Get out and get festive: Spring and summer festivals in Hampton Roads

Admission: Exhibit admission is free, but Friday's opening event requires a $5 admission.

Details:, 727-1610


When: Friday-Sunday, May 31-June 2. 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Downtown Hampton

Details: Pillage and plunder your way through the seaport of Hampton when the 14th Annual Hampton Blackbeard Pirate Festival returns for another year of swashbuckling fun. The festival celebrates Hampton's maritime heritage by commemorating the demise of Captain Edward Teach, a.k.a. Blackbeard the Pirate. As many as 50,000 people are expected to visit Hampton to enjoy pirate re-enactors, children's activities, Caribbean food, craft vendors, live music and fireworks over the Hampton River on Saturday night.

Admission: Free, but tickets are required for the Grand Pirates Ball on Friday night. Those are $35 in advance and $40 at the door.

Information:, 757-727-1102


When: Friday-Sunday, May 31-June 2. Gates open, 11 a.m. Friday-Sunday for air shows. Gates open 5 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday for concerts.

Where: Virginia Beach oceanfront

Details: Air shows from noon to 3 p.m. daily at the center stage at 15th Street as an AV-8B Harrier II gives a tactical demonstration and parachute teams, aerobatic experts, and the Geico Skytypers entertain. Concerts by Little Big Town and Hunter Hayes at 7 p.m. Friday, May 31; Darius Rucker and Justin Moore at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 1; and Steel Pulse at 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 2. Musical performances will take place at 5th Street.

Admission: General admission is free but VIP tickets are on sale.




When: Saturday, June 1, noon-5 p.m.

Where: King-Lincoln Park, 600 Jefferson Ave., Newport News.

Details: Music, free children's activities and community exhibits will contribute to a fun day in the park. Food vendors will be on hand.

Admission: Free.



When: Thursday-Sunday, June 6-9. noon-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday; noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Town Point Park, downtown Norfolk

Details: For four days, the downtown Norfolk waterfront transforms into a playground for people of all ages. Harborfest includes tall ships and the Parade of Sail, the largest fireworks show on the East Coast, local, regional and national entertainment, family fun, water activities and much more. Musical headliners include O.A.R., Eddie Money and Rusted Root.