There’s plenty going on this weekend, but here are a few things we think you’d be remiss to miss – plus eating, drinking, snacking, and caffeinating recommendations near whatever you’re doing. Cheers to the weekend!

Friday, October 9, 2020

Image Credit: Courtesy of BJ Griffin

Live at the Cavalier Hotel – BJ Griffin

The rona can’t hold them down anymore! BJ will be doing a show at the Cavalier lawn outside on the Raleigh room patio on the lawn overlooking the ocean with Jason Brown on keys.

More of a couch-concert kind of night? They will also be live streaming the show on the BJ Griffin FB page.

TIME: 7-11pm 
COST: Free

Image Credit: @alohasnacks

Where to eat before the show

Aloha Snacks
Even locals don’t always know about this vivacious Japanese-Hawai’ian gem that’s been around for just over 2.5 years. The food is of fine-dining inventiveness, and the kitchen is stocked with chefs – just in floral print shirts instead of toques. Truly, everything is good here, but we love the Gnarly Burger with a salted pumpkin butter malasada (donut). 

Friendly word of warning – once you introduce someone to it, they’ll brag they found it all on their own. 

(757) 428-7653
501 Laskin Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
On Saturdays, open 8am – 9pm

Zeider’s American Dream Theatre Proteus FestivalThis’ll Only Take a Second by Zach Davis 

Miranda—an over-achieving perfectionist with doubts about her therapist’s recommendation to journal her problems—relives her day, her month, her year, and eventually her entire life in the few minutes before going to bed. A brilliant new single-woman play that is both laugh-out-loud funny and jarringly moving. Winner of the inaugural Gail Davis Playwriting Contest. Tickets available for the in-person and virtual performance

TIME: 7 pm in-person and online 
COST: $10 for virtual tickets, $12 for in-person tickets

Where to eat before the laugh riot

Azar’s (Pembroke)
The Pembroke outpost of this local family-owned chain of Middle Eastern grocery stores and restaurants is tucked away off a side street – you’d miss it if you didn’t know it was there. Order the Chicken Tawook and ask for extra garlic sauce with your pita, it’s a flavorful substitute for traditional tzatziki. (just be sure to make sure your date orders the same!)

(757) 486-777
108 Prescott Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23452
On Saturdays, open 10:30am – 8pm

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Image Credit: Jeffrey Helgesen

Outdoor HIIT Class on the Elizabeth River Trail from Latitude Climbing

Come get your sweat on! Meet at the ERT obstacle course located at Plum Point Park. Bring a yoga mat, water bottle, and mask (for when signing in), plus a donation. Complete the Latitude waiver ahead of time, either online or by calling Latitude.

TIME: 8am – 9am
COST: Free, donations accepted for Latitude

Crafted Mini Market 2020 at O’Connor Brewing Co.

For the past 6 years, Crafted has been gathering for the Crafted Market at O’Connor Brewing Co. in Norfolk, Virginia. This year has been a little different thanks to COVID 19 so they are changing things up and having an outdoor Mini Market Saturday, rain or shine, with monitored outdoor capacity. Virginia State Regulations and OBC rules will be in effect. Follow them on Instagram for any updates!
EATS: La Cucina di Sophia + Oishii Burger.
MUSIC BY: Two Bars from the Gun.

TIME: 12 pm-5 pm

Coffee before you browse

Image Credit: @sophialulubelle

430 W 24th Street, Norfolk (next to Toast)
Usually 10-2pm on Saturdays
Check Insta @kobroscoffee for hours

To get properly caffeinated before an afternoon of browsing, walk down a block to Kobros Coffee, which is only open limited hours with a weekly craft latte that usually sells out by 1pm (if you’re lucky). This weekend’s flavor has yet to be announced, but last week’s was a Citrus Spice with mandarin orange and allspice.  

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Image Credit: Courtesy of MOCA

MOCA Exhibit
Shifting Gaze: A Reconstruction of The Black & Hispanic Body in Contemporary Art

Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art MOCA presents a selection of works from Robert B. Feldman’s extensive collection of contemporary art. The 27 internationally regarded artists featured create timely considerations into race and identity. Inspired by global art history, American history and popular culture the works present a broad range of concepts including vulnerability, beauty and belonging. They challenge perceptions about the way society and each of us may or may not look at the other.

ON DISPLAY: Now – Jan 3, 2021
TIME: Sundays 1-4 pm
COST: Free, thanks to a generous community sponsor, tickets must be reserved online

For an afternoon pick-me-up

The Pink Dinghy 

A few streets over from MOCA, this gastronomical brainchild has been getting a lot of press recently, and for good reason – between the rotating Latin-American inspired menu, the Insta-friendly pink-black-white interior (and exteriors), and natural wine selection, there really is nothing to not love.

Oh, and be sure to check out the roof.

(757) 937-1010
609 19th St, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
On Sundays, 9am-2pm

Virginia Opera, Stayin’ Alive
Opera in the Vineyard at The Williamsburg Winery

This is (very sadly) the final concert of VAO’s alternate fall season Stayin’ Alive. Join Virginia Opera’s Stayin’ Alive artists for a special concert at Wessex Lawn at The Williamsburg Winery! Bring your blanket and lawn chairs Sunday, October 11 at 4:30 pm and enjoy arias, Broadway favorites, and more surrounded by the glorious backdrop of the winery. Food and beverages will be available for purchase at the event. Reservations are required and social distancing guidelines must be followed. Contact The Williamsburg Winery at (757) 229-0999 extension 192 for more information.

This event is rescheduled from September 27.

TIME:  Sunday, October 11 4:30-5:30 pm
COST: Free, tickets must be reserved online

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