With school out for summer vacation, we have compiled a list of the best events in Hampton Roads, Richmond, and Williamsburg to kick off your summer!

Check out this compiled list of everything going on in Hampton Roads, Richmond, and Williamsburg this weekend, June 21-23! 

Hampton Roads

Dino on the Loose | Virginia Living Museum, Newport News | Saturday

Admit it, you have always wanted to encounter a dinosaur! The Virginia Living Museum is putting on a special show where we'll get to witness 30 dinosaur replicas ranging from 1/3 to full size. Face your fear for $15-$20. Learn more here!

Craney Island Victory Celebration | Fort Norfolk | Saturday

Do you love to learn more about the area's history and the local wars that were fought? Then check out this event! War re-enactors will be celebrating the win at the Battle of Craney Island and educating guests at the same time! There is no admission fee. Check it out here!

EdZooCation: World Girrafe Day | Virginia Zoo, Norfolk | Saturday

For this week's EdZooCation course, you will get to learn everything you want to know about giraffes! See what they eat, how they sleep, what they do all day, and much more! The event is free with general admission to the Zoo! Learn more here!

Dynamic Movements | Harrison Opera House, Norfolk | Saturday

The School of Performing Arts presents its summer recital! Watch as the dancers glide across the stage in an organized recital to showcase their hard work and dedication to the art of ballet!  Tickets are $18 each – get them here! See the event here!

Grooving by the Bay | Buckroe Beach, Hampton | Sunday

Every Sunday this summer, enjoy live music and dancing to the good ol' oldies! The event is free and open to the public. Learn more about it here!

Lil Duval | The Norva, Norfolk | Saturday

Enjoy the music of the talented Lil Duval who combines hip-hop music with R&B soul! Tickets to see his performance will be $33 apiece. See the event here!

Latin Festival | On the beach at 24th Street | June 21-22

The Latin Festival combines good food, family participation, and first-rate Latin music to give you two great days of fun and live, electrifying performances. Experience the beauty of salsa, merengue, and jazz! General admission tickets are selling for $5 apiece. For more information, check out the event here and on Virginia Beach Live the Life's website

Summer Sizzler Bazaar | Scottish Rite Masonic Center, Newport News | Saturday

Start your summer off right by shopping for unique handmade crafts from local vendors. You won't find these items for sale anywhere else! Get your Christmas shopping done early at this family-friendly event! Be sure to come hungry because the Tidewater Demolay will be serving delicious food and drinks! The event is free and open to the public! Check it out here!


First Drafts and Bagels: The Witch Project | Firehouse Theatre | Saturday

Have you always been curious about the making of a new play or wanting to write one yourself? Well, "First Drafts and Bagels: The Witch Project" aims to guide you into writing the play of your dreams! Understand the whats, whens, and wheres of playwriting to help you write a winner! Sit around for some delicious coffee and bagels to share and be a part of a workshop that will teach you all the secrets of playwriting! Admission to the event is free. Check it out here!

Israeli Festival Featuring the Israeli Friendship Caravan | Weinstein JCC | Sunday

Are you curious about other cultures and learning about them? Indulge in food, culture, history, and entertainment that will give you an in-depth look into the Israeli culture! Did we mention that you can take a ride on a camel? The event is free and open to the public. Learn more here!

"Liberty or Death" Reenactments | St. John's Church | Sunday

Every Sunday this summer, St. John's Church reenacts Patrick Henry's infamous "Liberty or Death" speech. Tickets are $5 each. Find out more info here!

Styx | Virginia Credit Union LIVE! at the Richmond Raceway | Friday

Take a ride back to the past with a band that will rock your night away! The Styx have been playing since 1999, entertaining fans with their catchy tunes, relatable lyrics, and just plain good music! Their classic songs will bring your back to the past and have you dancing around the floor in no time! Jam out to your favorites like Come Sail Away or Man in the Wilderness! Tickets are selling for $37-$77 apiece. Check out the event on Visit RVA!

50th Richmond AACA Collector Car Show and Swap Meet | St. Joseph's Villa | Saturday

Explore an arena filled with plenty of antique cars! Do you think your car has what it takes to be the best of them all? Tickets range from $5 to $35 -- see the event here!


Axe-Throwing | Colonial Williamsburg | Friday and Saturday

Practice your skills with a historical game of axe-throwing. Do you think you are good enough to hit the target? Tickets are $10 each – find out more here!

Colonial Williamsburg Escape Room: Escape the King | Public Gaol | Friday and Saturday

Can you escape the king's madness? Work alongside other guests to solve the riddle and figure out the clues before the British interrogate you! Tickets are $25 each. See more here!

DIG! Kids, Dirt & Discovery | Prentis Store | Saturday

Are you wanting to pursue a career in archaeology? This kid-friendly event is perfect for your kid who loves to dig and learn. No ticket is required, but admission to Colonial Williamsburg is. Check it out here!

Embroidery, A Branch of the Millinery Trade | Milliner and Mantua-Maker | Friday and Saturday

Witness the craft of embroidering and learn a thing or two about the art! The event is free with general admission to Colonial Williamsburg! Check it out here!

Free Beer Garden Concert Series | The Virginia Beer Company | Friday

Sip on your favorite beer and jam out to some local live talent! Beer + music = everything you could ask for! The event is free and open to the public; just pay for the beers! Find it here!

Norah Jones/Emmylou Harris | Virginia Arts Festival, Williamsburg | Friday and Saturday

The Virginia Arts Festival presents Williamsburg Live, which will feature two days of outdoor performances by world-renowned music artists. Norah Jones will perform on Friday, and Emmylou Harris will perform on Saturday! Ticket prices vary depending on whether you purchase a single-day or two-day package – check out the prices here!

Did we miss your favorite event? What do you plan on doing this weekend? Tell us in the comments!