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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


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

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)

Racing at Larry King Law's Langley Speedway (Saturdays from April 1-September 23)

Nearly every Saturday, satisfy your need for speed at this historic NASCAR home track. The only weekly racing series in Hampton Roads. Late model, Grand Stocks, Modifieds, Legends,  Super Trucks, U-Cars, Super Street, Pro Wing Champ, Karts, Enduros, and Pro 6 racing. Langley Speedway, Gates open at 2:00 p.m. and racing starts at 7:00 p.m. Admission Fee. 757/865-7223. www.langley-speedway.com

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 

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.

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.

Downtown Hampton Block Party (Every Saturday May - August)

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!  

Summer Nights Concert Series (Tuesdays, July-August)

Peninsula Town Center is excited to announce it's first annual summer nights concert series starting July 11, 2017 and going on every Tuesday night from 6:30PM to 9:30PM in the Town Square. Enjoy live music from your favorite local bands, wine & beer, food, and fun activities for the kids!

Music By The Bay Summer Concert (Thursdays)

Join us every Thursday evening this summer. Relax and enjoy the Music by the Bay Outdoor Concert Series! Grab your friends and family for a summer concert under the stars. Be sure to bring your lawn chair, blanket, and a picnic with you. 7:00pm every Thursday. Free and Open to the Public. We look forward to seeing you there!

Miniatures and Small Works by Tidewater Artists - December 9, 2017 - January 21, 2018

Over 250 artists living in Hampton Roads were invited to create miniature or small artworks in any media. Miniature two-dimensional works were required to be no larger than 20 square inches; 4 by 5 inches for example. Small two-dimensional works were required to be no larger than 80 square inches. The resulting two-dimensional and three-dimensional works comprise a total of more than 350 artworks. Media represented include drawing, painting, watercolor, pastel, printmaking, photography, sculpture, and crafts. As would be expected there is a wide range of styles, techniques, content, imagery and intent. This year artworks may be removed at the time of purchase.

Hampton Arts League Open Members Exhibition 2018 - January 27 - March 11, 2018

This annual exhibition features artwork by many of the over 350 Hampton Arts League Members in all media, including drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, crafts, sculpture, and watercolor. Artworks in a wide range of styles, content, and sensibilities will be included. As an open exhibition, it will include established artists as well as young or emerging artists and students who are beginning their journeys as artists. Cash awards totaling $850, including $500 First Place, $250 Second Place, and $100 Third Place, five Awards of Merit and five Honorable Mentions will be selected by judge, Solomon Isekeije.  Isekeije received his B.A. in Fine Arts from Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria and M.F.A. in Visual Studies from ODU/NSU. He is an Associate Professor and Director of the Division of Fine Arts, and the M.A. / M.F.A Visual Studies Program, in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Norfolk State University.

Artists Who Teach Juried Exhibition 2018 - March 17 - April 29, 2018

Artists currently teaching art in the four peninsula colleges and universities, as well as its public, private, and parochial schools are traditionally featured in this annual competition. The art departments from our six south-side colleges, universities, and art institutes: The Art Institute of Virginia Beach, Norfolk State University, Old Dominion University, Regent University, Virginia Wesleyan College, and The Visual Arts Center of TCC have also been invited to participate. Cash awards totaling $850, including $500 First Place, $250 Second Place, and $100 Third Place, five Awards of Merit and five Honorable Mentions will be selected by juror, Diana Blanchard Gross.  Blanchard Gross is an Independent Curator and Exhibition Consultant as well as Curator for the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum and the Peninsula Fine Arts Center.  She received her Bachelor of Art in History from OD U and her Master of Art in Art History and Museum Studies from VCU.

Barbara Stephenson: Wrapped, Stacked and Rooted - March 17 - April 29, 2018

Best in Show Winner in AWT 2017, Stephenson is featured in this one person show of drawings in a variety of media which she describes as “Visual metaphors that allow me to share very personal events, creating a portrait of myself. I have created drawings that are a glimpse of what are the important joys, heartaches, experiences, struggles and dreams that have shaped my life.”

The Lives of An Artist - May 5 - June 17, 2018

This series of four exhibitions highlights the artwork of four diverse artists, who have each spent several decades in their own personal journeys as artists. Tim O'Kane: Retrospective Five Decades / A Devotion to Realism, Akiko Tanaka: EVOLUTIONS Clay Sculpture, THIS IS CALLED HAPPINESS: Painting by Kacey Sydnor Carneal, and MY SKETCHY LIFE: Works by Walt Taylor.

Graphic Design in Coastal Virginia - June 23 - August 12, 2018

Graphic design or communication design; is the art and practice of planning and projecting ideas and experiences with visual elements and / or text. The form of the communication can be physical or digital, and may include images, words, or graphic forms. Graphic designers create and combine symbols, images and text to form visual representations of ideas and messages. A few of the many categories of graphic design include advertising, cartooning, illustration, logos, package design, print design, signage, typography, video design and web design. Graphic designers in this exhibition include professionals and faculty members who teach graphic design in our Tidewater colleges and universities.