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What's happening in Hampton? If it's fun and exciting, you'll know all about it when you check our regularly updated events calendar. Get the details up to four months in advance and you'll have plenty of time to make your plans and have a good time in Hampton.
Events

Ongoing Events


Port Hampton Lecture Series (First Monday of every month)

Features authors, living historians, and local history buffs discussing topics from Hampton’s past as well as related historical subjects of a regional and national flavor. Memberships available at the door.  Hampton History Museum. 7:00 p.m. Free Admission for members; Non-members, $3.00. 757/727-1610. www.hamptonhistorymuseum.org

Hampton History Museum Family Day (Second Saturday of every month)

Family friendly activities and creative experiences relating to exhibitions and history themes each month. Hampton History Museum. 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Free Admission. 757/727-1610. www.hamptonhistorymuseum.org

Lunch In Time Lecture Series (Third Wednesday of every month)

This is a fun and informative series, you’ll never know who may attend! Bring your lunch, and have a drink and dessert on us. Hampton History Museum. 12:00 p.m. Free Admission. 757/727-1610. www.hamptonhistorymuseum.org

Front Porch Music Series (Third Wednesday of every month)

Some of the area’s best blues, bluegrass, gospel, jazz and folk musicians share music that has shaped the nation’s soundscape. Hampton History Museum. 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Free Admission for members, Non-members, $5.00. 757/727-1610. www.hamptonhistorymuseum.org

Storytelling in the Park (Fridays June 24-July 29)

Experience the art of storytelling through magic, music, puppetry and prose. Come early and bring your picnic basket or stay after to greet the animals and enjoy the playground.  For more information or inquiries about weather cancellations, visit our website. Children 'rock' at Bluebird Gap Farm! 10:30 a.m.-11:15 a.m. Free Admission. 757/727-8311. www.hampton.gov/parks

Our Stories, Our Time Oral History Project (Last Thursday of every month)

Each month featured speakers open up a new topic for attendees to share their personal stories that are recorded for posterity. Hampton History Museum. 7:00 p.m. Free Admission for members; Non-members, $3.00. 757/727-1610. www.hamptonhistorymuseum.org

Bluebird Country Hayride (April-November)

Bluebird Gap Farm offers a free hayride on Saturdays during the Spring, Summer and Fall. The ride offers views of the pasture, dock pond, the beautiful tidal marshes of Newmarket Creek, and finishes after going through the quiet shaded woods. (fair-weather dependent). Bluebird Gap Farm. 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Free Admission. 757/825-4750. www.hampton.gov/bbgf (60 Pine Chapel Road, Hampton, VA 23666)

Phoebus Film Club Series

A season-long series of movies rarely seen in our area will include vintage Hollywood classics, thought provoking documentaries, ‘art house’ films, and films by local movie makers. The series is overseen by The American Theatre and curated in partnership with the Phoebus Film Club, a group of film fans dedicated to presenting a diverse, interesting, and engaging slate of films. Films will be selected on an ongoing basis to provide the most programming flexibility. You can share your thoughts about the films you’d like to see through the Facebook group: Phoebus Film Club. The American Theatre. 7:30 p.m. $8.00. 757/722-2787. www.hamptonarts.net

Taco Tuesday (Tuesdays)

Every Tuesday is Taco Tuesday at St. George Brewing Co. with STUFT-Not Your Average Street Food. St. George Brewing Company. 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. 757/865-7781. www.stgbeer.com

Live Music Friday (Fridays)

Every Friday is Live Music Friday at St. George Brewing Co. 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. 757/865-7781. www.stgbeer.com

The Art Bar (every other Wednesday beginning June 1, 2016)

The Art Bar is a Party with Paint!  Join participants at Avenue Blue located in the Peninsula Town Center and set your creative, artistic self free.

Groovin' by the Bay (Sundays June -August)

Sunday evenings will be rocking at the beach this summer with a musical mix including everything from beach, pop, oldies, Motown and swing. Whether listening or dancing, you’ll enjoy this evening of music on the Chesapeake Bay! Food is available for purchase. Buckroe Beach Park, 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Free Admission. 757/727-8311. www.hampton.gov/parks    

Family Movie Series (Tuesdays June 21-August 2)

Bring your friends, family, folding chairs, and blankets to Mill Point Park on Tuesday nights this summer to enjoy free movies. Entertainment begins at 7pm, followed by our feature presentation at sunset. Food and beverages are available for a purchase. For more information or inquiries about weather cancellations, visit our website. Mill Point, 7:00 p.m. Free Admission. 757/727-8311. www.hampton.gov/parks 

Weapons Platoon: A Marine’s Life in Afghanistan Exhibit

Hampton, Virginia- “Weapons Platoon: A Marine’s Life in Afghanistan,” an exhibition of photographs with accompanying hand-written journal entries by the photo subjects, opens to the public at the Hampton History Museum on Saturday, September 17. On loan from the National Museum of the Marine Corps, this series of 35 photographs is a portrait of the Marine platoon the Australian photographer Stephen Dupont documented during the spring of 2009. The exhibit will also have a local focus, with feature video excerpts from the Hampton History Museum’s Oral History program on Gold Star Families featuring the voices of parents, children and other family members whose loved ones were lost while serving in Afghanistan and Iraq. A foot locker and other items from area heroes will be included. “Weapons Platoon: A Marine’s Life in Afghanistan” continues through January 29, 2017.

When the Computer Wore a Skirt: NASA’s Human Computers

In 1935 a group of five women came to Langley Research Center to form a computer pool. The idea was for these women to process all the data coming in from wind tunnel tests and flight tests. It began as an experiment, but became something much bigger. By the 1960s they numbered in the hundreds. By 1942, the human computers had become essential to operations at the center. In the 1940’s Langley also began recruiting African-American women as human computers, but due to segregation laws these "West Area Computers" were kept separate from their white counterparts. This began to change in the 1950s as the NACA and later NASA integrated and the women who were “human computers” began to extend out into the broader scientific community at NASA. This exhibit features three of these pioneers: Dorothy Vaughn, Katherine Johnson, and Hampton native-Mary Jackson.

Contemporary Ceramics by Aiko Tanaka (Jan 27- Mar 25)

The exhibition, Hello Japan:  Contemporary Ceramics by Akiko Tanaka is the first exhibition at the Hampton University Museum featuring a Contemporary Japanese artist.  Akiko Tanaka is an award winning ceramic artist who divides her time between Tokyo, Japan, where she was born, and Hampton Virginia. Akiko’s work is a combination of traditional Japanese hand building and modern influences. After graduating from art school she began a prestigious but creatively unfulfilling period as a freelance animator.  The desire to work with clay and express her own ideas never left her.  She searched out many famous traditional ceramic artists in Japan, and was inspired by their spirit and technique. At last she attended the first Japanese exhibition of revolutionary American ceramic artist Peter Voulkos. This show unsettled her preconceptions of ceramic art. Influences of other ceramic artists, Akiko began her quest to break with tradition.

Hampton’s Japanese Connections and Collections, 2nd Floor, Hampton History Gallery (Jan 27-Mar 25)

The exhibition, Hampton’s Japanese Connections and Collections is the first of a series of exhibitions that celebrate the 150th anniversary of the founding of both Hampton University and the University Museum. The school’s interest in the nation of Japan can be traced to pioneering faculty member Alice Mable Bacon (1858-1918) who taught at Hampton 1870-1871 and 1883-1899. Included in the collection are several exquisite kimonos as well as a hakama, the skirt worn by schoolgirls over the kimono.  Also included in the collection is a pair of Emperor and Empress dolls that were presented to Bacon by one of her classes when she departed from the Peeresses’ School in1889. These historical objects as well as photographs of Bacon, her adopted Japanese daughter Mitsu Watanabi, her Japanese colleagues, and Japanese students enrolled at Hampton (Seijiro Saito, Class of 1890 and Jenrichiro Oyabe, Class of 1891) will be featured in the exhibition. The exhibition is curated by former Curator of Collections and Director, Mary Lou Hultgren.

NEW EXHIBIT OPENING! Give Me Liberty: Fugitive Slaves and the Long Revolution Against Slavery

This exhibition will explore the stories of fugitive slaves from Hampton and put their experiences in the context of slave resistance between the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. Through their revolutionary actions, fugitives not only freed themselves but fought against enslavement, ultimately helping to end slavery permanently. The exhibit especially focuses on the Black Loyalists (American Revolution) and Refugees (War of 1812) in Hampton who achieved liberty by joining forces with the British Army and Navy.  Between these wartime events, enslaved people in Hampton continuously resisted by taking flight. The exhibition concludes with Hampton’s Contrabands and the role they and other fugitives played in slavery’s abolition. The exhibition shares the stories of over 30 individuals who made journeys to freedom or took up arms against their enslavers.  Through their stories, the exhibition explores three themes: The complex relationship between slavery and liberty; Resistance as a revolutionary act; Waterways as routes to freedom.

Acquisitions from the New Millennium (Apr 22-Nov 18)

Since moving into the Huntington Building in 1997, the Hampton University Museum has added 1000s of new acquisitions through gift and purchase. Works ranging from artists like Henry O. Tanner, Meta Warrick Fuller, William Edward Scott, Lois Mailou Jones as well as contemporary artists like Chakia Booker, Teri Richardson and Ampofo-Anti will be included.

Downtown Hampton Block Party (Every Saturday May 6 - August 26)

For the past 23 years, thousands of residents from all over Hampton Roads have gathered together in Downtown Hampton for music, food, and community during the annual Downtown Hampton Block Party Series.  This year's Block Party is set to be bigger and better than ever before!  Week after week, all summer long, Block Party goers will be treated to a variety of local and national musical acts spanning all genres, as well as our always quirky signature events such as "The Rolling of the Bulls", "Bob Ross Paint Night", "Waiter's Race" and new this year "Downtown Hampton Adult Soap Box Derby"  Make sure you stop by each week to see what the Block Party will think of next!