Here are our picks for upcoming events and happenings worth splurging time and money on (though some events are free):
After a two-year absence, the Chesapeake Jubilee is back, May 19 through 22, and expecting to draw at least 35,000.
The weekend’s events include rides, eclectic musical performances, a Wolves of the World exhibit and an appearance by the Fearless Flores and the Motorcycle Globe of Death. The Flores family gained national attention after appearing on season six of America’s Got Talent in 2011. Saturday night is the popular fireworks show. The vendor menu is complete with treats — grilled, fried, or otherwise; grab an order of sausage and peppers and save room for fried Oreos (or funnel cakes, if that’s your jam).
Chesapeake City Park, 900 City Park Drive; pre-sale tickets start at $21.50 before May 20. Visit chesapeakejubilee.org.
Honoring the traditions of military music from the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812 and the Civil War, corps from around the country, including Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes & Drums ensemble, will be performing during the annual Drummers Call May 20-21.
The weekend begins with the “Successful Campaign” with Williamsburg Fife and Drum Senior Corps and the Fifes and Drums of York Town taking the Charlton Stage at 7:30 p.m. on the 20th. Saturday festivities commence at 12:30 p.m. with the “Grand March and Review,” which will depart from the Capitol and end at Market Square. The rest of the day includes a milieu of performances and will be concluded at 8:15 p.m. with the Williamsburg Military Tattoo, including a torch-lit march down Duke of Gloucester Street.
Events are free and open to the public. Visit colonialwilliamsburg.org.
Susan L. Taylor, founder of the National CARES Mentoring Movement and editor-in-chief emeritus of Essence magazine, will be the keynote speaker for 2022′s P3 — Prayer, Passion, Purpose — conference at Portsmouth’s Grove Church May 21.
The event is presented by the organization We Are Our Sisters’ Keeper (WAOSK). Tickets are $25 and include continental breakfast and a book signing by the lauded “In the Spirit” author. The event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Grove Church, 5910 W. Norfolk Road, Portsmouth.
Academy-Award nominee Gary Sinise of “Forrest Gump” and “Apollo 13″ fame will be coming to Fort Eustis in Newport News May 26 with his patriotic music ensemble, The Lt. Dan Band. (Sinise played “Magic Legs” Lt. Dan Taylor in “Gump.”)
A co-founder of Operation Iraqi Children and a recipient of the Presidential Citizens Medal, Sinise will be headlining the Remembrance Festival & Concert. The event runs from 4 to 9 p.m. and includes K-9 demonstrations, axe throwing, laser tag and even a petting zoo for the pint-size patriots. The Lt. Dan Band performs 7 to 9 p.m.
Admission is exclusive to Department of Defense ID card holders and their guests. Visit jble-eustismwr.com.
“Ecstatic, empowering, powerful.” (NPR, 2020)
Americana duo War and Treaty are bringing their soulful Southern folk music to Norfolk, May 26 at the Perry Pavilion.
The husband-and-wife duo of Michael Trotter Jr. and Tanya Blount describe themselves as “two lovebirds singing without reverb,” and are heralded as “one of Nashville’s hottest acts” (Rolling Stone Magazine, 2020). Conjuring comparisons to other genre-fluid-and-Black-led Americana bands such as Alabama Shakes and Duane and the Jet Black Eel, Trotter & Blount’s Nashville roots permeate through their sound and stage persona.
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The show is part of the Virginia Arts Festival. 7:30 p.m., Perry Pavilion, 451 Bank St. Tickets start at $18.75. Visit vafest.org.
Bayou Bon Vivant, Cajun Music, Food and Art Celebration. Free from noon to 2 p.m. only May 20. Ticketed hours: 2 to 10 p.m. May 20, noon to 10 p.m. May 21 with concert by blues singer and pianist Marcia Ball and noon to 6 p.m. May 22 at Town Point Park, Waterside Drive, Norfolk. Tickets are $15-$30. For tickets and the complete festival lineup, visit festevents.org.
The City of Newport News presents World Arts Celebration, a journey filled with culture, craftsmanship and cuisine. Noon to 5 p.m. May 21 at City Center in Oyster Point. The event will also celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Sister Cities program. For the celebration schedule, visit nnparks.com.
Beach Music Cruise-In. 7:30 to 11 p.m. May 20, noon to 11 p.m. May 21 and noon to 7 p.m. May 22 on the beach at 30th Street, Virginia Beach Oceanfront. Tickets are $10 daily; $25 for a 3-day festival pass. For a complete schedule, visit beacheventsvb.com.
The Norfolk Forum presents Ina Garten, author and host of TV’s “Barefoot Contessa.” 7:30 p.m. May 24 at Chrysler Hall, 215 St. Paul’s Blvd., Norfolk. Tickets are $75. Masks are required inside the venue, regardless of vaccination status. To purchase tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Two-time Grammy award-winning alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins brings its “Rock Invasion 2″ tour to Portsmouth. Bones will open the 8 p.m. May 24 show at Atlantic Union Bank Pavilion, 16 Crawford Circle. Tickets start at $34.50. To purchase, visit ticketmaster.com.