Grilled Food and Flashy Fireworks Await at the 33rd Annual 4th of July Great American Picnic and Fireworks near Willoughby

July 1, 2015 3:00 pm

There's perhaps nothing more American than burgers and hot dogs. The folks who put together the 4th of July Great American Picnic and Fireworks know this. That's why, in its 33rd consecutive year, the festival sticks with what works when it comes to grub: food fresh from the grill. Burgers and hot dogs are both on the menu at this Norfolk bash, along with barbecue and seafood, corn on the cob and watermelon, and, of course, sweet and frosty lemonade.

Make the short trip from Willoughby via car or public transportation (the ferry or water taxi might be a fun treat for your family) to partake in the Independence Day food and festivities. After you've grabbed some burgers, enjoy the sweet sounds emanating from the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Band. They serve as the prelude to the chorus of fireworks that erupts at 9:30 p.m., signaling the end of another fun 4th of July for your clan.

33rd Annual 4th of July Great American Picnic and Fireworks
Town Point Park
5 to 10 p.m. July 4
Norfolk VA 23510

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Ring In the Weekend With the TGOV Beach Music Concert Series at Ocean View Beach Park, Not Far From Willoughby

June 29, 2015 2:45 pm

Here's one way to kick off the weekend: Summer concerts at Ocean View Beach Park, not too far from Willoughby! Part of the TGOV Beach Music Concert Series, this annual event transforms the 6.5-acre waterfront park in Norfolk into an outdoor concert venue during the months of July and August.

This year, the concert series kicks off on Friday, July 3, with a performance by Coolin' Out, an ensemble group from Virginia Beach. They'll take the stage at 6 p.m., playing everything from R&B to pop. Then, at 9:30 p.m., all eyes will turn toward the sky for a July Fourth fireworks show! Can't make to the July 3 show? Concerts will recur every subsequent Friday through August 21.

The TGOV Beach Music Concert Series is free to attend, and food and drinks will be available for purchase. The concerts are family-friendly, so be sure to bring the kids along!

TGOV Beach Music Concert Series 2015
6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Fridays in July and Aug.
Ocean View Beach Park, Norfolk

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From Turtle Soup to Alligator Sausage: Bring an Adventurous Palate to the Bayou Boogaloo and Cajun Food Festival, Taking Place Not Far From Willoughby

June 18, 2015 2:30 pm

Ever eaten turtle soup before, Willoughby? How about ya-ka-mein? These New Orleans fare favorites — and more — will be on offer during the Bayou Boogaloo Music and Cajun Food Festival, returning for its 26th year to Town Point Park in Norfolk.

Spanning three days over Father's Day weekend, the family-friendly event is a celebration of the food and culture of Louisiana, from Creole to Cajun. From beignets and etouffee to po'boys, jambalaya, and gumbo, the culinary offers of New Orleans will be on full display. The highlight of the event, however, might be the crawfish boil: More than 8,000 pounds of fresh crawfish will be served during the festival, so arrive hungry! After chowing down, take a lap around the park to listen to live music, take a spin in a paddle boat, and shop artisan-made arts and crafts.

The Bayou Boogaloo Music and Cajun Food Festival takes place noon to 10 p.m. Friday, June 19; noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 20; and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 21. Tickets are available for purchase online, but if you'd like to enter for free, arrive between noon and 4 p.m. on opening day, when admission is complimentary!

2015 Bayou Boogaloo Music and Cajun Food Festival
June 19 through June 21
Town Point Park
Downtown Norfolk, Virginia

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