Living Here: Festivals

You want good food and drink, a wide variety of live music, art from local artists, and a primer on how to talk like a pirate? We've got you covered with this list of festivals offered throughout Hampton Roads this year.



When: Friday-Sunday, May 23-25.

Where: Virginia Beach Oceanfront, at 17th, 24th and 31st streets

Details: A celebration of Memorial Day weekend, with live music from lots of top local and regional acts including The Deloreons, The Fuzz Band, and Seth Stainback and Roosterfoot.

Admission: Free

Information: 757-491-4866 or


When: Friday-Sunday, May 23-25.

Where: nTelos Wireless Pavilion in Portsmouth

Details: Annual festival celebrating African-American culture and heritage. Lots of live music, food, art and vendors. An event promoting unity and diversity.

Admission: Free

Information: 757-393-8481 or


When: Saturday-Sunday, May 24-25, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Pungo community of Virginia Beach, 1776 Princess Anne Road

Details: Taste strawberries prepared 50 different ways, enjoy entertainment on three stages and see a parade on Saturday. Also featured: a carnival, livestock show, arts and crafts. No pets allowed. Organizers expect a crowd of up to 120,000.

Admission: Free, but a $5-per-day parking charge will be collected.

Information: 757-721-6001 or