It's a long weekend, so let's make the most of it!

It's Memorial Day Weekend, so be sure to treat the veteran in your life or memorialize their memory! Check out this compiled list of everything going on in Hampton Roads, Richmond, and Williamsburg this weekend! 

Hampton Roads

A Labor of Love: The Caregiver Portraits by D. Michael Geller | The Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk | Ongoing

A picture is worth a thousand words! Witness the incredible bond between caregiver and patient with these incredible photographs. D. Michael Geller captures the love and care the individuals have for each other. See the stories that they have to tell! The exhibit is free and open to the public – see it here! Check out the other available exhibits here!

Groovin; by the Bay | Buckroe Beach and Park, Hampton | Sunday

Groove to your favorites from old school r&b, funk, jazz-infused, and beach music. Bruckroe Beach holds a free live music concert every Sunday night that is free and open to the public. Remember to come hungry because food vendors will be in attendance! Find it here!

Memorial Day Ceremony at York Hall | Historic Yorktown | Monday

Gather at York Hall to celebrate and commemorate the veterans who fought for our freedom! There will be a posting of the colors, a guest speaker, and a laying of the wreaths! Admission is free – learn more here!

Memorial Day Celebration | Victory Arch, Newport News | Monday

Learn about the rich military heritage and celebrate all things military. Be sure to bring your veteran along with you so they can share their stories. 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!

Portsmouth Annual Memorial Day Parade | High and Crawford Streets, Portsmouth | Monday

Salute your local veteran and honor their memory with this sparkling parade! See military-themed floats and marching bands! Admission is free and open to the public – learn more here!

Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical | Wells Theatre, Norfolk | Ongoing

Witness the musical stage rendition of Ronald Dahl's classic child novel! Watch as Matilda wields her way out of the boarding house and into a loving home where she belongs! Her wit and love for books inspire her ingenuity. Find it here!

Umoja Festival | Portsmouth Pavilion and Festival Park, Portsmouth | Friday-Sunday

Celebrate African culture by indulging yourself in traditional art, music and entertainment, demonstrations, and foods. The family-friendly event will appeal to all! Check out the event schedule here -- they have a full day of fun planned! Admission to the event is free. Find more here!

Zoo Tykes – A Bug's Life | The Virginia Zoo, Norfolk | Saturday

In this creepy crawly course, zoo staff will teach you all about your friends that live in the dirt ... just watch out for the flying cockroaches! Registration is required, and it's $10 for members and $22 for nonmembers. Find out more here!


Art Works 4th Friday's Art Shows in Manchester | Art Works Studios and Galleries | Friday

Discover the works of Henrico High School and Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School students as they are finishing their degrees and diplomas. Who will be the next big artist? Admission to the event is free – check it out here!

Friday Cheers | Brown's Island | Friday

Brown's Island holds the hottest lineup of the most sought-after bands every Friday night! The concert series has booked bands like Zac Brown Band, so you won't want to miss this series! Tickets are $5-$10 each or $45-$55 for the season. Learn more here!

Memorial Day Free Admission for Military and First-Responders | Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens | Monday 

First-responders and military personnel and/or their dependents with a valid ID can experience the beautiful gardens and spend their day off outside! 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!

Wrong Chopped: A Dog Stuff Production | Firehouse Theatre | Friday-Sunday 

Watch as chefs battle it out to win the title of Chopped Champion in this comedic version of Chopped! Tickets are selling for $22 ($12 for students) – find more and purchase tickets here!


Farmers' Market | Merchants Square | Saturday

Search for your new favorite seasonal meat or flower as you view what each vendor has to offer. This is the perfect place to find the right cut of meat. Everything sold at the Farmers' Market is fresh! Admission is free – find more information here!  

Food and Wine Festival | Busch Gardens | Friday-Sunday

Pamper yourself with delicious wines to taste, devour delicious dishes and desserts, take a cruise on the river while sipping on your new favorite wine, and enjoy Busch Gardens park! Take a ride on a rollercoaster after treating yourself! Check out the full menu here! The event is free with general admission to the park – Check out the event here!

Memorial Day Jam Party | The Virginia Beer Company | Monday

Drink your favorite beers, jam to Dj Kudlz, and chow down on delicious food at The Virginia Beer Company. There will be service industry pint specials, so be sure to treat yourself! Learn more here!

Memorial Day Commemorative Program | Palace Green | Monday

Honor and celebrate the veterans and the sacrifices that they made for the good of the people. Walk on the battleground as the drums and fifes lead the procession along. Be sure to bring along the special veteran in your life as there will be prayers, laying of wreaths, and musket volleys. Admission is free with general admission to Colonial Williamsburg. Check out the event on the Virginia Is for Lovers website

Memorial Day Weekend Presidents' Heads Night Shoot & Light Painting Workshop | York River, 8201 Croaker Road | Sunday

Hone your artistic skills with an informational painting course at the Presidents' Heads! There will be instructors there guiding you! Tickets are $80 each – get them here! Find more info here!

Memorial Mile | Waller Mill Park | Saturday and Sunday

Honor the memory and service of our fallen heroes. Admission is $2 per car to the park – find out more here!

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