Because Hampton Roads festivals start to crop up as soon as the leaves fall down. Daily Press composed a list of the top six HRVA fall festivals to watch for. The causes celebrated range from oysters to bluegrass — and almost everything in between.
Support your local songwriters this Saturday at VB’s Barry Robinson Theater. Daily Press reports that the fifth annual Acoustic Music Gathering, sponsored by the Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music, will host workshops for the songwriters, culminating in a public concert at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 10. Check here for the local lineup.
This could be your big break. Alt Daily reports that filmmakers are looking for 13 actors for a movie filming on the USS Wisconsin. Auditions for “Haunted Ship: Alien Terror” will be held at Nauticus on Sept. 12. Training, rehearsals and filming run from Oct. 11 to 29.
The largest outdoor event this side of the Mississippi is happening this weekend. hrScene reports that Friday kicks off the weekend-long American Music Festival in Virginia Beach. The 5th Street beach will host headliners, with smaller stages set up along the boardwalk, but check the festival’s website as some acts have changed due to inclement weather. Get your lineup and tickets now (it’s $25 at the door).
Remember the Mathews Hotel? Well, history may be uncovered at the hotel’s site. Artifacts dating back to 300 years ago have been found at the site, and archaeologists will soon be digging for more finds. Community members are welcome to participate in the search. To volunteer for the Sept. 9-10 dig, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
From Sept. 1 until Oct. 31, Colonial Williamsburg will be offering free, unlimited visits for anyone 50 years of age and older. The “50+ Pay for a Day” event will be the perfect getaway for any elders or a great bonding experience for the family.
The East Coast Surfing Championships will be taking place in Virginia Beach! This week, until Wednesday, you can find people at the beach surfing all day. By Thursday, there will be a surf competition on 2nd Street at 8:30 a.m. Saturday will be filled with fun events, and Sunday the winning surfers will be crowned.
Moon bounces are getting a makeover when Insane Inflatable 5K comes to Virginia Beach. The massive inflatable obstacle course unfurlin itself at the VB sportsplex next Saturday (Aug. 27) and it intends to Benjamin Button anyone who’s brave enough to bounce. Waivers and tickets are required, so get them here.
If you’ve ever been impressed by your waiter’s ability to carry a ton of plates at once, you’ll love this story. Hampton will host a “Waiter’s Race” on Saturday afternoon. But it’s not all fun and games for the racers – – there are thousands of dollars available in prize money.
Not even kidding. Aug. 6 from noon until 10 p.m., O’Connor Brewing will offer discounted brews to anyone who shows up on a bicycle. They’ll have reserved bike parking, a safety-check station and a raffle for a Norfolk Bicycle Works beach cruiser. Just promise not to drink and pedal.
Running through Aug. 20, Newport News’ Peninsula Community Theater will show its production of “The Music Man,” which will provide a family-friendly outing on weekends and unite families onstage, as several cast members are blood relatives. Tickets are $18, but student, senior, and military discounts are available.
Williamsburg Distillery will bring together distilleries from across Virginia for its first Virginia Craft Distillers Festival, which is slated for August. The festivities will feature not just locally made booze but also bands, food trucks and artisans. Tickets for the Aug. 20 event include tastings and a souvenir cup, according to the Tidewater Review.
With the dog days of summer in full swing across #HRVA, its tempting to throw in the towel. But there are plenty of ways to beat the heat even if you think you’ve exhausted all the 757 has to offer. The Virginian-Pilot has compiled a list of 25 local treasures to add to your seasonal bucket list. And if you need a little refresher on all the other ideas we rounded up, head here.
If you are truly so bored with life that you feel the casket calling, take a look at Veer Magazine’s 101 Things To Do in the 757 Before You Die. They’ve rounded up the best hiking trails, wildlife preserves, botanical gardens, museums — you name it, they’ve got it.
In case your Googling fails to turn up activities for any given summer day, the Daily Press can keep you busy with this comprehensive list of Peninsula summer activities, including outdoor adventures, free movies, live music and cultural hot spots. Best part? All of ’em are cheap, and plenty are free.
Why bar crawl when you can brewery crawl? And why blunder to said breweries when you can use this handy-dandy map handcrafted by the Daily Press? Most, if not all, brewing companys in the 757 are on this baby, including the ones that are still in their *fermentation* phase.
Local jam band the Dharma Initiative will perform at this year’s Lockn’ Festival in Arlington. The Hampton-based group took first place in the “Rockin’ to Lockn’ ” competition, the Daily Press reports. Other acts include My Morning Jacket, Ween and Phish. For tickets and more information, check out this website.
Whether you’re a true believer or a skeptic with nothing better to do, consider checking out this live performance by TLC’s Long Island Medium coming to the Norfolk Scope Arena at 7:30 Oct. 13. The show will feature “healing messages” and assorted psychic stuff. Get tickets here or here starting this Friday.
Adulthood is stressful, but you can keep it at bay the way you did as a child: coloring. We’re serious. Suffolk Public Library hosts Adult Coloring Club; the library provides silence and snacks but coloring books may be BYOB. Club is held 6:30 p.m. the second Thursday of every month.