Whether you want to avoid the summer heat or embrace it, there’s plenty of indoor and outdoor shows to catch this season in and around the Peninsula.
Check out our list of performances coming to the area.
Catch a show every Wednesday from July 5 to Aug. 30 at Duke of Gloucester Street at Merchants Square. The shows are free.
July 5: 504 Supreme featuring Truetone Honeys
July 12: Bobby Blackhat Band
July 19: Dharma Bombs
July 26: Good Shot Judy
Aug. 2: Truetone Honeys
Aug. 9: Michael Clark Band
Aug. 16: USAF Heritage of America Concert Band
Aug. 23: USAF Rhythm in Blue Jazz Ensemble
August 30: USAF Heritage Brass Ensemble
There are a number of shows scheduled across the Peninsula’s many local theaters.
The Williamsburg Players has two performances scheduled for this summer. First is “Next to Normal,” which runs from July 7-16. The story follows a family struggling with mental illness and how it affects each character. In September, the Players perform ’“You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown.” The musical follows the beloved comic book and cartoon character on his average days and holidays to the baseball field. Performances are Sept. 7-23. More info: williamsburgplayers.org or 757-229-0431.
Next is the community youth production of “FAME The Musical” at Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center from July 20-22. The musical is based on the 1980 movie about students’ four-year journey at New York City’s High School of Performing Arts. Tickets are $8. More info: downinggross.org or 757-247-8950.
Across town, the Peninsula Community Theatre’s “Ragtime” begins July 28. The musical follows three families — a musician in Harlem, the matriarch of a white upper class family and Jewish immigrants from Latvia — pursuing the American dream in the early 20th century in New York City. The show runs every Friday-Sunday until Aug. 20. More info: pctlive.org or 757-595-5728. Tickets go on sale July 15.
The Smithfield Community Theatre will put on a weekend of “Seussical Jr.” performances beginning Aug. 10. Beloved Dr. Seuss characters like the Cat in the Hat and Horton the Elephant come together along with his many other creations for this family-friendly musical. More info: smithfieldlittletheatre.org or 757-380-1319.
Newport News’ Ferguson Center for the arts has six acts lined up this summer.
Soprano Twyla Robinson has performed with the London Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic and on stages around the world. She’ll be gracing the Ferguson Center stage at 8 p.m. July 18. That same week, baritone Ryan Speedo Green will perform at 8 p.m. July 22. A Suffolk native, Green has performed in opera houses across the globe. Tickets are $35 each.
Country band Chesapeake Sons, natives of coastal Maryland, will perform at the Ferguson at 7 p.m. July 23. The band has opened for ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Kid Rock and Eric Church. Tickets are $20.
Two Broadway performers are up next. First is Newport News native Heather Parcells at 8 p.m. July 26. Parcells performed at Busch Gardens growing up in the area before attending Florida State University and later landing the role of Velma Kelly on the national tour of “Chicago.” On July 29, Kirsten Scott, who’s appeared in “Big Fish” and “Jersey Boys,” performs. Both shows cost $35.
Wrapping up the summer season is Il Divo, a quarter of male singers from Europe and the United States performing a mix of classical and pop music. The group, which has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, will perform some of its greatest hits from seven albums. Tickets start at $42.
More info: fergusoncenter.org or 757-594-8752.
Returning for its second year is the Bruce Hornsby-led music festival in Willamsburg. This year, Funhouse Fest features the likes of Sheryl Crow, Rihannon Giddens and Lake Street Drive. Tickets are still on sale for the festival, which runs June 23-25 on the lawn of the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg. More info: funhousefest.com or 757-282-2822.
Hampton Jazz Festival returns for a milestone 50th year on June 23. The weekend of jazz performances include headliners Jill Scott, O’Jays, Fantasia, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly and Patti Labelle. Tickets start at $74.50. More info: hamptonjazzfestival.com or 757-838-4203.
Tying into the International Day of Remembrance, to mark when the first Africans landed at what is now Fort Monroe, there will be a film festival and jazz concert at the American Theatre in Phoebus. Details have yet to be released but the film festival is set for Aug. 18 and the jazz concert for Aug. 19. More info: project1619.org.
Don’t forget to check out the Downtown Hampton Block Party, held every Saturday this summer on Queens Way. Performances from various regional bands are just part of the fun as the party regularly holds events like Bob Ross Paint Night (July 1) and Adult Soap Box Derby (Aug. 5). More info: downtownhampton.com/block-party or 757-727-1271.
William & Mary
The college will host productions of William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” every Friday through Sunday July 7-16. The 90-minute show will be at Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall (601 Jamestown Road, Williamsburg). Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students. More info: wm.edu/boxoffice or 757-221-2674.
Town Point Park
Look no farther than Norfolk’s Town Point Park to get your fix of outdoor concerts and festivals this summer. Five events are scheduled through mid-September.
First up is the Norfolk Waterfront Jazz Concert with nine acts performing across two days beginning July 14. Performers include: Pieces of a Dream, Spyro Gyra and Ronnie Laws. Tickets start at $30.
An interactive art performance exploring Shakespearean themes, the Mid-Summer Fantasy returns on July 29. Visual and performing artists, musicians and event designers all contribute to the event, inspired by the desert festival Burning Man. The event is free.
The Norfolk Latina Music Festival returns for its 17th year on Aug. 19. The free event begins at 5 p.m. with a waterfront dance floor for dancing the salsa, merengue and more.
Two outdoor performances are next featuring local and statewide acts. First is the Virginia Symphony Orchestra’s Concert in the Park at 8 p.m. Aug. 20. Picnics are welcome for the free event. At 6 p.m. Sept. 9 is Opera in the Park. Put on by the Virginia Opera, the performance is joined by cuisine and drinks prepared by local chefs that are available for purchase. Entry into the event is free.
More info: festevents.org or 757-441-2345.
Virginia Beach Hilton
More waterfront entertainment can be found at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront’s Hilton hotel with six free concerts. Shows start at 7 p.m.
- The Wailers on June 20
- Gin Blossoms on July 11
- Toad the Wet Sprocket on July 25
- Matisyahu on Aug. 1
- The Spin Doctors on Aug. 15
- LoCash on Aug. 29
The Hilton is located at 3001 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach.
More info: hilton31streetconcerts.com.