Things to Do: Arts & Culture

Darden’s award winning ham sandwich

The folks in Smithfield have always known how amazing Darden’s ham sandwich is. Now everyone knows! Darden’s Country Store was selected as #4 in the “Best Tasting Country Ham Sandwich in Virginia” competition in the USA TODAY’s Reader’s Choice Contest. The nominees were carefully selected by an expert panel and then voted into the winning spots by the public. The Darden family has been curing hams, and making pork sausage and whole hog North Carolina

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in COVA

Coastal Virginia knows how to do St. Patrick’s Day right, with opportunities to eat authentic Irish food and drink. And don’t forget the bag pipes! Here are 5 ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in COVA: Franklin Southampton Cheers to Green Beers in Franklin! Belly up to the bar of Fred’s Restaurant in Historic Downtown Franklin to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! Looking for dinner and drinks to celebrate? Be sure to try some of

Celebrate Our Presidential/American Heritage in COVA

Craving a blast from the past? Get a dose of history and celebrate President’s day at these exciting attractions in Coastal Virginia. Here are 4 places to visit this President’s day in COVA: Williamsburg If you’re a history lover, Colonial and Revolutionary War sites are a must-see! Stroll through Colonial Williamsburg and explore the historic shops! You can also take a historic journey through the Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.

Celebrating Black History Month

Virginia Legends Walk Gate
Celebrate Black History Month through art, storytelling, performance and other special exhibitions featured throughout Coastal Virginia. Don’t miss these great opportunities to experience and learn about black history in the area. Here are 6 ways to celebrate Black History Month in COVA: Virginia Beach The Virginia Legends Walk (VLW) in Virginia Beach pays homage to the legends of the state of Virginia, both past and present. Located in the heart of Virginia Beach’s oceanfront

Winter Day Trips to COVA

Got a day with nothing planned? Why not head to Coastal Virginia? Whether you prefer to stroll through historic sites or learn how to blow glass, you can do it in Cova! Here are five winter day trips you need to take to COVA: Williamsburg If you’re only here for a day and trying to find the best way to spend your time in Williamsburg, the Colonial and Revolutionary War sites are a must-see!

COVA’s Cabin Fever Cures

Tired of being cooped up inside? Coastal Virginia may be known for it’s outdoor adventure, but we’ve got plenty to do indoors as well! Here are five cures to beat cabin fever in COVA: Hampton For indoor fun on a winter day, the Virginia Air & Space Center can’t be beat. The official visitor center for NASA Langley Research Center, the Virginia Air & Space Center houses more than 100 “hands-on” exhibits. Kid favorites

Winter Performances

The snow is melting and now is the time to get out and enjoy some great performances. Jazz, country, or classical, Coastal Virginia is offering it all and then some with these great winter performances. Here are five performances this winter in COVA that can’t be missed: Franklin Southampton American pianist, Thomas Pandolfi, will be coming to Franklin Southampton for an amazing show. Thomas Pandolfi is recognized as a standout among today’s young pianists.

Fall for the Arts in COVA

In the mood for something quieter to do or a little more low key? Want to get in touch with your artsy side? Well, then here’s a list to help you fall for Cova in a whole new way. Explore some amazing galleries and discover a new appreciation for the creativity that is alive in Coastal Virginia. Here are seven ways to Fall for the Arts in COVA: Hampton The Hampton University Museum, the

Aiken & Friends Music Fest – this weekend at the Smithfield Little Theatre

Smithfield Music presents Coastal Virginia’s Original Music Festival featuring national, regional & local Americana, Country & Roots artists & songwriters this Friday, Sept. 23 night and all day Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Smithfield Little Theatre. Destined to be a night to remember, join us FRIDAY NIGHT at 7:30 pm  a “Songwriters in the Round” Concert with Mike Aiken, Paul Jefferson & Jack Sundrud. SATURDAY AFTERNOON the outdoor festival & tailgate party kicks off in

Join Easton Corbin backstage at a VIP Reception!

Billboard’s Top New Country Artist in 2010, Easton Corbin was the only country male artist in 17 years to have TWO consecutive No. 1 singles: “A Little More Country Than That” & “Roll With It.”  Florida-born Easton “sounds authentic and confident surrounded by fiddles and acoustic guitar at a time when young country artists typically offset their country roots with flashy rock guitar solos or smoky R&B vocals.” ( Easton’s newest album “About to Get Real.” debuted at #1 on Billboard’s country