Special Events

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Family Fishing ClinicFamily Fishing Clinic 

Saturday, September 26 ​ 8 a.m. - noon | Lake Smith/Lake Lawson | CANCELED

Come out for a day of Family Fishing where child(ren) will tackle the basics of angling Virginia's waters at this free family fishing clinic. Team up with experienced fishermen for guided instruction and beginner fishing skills. Fishing poles, tackle and bait provided if needed. Lunch is included. Space is limited to the first 125 registered participants so mark your calendar and continue to check back for registration to become available.  

Water Lantern FestivalWater Lantern Festival 

Saturday, October 10 ​ 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. | Mount Trashmore Park | CANCELED
The Water Lantern Festival is filled with fun, happiness, hope and great memories that you'll cherish for a lifetime. This is a family-friendly event that can be shared by everyone. Friends, families, neighbors and lots of people that you haven't met all come together to create a peaceful, memorable experience. Learn More​


Family Fishing ClinicGreat Pumpkin Bash 

Saturday, October 24 ​ Time: TBD | Mount Trashmore Park

In the spirit of the season, join us for the first annual pumpkin roll at Mount Trashmore! Will you win a prize and make it to the finish line or will your pumpkin get SMASHED?! Don’t miss this unique opportunity to roll something down the mountain. Other fall festivities such as a hayride will complete the afternoon.  Food trucks will be onsite. 


santas-stocking-craft-bazaar.jpgSanta's Stocking Old Fashioned Craft Bazaar 

November 7 & 8 | Princess Anne Recreation Center | CANCELED
November 21 & 22 | Kempsville Recreation Center | CANCELED
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturdays | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Sundays

Now in its 42nd 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.


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


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