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

Bird Watching | Noland Trail, Newport News | Sunday

Bring your binoculars and water bottle, and join other Hampton Roads Bird Club as they explore the Noland Trail scouring the sky for birds. Learn more about how to find the birds and about their natural habitats. See a woodpecker in action as you listen to the beautiful sound of them pecking away! Admission to the event is free – learn more here!

Chess | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk | Ongoing 

Who knew a game of chess could really be turned into a musical? Watch as this game of chess turns into a love triangle between an American Chess Star and a Russian Champion. Who will she choose? Chess is filled with intense matches, a conflicting and interesting love story, and super-power politics. Tickets to the play are $19.92 each – Learn more here!

Eric Carle: Moonlit Nights and Other Illustrations | The Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk | Ongoing

Eric Carle's unique style of works uses handpainted tissue paper which highlights bugs and nighttime scenes. There are selections from The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Draw Me a Star, and more! The event is free and open to the public – see it 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!

Norfolk Tides vs. Charlotte Knights | Harbor Park, Norfolk | Friday-Sunday

Get ready to rumble! Represent your favorite local team as they play against the North Carolina Knights! Tickets are only $9-$13 each – get them here!

Sandstock – A Tribute to Rock & Roll | Virginia Beach Oceanfront | Friday-Sunday

Do you love the beach? Do you love rock and roll? Well, check out this tribute to the rock 'n' roll genre! Jam out as these tribute bands cover songs from The Who, Van Halen, and other favorites! This is the Oceanfront's version of Woodstock, so you won't want to miss this! Learn more here!

ZooGrooves | The Virginia Zoo, Norfolk | Friday

Rock out with the animals to The Deloreans, along with other locals! Be sure to bring a blanket and some lawn chairs! Explore the Trail of the Tiger and World of Reptiles exhibit as they will be open after hours. Refreshments, beer, wine, and soft drinks will be available for purchase, so you won't have to plan to eat a meal beforehand! Tickets to the event are $4 for members and $10 for non-members! Check out the event here!


C.S Lewis's The Screwtape Letters | Carpenter Theatre | Saturday

See all of C.S. Lewis's most famous and liked characters come to life on stage in the production of The Screwtape Letters. Combining comedy with drama, this is a show you sure don't want to miss. Tickets are on sale for $41-$91 each – learn more here!

DJ Williams and Friends | The Broadberry | Saturday

The guitarist combines hip hop with R&B by playing songs on his guitar. He has shared the stage with Dave Mathews Band, John Legend, and many more, so be sure to check him out! Tickets are selling for $10-$12 each – check out the event here!

La Belle Époque: French Design in Maymont's Gilded Age Mansion | Maymont | Ongoing

Celebrate the French art of the 19th century with chosen pieces from the Gilded Age Mansion of James and Sallie Dooley. You will see pieces were chosen from clothing, tapestries (Don Quixote), decor, furniture, and more! Discover what the late 1800s had in store, including the dining experience! There is no ticket price but there is a $5 donation suggested – discover 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!

Shakespeare Festival | Quill Theatre | Friday-Sunday

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare is a comedy compiled of every one of Shakespeare's plays all rolled into one. Each scene quickly runs through each of his works, in a quick and comedic manner, so you can see all of your favorites at lightning speed! Tickets are $20-$30 apiece – learn more here!

Waterplay in the Children's Garden | Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden | Ongoing

Cool off this summer by running through gentle water sprays and run around a playground of water. Tickets are between $8 and $13 each – check out the event 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!

Food and Wine Festival | Busch Gardens | Friday-Sunday

Pamper yourself with delicious wines, dishes, and desserts, and take a cruise on the river, and enjoy Busch Gardens park! Check out the full menu here! The event is free with general admission to the park – Check out the event 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!

Williamsburg Farmers Market | Merchants Square | Saturday

Shop to your heart's content of locally grown fresh produce! There will be over 35 vendors selling local products including cheeses, fruits, vegetables, flowers, soaps, and much more! Find out more here!

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