In my opinion, fall is the best time of the year!
While there's beauty all over the country, this season is especially beautiful and festive in the Tidewater area of Virginia. This particular area does an incredible job of hosting events and getting the community together. Tidewater knows how to do Fall!
The Tidewater Area in Virginia consists primarily of Norfolk, Newport News, Hampton, Yorktown, Langley AFB, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, and Williamsburg. This area is full of history and natural beauty, as well as a large military presence. In fact, there are no less than fourteen military installations located in this relatively small geographical area.
For those of you stationed at one of the many duty stations or preparing to relocate there, take note of just a few of the events being hosted this year.
Williamsburg Harvest Celebration
The largest event hosted in the Tidewater Area is the Williamsburg Harvest Festival. The event is a celebration of farm/sea-to-table cuisine. Since the region relied solely on this type of food for survival during the 1600’s, the festival makes an effort to honor this nutritional authenticity.
As the Williamsburg Harvest Celebration website says, the celebration is a "collaborative effort with the City of Williamsburg, James City County, and York County overseen by the Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance, to invite people to connect to the places where they gather, to themselves, and to others through sincere interactions, authentic roots in history, and exposure to new ideas.”
This year’s festival offers guests a wide variety of food and drink. Scheduled events include Farmer’s Market, Bountiful Brews and Bites, Chowder Fest, Cooking Demos, Harvest Brunch Buffet, Private Wine and Chocolate Party, Craft Brewery Tour, Flavors of Spain, a Whiskey Seminar and much more. You can also expect some live music throughout the festival.
This event a is week-long festival running from Friday, November 4 to Sunday, November 13. Visit the Harvest Festival site for schedules, tickets, and more information.
Chesapeake Fall Craft Market
Rain or shine, the Chesapeake Fall Craft Market will be held this year on November 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Market features over 100 vendors and even hosts a kids' corner where they can do some crafting projects of their own. This is a great free event for you to bring your children and enjoy the beautiful fall weather together!
Chesapeake Farmers’ Market
The Chesapeake Farmers’ Market serves to promote locally grown agricultural products and provide the local community with good, healthy food.
The Chesapeake City Park market location is open to the public each Saturday through November 19. This is a wonderful opportunity to show support for local farmers while you stock your pantry with fresh fruits and vegetables, herbs, plants, eggs, honey, meats, and other fresh products.
Water Street Grille Running Club, Yorktown
If you're looking for a recurring event to get you and your family out of the house and moving during the fall season, the Water Street Grille Running Club may be just what you need.
Water Street Grille Running Club meets every Wednesday in November to run/walk a 5K at 6 p.m. The group finishes at the Grille and is greeted with food and beer specials to stay and socialize for the evening.
House of Blues, Brews, and Stews, Virginia Beach
Virginia Beach’s House of Blues, Brews, and Stews gathers the community to sample an assortment of stews and craft beer while enjoying live entertainment. Presented by Atlantic Shores, this year’s entertainment includes More Perfect Jones and Anthony Rosano and The Conqueroos.
Tickets for all-you-can-eat stew, cash bar access, and admission to the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art exhibition “Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose” are $35 in advance or $40 at the door. VIP tickets that get you three drink tickets, access to a private bar, gourmet food, and admission to the museum exhibition are $55 in advance and $65 at the door. Children ages 7-12 pay $15/ticket, and children 6 and under get in free.
MacArthur on Ice, Norfolk
November 19 is the kick-off for the MacArthur 7,200 square-foot outdoor skate rink! Located just outside the MacArthur Center, this outdoor activity is fun for the whole family. Whether it's already a tradition in your family or the start of a new one, MacArthur skate rink offers public skating sessions, ice hockey clinics, figure skating exhibitions, and can even coordinate private lessons.
MacArthur on Ice is open November 19 through January 16. Get more admission and rental information at their site above. Military is offered $2 off admission when you show your ID!
32nd Annual Grand Illumination Parade, Norfolk
On the evening of November 19, Norfolk invites you to join in the 32nd Annual Grand Illumination Parade as they light the Norfolk downtown skyline and celebrate with a “Winter Wonderland” parade through town.
The parade will feature spectacular floats, marching bands, giant balloons, dancers, and Santa. Enjoy this free event with your whole family!
Blue Moon Norfolk Harbor Half Marathon
This November, get the whole family out at the Blue Moon Norfolk Harbor Half Marathon. The event includes three separate races so everyone can participate: half marathon, 5K, and the Kids Mile. The course takes you on a fast, flat path through historic downtown Norfolk and the Hampton Roads Harbor and ends with a post-race party that includes Blue Moon, food, and live entertainment!
Event festivities begin Friday, November 18t and end Sunday, November 20. Register online; each participant will receive a shirt.
Bodacious Bazaar & Art Festival, Hampton
This annual event raises money to help local non-profit organizations and promote talented artists in the area through a shopping excursion hosted at the Hampton Convention Center.
The 2016 Bodacious Bazaar & Art Festival will be held on November 11 and 12, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and November 13, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Adult admission is $7/day or $10/two days. Children's admission is $4.
Hampton Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony
Bring the whole family out and join Hampton in celebrating its Christmas tree lighting on Saturday, November 12 at 8 p.m. This event is free and provides hot chocolate while you join together and sing Christmas carols!
These are just a few of the activities in the area, so be sure to check your local area for more information on events.
Whether you live in the Tidewater area, are preparing to PCS there, or visiting during the fall season, these events are ones to bring the whole family out to and join with the local community in fun festivities!