Things to Do: Events & Festivals

Getting Patriotic in COVA

Memorial Day is almost here, and COVA has plenty of ways to celebrate. Parades, festivals, and special Military discounts! Here are 4 ways to get patriotic in COVA: Portsmouth   A Portsmouth tradition since 1884, the annual Memorial Day Parade salutes the service and sacrifices of the men and women of the United States Armed Forces and Portsmouth’s proud military heritage.  Enjoy floats, marching bands and lots of excitement.  The parade begins at 10:00

Spring Farmers Markets

Spring is in the air and that means fresh produce, local cheese, eggs, and meat. Bring the whole family along to these Farmers Markets in COVA! Here are 5 Farmers Markets you have to check out this Spring: Williamsburg  Enjoy the heart of Williamsburg in Merchants Square while shopping in the Farmer’s Markets for spring produce, prepared food, fish, artisan cheeses, meats, pasta, cut flowers, and handmade soaps! The market includes live music and

Celebrating Arts & Music in COVA

Calling all art and music lovers! Check out all these fun events going on throughout May in COVA, and don’t forget the Virginia Arts Festival! Here are 5 ways to celebrate music and arts in COVA: Virginia Beach  The family-friendly Sonrise Music Festival, at Virginia Beach’s Oceanfront Resort Beach, will come alive with the sounds of Alternative music May 28-30. Held at the 31st Street Neptune Park, the event will feature Christian artists offering a

Smithfield’s Country Vintage Market & Sidewalk Sale – this weekend

Grab your flip flops and get outside this weekend as Smithfield celebrates Spring with some several very special events. Join us for Smithfield Farmers Market’s Country Vintage Market at the Isle of Wight County Fairgrounds this Saturday & Sunday, April 22 & 23. The market will be open on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. & on Sunday from 12:00 noon until 4:00 p.m. The Spring Vintage Market will be held this year at a NEW LOCATION – the Joel

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 TheDailyMeal.com, Smithfield’s popular market offers tasty foods, baked

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in COVA

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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