Christmas in Hampton Roads may have kicked off with a bang (re: HollyDazzle in Newport News and Williamsburg’s Grand Illumination), but it can be a little hard to keep track of all the parades, theme park events and light extravaganzas coming our way. hrScene and Daily Press have you covered, though. Anything you’re looking for, you can find on this calendar or this list.
Under the umbrella of “eat, drink and be tacky,” O’Connor Brewing is celebrating ugly sweaters everywhere. Like really celebrating. They’ll have food trucks, a sweater contest, a new seasonal beer and all the live Weezer covers you could ask for. The event is from 7-10 p.m. Nov. 23. Oh, and it’s free.
‘Tis the season for lots of holiday-themed festivals, performances, parades and more. And those inclined to find themselves overwhelmed by all the holiday hullabaloo don’t need to worry. The Daily Press has you covered with a concise list of the 10 events you need to hit up.
After being under construction and riddled with detours since February 2013, the new, redesigned Elizabeth River Trail finally opened last weekend. According to hrScene, the new 10.5-mile trail is open to runners, cyclists and bipeds. The plan is for the trail to eventually connect to the Norfolk bike loop.
Liberty’s Ice Pavilion will be returning to Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area this Friday! But don’t fret if you can’t make it just yet: the rink’ll be open well into February. Whether you want to take to the ice with your loved one or little ones, it seems like it’ll be a pretty reasonable outing. The Daily Press says tickets start at 10 smackaroos, and rentals cost just more than $4.
Newport News’ first H&M is having its grand opening on Nov. 3 (this Thursday!) at Patrick Henry Mall. The first 100 shoppers get store credit gift cards (which can be up to $300!). The event kicks off at noon and runs until 3 p.m., and you can bring by old clothes to “recycle” and get 15 percent off your purchase.
In case you’re not feeling the Halloween spirit yet, the DP has collected the best haunted happenings Hampton Roads has to offer. From haunted houses and ghost trails to Renaissance fairs, horse rides and movie screenings, everything is getting a spooky spin this year — check here to see what might interest you.
Fort Monroe opens its doors (and the doors to some restricted zones) for its third annual Ghost Walk this Friday and Saturday, and employees promise scarier and more frequent tours this year. Numerous guests and employees attest to real and vivid hauntings around the grounds; get tickets here if you dare.
As if October isn’t already filled with enough fun events, the Virginia Beach Craft Beer Festival is right around the corner! The festival will take place October 22 until the 23rd at 31st Street Park/ Oceanfront. Tickets are selling for $20-$30. And is SHOULD go without saying but this event is for people ages 21 and up.
Yes, we went there. And so should you. The Mariners’ Museum’s Pirate Run, a 10K on the Noland Trail is slated for Saturday. (And if 10K is a little daunting, there’ll be a 5K and Kids Fun Run, too). The race begins at 9 a.m., and you have to register in advance. Plunder includes a medal and commemorative T-shirt.
The escape room craze is hitting the Peninsula, with new locally-owned attractions in Newport News and Howl-O-Scream rooms in Busch Gardens opening just in time for Halloween thrills. This month will feature both standard and Halloween-themed experiences at various locations with different pricing and difficulty depending on the venue.
What a time to be alive! Coloring isn’t just socially acceptable for kids. In fact, adult coloring books have topped the Amazon best sellers lists. Portsmouth has four separate adult coloring groups that meet, according to the Virginian-Pilot. Both the Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton campaigns have books available.
The second annual Mariners’ Museum gallery crawl is centered around what might be the most common word in the English language. More than 40 items will be on display Saturday, all of them focused on the word “the.” Each of the items represents some sort of superlative.
It’s one of the sure signs of fall in #HRVA. Busch Garden’s Howl-o-Scream kicks off on Sept. 23, complete with a whole host of new attractions meant to scare even the bravest of souls. This year features Circo Sinistro, a whole new scare area chosen by an online poll.
Hosted at the Virginia Zoo this Saturday, Norfolk’s Growl Fest enables guests to sip craft beer while perusing the zoo. The Pilot says tickets cost $25 — $35 at the door — but DDs and people younger than 20 get in for $10. Tickets include a 64-ounce souvenir glass and two beers. Event starts at 5:30 p.m.
O’Connor Brewing is celebrating German festival Oktoberfest on its original date —Saturday. There will be a stein-hoisting competition, German food trucks (legitimate schnitzel, guys), music and the debut of a special “O’Ctoberfest” beer — and if you dress up in lederhosen you’ll get a discounted tab. Bonus: O’Connor offers safe rides.
Six years after the birth of Norfolk’s arts district, the city will celebrate the Second Annual Neon Festival Sept. 15 through 18 with a slew of a new public art. The events kick off that Thursday with an extra-special Third Thursday at the Chrysler featuring a new installation, live music and food trucks.
Those who call September “pre-Halloween” will be delighted to know that this year, Busch Gardens is starting Howl-O-Scream on Sept. 23. The annual haunt-fest runs Fridays through Sundays until Oct. 30. Ticket prices were posted this week, and the Gazette reports that they clock in at $85 to $200.