HRVA Happenings

Erin Ward
Erin Ward
Published on May 3, 2019

There is a lot happening in the 757 this weekend! Here are just a few of the local events that caught our eye! If you have an event coming up let us know! Our lists are seen by over 2k HRVA locals per week!

Friday, May 3rd

Strawberry Picking at Hickory Ridge Farm-Chesapeake
Excellent Strawberry Picking, Pony rides daily till 2. Play area with sand piles, playhouses, picnic tables, and friendly farm animals always open and free. Homemade farm stand goodies. Family friendly atmosphere!

Mr. Jefferson’s Palace Garden Party-Williamsburg
President Thomas Jefferson requests the honor of your presence at The Governor’s Palace Garden Party on Friday, May 3, 2019. An immersive fun-filled celebration, the party features 18th-century music, dances, games, theatrics, performances, and a grand firework display. Sample delicious desserts and libations to toast the frivolity of May. Guests are encouraged to don 18th-century attire.

Food Truck: The Hungry Pug at Sly Clyde Ciderworks-Hampton
Join us for dinner from 4-9 p.m. as we welcome back The Hungry Pug Food Truck. Specializing in gourmet grilled cheese, they’ll be serving plenty of other cheesy goodness.

2019 Opening Day at Paradise Ocean Club featuring Slap Nation-Hampton
SLAPNATION will be taking the stage at 6:30PM & will be Rockin the beach til 10:30PM!! The band is constantly in demand, and never fails to entertain and amaze their fans. SLAPNATION features 9 of the BEST musicians around with an incredible 4 piece rhythm section and a professional 3 piece horn section that’s paired with 2 AMAZING vocalists.

First Fridays Downtown Norfolk 2019 Season
If it’s the first Friday of the month, you know where to be: Downtown Norfolk’s favorite street party is back for its seventh season! Each First Fridays event runs from 5-8:30pm and features music, drinks, and plenty of fun all in an authentic downtown setting.

Custer’s First Stand: George A. Custer at Williamsburg
Everyone has heard about General Custer and his “Last Stand” at the Battle of the Little Big Horn in 1876. But have you ever heard of Lt. Custer at the Battle of Williamsburg in 1862? Join with historian Carson Hudson and learn about his surprising activities in and around Williamsburg.

Seafood and BREWS at Maker’s Craft Brewery-Norfolk
Come check us out this Friday for some good eats!

Mermaid Winery Bash-Norfolk
We are celebrating our 7th year in business and we’re ready to party!
This celebration is all about thanking YOU for getting us here, so let’s have some fun! The Mermaid Team will be here to make your wine dreams come true.

Saturday, May 4th

Kentucky Derby at the Farmhouse-Virginia Beach
This is a FREE EVENT that will take place on the front lawn of the brewery. We will have a large screen displaying the event and Mint Juilps as a specialty cocktail! Grab your biggest hat and dress to the nines because it’s going to be a damn good time! Not to mention, we will have plenty of photo ops and will be giving out awards for Best Hat and Dapper Dan.

The Haunted River Cruise-Williamsburg
The Historic Triangle is considered to be one of the most haunted areas in the United States and it all starts with the English Settlement at Jamestown in 1607. Climb aboard the only river cruise Ghost Tour on the James River at Jamestown Island. Come listen to the stories of strange occurrences and hear of the spirits that still haunt America’s oldest permanent English settlement!

Virginia Beach Taco Festival 2019
The 2019 Virginia Beach Taco Festival is once again taking over Cinco de Mayo weekend with an event like no other! This amazing festival will feature some of the area’s best restaurants & food trucks serving up their amazing taco creations ($3 tacos) along with live entertainment (mariachi, cover bands & DJ’s), Tequila expo area, VIP tent, Margarita bar & rivers of Orange crushes!

Crabcake Throwdown at the Military Aviation Museum-Virginia Beach
All of your favorite restaurants will be competing for the title of best crabcake! Sample crabcakes from all the competing restaurants & cast your vote for people’s choice award. Beer & wine, music & more!

First Annual Tequila Festival at Lunasea-Virginia Beach
Join us Saturday, May 4th for our First Annual Tequila Festival sponsored by Corona, 1800, Tres Agave, and Corralejo.
Latin Infused Food Menu
Latin Music provided by DJ Atrevete
Mechanical Bull

CoVa Battle of the Burgers-Hampton
Join Coastal Virginia Magazine as we invite local restaurants to the battle it out to become CoVa’s Best Burger at the 2019 CoVa Battle of the Burgers. Attendees will be invited to vote for their favorite burger after sampling the delicious sliders, drinking Virginia craft beers and enjoy live entertainment!

Playing for Pink at Beachside Social-Virginia Beach
Join us for a fun afternoon at Beachside Social to support Granted! Bid on some amazing items (including a tattoo session from Red 5!) and play a game of Shuffleboard with us. Your purchases from the Silent Auction will go directly toward supporting Granted. We appreciate your support!

Craft + Art Market at Fruitive-Norfolk
This spring Fruitive The Main and Selden Market are teaming up to expand your local shopping experience. Pop through the neighboring businesses for a variety of artists and activities and enjoy free Fruitive samples! Hosted at both Fruitive The Main and Selden Market – they are conveniently connected by a corridor.

Yorktown’s Blues, Brews & BBQ
Sample more than 30 different craft beers, dig into some amazing BBQ (available for purchase), and listen as some of the best Blues musicians in Hampton Roads take the stage at Riverwalk Landing.

Sunday, May 5th

¡Cinco de Mayo at OBC! Norfolk
Come celebrate El Guapo’s unofficial birthday with us on Cinco de Mayo! Just for this event, we’ll be releasing a New England-style El Guapo Agave IPA dubbed El Jugo (translation: The Juice) to pair with the savory heat of Voodoo Pies‘ and Get Stuffed Shack Tacos‘ menus. Plus, there will be Cinco-inspired music and decor all day to add to this most special and festive occasion!

Adult Cake Smash Event-Newport News
Celebrate your birthday in style with a Cake Smash party! We handle everything from banners, balloons, cake, champagne, tiara, pearls and birthday tank tops to amazing tutu’s! Cake Smash Parties have always been a photographers dream to photograph, nothing is better than taking pictures of happy babies with cake smashed all over their face! Now let’s step it up a notch and replace the baby with you! Add in a champagne bottle, tiara, pearls and an amazing tutu and we really have some fun! Lock in your birthday for just a $75 deposit!

Cinco De PAW-o at Rex and Friends Dog Wash-Newport News
Come join us to celebrate Cinco the PAW-o with PAW-garitas made w/bone broth or goat milk… and other goodies for your pup. Get a picture with our mascot!

Watercolors with Isabel Monell at Kitsch-Norfolk
Join Isabel to learn how to paint with watercolors. She will guide you on the use of watercolors and by the end of class, you will have a finished painting to bring home, along with your own watercolor and brush set!

Cultivated Mind Cinco De Mayo Party Ft. I-Gabe at Bar Louie-Hampton Fiesta time at Bar Louie in Hampton as Cultivated Mind brings their blend of East Coast Reggae and Jazz for a Cinco De Mayo Party! Featuring a special guest performance from I-Gabe of the United Souls Band!

Williamsburg Taco Fest to support Alzheimer’s Longest Day
Cinco de Mayo wouldn’t be the same without Taco’s and Cerveza. We are combining two of the best things ever, Craft Beer and Taco’s for one very special afternoon to raise money for Alzheimer’s Association – Southeastern Virginia Chapter #TheLongestDay campaign. We have tapped a few local food trucks and asked each of them to make the best taco ever. Put that with your favorite Billsburg Cerveza or other beer and suddenly it’s Cinco de Mayo at your favorite little brewery.

Cinco de Mayo SINdustry Party at Lunasea-Virginia Beach
This Cinco de Mayo we are throwing a party just for our SINdustry friends!
Bring proof that you work in the bar/restaurant industry and get half off entrees, $4 Hornitos, Margaritas, Rumplemintz, Jameson, and Bombs!

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