There's always something going on in Chesapeake!  These are a few of the events and festivals that happen every year; check for an up-to-date calendar of events.


Paddle for the Border - Paddlers navigate their own canoes or kayaks up the Dismal Swamp Canal.

Chesapeake Arts Festival  - Two day outdoor art festival showcasing the works of local and regional artists; located at Lakeside Park.

Chesapeake Jubilee - The city's biggest yearly event, this four-day festival is a veritable smorgasbord of food, fun, and more; located at Chesapeake City Park.


American Indian Festival - Features American Indian storytelling, traditional dancing, and demonstrations; located at Chesapeake City Park.

34th Annual South Norfolk 4th of July Parade and Picnic in the Park. Friday, July 4 at Lakeside Park, 1441 Bainbridge Blvd, Chesapeake, VA 23324. The parade starts at 10 but arrive early; streets close for the parade at 0930. Picnic starts at 11, with live music, great food at affordable prices; free games, arts and crafts and other unusual items for sale, face painting, Ident-a-kid, petting zoo, storytelling, stilt walker, magician, paddle boats to ride, RC boats to watch, cash and prizes, plus much, MUCH more! Three musical acts will perform, starting with Nate Sacks, followed by Don Butcher, and headlined by the Jukes Boogie Band. Free and open to the public. Proceeds fund local scholarships and support civic projects and organizations in South Norfolk. Produced jointly by the South Norfolk Civic League and the City of Chesapeake's Department of Parks and Recreation. For more information, please visit

Fine Arts Commission Performing Arts Series


Symphony Under the Stars - Come listen to the melodious sounds of the Virginia Symphony at twilight; located at Chesapeake City Park.

Great American Food Fest - Sample some of the area's best food and drink; located at Chesapeake City Park.

Heritage Days- Come celebrate the awareness of and interest in Chesapeake's rural roots; located at Chesapeake City Park.

Bark in the Park - Featuring vendors, animal rescues, games, contests, demonstrations, great food and more!


Battle of Great Bridge - Commemorate the victory at Great Bridge on December 9, 1775 with re-enactors and demonstrations; located at Great Bridge "Bridge."

Chesapeake Christmas Parade - Hometown parade complete with marching bands, costumed characters, colorful floats, and Santa Claus.