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Summer Events in Hampton Roads

Need something to do this summer? We’ve got you covered! Check out this list of our favorite family-friendly events in Hampton Roads, there's sure to be something for everyone! 

Patriotic Festival 
May 31-June 2
Virginia Beach Oceanfront
Admission: Nightly tickets range from $45-$65
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Kick off the unofficial start to summer with the Patriotic Festival at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. This annual event celebrates the military and honors them with three days of National Touring Artists, Concerts, Military Expos and Displays. This year you can see performances by Old Dominion, Luke Combs and Kane Brown.  The Concerts will be at 5th Street and Oceanfront Friday and Saturday Evening and Sunday Afternoon.

Harborfest
June 7-9
Town Point Park, Norfolk
Admission: Free
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The Annual Norfolk Harborfest® at Town Point Park offers a weekend jam-packed with land and sea events, such as the tall ships and the Parade of Sail, the largest waterfront fireworks show on the East Coast, live music, family activities, water activities, workboat races, build-a-boat contests and more.

North American Sand Soccer Championships
June 7-9
Virginia Beach Oceanfront
Admission: Free
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Enjoy sun, surf, sand and soccer at the 26th annual North American Sand Soccer Championships—the largest amateur and Pro/Am beach/sand soccer festival worldwide. Whether you have a child participating, you’re participating yourself, or you want to watch pro teams from across the country compete for the “World Cup” of sand soccer, its sure to be a great time.

Boardwalk Art Show
Virginia Beach Boardwalk, 18th-35th Streets
June 13-16
Admission: Free
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The 64th Annual Boardwalk Art Show is Virginia Beach’s longest running annual oceanfront event, and is ranked #3 in art shows nationwide by Sunshine Artist Magazine. The art show features 275 artists from across the country, and boasts an eclectic range of arts and crafts. The event also features live music,

JULY

Celebrate Freedom- Concert & Fireworks
July 3
Chesapeake City Park
Admission: Free
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Celebrate Independence Day early by attending this free event, which features a concert from the U. S. Fleet Forces Band and a fireworks finale! The event will feature a variety of food vendor concessions, children’s activities and family entertainment, such as face painting, 3-years-and-under play area, lawn games, giant inflatables and more.


Stars and Stripes Explosion
July 4
Virginia Beach Oceanfront
Admission: Free

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This annual Independence Day event attracts thousands of visitors and features live bands playing patriotic music and tribute songs, as well as an infamous fireworks display.

Great American Picnic & Fireworks
July 4
Town Point Park, Norfolk

Admission: Free
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Bring your friends and family to Town Point to enjoy a plethora of all-American fare, relax on the lawn and enjoy live entertainment, then finish the night off with a firework display.

Fourth of July Stars in the Sky
July 4
Victory Landing Park, Newport News
Admission: Free
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Enjoy the Peninsula’s biggest Independence Day party with at the waterside park with views of the James River. You can expect plenty of food vendors, music, fireworks, and thousands of people at this annual event.

Norfolk Latino Festival
July 27
Town Point Park
Admission: Free
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This lively festival includes explosive music, Latin food, dance lessons, face painting, soccer, bi-lingual story time and more! Bring the kids for the day, and stay for when the sun goes dance and the largest outdoor waterfront dance floor heats up.

AUGUST

Coastal Edge East Coast Surfing Championship
Aug. 18-25
Virginia Beach Oceanfront
Admission: Free

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Enjoy watching hundreds of surfers compete for titles, prizes, glory and the love of the sport. But the fun doesn’t stop there—this multifaced beach sports and entertainment festival offers a wide range of family-friendly activities and attractions, such as volleyball, 5k run, street skate and ramp contests, food and drink concessions, and live music on the beach.

Seawall Art Show
Aug 24-25
Old Towne Portsmouth
Admission: Free
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A summer highlight for 49 years, this fine art and craft show features the talents of over 80 select artists, with works such as oil painting, wood carving, art glass, fine jewelry, pottery and more.

American Music Festival
Aug 30- Sep 1
Virginia Beach Oceanfront
Admission: Ticket costs TBD
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End your summer with a bang at the American Music Festival, an annual event that features four major headline bands at the oceanfront. The American Music Festival presents a wide range of musical acts, with a little bit of “something for everyone.” 2018 performers included Ziggy Marley, GooGoo Dolls, ZZ Top, Plain White T’s and more.

 

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