Events Calendar July-August 2024

Made in VA Biennial, Virginia MOCA, Opens July 12 (Hank the Aquarian, Wash Me & Comb Me, 2023)


Beginning July 5: Beyond Monet & Beyond Van Gogh
View more than 400 of Claude Monet’s artworks through an exhilarating multimedia experience during “Beyond Monet.” Get tickets for this and the return of “Beyond Van Gogh.” Virginia Beach Convention Center.

July 5, Aug. 2: City Center Summer Block Party Series
Enjoy live music, food and drink specials, vendors, kids’ activities and more. City Center at Oyster Point, Newport News.

July 11: CoVa Magazine Best Of Party – Peninsula
Join Coastal Virginia Magazine as we celebrate our incredible area with live music, food and dancing with a Viva Las Vegas theme. Enjoy delicious food from some of the best local restaurants. Newport News Marriott at City Center.

July 13-20: Suffolk Summer Sweets Week
Suffolk Sweets Week highlights some of the city’s best confections from local bakeries. Suffolk.

July 18: Music by the Bay Summer Concert Series
Thursday evenings, head to Fort Monroe for free summer concerts. Continental Park, Hampton.

July 19-21: Virginia Beach International Carnival
The Virginia Beach International Carnival immerses guests in authentic Caribbean culture through live music and delicious food.

July 20: Norfolk Latino Music Festival
Eat, drink and salsa the night away along the downtown Norfolk waterfront. Town Point Park, Norfolk.

July 20: Jazz on the Grass
Jazz on the Grass showcases local talent. Copeland Lane Park, Newport News.

July 21: Virginia Symphony Orchestra Concert in the Park
The Virginia Symphony Orchestra performs a free summer concert. Town Point Park, Norfolk.

July 21: Wave Fest
Wave Fest features performances by Sexyy Red, Mariah the Scientist, Fridayy and more. Atlantic Union Bank Pavilion, Portsmouth.

July 24: Chincoteague Pony Swim
Watch Chincoteague’s “Saltwater Cowboys” herd wild ponies across the Assateague Channel to Chincoteague Island.

July 25: CoVa Magazine Best Of Party – Southside
Join Coastal Virginia Magazine as we celebrate our incredible area with live music, food and dancing with a Viva Las Vegas theme. Enjoy delicious food from some of the best local restaurants. Founders Inn and Spa.

July 27: FantaSci
This annual fantasy and science fiction mini convention includes panels, cosplay, vendors and games. Chesapeake Central Library.

July 27: Night Sounds
Take a hike through Newport News Discovery Center before an evening concert. Newport News Discovery Center.

July 27: World Arts Celebration
Explore cultures from around the world through marketplace vendors, hands-on exhibits and entertainment. Victory Landing Park, Newport News.

Aug. 2: Films that Move Premiere
Ten short, dance-inspired films, created on location in or near Cape Charles by artists from around the world. Historic Palace Theatre, Cape Charles.

Aug. 2-4: 2024 Treasures of the Earth Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show
This gem show features estate, classic, handcrafted and fashion jewelry made from a variety of metals. Virginia Beach Convention Center.

Aug. 3: Bachata Vida Summer Festival
Meet with world-class instructors who will teach dance classes for every level, then enjoy live music, a silent disco and more. Virginia Beach Convention Center.

Aug. 3: Water Lantern Festival
Watch as thousands of glittering lanterns float across the water during this family-friendly event. Mount Trashmore Park, Virginia Beach.

Aug. 10: Jazz in the Park
Bring a chair or blanket and settle in for jazz music on a summer day. Food vendors will be on site. Chesapeake City Park.

Through Aug. 10: Summer of Wonder Concert Series
Top artists take the stage every weekend at the Royal Palace Theatre. Busch Gardens, Williamsburg.

Through Aug. 15: Sounds of Summer Concert Series
Get your dancing shoes ready for free outdoor concerts by the York River, Thursday evenings. Riverwalk Landing, Yorktown.

Aug. 16-Sept. 2: Busch Gardens Bier Fest
On select days, sip seasonal beer offerings and savor beer-inspired recipes. Busch Gardens, Williamsburg.

Aug. 16-17: 41st Annual Norfolk Waterfront Jazz Festival
The area’s longest-running outdoor jazz festival features a star-studded lineup of names on the smooth jazz scene. Town Point Park, Norfolk.

Aug. 17-18: 36th Annual Nansemond Indian Pow Wow
Immerse yourself in Native American culture, through music, dance, food and crafts, during this two-day event. Pow Wow Grounds, Suffolk.

Aug. 18-25: 62nd Annual East Coast Surfing Championship
Professional and amateur surfers from all over will compete for titles and prizes. Attendees can also enjoy other beach-oriented sports. Virginia Beach Oceanfront.

Through Aug. 22: Beach Blanket Movie Series
On Thursday nights, find your place in the sand for a movie night on the beach. 29th Street, Virginia Beach.

Aug. 23-24: Virginia Beach Funk Fest Beach Party
Virginia Beach Funk Fest brings the “funk” to the beach with free live music, food and vendors. Virginia Beach Oceanfront.

Aug. 24: African Landing Day
Fort Monroe Authority, National Park Service, Project 1619 and the City of Hampton commemorate the landing of the first enslaved African people with a ceremony. Fort Monroe, Hampton.

Aug. 24: 9th Annual Coastal Craft Beer Festival
Neptune’s Park is transformed into a craft beer lover’s haven, featuring Virginia beers, ciders and seltzers, along with live music, food trucks and more. Neptune’s Park, Virginia Beach.

Aug. 24-25: 52nd Annual Seawall Art Show
Browse one-of-a-kind gifts and signature pieces, such as wood carvings, oil paintings, handwoven clothing, fine jewelry, pottery and glass. High Street, Portsmouth.

Aug. 25: National Park Service Birthday
National parks in Coastal Virginia will offer free entrance fees, in-park programs and more to celebrate the National Park Service’s birthday.

Through Aug. 25: Groovin’ by the Bay
Spend Sunday evenings listening to live music, ranging from beach, pop, oldies, rock and Motown. Mill Point Park, Hampton.

Through Aug. 28: Port Warwick Summer Concert Series
Every Wednesday, bring your lawn chair, food and beverages for free live music. Loftis Boulevard, Newport News.

Through Aug. 31: Downtown Hampton Block Party
Every Saturday, enjoy an evening concert with food and drinks available for purchase. Downtown Hampton.

Aug. 31: Crabtown Seafood Festival
Enjoy a day of seafood, boats, educational exhibits and live music at this family-friendly festival. Mill Point Park, Hampton.

Aug. 31: Roar & Pour
Sip unlimited beer samples from some of the region’s best breweries, along with food trucks, live music, games and more. Virginia Zoo, Norfolk.

Through Sept. 1: Ocean View Beach Park Big Bands on the Bay Series
The Big Bands on the Bay summer concert series brings live music to Ocean View every Sunday at sunset. Ocean View Beach Park, Norfolk.

Sept. 1: Symphony Under the Stars
The Virginia Symphony Orchestra comes to Chesapeake City Park for a free concert, performing music from around the world. Chesapeake City Park.


Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg
301 S. Nassau St., Williamsburg. 888-965-7254.

Ongoing: Stitched in Time;
 I made this…: The Work of Black American Artists and Artisans; Restoring Williamsburg; Making Music in Early America; Art of the Quilter; Elegance, Taste and Style: The Mary D. Doering Fashion Collection

Barry Art Museum
Old Dominion University
1075 W 43rd St., Norfolk.

Ongoing: Message in a Bottle: Picturing Maritime Culture in Hampton Roads
Through July 28: Martha Chase: Progressive Kindness
Opening Aug. 27: Dollhaus:
Reimagining the Domestic Space

The Charles H. Taylor
Visual Arts Center
4205 Victoria Blvd., Hampton. 757-727-1490.

Through Aug. 24: Renewal
Outdoor/Indoor Sculpture Exhibition

Chrysler Museum of Art
1 Memorial Place, Norfolk.

Ongoing: Hampton Boyer:
Colors of Us; Early Days:
Indigenous Art from the
McMichael Canadian
Art Collection
Through Aug. 11: I Am Copying Nobody: The Art and Political Cartoons of Akinola Lasekan
Through Aug. 18: Fantastic Creatures of the Venetian Lagoon: Glass 1875-1915

D’Art Center
740 Boush St., Norfolk.

Through July 27: Fibrous:
A National Juried Exhibition of Fiber and Paper Artworks
Through Aug. 3-31: Flowing
& Flying: A National Juried
Exhibition of Artworks featuring Waterscapes and Waterfowl

Gallery at York Hall
301 Main St., Yorktown.

July 1-31: Pine Needle Baskets exhibit

Hermitage Museum & Gardens
7637 N Shore Road, Norfolk. 757-423-2052.

July 6: Stories on Stage
July 18, Aug. 1, 15:
Sunsets on the River
Aug. 30: Sail Away

Mary M. Torggler
Fine Arts Center
1 Avenue of the Arts,
Newport News. 757-594-0800.

Ongoing: A Grand Menagerie: The Sculpture of Anna
Hyatt Huntington
Through July 28: Beyond the Veil

Portsmouth Art
& Cultural Center

400 High St., Portsmouth.

July 5: First Fridays
Concerts in the Courtyard

Virginia Museum of
Contemporary Art

2200 Parks Ave., Virginia Beach. 757-425-0000.

Opening July 12: Made in VA
Biennial; Nikki Leone: Rule Breaker; Heather Beardsley: Tell the Bees


Children’s Museum of Virginia
221 High St., Portsmouth.

Through Aug. 25: Shaun the Sheep™: Flock This Way!

Hampton History Museum
120 Old Hampton Lane,
Hampton. 757-727-1102.

Ongoing: The 1619 Traveling Exhibit; NASA’s Human Computers; NASA: Hampton Takes Flight; Historic Black Beaches

Jamestown Settlement
and American Revolution
Museum at Yorktown

Ongoing: Ruth E. Carter: Afrofuturism in Costume Design

The Mariners’ Museum
and Park
100 Museum Drive,
Newport News. 757-596-2222.

July 3, 10, 17, 24:
Wonder Wednesdays

Military Aviation Museum
1341 Princess Anne Road,
Virginia Beach. 757-721-7767.

July 13: South Pacific Luau & Hangar Dance

1 Waterside Drive, Norfolk.

July 6, 13, 20, Aug. 3: First Sail
July 12-14, 26-28, Aug. 9-11, Aug. 23-25: Learn to Sail
July 31, Aug. 28: Toddler Time

Virginia Living Museum
524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd.,
Newport News. 757-595-1900.

July 12: Shark Pajama Jam 2024
July 13: Shark Day
July 13, Aug. 10:
Stargazing Night
July 20-27: Turtle Census 2024
Aug. 16: Space
Pajama Jam 2024

Virginia Zoo
300 Granby St., Norfolk.

July 7, 11, 18, 25: Zoo Tales
July 9, 23, Aug. 13, 27:
Little Buds
July 13: Adult Night
Aug. 18: Wild Tykes


Atlantic Union Bank Pavilion
16 Crawford Circle, Portsmouth. 757-393-8181.

Aug. 16: Musiq Soulchild
& Eric Benet
Aug. 24: French Montana

Sept. 5: Jane’s
Addiction and Love & Rockets

Chartway Arena
4320 Hampton Blvd., Norfolk. 757-683-4444.

July 18: Bell Biv DeVoe
Aug. 8: Norfolk Sports Club’s 77th Annual Jamboree

Chrysler Hall
215 St. Pauls Blvd., Norfolk.

Aug. 23: Avatar the Last Airbender

Cultural Arts Center
2410 Wickham Ave.,
Newport News. 757-247-8950.

July 9, Aug. 13: 25 Mics

Elevation 27
600 Nevan Road, Virginia Beach. 757-716-4028.

3: Kendall Street Company; 5: The Wailers; 6: Waxing Poetics; 11: Lovesong; 12: An Evening with The Rush; 17: Tab Benoit & Anders Osborne; 18: Get Poison’d; 19: Jackyl; 20: Midnight Rain; 24: Jack Hill; 26: Cassadee Pope; 31: We the Kings

3: Thurston Howell; 6: Jazz is Dead; 7: The Mountain Goats; 9: Live Wire; 10: Donavon Frankenreit; 24: The Broken Hearts; 25: Struggle Jennings

Flat Iron Crossroads
7709 Flat Iron Road, Gloucester. 804-699-3361.

6: The Boneshakers; 13:
The Deloreans; 20:
The Wilson Springs
Hotel; 27: Good Shot Judy

17: Jim Quick & Coastline

Ferguson Center for the Arts
1 Avenue of the Arts, Newport News. 757-594-8752.

July 13: Expose Performing Arts

Hampton Coliseum
1000 Coliseum Drive, Hampton. 757-838-4203.

July 9: Chris Brown
July 12-13: Wobble Coliseum 3
Aug. 2: Missy Elliott

Sandler Center for the Performing Arts
210 Market St., Virginia Beach. 757-385-2787.

3, 10, 17, 24, 31: Ynot Wednesday; 18: Remembering David Crosby; 23: Rain – A Tribute to the Beatles; 25: Dionne Warwick

7, 14, 21, 28: Ynot Wednesday; 15: Love & Bossa Nova; 16: Rumours of Fleetwood Mac; 17: Who’s Bad: The Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience

Scope Arena
201 E. Brambleton Ave., Norfolk. 757-664-6464.

July 11: Sebastian Maniscalco
Aug. 27: Heart

Smithfield Little Theatre
210 N. Church St., Smithfield.

Aug. 2-4: SLT Summer Youth Program shows

Suffolk Center for
the Cultural Arts

110 W. Finney Ave., Suffolk.

July 11, 18, 25, Aug. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29: Summer Music Series
July 14, Aug. 11: Summer Film Series

The American Theatre
125 E. Mellen St., Hampton.

Aug. 3-4: Schoolhouse Rock Live!

The NorVa
317 Monticello Ave., Norfolk.

13: The Used, 14: Jacquees,
15: Summer Slaughter Tour,
17: Boys like Girls, 19: Styles of Harry; 26: Saved by the ’90s; 27: As I Lay Dying; 28: Black Stone Cherry

9: Lucky Daye, 10: Muscadine Bloodline; 13-14: Beres
Hammond; 17: Emo Nite;
18: Down South Dance Party; 24: Dada

Veterans United
Home Loans Amphitheater
3550 Cellar Door Way,
Virginia Beach. 757-368-3000.

8: Barbie: The Movie – In Concert; 13: Sam Hunt, Russell Dickerson and George Birge; 20: Third Eye Blind, Yellow Card and Arizona;
21: Xscape, SWV, Mya, 701 and Total; 25: Slightly Stoopid and Dirty Heads;
26: Jason Aldean;
27: Creed, 3 Doors Down and Finger Eleven

1: New Kids on the Block;
2: Kidz Bop Live; 6: Stick Figure, Soja and Little Stranger;
7: Train, REO Speedwagon and Yacht Rock Revue;
10: Hank Williams Jr. and
Whiskey Myers; 20: Foreigner, Styx and John Waite,
23: Pitbull; 26: Imagine Dragons

Image Credit: Made in VA Biennial, courtesy of Virginia MOCA (Hank the Aquarian, Wash & Comb Me, 2023)

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