Patriotic Festival, Umoja Festival, Surf Art Expo | Weekend Guide

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – Take a look at the events happening across Hampton Roads for the holiday weekend of May 24-27.

For Memorial Day specific ceremonies and events are listed below.

Memorial Day Ceremonies and Events | 2024

Click here to view the full calendar of events.


757 Sober Ride

757 Sober Ride is offering Lyft credits for the Memorial Day holiday on both Sunday, May 26 and Monday, May 27 from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. for residents 21 and older. Click here to find out more.

757 Sober Ride offers Lyft credit for Memorial Day holiday


Exoticon Chesapeake

Saturday, May 25 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Chesapeake Conference Center

Exoticon Chesapeake is back! There will be a variety of reptiles, amphibians, mammals and more. See the animals up close that you do not typically get to see. Tickets are required. Children 10 and under are free. Tickets are sold at the door. Click here to find out more about the Exotic Pet Expo.


Bodacious Bazaar

May 24-26 at the Hampton Roads Convention Center, 1610 Coliseum Dr; click here to view full schedule

Over 250 vendors will be at the Bodacious Bazaar this weekend. Explore a variety of works and goods from artists, crafters and wineries. Tickets are required. Click here to purchase and find out more information about expected vendors.


Patriotic Festival

May 23-26 at the Scope Arena Complex in Downtown Norfolk

The 2024 country weekend is here with award-winning performers, pre-show plaza activities and more. Performers include Zac Brown Band, Hardy, Bailey Zimmerman and Warren Zeiders. Click here to view the full list of activities, performers and find out more.

Patriotic Festival | WAVY

HRPride Brew Tour Launch Party

May 25 from 2-6 p.m. at Elation Brewing

Hampton Roads Pride and Elation Brewing are presenting the launch party to kickoff a partnership between the organization and local breweries. Fushia DeVille is hosting the party with performances by Drag Goddesses Naomi Black and Jasleane Jade. Listen to live music for NOT THOSE GIRLS, enjoy brews, tasty food and a drag show. Click here to find out more.


Umoja Festival

May 24-26 at Festival Park at Atlantic Union Bank Pavilion

The 32nd Annual Umoja Festival is this weekend. It’s the City of Portsmouth’s annual celebration of diversity, unity and African-American culture. Watch live performances including a lineup of national acts of jazz, reggae, gospel and rhythm and blues. The event is free and open to the public. Click here to find out more.


Saturday Cinema: Space Jam

Saturday, May 25 at 6:15 p.m., movie begins at 8:15 p.m. at Bennett’s Creek Park

Suffolk Parks and Recreation present Saturday Cinema. This Saturday watch Space Jam at 8:15 p.m. at Bennett’s Creek Park. The fun begins at 6:15 p.m. before the showing. There will be a bounce house, petting zoo, craft tent and more. Admission is free. Food and vendor items will be available for purchase at the event. Adults must accompany children at the cinema show.

Films will continue on Saturdays in Suffolk parks throughout the summer and fall. The next showing will take place on Saturday, June 22 with Barbie at Downtown Festival Park. For the latest weather updates and to find more information, visit or call 757-514-7250.

Virginia Beach

Salute to Summer

May 24-26 at 17th and 24th Street Parks at 7-11 p.m. at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront

It’s the Memorial Day Weekend Salute to Summer at the Oceanfront. Enjoy free concerts all weekend long. Bands include: Anthony Rosano & The Conqueroos, Strictly Bizzness and the TFC Band, School of Rock, Girl Can’t Help It, 5Starr, The Deloreans, WOAH! and The Deloreans and WOAH!

15th Annual Virginia Beach Surf Art Expo

May 25-27 at 3rd-7th Streets at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront

Visit the Oceanfront and take a look at over 70 surf art and fine craft artisans on the boardwalk. There will be regional, local and national artists. Kick off the summer season with beach themes in a variety of mediums from painting, photography, jewelry, clay and more.

The event will be held in conjunction with the surfing competition right at the Oceanfront. Watch longboarders compete at the 21st Annual Coastal Edge Steel Pier Classic will also be taking place nearby at the 1st street Jetty.

Click here to find out more.

Virginia Beach Surf Expo returns Memorial Day weekend

Mount Trashmore Summer Carnival

Starts Friday, May 24 at Mount Trashmore Park, continues throughout the season. Click here for exact dates.

Rides, games and fun are back this summer at Mount Trashmore Park. Tickets are required. Beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings, children under the age of 18 are required to have an adult 21 or over accompanying them in the carnival (IDs will be required).

On Monday, May 27 there will be Military Appreciation day with $18 wristbands offered for all active duty and retired military personnel as well as their dependents. You must have a military ID for the promotion. Click here to find out more.

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