Special Events

Our Special Events Team is committed to provided entertainment and fun for the whole family throughout the course of the year.  You wouldn't believe all of the fun that we have here in Suffolk.  Our family friendly events provide recreation for the entire family regardless of community or lifestyle. 

2021 Events

* All events are subject to the current Governor's guidelines. Check our Facebook page or call 757-514-7250 for more information.

Taste of Suffolk - September 11, 2021

Want to find great food, fabulous entertainment, and plenty of children’s activities all within walking distance of each other? Take a bite out of the annual Taste of Suffolk street festival. It is usually held on the second Saturday in September from 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM. The event site will stretch down Main Street starting on Finney Avenue and cover Washington Street from Commerce to Saratoga Street. Main Street will be lined with restaurants from all over Suffolk presenting some of their specialty food items, merchandise vendors displaying a variety of goods and services, all day entertainment with live music and contests that are sure to get everyone on their feet.

This event will require road closures on Main Street and Washington Street in September. Parking in the downtown area will be effected on Friday, September 10 and Saturday, September 11.

Carpool Cinema - October  16, 2021

Twice a year, a movie is conducted on the lawn of our beautiful Bennett’s Creek Park at 3000 Bennett’s Creek Park Road.  This event is usually held in May and October. Bennett’s Creek Park will transform into a Drive-In Movie Theater with two screens. Stay comfy in your car, or Drive-In and bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Arrive early to get the best seat in the park!  A concessions areas will be available with food and treats. Pets are welcomed on a leash.  The movie will begin at approximately 7:15 PM. 

Grand Illumination - November 19, 2021

The Suffolk Holiday Season begins with a hometown kickoff. The Grand Illumination Ceremony at Market Park in downtown Suffolk will ring in the holidays for families in our community with the park opening at 6 p.m.

Watch the 32 foot tree light up when the switch is flipped to illuminate Suffolk for the season. Be there as Santa arrives in style, enjoy seasonal music, take a tour of the Suffolk Seaboard Railroad Museum and purchase your own horse-drawn carriage ride. Youngsters will also be able to participate in various holiday themed craft activities in specially-heated tents. Be sure to bring along your camera to capture your children’s smiling faces as they whisper their Christmas wishes to Santa Claus.

Festival of Lights at Sleepy Hole Park 

November 26 - December 30, 2021

Good things come in little packages!  Enjoy a sprinkle of holiday cheer at the inaugural Suffolk Festival of Lights at Sleepy Hole Park. This drive-through light display will be open beginning November 19th, through December 30th, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The display will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.

View an exhibit of five holiday light themes from the warmth and comfort of your car at the quaint Festival of Lights drive-through display at Suffolk's Sleepy Hole Park, located at 4616 Sleepy Hole Road. Additional light theme displays will be added each year moving forward to further enhance the festive experience.

Stay up to date by following Suffolk Parks & Recreation on Facebook for virtual activities and events @SuffolkParksandRec, or call 757-514-7250 for more information.