Our picks for what’s happening in Hampton Roads this week.
The Newport News Greek Festival returns June 2-5 with in-person dining and activities, the first time since 2019. Enjoy authentic Greek dishes such as rice-stuffed grape leaves called dolmades, lamb-filled gyros and seasoned beef, baklava with layers of filo pastry filled with chopped nuts and sweetened with syrup or honey, and much more. Listen to Greek music and learn some Greek dance steps. Before returning home, don’t forget to stop at the vendors’ tables to find a piece of jewelry, clothing or an art object.
June 2 to 4, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; from noon to 5 p.m. on June 5. Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 60 Traverse Road, Newport News. newportnewsgreekfestival.org for details and online ordering.
Grab the kids, cousins and friends and head to the Backyard Bash on June 4 at Newport News. Play a nine-hole game of putt putt, ride a mechanical bull, toss cornhole bags, and take part in other interactive lawn games. want something more relaxing? Enjoy live music while relaxing in your chair or sitting on a blanket. There will be seven food trucks to keep the gang hydrated, fed and happy.
Help raise money for a good cause by attending Pig Pickin’ and Family Fun Day hosted by Virginia Beach Crime Solvers. Let yourself be tempted by Malbon’s all-you-can-eat barbecue. Relax with a cool drink and watch the airplane demonstrations and cornhole tournament as the kids have an afternoon jump in the bouncy house and explore a fire truck.
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Ghost Harbor Brewing Company is normally closed on Mondays but will be open June 6 for beer tasting and bottle swapping. Admission is 32 ounces or more of a craft beer to share with others. Homebrewers are encouraged to bring samples from their stash. Cheers!
7-9 p.m. at 602 East Colonial Ave., Elizabeth City. tinyurl.com/beertastingbottleswap.
Inauguration of Café Geneviève: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 1. Selden Market, 208 East Main St., Norfolk. Free. tinyurl.com/cafegenevievemacarons
Eat for Education Fish Fry: 4-7 p.m. June 3. Farmers Bank, 1119 South Church St., Smithfield. Tickets $12. isle-of-wight-community-foundation.square.site
Sippin Summer Market: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. June 4. O’Connor Brewing Co., 211 W. 24th St., Norfolk. Free. tinyurl.com/summersippinmarket
Rekaya Gibson, [email protected], 757-295-8809, follow on Twitter @gibsonrekaya