Special Events

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Passport Picnic Virginia Beach Events

Passport Picnic | Ologundê​

*This event has been postponed until further notice. Please continue to check back for updates.
Saturday, September 7 (Rain Date: September 8) | Children's Workshop ​noon · Show begins at 12:30 p.m. | Williams Farm Park
  
(Arrive as early as 11:30 a.m. to set up your picnic or to enjoy food from the food trucks)

Hop, skip or jump over to Williams Farm Park for a passport picnic featuring the Afro-Brazilian traditions of Bahia, Brazil. Hailed for their interactive and educational performances all over the world, including New York, Philadelphia, Greece, Brazil and beyond, the members of Ologundê have a made a name for themselves through prime-time performance, high-quality artistry and authenticity, and even providing tours to Bahia! Featuring the unmatched energy and enthusiasm of band leader Dendê, this performance embraces found-object instruments, traditional drums and vocals while putting capeoira, samba de roda, and the dance and brilliant costume of Bahia front and center. The program will be preceded by a brief music workshop for children. FREE to all. Learn More​

Movie NightMovie Night

Friday, September 20 (Rain Date: September 21) | 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. | Mount Trashmore Park 

Join us at Mount Trashmore Park for a movie under the stars! Bring blankets and beach chairs to get comfortable as you watch these family-favorites on our giant screen. Concessions will be available for purchase. Screening: Wonder



Bow Creek Block PartyBow Creek Block Party

Saturday, September 28 | 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Bow Creek Park

Join our Bow Creek Block Party for free family-friendly fun! All ages are invited to play games and take part in activities while our DJ spins tunes. There will be various vendors, exhibitors and delicious eats available for purchase through local food trucks! New this year: we're hosting a Sensory Tent that's dedicated for individuals needing a calm, safe space and organized sensory input for over-stimulation. We are also collecting donations to support our friends at the Virginia Beach Animal Care & Adoption Center. Check out their website at vbacac.com​ for a full list of what they need.​ RSVP on Facebook

Bow Creek Block PartyFamily Fishing Clinic

Saturday, September 28 | 8:30 a.m. - noon | Lake Lawson/Lake Smith 

Help your child tackle the basics of angling Virginia's waters by attending this free family fishing clinic. You and your child will team up with experienced fishermen for guided instruction and beginner level fishing skills. Lunch is included for registered participants. This event is free; advanced registration is required.​ Ages 5-14 are welcome to attend with an adult. Register Online


Bow Creek Block PartyFree Fishing Days Presented by DGIF

Saturday, September 28 | 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. | Mount Trashmore 

Come out to Mount Trashmore for Free Fishing Days Presented by DGIF.  Anyone can fish for free and DGIF staff will be on hand to help you get started with demonstrations, tackle boxes and loaner gear. This event is open to the public and registration is not required. Get more information by visiting the Facebook event page here​.

Bow Creek Block PartyUnity Week

October 13-19 | Various Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation Centers

​​​​Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation will host fun and educational activities aimed at learning about other cultures, religions, lifestyles, generations, abilities and strengths. Events will take place throughout our parks and recreation centers and are open to the public; everyone is encouraged to join us.​ Learn More​​​


Ghoula PaloozaGhoula Palooza

Saturday, October 26 | 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Great Neck Recreation Center

Dress up your kids and pets to have a ghoulishly good time Trick-or-Treating through Great Neck Recreation Center. Frighteningly fun family fitness activities, crafts, inflatables, and more will ensure the entire family enjoys a beautiful - but spooky - Ghoula Palooza! Stay updated on Facebook​


Santa's StockingSanta's Stocking Old Fashioned Craft Bazaar

November 2 & 3 | Princess Anne Rec Center
November 16 & 17 | Kempsville Rec Center
Saturdays: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
Sundays: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

Now in its 41st year, this free event features over 100 craft vendors each weekend. Crafters will be selling unique handmade items, everything from stocking stuffers to fine works of art, all at budget-friendly prices. To become a vendor, submit an exhibitor application​ and get in front of 5,000 shoppers each weekend. Learn more

For more events, check out what's happening in our recreation centers!

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