Slurp an oyster, talk like a pirate, celebrate diversity, relax to music, support a local artist.
Boardwalk Art Show & Festival. June 17-20. Hundreds of world-class sculptors, painters, photographers and craftsmen converge on the Virginia Beach Boardwalk for this four-day extravaganza, recognized as one of the best outdoor art shows in the country. Virginia Beach Boardwalk, 17th-32nd streets, Virginia Beach. Free. 425-0000. cacv.org/events/boardwalk.asp
Hampton Jazz Festival. June 25-27. This year's lineup includes Gladys Knight, Charlie Wilson, and Maze featuring Frankie Beverly. Hampton Coliseum, Hampton. hamptonjazzfestival.com
Bayou Boogaloo & Cajun Food Festival. June 25-27. Featuring performances by nationally known New Orleans bands. Cajun and Creole food. Town Point Park, Norfolk. 441-2345.
4th of July Stars in the Sky. July 4, 7-10 p.m. Victory Landing Park, downtown Newport News. Entertainment, food vendors and fireworks. Free.
Stars & Stripes Explosion. July 4. Fireworks by the shore. Oceanfront, Virginia Beach. Free.
Hampton Blackbeard Festival. July 5-7. Authentic re-enactment of the Golden Age of Piracy and Blackbeard the Pirate. Downtown Hampton. 727-0900. blackbeardpirate
Virginia Shakespeare Festival. July 7-Aug. 1. This year's lineup includes "As You Like It" and "A Man For All Seasons." Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall, Jamestown Road, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg. 221-2674. wm.edu/as/vsf
Pork, Peanut and Pine Festival. July 17-18. Features a barbecue cook-off, craft show, food and entertainment, machinery demonstrations and children's activities. Chippokes Plantation State Park, 695 Chippokes Park Road, Surry. Admission fee. 294-3625. porkpeanutpinefestival.org
Norfolk Jazz Festival. July 23-24, 5-11 p.m. each day. National jazz artists visit this festival every year. Town Point Park, Norfolk. 441-2345.
American Music Festival. Sept. 3-5. National recording artists. Oceanfront, Virginia Beach.
Hampton Bay Days Festival. Sept. 10-12. Featuring games, rides, food and fun for the whole family. Downtown Hampton. Free. 727-1641. baydays.com