Festivals throughout Hampton Roads.
May 26-27: Pungo Strawberry Festival, Pungo community of Virginia Beach
Taste strawberries prepared 50 different ways, enjoy entertainment on three stages and see a parade on Saturday, carnival, livestock show, arts and crafts. Admission is free, $5 parking charge. It takes place at 1776 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach. No pets allowed. Pungostrawberryfestival.info or 721-6001.
May 31-June 3: Newport News Greek Festival, Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, Newport News
Authentic Greek food; a large arts, craft and jewelry marketplace; pastries; and Greek music and dance make this one of the largest and most popular ethnic celebrations in the region. Newportnewsgreekfestival.org or 596-5599.
June 1-3: Hampton Blackbeard Pirate Festival, downtown Hampton
Enjoy a pirate ball, live entertainment, pirate re-enactors and their encampment, children's activities, sea battles, fireworks and more as Hampton remembers and celebrates the demise of Blackbeard, one of the fiercest pirates ever known. Free. 727-0900 or blackbeardfestival.com
June 1-3: Patriotic Festival, Virginia Beach oceanfront
Show center is at 15th Street as the U.S. NavyBlue Angels perform June 1 as well as parachute teams, amphibious squads, Geico Skytypers, Miss Geico Extreme Boat Race. Concerts by Miranda Lambert (June 1), Steel Pulse (June 2) and Scotty McCreery (June 3), will take place at 5th Street. http://www.patrioticfestival.com.
June 1-3: Yorktown Maritime Weekend
Spirit of Bermuda, Lynx, Godspeed and the Schooner Alliance will be moored at Yorktown's historic waterfront for this OpSail 2012-related event. Free public tours of tall ships, Navy and Coast Guard vessels will be offered. Demonstrations and a Saturday Parade of Sail will also take place. http://www.opsail2012virginia.com/events-schedule/yorktown
June 8-10: Harborfest, Town Point Park, downtown Norfolk
One of the East Coast's premier waterfront festivals gets even bigger this year with the arrival of OpSail 2012, a national maritime history celebration which will bring tall ships and naval vessels from around the world to the region. In addition to all the hulls, masts and decks, Harborfest will feature concerts — including Bruce Hornsby — children's activities, seafood, gift vendors and fireworks. Activities stretch from the Waterside Festival Marketplace to the Historic Freemason Harbor. It begins with a Parade of Sail on Friday, June 8. Festevents.org
June 6: OpSail 2012 Sea and Air Parade
The Sea and Air Parade of Sail will feature an international fleet of naval vessels, waterborne and air assets from the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, NOAA, Army Corps of Engineers and other government and private groups. The parade will pass Fort Monroe in Hampton and into downtown Norfolk along the Elizabeth River. http://www.opsail2012virginia.com
June 13-July 29: Virginia Shakespeare Festival, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg
This year's lineup includes "The Two Gentlemen of Verona" and "The Merchant of Venice." Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall, Jamestown Road, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg. 221-2674. wm.edu/as/vsf
June 14-17: Boardwalk Art Show and Festival, Virginia Beach oceanfront