National recording artists, arts and crafts and great food abound at many of the festivals held throughout Hampton Roads. Here's a sampling from our region:
June 5-7. Authentic re-enactment of the Golden Age of Piracy and Blackbeard the Pirate. Downtown Hampton, Queens Way and Kings Way, Hampton. 288-8632.
Boardwalk Art Show & Festival.
June 18-21. 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, 2nd to 21st streets,
Virginia Beach. Free. 425-0000.
Virginia Shakespeare Festival.
June 24-Aug. 2. This year's lineup includes "Much Ado About Nothing," "A Winter's Tale" and "Art." Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall, Jamestown Road, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg. 221-2674.
Hampton Jazz Festival. June 26-28. This year's lineup includes Babyface, George Benson, Michael McDonald and Patti LaBelle. Hampton Coliseum, Hampton. www.hamptonjazzfestival.com
Norfolk Harborfest. July 3-5. 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.
4th of July Stars in the Sky. July 4. 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.
Norfolk Jazz Festival. July 24-25. National jazz artists visit this festival every year. Town Point Park, Norfolk. 441-2345.
Pork, Peanut and Pine Festival.
July 18-19. Features a craft show, food and entertainment, machinery demonstrations and children's activities. Chippokes Plantation State Park, 695 Chippokes Park Road, Surry. Admission fee. 294-3625.
Bayou Boogaloo & Cajun Food Festival. July 30-Aug. 2. Featuring performances by nationally-known New Orleans bands. Cajun and Creole food. Town Point Park, Norfolk. 441-2345.
Do! the festivals
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