Mark your calendars: 4 June Festivals to check out

WAVY’s Anita Blanton poses with a mermaid statue at Harborfest on Saturday, June 8, 2013. (WAVY/Rob Coble)
WAVY’s Anita Blanton poses with a mermaid statue at Harborfest on Saturday, June 8, 2013. (WAVY/Rob Coble)

Harborfest  - June 6-8th

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The Norfolk Harborfest is a local favorite with so much to offer in the way of events for everyone in the family. You’ll want to check out WAVY’s Harborfest Guide and plan a schedule so you make the most of your weekend.

Boardwalk Art Show & Festival - June 12-15th

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MOCA’s Boardwalk Art Show on the Oceanfront is a spectacular event that offers up some of the best artists today. This year is the 59th year and it’s better than ever with over 300 artisans. The show runs from 19th street to 33rd and is right along the boardwalk.

This year, they’ve changed things up a bit according to their site:

 This year we’re giving families a special day at the Boardwalk. Come celebrateFamily Fest on Saturday, June 14th all day at 24th Street Park where you can create, explore, be entertained and most of all, have fun boardwalk style.  And for those of you looking to keep the fun going, visit us at 31st Street Park for Boardwalk Art Show On Tap. Craft Beers and Wine will be flowing with live entertainment open to the public.

This definitely sounds like an event that you can enjoy as a family or otherwise. It’s a four-day event, so you’ll want to check out the schedule to see which day you prefer attending.

Hampton’s Afrikan American Festival & 46th Annual Jazz Festival – June 27-29

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The 46th Annual Jazz Festival at the Hampton Coliseum is jam packed with stellar music both old and new favorites. From Toni Braxton and Babyface singing to Chaka Khan bringing down the house, you are guaranteed a ton of fun. Ticket prices are $60 per seat, per day, so you may have to pick and choose which days to attend if you’re not looking to spend well over $180 per person for the whole weekend.

A more budget-friendly festival this weekend is the outdoor, non-alcoholic, family-oriented Hampton’s African American Festival event that features nonstop entertainment! Over 70 street market vendors will be on site selling authentic and original black art, artifacts, handmade crafts, and more. With an admission fee of only $4, it’s a great way to get out of the house and enjoy a lovely community event.

Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival

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If you’re like many in the Hampton Roads area, you hold a season pass to Busch Gardens. The best part about that is when the Food & Wine Festival comes to town. Leave the kids at home for an evening with your significant other or grab a group of friends and have a festive night of culinary and wine tasting fun. Finish it off with a roller coaster and log flume ride for good measure.

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