Stranding Response Team encourages residents and visitors to leave the animals alone. It is normal behavior for seals to haul out onto beaches and rocky outcroppings to rest.

Approaching them can be dangerous. Like most marine mammals, seals are protected by federal law and should not be approached or harassed.

If threatened, they may bite people or other animals. Please also refrain from feeding them as it may result in the seals associating people with food.

When seal sightings occur, the public is advised to call the Stranding Response Program at (757) 385-7575 as soon as possible, regardless of the animal’s condition.

Taking a picture and/or video with a phone, while maintaining a safe distance, can help stranding response staff assess the condition of the animal.

The team may need to come out and evaluate the health of the animal, determine the species and location, and take photos for individual identification. ​

source: City of Virginia Beach

Friday, December 2, 2016

James River Boat Parade 2016

The James River Parade of Lights is scheduled to take place on December 10, 2016 from 6 - 9 pm.

The parade will begin in the Upper James River at the Rockett's Landing and end at Dutch Gap.

Each year, boaters decorate their boats and converge on the James River for a parade that marks the beginning of the holiday season. The parade also features free entertainment at viewing sites.

Viewing sites near Richmond include Libby Hill Park, Osborne Park and Boat Landing, Dutch Gap Boat Landing, and Henricus Historical Park.

The James River Parade of Lights is presented by the James River Advisory Council. For more information, visit

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Things To Do in Hampton Roads Virginia - Christmas 2016

This post includes things to do in Hampton Roads Virginia during the Christmas and winter holiday season.

This list includes events around Chesapeake, Hampton, Norfolk, Newport News, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Virginia Beach, and other communities in the 757 area.


Jingle Ball
Chesapeake Conference Center
700 Conference Center Drive
Chesapeake, VA 23320
December 2, 2016 (6:00 pm)

Christmas Palooza Craft Show
Chesapeake Conference Center
700 Conference Center Drive
Chesapeake, VA 23320
December 4-5, 2016

Holiday Brass Concert - Virginia Symphony Orchestra
Chesapeake Conference Center
700 Conference Center Drive
Chesapeake, VA 23320
December 14, 2016 (7 pm - 9 pm, doors open at 6:00 pm)


Holiday and Kwanzaa Marketplace
Friday, December 2, 2016 (Friday 10 am -7 pm, Saturday 1-4 pm)
Hampton University Museum
11 Frissell Ave
Hampton, VA 23669


Outdoor Ice Skating
MacArthur Center Outdoor Ice Rink
Monticello Avenue and Freemason Street
Downtown Norfolk VA
November 2016 - January 16, 2017

Best Christmas Pageant Ever - Hurrah Players
TCC Roper Performing Arts Center
Granby Street
Norfolk VA
December 10, 2016 (7 pm)

Dickens Christmas Towne
Norfolk VA
November - December 31, 2016

Garden of Lights
Norfolk Botanical Garden
November 24 - December 31, 2016 (5:30 pm - 10:00 pm nightly)

2016 Town Point Park Holiday Market and Holiday Yule Log Bon Fire
Town Point Park
Norfolk VA
December 3, 2016 (12:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.)

Charles Dickens - A Christmas Carol
Wells Theatre
110 East Tazewell Street
Norfolk VA
December 7 - December 24, 2016

Virginia Symphony Orchestra - Chorus Holiday Pops
Chrysler Hall
215 Saint Pauls Boulevard
Norfolk VA
December 10, 2016 (8:00 p.m.)

ELF The Musical
Chrysler Hall
215 Saint Pauls Boulevard
Norfolk VA
December 16-18, 2016 (8:00 p.m.)

Handel's Messiah
Harrison Opera House
160 West Virginia Beach Boulevard
Norfolk VA
December 17, 2016 (8:00 p.m.)

Newport News

Newport News Celebration in Lights
Newport News Park
Ft. Eustis Blvd. and Jefferson Ave.
Newport News, VA
November 24, 2016 through January 1, 2017 (5:30 - 10:00 p.m)

Hollydazzle - 2016
City Center at Oyster Point
Newport News VA
Saturday, December 3, (4-8 pm)

Holiday Frost Celebration
Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center
2410 Wickham Ave
Friday, December 9, 2016 (4-7 pm)

Twas the Night Before Christmas - Virginia Repertory Theater
Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center
2410 Wickham Ave
Newport News, VA
Saturday, December 10, 2016 (1 pm)

Oh Where, Oh Where is My Christmas Tree? - K'bana Blaq and Friends
Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center
2410 Wickham Ave
Newport News, VA
Saturday, December 17, 2016 (7 pm)


Portsmouth Winter Wonderland
Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center
Portsmouth VA
December 2016


5th Annual Artisan Gift Fair at the Pavilion
Suffolk Visitor Center Pavilion
524 North Main Street
December 3, 2016 (10 am-5 pm)

Suffolk-Nansemond Historical Society Candlelight Tour
Sights and Sounds of Christmas
December 3-4, 2016 (3 pm-7 pm)

Suffolk Holiday Parade
Downtown Suffolk
December 10, 2016 (7 pm)

Virginia Beach

A Christmas Carol - ​Virginia Musical Theatre
​Sandler Center
201 Market St.
Virginia Beach, VA
December 2-4, 2016

Virginia Beach Holiday Parade
Atlantic Avenue between 15th and 25th streets
Virginia Beach, VA
Dec. 3, 2016 (5:30 pm)

Sleigh Bells Ring Out - The Mavericks
​Sandler Center
201 Market St.
Virginia Beach, VA
December 7, 2016

Virginia Beach Farmers Market Craft Show
and Breakfast with Santa
Virginia Beach Farmers Market
3640 Dam Neck Rd.
Virginia Beach, VA
December 7, 2016 (10 am – 4 pm)
Holidays around the World
Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library
4100 Virginia Beach Blvd.
December 10, 2016 (11 am – 3 pm)
The Nutcracker - Ballet Virginia International
​Sandler Center
201 Market St.
Virginia Beach, VA
December 16-18, 2016

34th Annual Messiah Sing Along​
Sandler Center
201 Market St.
December 23, 2016

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Fall 2016 Hampton Roads Art Shows

A variety of art shows, festivals, and other events will be held this fall in Hampton Roads.

Near Hampton, the Sixth Annual Buckroe Beach Arts in the Park festival will be held September 10 at Buckroe Beach Park on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay.

Presented by the Buckroe Improvement League, Arts in the Park will include local arts and crafts, community interest booths, food vendors, and more.

The Neptune Festival Art Show from September 30 - October 2.

The the Fourth Annual Chelsea West Fest will be held October 1 from noon to 6 p.m. in West Ghent, Norfolk.

The free festival, organized by Hope House Foundation, will feature a wide variety of hand-made items from local crafters, talented local musicians, local beers, local food vendors, and local products.

The 43rd Annual Fall Festival of Folklife will be held October 1-2, 2016, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. at Newport News Park

Southeast Virginia's biggest traditional craft show features over 200 vendors, traditional crafts and trades, folk entertainment, food vendors, and children's activities.

Norfolk’s Visual Arts Week includes the Ocean View Art Show and the Stockley Gardens Art Show.

The 54th Annual Ocean View Art Show has been Postponed to October 29 & 30, due to the threat of Hurricane Matthew.

The show will feature painters, sculptors, jewelers, potters, and other artists displaying their work in the Ocean View Beach Park.

Monday, August 29, 2016

2016 Chelsea West Fest - Norfok VA

The Fourth Annual Chelsea West Fest will be held on October 1st, 2016 from noon to 6 p.m.

The festival in the Chelsea Business District, at the intersection of Orapax Street and Boissevain Avenue in West Ghent, Norfolk.

Organized by Hope House Foundation, the free festival celebrates the energy of local offerings with a wide variety of hand-made items from local crafters, talented local musicians, local beers, local food vendors, and local products.

The entertainment schedule offers a little something for everyone including some of the region's most popular performers.

Noon - 12:30 PM: Dan Pelligrino
12:30 - 1:00 PM: The Drendas
1:30 - 2:30 PM: 3 Legged Back Porch Collective
3:00 - 4:00 PM: 11 Ton
4:30 - 6:00 PM: Anthony Rosano and The Conqueroos

Proceeds from Chelsea West Fest support the programs of Hope House Foundation. Since 1964, Hope House Foundation has worked on the frontlines of the battle for independence, community inclusion and true citizenship for people with developmental disabilities.

For more information, visit