Virginia Arts Festival announces 22nd season, Funhouse Fest return

The Norfolk-based Virginia Arts Festival announced its 2018 season, which includes the return of Bruce Hornsby’s Funhouse Fest for a third year.

The Grammy award-winner will once again curate the lineup for the music festival, running June 22-24 on the lawn of the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg. No artists or ticket options have been announced.

Rhiannon Giddens, who headlined the final day of the second Funhouse Fest in June, will return to the area April 18 for a performance at Norfolk’s Attucks Theatre.

The rest of the season spans dance, theater, jazz, classic music and more. Broadway’s “The Mountaintop” imagines what happened inside the hotel room of Martin Luther King Jr., throughout the night before he was assassinated as it honors his legacy Feb. 24. “RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles” brings the band’s “Sgt. Pepper’s Hearts Club Band” to the stage May 2 in honor of the album’s 50th anniversary, alongside more of the group’s songs.

Other highlights include “Bernstein on Broadway,” celebrating the music of Leonard Bernstein from works such as “West Side Story” and “Candide” on May 12 at Virginia Beach’s Sandler Center; the United Kingdom’s Birmingham Royal Ballet performs “Romeo and Juliet” April 20-22 at Norfolk’s Chrysler Hall; and the 17th annual Virginia Beer Festival showcases brews from around the state and the world May 19 at Town Point Park in Norfolk.

For ticket information and a full calendar of events, visit vafest.org .

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