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    Have a Jolly Holiday with the Nutcracker, Vienna Boys Choir, and Handel’s Messiah

    Virginia Beach offers a myriad of annual holiday festivities to suit everyone, and the three listed here are only a few of our favorites....

    Virginia Beach offers a myriad of annual holiday festivities to suit everyone, and the three listed here are only a few of our favorites. First, experience the timeless beauty and the magic of the season at the Sandler Center with a performance of “The Nutcracker.” Daniel W. Boothe will be conducting the live orchestra from Symphonicity as a brilliant accompaniment to this classic ballet. Performances are December 15th, 16th, and 17th, with student matinees on December 13th, 14th, and 15th. For tickets and details, click here.

    Don’t miss the world-famous Vienna Boys Choir’s performance of “Christmas in Vienna.” This special holiday event will presented by Virginia Arts Festival at Performance Hall on Thursday, December 21st, at 7:30 p. m. For details, click here. Join in with the pros at the 35th Annual Handel's Messiah Sing-A-Long at Performance Hall. Presented on Saturday, December 23rd by Symphonicity, this holiday favorite invites the audience to perform the choral sections of the piece, with the solo recitatives and arias done by four professional soloists. The doors open at 7:00 p.m., and the performance will begin at 8:00 p.m. For details, click here.

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    Holiday Shopping for a Good Cause

    Join us at the Virginia Beach Convention Center from Friday, November 24th through Sunday, November 26th, for the 36th Annual Virginia Beach Christmas Market....

    Join us at the Virginia Beach Convention Center from Friday, November 24th through Sunday, November 26th, for the 36th Annual Virginia Beach Christmas Market. Named one of the "100 Best Classic and Contemporary Craft Shows in the United States," this traditional kickoff to the holiday season features over 250 of the country’s most accomplished crafters and finest artisans from over 25 states. Find that special gift from a wide selection of fine arts, fiber arts, pottery, jewelry, wood, toys, Christmas collectibles, and more, including pictures with Santa.

    Over 25 “Tastes of the Holidays” food vendors will be on hand, and there are ATMs available so you won’t run out of cash. This event benefits both the Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia and the Red Cross by offering $1.00 off admission prices for attendees who donate a can of non-perishable food, and free admission for those who give blood. The Red Cross will be at the center all three days from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Market hours are 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. For details and tickets, click here.

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    The Ghost of Grace Sherwood

    Ranked by TimeOut Magazine as #14 in its listing of the “15 Scariest Haunted Houses in the U.S.,” the Ferry Plantation House has good reason for its place on the list....

    Ranked by TimeOut Magazine as #14 in its listing of the “15 Scariest Haunted Houses in the U.S.,” the Ferry Plantation House has good reason for its place on the list. The 11 or so spirits reputed to haunt the house and grounds include Native Americans, former slaves, and shipwreck victims. But, the most famous ghost is that of Grace Sherwood. Known as the “Witch of Pungo,” Grace was a farmer, midwife, herbalist, and animal lover, who was accused of witchcraft and brought to court numerous times, before being tried by ducking and convicted in 1706.

    Grace’s body is rumored to be buried on the grounds. Her trial is re-enacted annually, and a full tour, known as “The Stroll of Lost Souls” is conducted. The home’s interior and some original furnishings have been preserved, but it’s the southwest section that seems to produce many of the interactions with apparitions. Although Grace was exonerated 300 years later, and a statue in her honor was unveiled in 2007, many visitors to the area report hearing her call to her dog, Tobias, or seeing a woman with long, wet hair on the banks of the river at night. To join the tour, or for more information, click here.

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    Save the Waves 2017: An International Film Tour

    The 9th annual Save the Waves Film Festival will wind up its east coast tour on Saturday, September 30th at Wave Riding Vehicles in Virginia Beach....

    The 9th annual Save the Waves Film Festival will wind up its east coast tour on Saturday, September 30th at Wave Riding Vehicles in Virginia Beach. The festival’s focus is on surf and water-based documentaries that motivate the viewer to join the effort to protect our coastlines. The festival will present the world premiere of documentaries and surf films, along with a cash bar featuring Suerte Tequila, Tito’s Vodka, and Bottle Craft Beer. Live music from Bennett Wales will keep the party rockin’, and there will be a raffle at intermission, with all proceeds going to international coastal conservation programs.

    The festival begins at 6:00 p.m. with a VIP pre-party and filmmakers’ reception before the doors officially open at 7:00 p.m. A short films program starts at 7:45 p.m., with the intermission at 9:00 p.m., and the feature films showing at 9:45 p.m. The film lineup includes the following documentaries:  “Fish People,” directed by Keith Malloy, director Cyrus Sutton’s “Island Earth,”  “Mas Afuera,” directed by Pato Mekis, and “Under an Arctic Sky,” by director Chris Burkard. For tickets and more information, click here.

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    Stay Cool with Craft Brews

    This month, guests of the Hampton Inn can stay frosty with one of the city’s most anticipated summer events....

    This month, guests of the Hampton Inn can stay frosty with one of the city’s most anticipated summer events. On Saturday, August 26, Neptune’s Park will host the third annual Neptune’s Coastal Craft Beer Festival at 31st Street and Atlantic Avenue. From 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., both beer lovers and brewmeisters will gather to celebrate the art of the craft brew. More than 30 breweries and vendors will offer over 65 different beers. Virginia beers and cask ales will be showcased, along with national and regional craft beers.

    Cask ales will be offered by the Alewerks Brewing Company, Back Bay Brewing, O'Connor Brewing Co., Smartmouth Beer, The Bold Mariner Brewing Company, and the Young Veterans Brewing Company. Craft beer brewers will include Center of the Universe Brewing, Devils Backbone Brewing Company, Harpoon Brewery, and many more. McKenzie's Hard Cider, Bold Rock Hard Cider, and Potter's Craft Cider will be available. Malbon's BBQ "The Flying Pig" and Bro's Fish Tacos food trucks will provide the eats, and Nate Sacks & the Life Hacks and the Ben Phelps Project will kick out the jams. For details and tickets, click here.

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  • Fireworks

    Fireworks on the 4th, and all Summer Long

    This Independence Day, the air will be filled with the smell of hot dogs and hamburgers sizzling on grills, blaring horns and crashing cymbals will accompany bands marching to the sounds of Sousa, and a dazzling array of fireworks will illuminate night skies nationwide as we come together to celebrate our most American holiday....

    This Independence Day, the air will be filled with the smell of hot dogs and hamburgers sizzling on grills, blaring horns and crashing cymbals will accompany bands marching to the sounds of Sousa, and a dazzling array of fireworks will illuminate night skies nationwide as we come together to celebrate our most American holiday. Guests of the Hampton Inn are invited to join thousands of other visitors on our oceanside boardwalk, or almost anywhere on the beach, for our fun, free, and family-friendly fireworks celebrations all summer long.

    First, don’t miss the Stars & Stripes Explosion on July 4th from 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at the 17th Street Stage, the 24th Street Stage, and the 31st Street Stage at King Neptune’s Park. Live performances will feature a variety of music, and tribute bands will honor some of the most famous names in the industry. The music gives way to fireworks at 9:30 p.m., for a spectacular, thirty minute display. After the holiday, fireworks displays will be held from 10:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. on July 9th, 12th, 16th, 19, 23rd, 26th, and 30th. Additional displays will be held twice weekly through the end of August.

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    Give Dad the Gift of Flight

    This year, forget the ties, the after-shave, and the campy boxers, and give Dad something he'll remember for years to come....

    This year, forget the ties, the after-shave, and the campy boxers, and give Dad something he'll remember for years to come. Indulge his playful side, his love of adventure, and his competitive spirit with the exciting gift of indoor skydiving. Dad can experience the sensation of outdoor skydiving without the risks, as the thrill of free falling becomes a safe reality. A vertical wind tunnel simulates genuine conditions as skydivers “fly” on a smooth column of air; landing securely and easily.

    Located near the Hampton Inn, iFly Virginia Beach is one of many places now offering indoor skydiving. Termed “bodyflight,” it is rapidly gaining momentum with traditional skydivers and other sports enthusiasts around the world. Although it packs a wallop, it’s safe enough for the youngsters, and something the entire family can enjoy together. We suggest booking a family getaway, and visiting additional local and regional attractions. For information on reservations and special getaway packages, call (757) 655-7116, or visit: http://www.hamptoninnvirginiabeachoceanfront.com/offers.

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    Celebrate Craft Brew Week with a Craft Brew Experience

    Every May, the culture and community of craft brews and brewers are celebrated with American Craft Beer Week....

    Every May, the culture and community of craft brews and brewers are celebrated with American Craft Beer Week. Celebrated this year from May 15 through May 21, this has become the largest national effort with a focus American craft beer and its booming market. Virginia Beach has a reputation for excellent craft brews, including those produced by such noted brewers as Back Bay Brewing Company, Commonwealth Brewing Company, Green Flash Brewing Company, Pleasure House Brewing, Reaver Beach Brewing Company, and Wasserhund Brewing Company.

    Guests of the Hampton Inn in Virginia Beach can celebrate with our special Craft Beer Experience. Book your stay soon and receive a discounted rate, along with oceanfront rooms, free parking, a local craft beer welcome basket, a guided tasting tour for two at three of our local breweries, a custom Virginia Beach brewery map and tasting notes sheet, and a voucher for a 64-ounce growler from a local brewpub. To schedule your own Craft Brew Experience, call us at (757) 655-7116.

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    April Arts & Crafts

    Fine art, handcrafted jewelry, glass, photography, candles, woven baskets, clothing, toys, metalwork, wood crafts, and specialty foods are among the many items that will be featured at the 31st Annual Virginia Beach Spring Craft Market....

    Fine art, handcrafted jewelry, glass, photography, candles, woven baskets, clothing, toys, metalwork, wood crafts, and specialty foods are among the many items that will be featured at the 31st Annual Virginia Beach Spring Craft Market. Over 150 artists and craftspeople from all over the country will be exhibiting a large assortment of indoor and outdoor home décor, including birdhouses, outdoor furniture, pottery, wind chimes, and garden statuary. Meet the artisans as you shop, and don’t forget that each purchase supports them and the heritage of great American craftsmanship. Participating vendors include Chocolate Lab, featuring handmade treats for dogs and humans, D & L Weathervanes, The Tighty Whitey Soap & Candle Co., and seacoast-inspired paintings by Tamara Seraph. The market will be held on Friday and Saturday, April 28th and 29th, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Sunday, April 30th, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.

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    Shamrocks and Zombies

    This March, check into the Hampton Inn for two fabulous Virginia Beach events....

    This March, check into the Hampton Inn for two fabulous Virginia Beach events. First, kick off your Saint Patrick’s Day celebration with a family-friendly marathon weekend. And, don’t miss 1960s rock legends the Zombies in concert the following Tuesday.

     

    Yuengling Shamrock Marathon Weekend | March 17-19

    This annual St. Pat’s tradition features events for all ages and fitness levels throughout the weekend, and all are welcome to cheer on 30,000 green-clad runners competing in the Shamrock Marathon. Afterward, check out the beachfront finish line celebration with live entertainment, Murphy’s Irish Stew, technical race shirts, and Yuengling beer. For details, email: info@shamrockmarathon.com, or call (757) 412-1056.

     

    The Zombies | March 21 | 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

    Although their music was released in the 1960s, the Zombies’ hits have been covered over the years by such artists as She & Him and Tom Petty. Their tunes have become favorites for fans of all ages, from Boomers to Generation Z. The new edition of the group was featured on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and will perform at the Sandler Center. For details, email: marketing@sandlercenter.org, or call (757) 385-2787.  

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    Two Fabulously Fun Valentine's Events

    Celebrate Valentine's Day in style at one of Virginia Beach's exciting upcoming events: ...

    Celebrate Valentine's Day in style at one of Virginia Beach's exciting upcoming events: 

    February 11: Military Aviation Museum’s Valentine’s Day Hangar Dance

    Calling all Jacks and Jills; don your 1940’s duds and flyboy attitudes and brush up on your Lindy Hop and Shag. The Museum is clearing out the vintage planes and transforming the hangar into a dance floor, WWII style.  A live band will keep the Big Band sound hopping, so be sure to report for duty and dance the night away. This event is always a sellout, so call (757) 721-7767 to snag your tickets ASAP.

    February 12: VSO Concert

    Join JoAnn and the Orchestra as they celebrate Valentine’s weekend with “A Night at the Movies,” consisting of iconic selections direct from 20th-century Hollywood. Concert highlights will include music from George Gershwin, Bernard Herrmann, and John Corigliano, and their respective film scores of “An American in Paris,” “The Red Violin,” and “Vertigo.” There will be one show only from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Call (757) 385-2787 for details and tickets.

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    Celebrating Our Winter Wildlife

    The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries invite guests to join experienced guides and enjoy a closer look at the various species of winter wildlife in their natural surroundings....

    This month, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries is sponsoring a Winter Wildlife Festival. From January 20-22, you can join experienced guides for citywide excursions to get a closer look at the various species of winter wildlife in their natural surroundings. Whales, dolphins, seals, seabirds, and other waterfowl either make their home here year-round, or migrate annually along the Atlantic Coast.

    The festival exhibit hall and additional walk-up workshops will be open on Saturday, January 21st, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Dedicated children’s activities will be available at the Princess Anne Library. View the list of excursions and register at: www.VBgov.com/WinterWildlife.

    For a closer look at these majestic marine mammals, climb aboard the Rudee Flipper or The Atlantic Explorer for ongoing whale-watching cruises through mid-March. View Humpback whales during their migration through the coastal waters of Virginia Beach, along with seals and dolphins, during this informative and exciting tour. For details, call the Virginia Aquarium’s Sea Adventures (757) 385-3474, or Rudee Tours at (757) 425-3400.

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