Things to Do: Events & Festivals

Smithfield Farmers Market Season begins this Saturday

Smithfield Farmers Market season opens THIS SATURDAY, April 1st and runs weekly through October. The market is open from 9 a.m. until noon each Saturday, with specialty markets throughout the year open from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. The market is held in the The Bank of Southside Virginia parking lot on Main Street in downtown Smithfield. Named one of the “101 Best Farmers Markets in America” by, Smithfield’s popular market offers tasty foods, baked

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

Spring Sporting Events in COVA

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Whether you are a runner, basketball player, or into kayaking, Coastal Virginia has something to satisfy your sporting needs. There are plenty of opportunities to participate or watch sports in the area, so don’t miss out! Here are 5 sporting events to check out in COVA: Smithfield Test your limits with the Smithfield Sprint Triathlon. Find out what you’re made of. Sign up for the Luter Family YMCA’s annual triathlon on Saturday, March 25th.

Celebrating Black History Month

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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 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.

Pig out and feel good about it!

SAVE THE DATES! Join us for our 4thd Annual Restaurant Week in Smithfield & Isle of Wight County when participating restaurants will offer a reduced price lunch ($10) and dinner ($20) menu. The price includes an appetizer, entrée and dessert. Beverage, tax and tip are not included. Several of our shops will also be offering discounts and specials during Restaurant Week. Visit your favorite participating shops and/or restaurants (or try a new one!) between

New Year, New COVA

The new year is bringing lots of NEW to Coastal Virginia! We are excited for everything that is coming in 2017 and thought we would share it with you. Here are six new additions to COVA in 2017: Franklin Southampton Mark your calendar to check out the first year of the Blackwater River Fest! This event is going to be a fun-filled two day festival! Take a kayak tour of the river or cast

6 Ways to Light Up Your Holiday Season in COVA

There’s just something magical about Christmas lights. The holidays just are not complete without the lights especially in Coastal Virginia. We’ve put together six of the best, can’t-miss places to light up your holiday season in Coastal Virginia. Here are six ways to light up your holiday season in COVA: Franklin Southampton Y’all are invited out to the country for Ivor’s Christmas Parade on Wednesday, December 14 at 3:00pm. Be sure to stick around

Smithfield Evening Christmas Market – tomorrow!

           Our Smithfield Evening Christmas Market has become one of our most popular holiday events. Join us TOMORROW from 3- 9 p.m. in downtown Smithfield! The market will feature more than 130 vendors with handmade crafts and homemade food, live alpacas to pet, SANTA, live music at four locations, Christmas lights, hot food and drink, tours of the 1750 Courthouse, mulled wine, and more! Our fabulous Main Street stores and

Enjoy the Sounds of the Season in COVA

Fa la la la la! What’s Christmas without the carols? Enjoy some of the traditional holiday favorites, such as Dickens’ A Christmas Carol or experience something a little non-traditional, maybe an ice show with world champion skaters. Coastal Virginia has plenty of ways for you to enjoy the sounds of the holiday season! Here are 5 ways to enjoy the sounds of the season in COVA: Smithfield The Gentlemen of the College are William