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The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel will save motorists 90 miles or more versus using I-95 as they travel
from points north of Wilmington, Delaware to Virginia Beach, Virginia and the
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As you plan your travels, be sure to utilize this calendar of events for things to do in the surrounding
areas, all within a tankful of gas!  
Through August 23 76TH SEASON OF THE LOST COLONY. Roanoke Island. Manteo, NC. America's oldest running outdoor drama. For ticket and show information, call 252.473.2127
Through October 14 DOLPHIN WATCHING CRUISES. Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Museum. Virginia Beach, VA. Observe bottlenose dolphins in their natural habitat. Learn about dolphin social behaviors and the latest research studies. 757.385.FISH
Through December 31 56TH ANNUAL VIRGINIA SALTWATER FISHING TOURNAMENT. Statewide, VA. Virginia Citation Program for State awards and plaques. 36 different species. No entry fee. 757.491.5160
July 6 6TH ANNUAL CAPE CHARLES SEAFOOD EXTRAVAGANZA. Cape Charles Harbor. Cape Charles, VA. Enjoy all-you-can-eat seafood and other offerings while enjoying live music and great fun! All proceeds benefit the Cape Charles Volunteer Fire Company. Admission. 757.323.9105
July 12 3RD ANNUAL SUMMER BREWFEST. Town Point Park. Norfolk, VA. Loosen the tie or take off your heels and meet your friends as you celebrate the end of the work week with an extended happy hour and great music while sampling a wide variety of summer beers from a selection of local, regional, and international breweries. 757.441.2345
July 12-27 88TH ANNUAL CHINCOTEAGUE VOLUNTEER FIREMAN'S CARNIVAL. Wachapreague, VA. An authentic old-fashioned small town carnival with rides, games, homemade ice cream, funnel cake and other delicious treats at this annual carnival that benefits the local volunteer fire department. 757.336.6161
July 19-21 31ST ANNUAL NORFOLK JAZZ FESTIVAL. Town Point Park. Norfolk, VA. Cool jazz and warm summer nights return once again to Downtown Norfolk with the area's longest running outdoor Jazz Festival. Jazz enthusiasts will chill to the sounds of legendary smooth jazz in the dramatic setting of the downtown Norfolk skyline and Elizabeth River as national smooth jazz recording artists plus local and regional jazz favorites are featured at this popular Norfolk tradition. 757.441.2345
July 19-21 26TH ANNUAL CHINCOTEAGUE BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL. Chincoteague, VA. A mid-summer celebration of nature's tastiest and most healthy gift - the blueberry! This three-day event is the largest fine arts and crafts show on the Eastern shore with something for everyone. 757.894.2334
July 24-25 87TH ANNUAL PONY SWIM & AUCTION. Chincoteague, VA. This annual round-up of wild ponies has captured the hearts and minds of visitors for years as local firemen swim the ponies across the channel from Assateague Island to Chincoteague Island where they are auctioned the next day. 757.336.6161
August 9-11 46TH ANNUAL VIRGINIA BEACH ANTIQUES SHOW. Virginia Beach Convention Center. Virginia Beach, VA. The largest and highest quality antiques show in Hampton Roads for over 40 years! Featuring over 130 dealers from 22 states and Canada; this prestigious event will feature extensive collections of fine period furniture, silver, porcelains, Oriental and Persian rugs, art glass, vintage linens, garden elements, Americana, antique prints, old chandeliers, primitives, books, original fine art and much more, with top quality American, French, Italian and Asian antiques being represented as well as fine estate jewelry. 757.417.7771
August 19-25 COASTAL EDGE EAST COAST SURFING CHAMPIONSHIPS. Oceanfront. Virginia Beach, VA. "Ride the Curl" at the Oceanfront in what will be the largest and most ambitious surfing championship in the event's history. 757.456.1535
August 23-25 FUNK FEST. 24th Street Park. Virginia Beach, VA. This festival will feature bands in free concerts on the 24th Street Stage with food, merchandise and dance contests contributing to a festive, "funky" vibe in the park! 757.425.3111
August 24 13TH ANNUAL LATINO MUSIC FESTIVAL. Town Point Park. Norfolk, VA. The sun goes down, the stars come out, and the largest outdoor dance floor in Hampton Roads heats up with the hottest salsa, meringue, and guaguanco dancing on the East Coast with live music by local, regional, and national recording artists. This cultural celebration not only features great music, it also serves up mouth-watering Latin food and drink! 757.441.2345
August 30 - September 1 VERIZON WIRELESS AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL. Oceanfront. Virginia Beach, VA. For three days, music rings along the oceanfront, providing the full soundtrack spectrum for every age and preference. Many bands, including national recording artists, continue to celebrate the wide diversity of music styles, offering performances from dance to soul to rock to bluegrass and blues. 757.425.3111
August 30 - September 1 66TH ANNUAL HARD CRAB DERBY & FAIR. Somers Cove Marina. Crisfield, MD. Crab races, crab-cooking contest, crab-picking contest, parade, boat races, boat docking contest, crafts, carnival, games, swim meet, entertainment, great seafood, beverages and much more. 410.968.2500
August 31 - September 1 CHINCOTEAGUE DECOY CARVERS' & ARTISTS' ASSOCIATION DECOY SHOW. Chincoteague, VA. Over 25 exhibitors showcase some of the finest waterfowl carvings and wildlife art from the area. 757.336.6161
September 1

13TH ANNUAL ROCK 'N' ROLL HALF MARATHON. Virginia Beach, VA. Half the distance, twice the fun! With a course that's flat, fast and fun, the Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon has become a "must run" event for all runners!

September 6-7 BLUES AT THE BEACH. Oceanfront. Virginia Beach, VA. You won't be "singing the blues" at this casual-yet-spirited festival that fills the Oceanfront air with the riveting sounds of one of the most cherished musical styles of all times. 757.425.3111
September 6-8 HAMPTON BAY DAYS. Hampton, VA. This year's 31st annual celebration will feature great musical entertainment, more than 75 merchandise and craft vendors, and over 20 food vendors, making Hampton Bay Days the perfect day destination! End the day with a most impressive fireworks display. 757.727.1641
September 7-8 18TH ANNUAL NEPTUNE FALL WINE FESTIVAL. 31st Street Park. Oceanfront. Virginia Beach, VA. Sip, savor, and purchase wines from the Old Dominion's leading vineyards in an Oceanfront setting. Food, live music and specialty vendors will also be a part of this event. Admission. 757.498.0215
September 8 8TH ANNUAL MID-AUTUMN MOON FESTIVAL. TowneBank Fountain Park. Norfolk, VA. This festival is often compared to America's Thanksgiving tradition, and is a time-honored Asian holiday that marks the end of the summer harvest. This festival incorporates a wide range of entertainment and programs that include storytelling, authentic Asian ceremonial fashion shows, ribbon and dragon dancing, martial arts demonstrations, children's activities, musical and dance performances, children's lantern parade, and special appearances by the Moon Goddess. 757.441.2345
September 11-15 DELMARVA BIKE WEEK. Ocean City, MD. More than 100,000 motorcycle enthusiasts with live music, games, contests, thrill shows, charity rides and more. Over 150 vendors from regional and national companies. 302.249.9440
September 13-15 MEDITERRANEAN WEEKEND. 17th and 24th Street Parks. Oceanfront. Virginia Beach, VA. A little bit of Italy and Greece come to the Virginia Beach Oceanfront for three days of pasta, pizza, Italian wine, great Greek food, beer and world-class entertainment, together with family-friendly entertainment like grape-stomping. This event joins people from all walks of life and backgrounds in one community for a two-day celebration of everything Italian and Greek. 757.425.3111
September 19-22 SUNFEST. Ocean City, MD. Ocean City's most famous festival! Celebrate the "second season" with four days of concerts, food, children's entertainment arts and crafts and more! 800.OC.OCEAN
September 21 RIBTOBERFEST. Town Point Park. Norfolk, VA. This inaugural Ribtoberfest will have the best of both worlds as Beer & BBQ collide in one deliciously mouth-watering food for all, featuring finger-lickin' good BBQ, fabulously frosty craft brews, live music, restaurant competitions, and great family fun. 757.441.2345
September 27-29 40TH ANNUAL NEPTUNE FESTIVAL BOARDWALK WEEKEND. Oceanfront. Virginia Beach, VA. For three days and nights, a host of activities such as the internationally-renowned North American Sandsculpting Competition, draw visitors and guests from across the Commonwealth and beyond to the Virginia Beach Boardwalk. Daily concerts at festival stages are scattered along 32 blocks of the boardwalk and feature live music. Ignite your taste buds and satisfy your outdoor shopping and dining experience - from crab cakes to Italian ice, stained glass to pottery, there is sure to be something to delight young and old festival goers alike! 757.498.0215
Every Saturday through mid-March FISHERMAN ISLAND TOURS. Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge. Cape Charles, VA. These personal tours introduce visitors to the unique variety of wildlife found on this Island. As you pass through several habitats, you wil learn about wildlife management on refuges, explore the diversity of wildlife and discover the rich history of Fisherman Island and the role it played during World War II. Advance reservations required. 757.331.3425.
October 2 21ST ANNUAL HARVEST FESTIVAL. Sunset Beach Resort. Cape Charles, VA. Set along the Chesapeake Bay, this event is an unforgettable afternoon of seafood, fun, festivities and hospitality where local and state business leaders, politicians and Shore folks gather. Enjoy the all-you-can-eat menu featuring bounty harvested from both land and sea. Advance tickets required. 757.787.2460
October 5 25TH ANNUAL AT&T VIRGINIA CHILDREN'S FESTIVAL. Town Point Park. Norfolk, VA. With an overabundance of creative and interactive activities, storytelling stages, hands-on workshops and educational displays, cultural experiences, arts and crafts and more, this is one of Hampton Roads' most beloved family festivals. A whole day of activities geared towards children ages 10 and younger. Admission. 757.441.2345
October 11-13 21ST ANNUAL BIRDING AND WILDLIFE FESTIVAL. Northampton County, Virginia. During fall migration, millions of neotropical songbirds, along with eagles, hawks and falcons, converge on the Eastern Shore peninsula. The wilds of Virginia's Eastern Shore will wow birders and nature lovesr alike. Whether it's a hike on an untamed barrier island, or boat tour to the Shore's secret places, this festival celebrates one of nature's most amazing spectacles. Visitors can participate in a variety of fascinating guided boat and land tours suitable for adventurers of all ages!
October 12 41ST ANNUAL CHINCOTEAGUE OYSTER FESTIVAL. Tom's Cove Campground. Chincoteague Island, VA. This event is held to promote the seafood industry and mark the arrival of the oyster season. It is an all-you-can-eat festival consisiting of oysters prepared just about every way imaginable, steamed crabs, clam fritters, clam chowder, hush puppies, potato salad, cole slaw, hot dogs, and various beverages. There will be live entertainment for everyone's enjoyment. Advance tickets required. 757.336.6161
October 19-20 26TH ANNUAL AT&T "TOWN POINT VIRGINIA" WINE FESTIVAL. Town Point Park. Norfolk, VA. Experience the tastes of some of Virginia's fienst wines in downtown Norfolk at one of teh state's largest outdoor wine festivals showcasing over 200 of Virginia's finest wine varieties and encapsulating the elegant flavor and flair of the region. This blissful weekend of sampling will offer premier wine vintages and live musical performance in addition to gourmet foods and specialty wares for purchase. All wines presented are available for purchase by the bottle or the case. Admission. 757.441.2345
October 19-20 CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL. 24th Street Park. Oceanfront. Virginia Beach, VA. Come sample over 50 craft beers from over 25 breweries at this oceanfront festival! Live music will set the stage for the perfect outdoor setting for tasting some of the best beer brewed! Admission. 757.425.3111
October 26 21ST ANNUAL BETWEEN THE WATERS BIKE TOUR. Eastern Shore of Virginia. Choose from four routes as you peddle the rural Eastern Shore of Virginia's peninsula and follow salt breezes aside calm waters, lush farm fields, and historic small towns. With very little vehicle traffic, the ride is sure to be relaxed and peaceful as well as easy-going because of the flat terrain. All tours start and finish in the seaside town of Wachapreague, VA. 757.678.7157
November 8-10 43RD ANNUAL WATERFOWL FESTIVAL. Easton, MD. The world's premier wildlife art exposition featuring paintings, sculptures, carvings, decoys, photography and crafts in gallery and shop venues throughout the historic town of Easton. Admission. 410.822.4567
November 15 - January 1 MCDONALD'S HOLIDAY LIGHTS AT THE BEACH. Oceanfront. Virginia Beach, VA. Festive fish, jumping dolphins, frolicking porpoises, all in bright colored lights against the clear nighttime sky at this nautical and holiday-themed light display at the Oceanfront. Admission. 757.425.3111
November 24 - January 1 100 MILES OF LIGHTS. Statewide. Millions of lights and hundreds of holiday events will brighten the holiday season for visitors to the Central and Hampton Roads areas of Virginia. Drive-through and walk-through light shows in Newport News, Norfolk, Richmond, and Virginia Beach are only part of a season of holiday wonder. 888.493.7386
November 28-30 FOODS & FEASTS OF COLONIAL VIRGINIA. Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center. Virginia foodways are featuring during this three-day event beginning on Thanksgiving Day. At Jamestown Settlement, learn how food was gathered, preserved and prepared on land and at sea by Virginia's English colonists and Powhatan Indians. At the Yorktown Vicotry Center, learn about typical soldiers' fare during the American Revolution and trace the bounty of a 1789s farm from field to kitchen. 888.593.4682
November 28 - December 1 ASSATEAGUE ISLAND WATERFOWL WEEK. Chincoteague, VA. Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge holds an open house for a week. There will be a variety of ongoing programs and events. Special guided walks and tours will be available on trails that are normally closed to the public. This week is a delight for birders and photographers since migration is at its peak. 757.336.6161
November 29-30 27TH ANNUAL DEBORAH WATERFOWL SHOW AND AUCTION. Chincoteague Combined School. Chincoteague, VA. Invitational exhibition of decoys, paintings and other art by over 100 well-known artists and carvers. More than 100 exhibitors are featured. 757.336.6161
November 29 - December 1 11TH ANNUAL OPEN STUDIO & VINEYARD TOUR. Shorewide. Eastern Shore of Virginia. A shopping trip like no other with unique artworks found in tucked away hamlets and hidden creekside studios. On self-drive tour, discover award-winning artisans and the Shore's scenic charms. Adding to the festivities, local vineyards will be open for free tastings.
November 29 - December 1 32ND ANNUAL VIRGINIA BEACH CHRISTMAS MARKET. Virginia Beach Convention Center. Virginia Beach, VA. Over 250 artisans and crafters from across the country will feature fine arts, pottery, jewelry, stained glass, wood, toys, photography, and much more. Whether you're searching for unique one-of-a-kind Christmas gifts, personalized stocking stuffers, or a stunning floral centerpiece for the holidays, you'll find it here! Admission. 757.417.7771
December 1 - January 5 A COLONIAL CHRISTMAS. Jamestown Settlement & Yorktown Victory Center. Williamsburg, VA. Holiday traditions of 17th- and 18th-century Virginia are recalled through special interpretive programs. At Jamestown Settlement, a film and guided tours compare and contrast English Christmas customs of the period with how the season may have been observed in the difficult early years of the Jamestown colony. At the Yorktown Victory Center, hear accounts of Christmas and winter in military encampments during the American Revolution and glimpse holiday preparations on a 1780s Virginia farm. 888.593.4682
December 6 18TH ANNUAL NORTHAMPTON COUNTY HOLIDAY PROGRESSIVE DINNER TOUR. Cape Charles, VA. A walking tour of private and public sites that are opened to share their holiday traditions. Area restaurants provide tempting treats for you at each stop while you enjoy the sounds of the season. Advance tickets required. 757.678.0010
December 7 CHINCOTEAGUE OLD-FASHIONED CHRISTMAS PARADE. Main Street. Chincoteague Island, VA. Move over Macy's! This parade has small-town heart! Bring the entire family to enjoy floats, bands, fire companies from all around the Eastern Shore and a guaranteed appearance from Santa! 757.336.6161
December 7 HOLIDAY PARADE AT THE BEACH. Oceanfront. Virginia Beach, VA. Come celebrate the holiday season at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. With marching bands from area schools as well as creative and festive floats, be prepared for an evening spectacle guaranteed to dazzle and delight, as the holiday season is ushered in. 757.425.3111
December 8 GRAND ILLUMINATION. Colonial Williamsburg, VA. Colonial Williamsburg's much anticipated Christmas season is officially ushered in with "Grand Illumination," an unforgettable day of mirth, when candles are lit in the windows of the Historic Area at dusk, and a magnificent display of fireworks begins simultaneously at the Governor's Palace, the Magazine, and the Capitol as night falls over the crowd of revelers gathered to celebrate. 800.HISTORY
December 14 ONANCOCK CHIRSTMAS HOMES TOUR & MUSIC FESTIVAL. Onancock, VA. Step inside some of this historic wharf town's finest homes, all decked out for the season. Listen to holiday music at a free concert in Historic Cokesbury Church. 757.787.3363
December 31 NEW YEAR'S EVE HORSESHOE DROP & COSTUME PROMENADE. Robert Reed Park. Chincoteague, VA. Just before midnight, gather with your friends around the downtown waterfront park to watch the lighted horseshoe drop! It's not Swarovski Crystal but it sure does sparkle!

The above information is a small selection of events happening along the East Coast and the events listed were scheduled as of January 1, 2013.  If a trip is being planned around a specific event, please check the contact in advance.

The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel publishes a Travel Events Brochure twice a year. To get your free brochure, write to:

Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel
Dept. SF13
32386 Lankford Highway
Cape Charles, VA 23310
or call 757. 331.2960


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