Summer Events: Blackbeard Pirate Festival
Block Parties, Steampunk, Groovin', Bazaar, 1619 Commemoration
Mark Your Calendar
Blackbeard Pirate Festival
Saturday-Sunday, June 1-2; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday; Downtown Hampton. Join the swashbuckling fun on the waterfront. Immerse yourself in early 1700s Hampton while enjoying live entertainment, battles, fireworks, children’s activities and more. Free. Grand Pirates’ Bash, Friday, May 31, at the Historic Post Office, 132 W. Queen St., 7:30-10:30 p.m. will kick off the fun. Tickets for bash $35/$40. Information.
Saturday, June 2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday, June 3, 1-5 p.m., Hampton History Museum. Experience the fantastical craftsmanship from an alternative Victorian era. Celebrate the Exposition of Marvels during a special evening event with belly dancers, sideshow demonstrations and other curious amusements Saturday, June 2, 6-9 p.m. Tickets $10 advance/$12 at door. Daytime events, free. Information.
Steampunk: Visions of Futures Past
Bodacious Bazaar & Wine Festival
Friday-Sunday, May 31-June 2; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday; Hampton Roads Convention Center. More than 200 vendors, artists, crafters, several of Virginia’s finest wineries and beer gardens convene under three large tents. $4-$10. Information.
Remembrance Day 2019
Saturday, June 8, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Buckroe Beach. Presented by The Sankofa Projects, this day honors the millions of African men, women and children who perished during the Middle Passage of the transatlantic slave trade. Information.
Hampton Jazz Festival
Friday, June 28-Sunday, June 30, Hampton Coliseum. Top entertainers include Maxwell, KEM, Anthony Hamilton, The Gap Experience, and Maze featuring Frankie Beverly. $76. Tickets.
Fort Monroe Fun and Fireworks
This traditional Fort Monroe event includes live music, food vendors, family-friendly activities and a spectacular fireworks show launched from a platform in Mill Creek. Earlier in the day, visitors can visit the beaches, picnic areas, campground, fishing pier, waterfront restaurants and craft brewery. Free. Information.
Crabtown Seafood Festival
Saturday, Aug. 17, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Mill Point Park. Seafood vendors, fishing boats and educational bay exhibits will line the downtown waterfront, honoring Hampton's history as a town built by seafood. Free. Information.
Hampton 2019 Commemoration of the arrival of the first Africans
Participate in commemoration activities Aug. 23-25 in recognition of the first arrival of Africans in English North America, at Point Comfort (present-day Fort Monroe).
Tucker Family Cemetery Reflection and Commemoration
Friday, Aug. 23, 9:30-11 a.m., Tucker Family Cemetery
Political Firsts Luncheon
Friday, Aug. 23, noon-3 p.m., Hampton Roads Convention Center
Fort Monroe Visitor Center Dedication and Commemoration
Saturday, Aug. 24, 9:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Fort Monroe
Sunday, Aug. 25, 3-7 p.m., Fort Monroe.
Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 21-22, noon-5 p.m., Mill Creek/Fort Monroe. Watch some of the fastest hydroplanes in North America. Free. Information.
Hampton Cup Regatta
Buckroe Beach Farmers Market
Saturdays through Nov. 16, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Buckroe Beach Gazebo. Vendors will sell local produce, baked goods, sausage, seafood, jarred food items and more. Sept. 21 will be vintage-themed, and Oct. 19 is a pet market. Information.
Downtown Hampton Block Party
Saturdays, through Aug. 31, 6-10:30 p.m., Queens Way. Rock to local and national acts, including Natural Wonder, Buckshot, The Deloreans and Slapnation. Don't miss the Rolling of the Bulls July 13 and the Waiters Race July 28 before the music starts. Free. Information.
Music by the Bay Concert Series
Thursdays, June 6-Aug. 29, 7 p.m., Fort Monroe. Hear a variety of military bands, youth bands and community orchestras. Bring your beach chairs and blankets and have a picnic. Free. Information.
Front Porch Music Series
Every third Wednesday of the month, 6-8 p.m., Hampton History Museum. Local bands offer a taste of various musical genres. Free to museum members, $5 for non-members. Information.
Peninsula Pilots games
Season runs through Aug. 2. Enjoy a fun evening at War Memorial Stadium and root for the Peninsula Pilots. All home games begin at 7:05 p.m. Dates vary. Tickets $3-$5. Information.
Hampton One exhibit
June 29-December 2020. Hampton History Museum. Celebrate the classic sailboat design. $5. Information.
June 14-July 26, at all Hampton libraries. Six weeks of special performances, programs and prizes encourage reading and learning. Free. Information.
Summer Reading Club: Reading Takes You Everywhere
Langley Speedway races
Features the best in NASCAR weekly racing series and NASCAR short track series nearly every Saturday night during the summer. Tickets $5-$12. Information.
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