Date(s) - 09/05/14 - 09/07/14
The 32nd Annual Hampton Bay Days Returns to Downtown Hampton
September 5th – 7th, 2014
From humble beginnings at Gosnold Hope Park in 1982, Hampton Bay Days has grown to become an annual festival attracting an estimated 200,000 fun-seekers to Downtown Hampton, Virginia. Hampton Bay Days was created as a unique outlet to educate the public on the importance of the Chesapeake Bay. The on-going goal has been to provide an entertaining atmosphere while ultimately serving a greater purpose of highlighting aspects of the Chesapeake Bay and promoting its upkeep and preservation.
This September 5th – 7th, Hampton will once again present festivities with the 32ndAnnual Hampton Bay Days Festival. The free outdoor festival is one of the largest family-friendly events and largest “Green” events on the entire east coast.
In addition to great musical entertainment, the Hampton Bay Days Festival will include over 75 merchandise and craft vendors. Throughout the weekend, more than 30 food vendors will be available throughout the downtown area. Those looking for more conventional dining options may choose one of the many local, eclectic restaurants lining historic Queens Way.
Events & Exhibits
While at Bay Days, don’t forget to educate yourself on the value and importance of the Chesapeake Bay by stopping by the Bay Education and Children’s Area(Friday – Sunday through 8:00 p.m.)located at Carousel Park. Featuring many interactive booths, this area is great way to learn about environmentalism, conservationism, clean water, and one of our area’s most important natural resources – the Chesapeake Bay. This year Bay Days will again feature merchandise vendors and also highlight artists selling original work in several categories; including painting, photography, drawing, graphics, and mixed media. Interested vendors are encouraged to check out Vendor & Exhibitor Information to register.
Saturday Night Fireworks
The Hampton Bay Days Fireworks Show is one of the largest, longest, and most impressive fireworks displays found at any festival. Fireworks will begin at 9:30 PM.
All festival and musical entertainment admissions are free, though a fee will be charged for crafts, games, and food & beverages. Parking will be available in the downtown area for $5.00 per vehicle, but it is very limited. Non-profit organizations help staff the parking lots and the proceeds benefit local charities. More information on the 32nd Annual Hampton Bay Days Festival can be obtained by calling 757-727-1641 or by visiting Hampton Bay Days on Facebook. Additional information can be obtained by calling the Hampton Visitor Center at 757-727-1102. For hotel and package information, check out www.visithampton.com.
Hampton Bay Days 8K run
The Bay Days 8k features a great running experience along a stunning course. Starting in Downtown Hampton, the route travels through historic Phoebus, out to Fort Monroe, and back for a dramatic finish near the iconic Virginia Air and Space Museum.