NORFOLK - Across Hampton Roads, the unofficial start to vacation time is here. There's lots to do after taking a moment to remember the real reason for the holiday - the sacrifices of our service members.
In Va. Beach, it's the annual Pungo Strawberry Festival, 1776 Princess Anne Road. Wrist band carnival night is tonight from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.; weekend festival hours are 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Organizers say they are expecting 120,000. All proceeds are donated to non-profit community and service organizations.
Also in Va. Beach, have fun at the Coastal Edge Steel Pier Classic Surf and Art Expo Stand up Paddle race. Racers of all ages will take part Sunday beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the First Street jetty. Racers are required to have a personal flotation device on board and a means of making noise (i.e. A whistle) at all times during the race. A leash is recommended.
While you're at the Oceanfront, enjoy the film A Bug's Life on a giant inflatable screen on the beach at 27th Street. There's an interactive adventure that begins at 6:00 p.m. ahead of the 8:30 p.m. showing.
It's part of the Family Great Adventure Series.
On the Peninsula, the Hampton Coliseum Spring Carnival is back. Through June 2, the carnival has something for everyone. Take a leisurely ride on the giant Ferris wheel or get your adrenaline pumping on the Fire Ball! There will be plenty of rides just for the little ones as well. Try your hand at one of the many carnival games or grab a bite to eat. You won't find this much excitement at such affordable prices anywhere else!.
Gates open at 5:00 p.m. weekdays and noon on Saturday, Sunday, and Memorial Day