Click here to view our What's Happening This Week Calendar!
Boathouse Opens for the Season
April 4, 2014 - September 28, 2014
The boathouse is now open! Whether a die-hard fisherman or just in need of a relaxing day, visit us and start creating your own memories of Lake Maury today. Various boats are available for rental, and visitors can bring their own kayaks and canoes with annual or daily passes. The boathouse is open Friday - Sunday through September 28, 2014.
Sea Rex 3D
May 24, 2014 - January 3, 2015
Dinosaur Prophecy Planetarium Show
May 24, 2014 - September 1, 2014
Explore how dinosaurs lived and died in this educational planetarium presentation. A staff astronomer will lead you on a voyage back in time. Recline in one of our 70 padded seats in the full dome Abbitt Planetarium. Everyone knows the tale of the sudden and dramatic death of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. But did you know that numerous species of dinosaurs lived, and disappeared, long before the cataclysmic disaster at the end of the Cretaceous period? Journey with us to four different dinosaur digs around the world as we explore how these amazing creatures died… and lived! Recommended for ages 10 and above.
May 24, 2014 - September 1, 2014
A new gang of dinosaurs are coming to town this summer at the Virginia Living Museum in DINOS LIVE! This year, for the first time, the VLM will feature the lifelike creations of Billings Productions, North America's leading producer of animatronic dinosaurs. Tremble at a growling T-Rex, always a favorite with museum visitors and see new dinosaurs making their museum debut. Watch an Edmontosaurus mother tend her brood. There’s even a nest full of eggs ready to hatch. See Euoplocephalus, built like a military tank and weighing in at 3 tons, and Styracosarus, one of the most spectacular of the horned lizards. The dinosaur that highlights the link between non-avian dinosaurs and birds is the Citipati, whose spectacular head crest is similar to that of a modern cassowary. New this summer will be a tented outdoor dinosaur excavation area. Amateur paleontologists can dig through a mound of fossil-filled sediment and then sift out fossils they can take home.
Savage Ancient Seas: Dinosaurs of the Deep
May 24, 2014 - January 4, 2015
Venture into the deep, dark pre-historic world of carnivorous marine reptiles, gigantic flesh-eating fish, flying reptiles with 3-foot skulls and the biggest sea turtles to have ever lived. Opening May 24, 2014 at The Mariners’ Museum, Savage Ancient Seas: Dinosaurs of the Deep features over 20 large-scale, magnificent skeletons and living replicas of ancient marine reptiles, touch stations with real bones and fossils, interactive touch screens, and so much more! See the Tylosaur, the largest marine lizard ever found in North America at 45-feet long, take your photo with the largest turtle ever found or inside the jaws of a Megalodon and dig for fossils. Savage Ancient Seas: Dinosaurs of the Deep will include exciting family activities, summer camps, sleep, scout and school programs, lectures and more! For more information, visit MarinersMuseum.org/Dinosaurs.
Emerging Artists Invitational
July 12, 2014 - October 12, 2014
· Showcasing new and exciting work by emerging artists.
Farmers' Market at City Center
May 1, 2014; May 8, 2014; May 15, 2014; May 22, 2014; May 29, 2014; June 5, 2014; June 12, 2014; June 19, 2014; June 26, 2014; July 3, 2014; July 10, 2014; July 17, 2014; July 24, 2014; July 31, 2014; August 7, 2014; August 14, 2014; August 21, 2014; August 28, 2014; September 4, 2014; September 11, 2014; September 18, 2014; September 25, 2014, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
A collection of products that are straight from the farm! Includes locally grown fruits and vegetables, seafood,plants, herbs, baked goods, free range chickens, pork, bison, bath products, fresh bread and dog treats. Also available are dairy products, such as cheese, goat's cheese, milk, bath products, fresh bread and eggs. Come see what we have to offer !
International Vulture Awareness Day
September 4, 2014
Watch special enrichment for the black and turkey vultures that live at the Virginia Living Museum and learn why vultures are important to the ecosystem. 524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, 757-595-1900, www.thevlm.org
September 6, 2014 - September 6, 2014, 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Join us as we kick off a new school year with entertainment, refreshments and information preparing students for the upcoming school year.
Civili War Lecture Series: Musical Monitors and Melodius Merrimacks - The Battle of Hampton Roads in Music and Poetry
September 6, 2014, 1 p.m.
Join curator Anna Holloway as she explores the music and literature inspired by the Battle of Hampton Roads - from the 19th century to today.
March 2, 2014; March 16, 2014; April 6, 2014; May 4, 2014; May 18, 2014; June 1, 2014; June 15, 2014; July 6, 2014; July 20, 2014; August 3, 2014; August 17, 2014; September 7, 2014; September 21, 2014; October 19, 2014; November 16, 2014; December 7, 2014, 7 a.m.
The Hampton Roads Bird Club has monitored the bird population of Newport News Park since 1965. Join club volunteers in the Picnic Area I parking lot every first and third Sunday of the month for some early morning birding. Be prepared to car pool to several areas in the park. Beginners are welcome. Binoculars and field guides are recommended. Free.
Michael McDonald and Toto
September 7, 2014, 7 p.m.
The mixture of great voices, lyrics and music never sounded more pure than when it came from superstars Michael McDonald or Toto. Now you can hear them both on one special evening playing their greatest music. McDonald is the man with the distinctive, soulful voice, who parlayed gigs with Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers into a Grammy-winning, platinum-selling solo career. He continues to release music and tour the world, as well as moonlight alongside co-horts Donald Fagen and Boz Scaggs, proving himself an enduring force in popular music.
Few ensembles in the history of recorded music have individually or collectively had a larger imprint on pop culture than the members of Toto. With over 35 years together and thousands of credits and accolades to their names, Toto remains one of the top selling tour and recording acts in the world. They are the benchmark by which many artists base their sound and production, and they continue to transcend the standards set by the entire music community, being simply synonymous with musical credibility.
June 2, 2014; June 9, 2014; June 16, 2014; June 23, 2014; June 30, 2014; July 7, 2014; July 14, 2014; July 21, 2014; July 28, 2014; August 4, 2014; August 11, 2014; August 18, 2014; August 25, 2014; September 8, 2014; October 13, 2014; November 10, 2014; December 8, 2014, 10 a.m.
Join us Monday Mornings at The Mariners’ Museum for a morning of fund and engaginglearning activities for children ages 18 months to rising 5th grade. For more information, please visit http://www.marinersmuseum.org/maritimemondays
or call (757)596-2222.
Story and a Walk
January 13, 2010; April 9, 2014; May 14, 2014; June 11, 2014; July 9, 2014; August 13, 2014; September 10, 2014; October 8, 2014; November 12, 2014; December 10, 2014, 10 a.m.
For pre-school children and their caregivers. Join us as we share a story at the Newport News Park Discovery Center and then take a short walk! Don't forget to dress for the weather!
Star Party / Laser Shows
October 12, 2013; November 9, 2013; December 14, 2013; January 11, 2014; February 8, 2014; March 8, 2014; April 12, 2014; May 10, 2014; June 14, 2014; July 12, 2014; August 9, 2014; September 13, 2014; October 11, 2014; November 8, 2014; December 13, 2014
Free observing begins at sunset at the Virginia Living Museum. Choose among four shows, $6 each: “Virginia Skies” at 7:30 p.m., “ElectroLaze” at 8:30 p.m., “Laser Doors” at 10 p.m. and “Dark Side of the Moon” at 11:30 p.m. The Wild Side Café is open 6 to 9 p.m.
The Unifics in Concert
September 20, 2014, 8 p.m.
In the company of great musicians who have risen from the Hampton Roads area to international acclaim, The Unifics remain a show-stopping soul group, whose legendary performances thrill crowds and leave following acts stunned with trepidation.
October 19, 2013; November 16, 2013; December 21, 2013; January 18, 2014; February 15, 2014; March 15, 2014; April 19, 2014; May 17, 2014; June 21, 2014; July 19, 2014; August 16, 2014; September 20, 2014; October 18, 2014; November 15, 2014; December 20, 2014, 10 a.m.
Hear a nature-related story at the Virginia Living Museum. Recommended for ages 2 and above. 10 a.m. Included in museum admission.
September 20, 2014, 8 p.m.
Longevity is a mark by which true artists are measured. “You know, I’ve never tried to jump on a trend, and I’ve never had to jump off of one,” says Chris Isaak. “I try to do what feels right for each song. So I never have to go, ‘Well, no more disco for me.’” For more than two decades Isaak has been creating music that resonates, showcasing his stellar songwriting and smooth, dusky baritone (and tender falsetto). All told he has released nine extraordinary albums and 12 singles, not to mention being nominated for two Grammys. Not one to crave the limelight, Isaak is always quick to credit the extremely talented people who have worked with him over the years and speaks of the music in a nonchalant fashion, calling it “Good stuff.” Indeed it is.
Fall Native Plant Sale
September 20, 2014, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; September 21, 2014, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.; September 27, 2014, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; September 28, 2014, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Choose from a large selection of summer and fall blooming native wildflowers, shrubs and small trees for a variety of garden sites and styles at the Virginia Living Museum’s annual fall plant sale. Many of these are excellent plants for attracting butterflies, hummingbirds and other wildlife to your yard. Native plants are good choices for area gardeners because such plants tolerate the area’s weather and serve as food and shelter for area wildlife, while also providing a good show in the garden. Fall is the best time of year to do the majority of your heavy gardening. All plants are nursery propagated. Sale held rain or shine. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Admission to sale free.
2014 Virginia Brazilian Festival
September 20, 2014, - 8 p.m.
International Talk Like a Pirate Day
September 20, 2014
Paws for a Cause Dog Walk & Festival
September 21, 2014, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Sponsored by The Peninsula SPCA, this animal friendly fundraiser is held at The Mariners’ Museum Park and brings the community together with animal related exhibitors and vendors, animal rescues, canine games, raffles and more! Event location – The Mariners’ Museum Park, 100 Museum Drive. Fees to be announced.
Siege of Yorktown Revolutionary War Reenactment
September 27, 2014 - September 28, 2014
Living history programs depict events of 1781 and the Battle of Yorktown. Tour the camps and redoubts as soldiers build fortifications and artillery batteries exchange fire. Learn about the role civilians played supporting the armies. Just before dusk on the evening of the 27th, there will be a reenactment commemorating the assaults on Redoubts Nine and Ten. On Sunday the 27th, witness the British surrender. Admission fee charged. For complete schedule and fee information visit www.endview.org
Under the Streetlamp with special guest Gentleman's Rule
September 28, 2014, 7 p.m.
Fresh off filming their highly anticipated second PBS special, Under the Streetlamp, America’s hottest new vocal group, performs an electrifying evening of classic hits from the American radio songbook. Exuding the irresistible rapport of a modern day Rat Pack, the quartet — recent leading cast members of the Tony Award-winning musical “Jersey Boys” — delivers an evening of unforgettable entertainment. You’ll hear doo-wop, Motown, old time rock ‘n’ roll and all of your favorite songs from The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Frankie Valli, Etta James, B.B. King and many others.Opening the evening is Gentleman’s Rule, an a cappella group whose youthful contemporary style, combined with timeless harmonies, energizes concert goers with classic ’70s, ’80s, country, Top 40 and even classical music pieces. This diverse catalog of music exemplifies Gentleman’s Rule’s ability to bridge both genres and generations.