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The biggest and best festivals: Slurp an oyster, talk like a pirate, celebrate diversity, relax to music, support a local artist.

Slurp an oyster, talk like a pirate, celebrate diversity, relax to music, support a local artist.


Norfolk Harborfest. June 11-13. One of the region's largest festivals. National and local music acts, Parade of Sail, food and crafts. Town Point Park, 333 Waterside Drive, Norfolk. Free. 441-2345. festevents.org

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

Southeast Community Day Parade and Festival. Sept. 10-12. The 25th anniversary celebration features a parade, live music, art, dance, ethnic foods and children's activities. The Rev. Bernice A. King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., will serve as the parade grand marshal. The Mariners' Museum and Southeast Newport News. Free. Andrew Shannon 877-0792. southeastdayparade.com


Williamsburg Scottish Festival. Oct. 1-2. Bagpipes, sheepdog demonstrations, live music, traditional Scottish fare and historical re-enactors. Rockahock Campgrounds, Lanexa. wsfonline.org

Fall Festival of Folklife. Oct. 2-3. Southeast Virginia's biggest traditional crafts show featuring more than 200 vendors, folk entertainment, craft demonstrations and children's activities. Newport News Park, Jefferson Avenue and Fort Eustis Boulevard,

Newport News.

An Occasion for the Arts. Oct. 3. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Annual event features more than 100 artists in various media, juried art show, entertainment on 10 stages and food. Merchants Square, Duke of Gloucester Street, Williamsburg. Free. anoccasionforthearts.org

Poquoson Seafood Festival. Oct. 15-17. Features arts and crafts vendors, national musical entertainment, 5K run, children's activities, dozens of food vendors, watermen's heritage display, workboat race, fishing tournament and fireworks. Poquoson Municipal Park, 830 Poquoson Ave., Poquoson. Parking fee. Free admission. 868-3588. www.poquosonseafoodfestival.com

Yorktown Victory Celebration. Oct. 16-17. Revolutionary War military life and tactics will be demonstrated at the Yorktown Victory Center. Programs also take place in Yorktown and at Yorktown Battlefield. Yorktown Victory Center, Old Route 238, Yorktown. 888-593-4682.

Town Point Virginia Wine Festival. Oct. 16-17. One of the region's largest gatherings of Virginia wineries. Town Point Park, Norfolk. 441-2345.


Urbanna Oyster Festival. Nov. 5-6. Downtown Urbanna. Parade, arts and crafts, oysters cooked several different ways. Parking fee. Admission free. 804-758-0368. urbanna


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