All Weekend long:
Friday through Saturday, check out Norfolk Anime Explosion at the Waterside Hotel.
Friday through Sunday, Salute to Summer at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront.
Friday through Sunday, grab your tickets to the Governor’s School for the Arts performance of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the Sandler Center.
Friday through Sunday, catch the Generic Theater performance of The Library at Chrysler Hall.
Friday through Sunday, don’t miss the 26th Annual UMOJA Festival in Portsmouth.
Friday through Monday, the Hampton Roads Convention Center has gone to the dogs during the 2016 Langley Kennel Club All Breed Dog Show.
Saturday and Sunday, grab your best strawberry outfit and head to the 33rd Annual Pungo Strawberry Festival.
Saturday through Monday, head to the Oceanfront for the 13th Annual Steel Pier Classic and Surf Art Expo.
5pm: Make your way to PechaKucha Night at Work Release. Happy Hour starts at 5, the presentation at 7.
5:30pm: Big Ugly Brewing welcomes Rob Snyder.
6-9pm: Head to the beautiful Hermitage Museum and Gardens for Sunsets on the River with Buddha Council.
6:30-9pm: You’ll have to get tickets from someone who’s already bought them for this sold out event. The 2016 Bacon Bash – A Bacon, Beer & Bourbon Affair will be at the Virginia Living Museum.
7-8:30pm: If history is your thing, join the Slover Library for this free lecture: Battles, Raids and Graves: The War of 1812 in Virginia.
12-1pm: Don’t miss this fun band during your lunch hour! The Kings of Ukulele will play during Slover Sounds.
3-8:30pm: Enjoy Steamers, Suds & Sounds On C-Pier with Mercy Creek in Cape Charles.
5pm: It’s time for May Movie Night at Wave Riding in Virginia Beach.
5:30-8pm: Enjoy Lewis McGehee live on the lawn at Taste on Shore Drive.
6-8pm: Head to the St. George Brewing Company for live music with Jonny Cardigan and food from Sliders.
6-9pm: Hear Gratiot Lake Road, Troy Breslow, and Brackish Water Jamboree at O’Connor Brewing.
7-8:30pm: Tour Elmwood Cemetery during Strange Happenings.
8pm: Head to the Push Comedy Theater for The Improv Riot: The Short-Form Improv Show.
8:30pm: Catch DMX at the Norva.
10pm: Laugh it up to long-form Improv during Harold Night at the Push.
8am: Grab your sneakers and head to the Elizabeth River Run in Olde Towne Portsmouth.
8am: You can also run for chicken at the Chick-fil-A 10K/5K and Running of the Cows Fun Run at the Mariners’’ Museum and Park.
10am-12pm: Register by Friday to join in on the Kayak Quick Start beginner’s course at Sandy Bottom Nature Park.
10-11am: Do you have a budding Indiana Jones? If so, get to the Hampton History Museum for Jr. Archaeology Club Downtown Hampton Walking Tour.
10-11am: Find your balance in nature during Yoga at Norfolk Botanical Garden.
12-5pm: Kam Kares is hosting their Family and Friends Memorial Day Cookout at Town Point Park. Lunch is free for kids 18 and under.
12pm: Celebrate the Vox Populi (Oatmeal IPA) Release at Coelacanth Brewing Company. Pendulum Fine Meats will have a delish pop-up, too. While you’re there, wish owner Kevin a happy birthday.
1-11:30pm: Head to O’Connor Brewing to make a day with the Lava Music Festival.
7-10pm: Hear live music from Marah Strickland at Wasserhund Brewing Company.
7:30pm: Catch KEM with Mint Condition at the Portsmouth Pavilion.
7pm: Watch some BB action at Bam Bam’s Spring Jam at the Ted.
8pm: 102.1 The Tide presents Brandi Carlile at the Norva.
8pm: Find the funnier side of relational dysfunction at Couples Therapy with Alan Johnson and the Alan Johnson Quintet at the Push.
9pm-12am: Head to Norfolk Taphouse for Troll2, Broken Mouth Annie, and Whaley Mammoths.
9pm-1am: Enjoy Mark Smilor at Old Towne Tavern.
10pm: This competition will get hot! Check out Improvageddon: Pre-Summer Showdown at the Push.
7:30pm: Hear Andy Black with Colours at the Norva.
10-11am: Stretch it out at Summer Yoga at the Plot.
10am-1pm: Stretch it out and have a brew at Peace n’ Pints Yoga at Smartmouth.
1-6pm: Grab a pint and check out All Bent Up Art by Brandon Thompson at Coelacanth.
2-5pm: Head to Attucks Community Day in Norfolk. This is a free event.
5pm: Grab your tickets for Sons of Serendip at the Attucks Theatre.
7pm: Check out Feature Sundays May Edition at The Venue on 35th.
9pm-2am: Those 18+ can party in Foam at The Wave.