Sandstock at Virginia Beach - June 24-26
For three days of free concerts in Virginia Beach, don't miss "Sandstock" which planners call "a Beach-inspired variation on 'Woodstock'. At the 31st Street sound stage, this 60's, 70's, and 80's music extravaganza will feature original and local tribute artists playing songs you love by groups like Queen, Journey, Elvis, and Led Zeppelin. For details, go to www.31ocean.com.
Stars and Stripes Explosion - July 4 - Virginia Beach Oceanfront
The Virginia Beach oceanfront is hosting a free Stars & Stripes Explosion, featuring fireworks, concerts, rock performances, and tribute bands at stages on the beach at 20th Street, as well as at the 17th, 24th and 31st Street parks.Music will include headline acts (TBA), as well as concerts bythe Virginia Beach Symphony Orchestra and the Virginia Beach Chorale.
Fireworks will take place at 9:30 pm and can be viewed anywhere along the Virginia Beach boardwalk. Call (800) 822-3224 for details.
Towne Place at Greenbrier Summer Concert Series
These free concerts are held from 5:30 to 8:30 pm Fridays in June through the first week in September. Concerts are held at Towne Place at Greenbrier, located on Eden Way North, just off Chesapeake's Greenbrier Parkway.
For the schedule, go to www.towneplaceatgreenbrier.com or call (757) 373-3293.
Fridays at the Fountain Concert Series
Newport News' City Center at Oyster Point hosts free concerts at its Fountain Plaza. Concerts and parking are free (two caveats: no pets or outside drinks!). The gates open at 5:30 pm and concerts run from 6-8:30 pm, June through the beginning of September. For details, go to www.citycenteratoysterpoint.com.
Saturday Summer Street Fest at Hampton
In addition to free concerts in downtown Hampton, this street fest also offers free summer fun with street performers and free activities for kids. It runs each Saturday, from 6-11 pm, mid-April through the first weekend in September. For the full schedule, go to www.vasc.org.
|Catch a concert near the romantic Smithfield Inn.|
The historic town of Smithfield (a 15-minute jaunt across the James River Bridge from Newport News) offers free summer concerts Friday nights June through August. Concerts are held on at the Smithfield Times Gazebo on Main Street in Smithfield. Go to http://www.smithfield-virginia.com/events.html for a full schedule.
Smithfield also offers SMARTS, a monthly art stroll featuring art, music, and light refreshments, on the second Fridays from 5-8 pm, June through August.
Plus, don't miss the Smithfield Olden Days festival, the last weekend in June, complete with music, refreshments for sale, a parade, and unique events like a Paula Deen lookalike contest.
Williamsburg Summer Breeze Concert Series
Colonial Williamsburg offers an annual Summer Breeze free Concert series in Merchant Square (on Duke of Gloucester Street) every Wednesday during July and August from 7-8:30 pm (except Aug. 31). Admission is free. For details, go to our "Secrets of a Cheap Colonial Williamsburg Vacation" page.
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