Spring and Summer Events 2023
As the weather warms up, there are so many exciting adventures for family and friends in Hampton. Outdoor activities such as festivals, cultural and historical events are perfect for fun days off! Check out some of our upcoming spring and summer events below:
Spring Fling & Beer Fest, April 15
Downtown Phoebus will transform into a vibrant outdoor street festival featuring handmade arts and crafts, community exhibits, food trucks, live music and craft beer
Hampton Mosaic Festival, April 22
“Hampton Mosaic Festival: A Celebration of Culture, History and the Arts” will celebrate the diverse history and cultures found in Hampton and around the world. A visual feast of color will greet everyone through dance, music, visual art, storytelling, food, cultural crafts and vendors in our world market. The Hampton Clean City Commission will hold this at Mill Point Park in honor of Earth Day.
Annual Commemoration of the 1861 Contraband Decision, May 24
Come out to Fort Monroe to commemorate the Contraband Decision, the first successful action by the United States Government which signaled the beginning of the end of slavery. Ceremony features a presentation on Harry Jarvis, contraband and soldier, and concludes with a candlelight procession.
Blackbeard Pirate Festival, June 2-4
Downtown Hampton Waterfront comes alive with dozens of pirate reenactors, costumed in historically accurate garb. The festival offers a variety of children’s activities, live musical entertainment, fireworks, period vendors, arts and crafts,food, and much more!
Bodacious Bazaar Wine & Spring Festival, June 3-5
Over 250 vendors, artists, crafters and several of Virginia’s finest wineries; there is something for everyone!
Bluegrass and Brew Festival, June 9-11
The American Theatre will host Jaimie Dailey & Darrin Vincent, as they seamlessly blend bluegrass, traditional country and gospel music. Their harmonies offer an instinctive blend that has earned them deserved praise and recognition!
12th Annual International Day of Remembrance, June 10
Join The Sankofa Projects at Fort Monroe as they educate and celebrate the richness and diversity of the African diaspora and bring awareness to this tragic chapter in American and global history. The program includes African drumming, songs, dance, poetry, historical presentations, and traditional African libation.
Pride on the Peninsula: Phabulous Phoebus Street Festival, June 17
Party with pride during our Phabulous Phoebus Street Festival. Celebrate on historic Mellen Street with live music, beer and food vendors, and community enrichment.
Hampton Jazz Festival, June 23-25
The Hampton Coliseum will enjoy a soulful weekend of unforgettable entertainment. This highly anticipated event will feature the top jazz, pop, R&B, and blues performers in the nation. Some notable performers are Charlie Wilson, Avery Sunshine, Fantasia, Babyface, Kenny G, Peter White and many more!
757 Extravaganza and Marketplace, June 22-25
The Hampton Jazz Festival retail and after party experience. Where music meets art, The 757 Extravaganza Marketplace is alive with our creative culture and jazzy energy! The Hampton Roads Convention Center is perfect to explore an array of local artisans’ traditional and modern crafts, along with retail items and other amazing finds.
1619 Commemoration of the First Enslaved African Landing, Aug. 25-27
Join the Fort Monroe Authority, National Park Service, Project 1619, and the City of Hampton for the 2023 Commemoration of the First Enslaved African Landing special program. The events reflect on the significance of the 1619 landing of enslaved Africans and the contributions of Africans and their descendants to American society.