It's, hot, hot, hot in Tidewater, so check out these events to distract you from the heat in Hampton Roads, Williamsburg, and Richmond this weekend!

It's Mother's Day weekend, and we need a way to show Mom how much we care! This is the ULTIMATE guide to everything happening in Hampton Roads, Richmond, and Williamsburg this weekend. Check out this compiled list of events we have gathered for you! 

Hampton Roads

EdZOOcation Day | Norfolk Zoo, Norfolk | Saturday

Have you always wanted to learn about your favorite reptile or mammal? The Virginia Zoo is holding an "edZOOcation day" so your kids (and you) can learn about their favorite and not-so-favorite animals with hands-on activities, crafts, stories, keeper chats, and up-close encounters. Admission is free with regular paid zoo admission – for other information, check out the event here!

Frisky on the Wisky Fundraiser | Battleship Wisconsin, Norfolk | Saturday

Indulge with delicious food and wine tastings from local restaurants, listen to live music by PC Duo, dance your heart out, play some games, participate in a silent auction and more with an upfront view of the Battleship Wisconsin. Tickets to the event are $89 each. For more information, check out the event here!

Neptune's Spring Wine + Food Festival | 31st Street Oceanfront, Virginia Beach | Saturday

Virginia Beach is hosting the first of the many events at the Neptune Festival. Here, you will travel around the world with your taste buds without ever getting on a plane. Over 70 wines will be available from nine different countries such as Chile, France, Germany, Italy, and more. Enjoy a day in the sun with delicious food to sample and live music. Tickets are selling for $45-$450 per table – for other information, check out the event here!

Native Gardens | Wells Theater, Norfolk | Ongoing 

Witness this hilarious comedy as neighbors learn to be neighborly. Watch as the characters give their take on race, affluence, and influence. When is a fence more than just a fence? Find out at this showing. The play is recommended for ages 14 and up. Tickets are selling for $20-$55 each – get them here! For more information, check out the event here!

Mother's Day Jewelry Making Workshop | Cape Henry Lighthouse, Virginia Beach | Sunday

At this special event, instructors will be teaching you how to make their custom jewelry, including the Cape Henry Charm Bracelet. Spoil your mother and spend time with her while you make her a custom-made bracelet. Tickets are selling for $30 each – check out the event here!

Masters of Soul | Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts, Suffolk | Saturday

Masters of Soul are returning to Suffolk, Virginia, for one day only, so get your chance to see them this weekend. Step back in time and celebrate legendary songs and artists that defined Motown and soul music. Tickets are selling for $25-$35 – learn more here!

Ken Cowan, Organ | Christ & St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Norfolk | Sunday

Engulf yourself in the incredible musical stylings of Ken Cowan. He has been described as having impeccable style and being utterly transfixing. Tickets are selling for $25 a piece – check him out here!

Pilobolus | Sandler Center for Performing Arts, Virginia Beach | Friday

Experience the wondrous and extraordinary artistry of Pilobolus. Watch as the dancers glide across the stage in incredible fashion. You won't want to miss this show. Tickets are selling for $25, $40, and $50 – check out the event here!

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare | Zeiders American Dream Theater, Virginia Beach | Friday-Sunday

The Reduced Shakespeare Company returns with their audience-favorite The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, which quickly runs through all 37 complete Shakespeare works in only 97 minutes. The show is a hilariously entertaining delight to witness and should be seen by everyone. Tickets are selling for $22.50-$30 – get them here! For more information, check out the event here

Mother's Day Brunch | Virginia Zoo, Norfolk | Sunday

The Virginia Zoo is hosting two Mother's Day brunches on Sunday – one at 8:30 a.m. and one at noon! Your ticket will include zoo admission, a delicious brunch, two drink tickets for ages 21+, visits from animal ambassadors, a live jazz band, and access to the zoo. Reservations are required. Learn more here!


Animal Control | Firehouse Theatre | Friday

Animal Control focuses on what it's like to be bothered and treated differently by others. The play focuses on a stray pitbull roaming the streets looking for shelter. Tickets are selling for $15-35 each. Check out the event here!

Geek Expo | Richmond Raceway Complex | Saturday and Sunday

This event is simple: Etsy meets Comicon to bring you the best hand-made and uniquely crafted geek merchandise. Find that custom-made statue of baby Groot that you have always wanted and more. The event is free and open to the public, and kids are encouraged to attend. Check it out here!

Friday Cheers | Brown's Island | Friday

Jam out to the hottest and most sought after bands along the James River. The lineup will include bands such as Zac Brown Band, Alabama Shakes, and Carolina Chocolate Drops. Tickets are selling for $5-$10 each. For more information, check out the event here!

Mother's Day Peony Picnic | Tuckahoe Plantation | Sunday

Celebrate your mom with a gorgeous picnic on the historic grounds. Bring your own delicious food and blanket to spend time with the woman who changed your life forever. Be sure to tour the grounds and check out the gorgeous gardens. Tickets are $5 per person – find the event here!

Richmond Concert Band Mother's Day Concert | Agecroft Hall | Sunday

Spoil your mother and family with a special Mother's Day edition concert as the Richmond Concert Band delights your ears. Sit back and relax and celebrate "everything Mom." This event is free and open to the public – check it out here!


Acoustic Sundays at The Beer Garden | The Virginia Beer Company | Sunday

Drink delicious beers, get a discount on a pack of 4-6 growlers, and enjoy live music after 2 p.m every Sunday. Admission is free – check out the event here!

Mother Tongue | Jamestown Settlement | Friday and Saturday

See the original play, Mother Tongue, written by Abigail Schumann, and watch as three women land in the Jamestown Settlement and decide how they'll leave their mark on the world. The play combines history with modern-day perspectives. Tickets are selling for $20 each – check out the event here!

Jamestown Day | Historic Jamestown and Jamestown Settlement | Saturday

Celebrate the 412th-anniversary celebration of the founding of Virginia's permanent English settlement. Check out the full list of activities here! Joint admission to Jamestown ($20) and Historic Jamestown ($17.50) is required. Check out the event here!

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