Seasonal and Holiday Events
Whether you’re in town for a holiday or just want to get a feel for the city’s take on the seasons, there are plenty of seasonal and holiday events in Chesapeake to keep you busy year-round.
Held annually by the National Audubon Society, Chesapeake’s Christmas Bird Count is the ideal way to see some of the over 200 species of birds flying south for the winter as they migrate across Virginia. Free to participate, this holiday season event is a wonderful way to celebrate nature with family and friends.
Kick-off the holiday season with Chesapeake's newest holiday light show, Deck the Hall, a free, drive-through laser light show that will project festive, holiday scenes on the front of the Chesapeake City Hall building. From here be sure to venture over to one of the many family light shows held in Chesapeake, including the Pugh Family Christmas Light Show which was featured on the "The Great Christmas Light Fight" in 2017.
Get out and enjoy springtime in Chesapeake with the Dismal Swamp Stomp. The annual half marathon and 5K is a family-friendly event that takes participants through the scenic greenery of the Great Dismal Swamp.
Spring is the time for the Chesapeake Eggstravaganza. This yearly celebration for children under 8 takes place at Chesapeake City Park from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Start with pony rides or have your face painted before participating in one of two family egg hunts. Once you’ve gathered your eggs, Peter Cottontail will be there for hugs and photos.
Another sure sign that spring is here is the arrival of the Chesapeake Jubilee. For several days in May, come to Chesapeake City Park for a fair experience featuring tons of rides and games, fireworks, music and entertainment, arts and crafts, a Shrimp Feast, and, of course, plenty of food vendors.
During summer, Thursdays in Chesapeake are for music lovers. From 5:30 to 8 p.m., head down to the Towne Place at Greenbrier to listen to the free Summer Concert Series. A range of musical acts will perform everything from reggae to rock and roll. Enjoy food and drinks on-site as you dance the night away or sit and groove to your favorite tunes.
Let freedom ring in July by checking out the Celebrate Freedom Concert and Fireworks at Chesapeake City Park. Beginning at 5 p.m., guests can delight in food, fun, and tons of children’s activities. Afterward, listen to music from the U.S. Fleet Forces Band before settling in on the lawn for an impressive fireworks display.
Another way to celebrate the Fourth of July in Hampton Roads is to head to the Annual South Norfolk Parade & Picnic in the Park. At this free event in Lakeside Park, watch live entertainment, take a paddleboat ride, and chow down on delicious snacks.
For just over a month each fall, Bergey’s Corn Maze opens to give visitors a chance to wind their way through the fields of maize. For $10 a person (children under 4 are free), spend a few hours on the farm enjoying wagon rides, a petting zoo, and tons of terrific photo opportunities. Pumpkins are available to complete your autumn adventure.
Featuring more than 100 vendors, including a Kidz Korner complete with activities for the youngest guests, Chesapeake Jubilee Fall Craft Market is a great place to spend the day doing some holiday shopping, all while supporting local businesses. It all takes place at Chesapeake City Park.
Not done shopping? Spend your weekend at the Holiday Craft Show. Taking place at the Chesapeake Conference Center, you can purchase handmade decorations and one-of-a-kind gifts, from bedazzled hair ties to whittled walking sticks, all from local crafters. Santa will be ready and waiting for toy-requests and photos.