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Posted on: August 7, 2017

What’s Happening in Suffolk This Week

Wednesday, July 17 and Saturday, July 20

Great Dismal Swamp Safari

The Great Dismal Swamp is anything but dismal. The narrated Swamp Safari, one of Suffolk’s most popular attractions, fills up quickly. This four-hour tour, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., is led by a biologist specializing in the unique habitat of the Great Dismal. Learn about the history, lore, vegetation and wildlife with this adventure that includes a brief walk to Lake Drummond. Sunscreen, insect repellent, comfortable clothes and shoes are recommended. A small snack and beverage is provided. This tour is not recommended for very small children. Call the Suffolk Visitor Center at 757.514.4130 to reserve your spot.  Cost is $10 adults; $8 seniors (60+), military, and children ages 3 to 12.

Thursday, July 18 and Saturday, July 20

Historic Suffolk Narrated Bus Tour

See Suffolk through the eyes of years gone by. Suffolk’s rich heritage dates back to the early 17th century when Captain John Smith first encountered the Nansemond Indians on the Nansemond River. Guided by a Suffolk historian, you meet the people and places that made Suffolk the City it is today. Highlights of this windshield tour include Cedar Hill Cemetery, Riddick’s Folly House Museum, Constant’s Wharf, College Court and Suffolk’s historic Lakeside neighborhood. This tour departs from the Suffolk Visitor Center, conveniently located at 524 North Main Street, and is scheduled from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets for each tour are $8 for adults and $6 for seniors (60+), military and children ages 9 to 12.  For more information, call 757.514.4130.

Thursday, July 18 and Saturday, July 20

Cedar Hill Cemetery Stroll

An official Virginia Civil War Trail site, Cedar Hill Cemetery has long been an attraction for history buffs and even walking groups. The Suffolk Division of Tourism offers a guided stroll through the serene 32-acre cemetery, rich in history and natural beauty. The 90-minute daytime tour will offer unique insights into Suffolk’s heritage as tour goers traverse the cedar-lined terrain dotted with timeworn headstones. The tour departs from the Suffolk Visitor Center and is scheduled from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Reservations are required. Call the Suffolk Visitor Center at 757.514.4130 to reserve your spot. Special rates are available for groups of 12 or more. Cost is $7 adults; $5 seniors (60+), military. Not recommended for children under 12. Call the Suffolk Visitor Center at 757.514.4130 to reserve your spot.

Friday, July 19

Family Fridays: Nauticus: Seeing the Sea at Bennett’s Creek Park

The Suffolk Public Library brings Nauticus to the park! Nauticus will be here to teach all about ocean animals, light and sound, ocean pressure, and more from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Bennett’s Creek Park, 3000 Bennetts Creek Park Road. For more information, visit https://suffolkpubliclibrary.libcal.com/event/5276999.

 Friday, July 19

Family Fridays: Keep Suffolk Beautiful at Lake Meade Park

It’s summertime and time to get moving! Help Keep Suffolk Beautiful as we learn about cleaning up our parks at Lake Meade Park, 201 Holly Lawn Parkway, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Families will participate in a litter clean-up, and create upcycled crafts. Come dressed to move, jump, play, make new friends, and have a great family fun day for all ages! Visit https://suffolkpubliclibrary.libcal.com/event/5262909 for more information.

Saturday, July 20

Suffolk Farmers’ Market

The Suffolk Farmers’ Market, now in its 14th season in the open air special event pavilion, is conveniently located behind the Suffolk Visitor Center at the corner of Main Street and East Constance Road. Enjoy the best in locally-grown fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, organically raised poultry, fresh eggs and milk, honey, and a variety of artisan-crafted goods.

The first Saturday of each month will feature live music, activities and a petting zoo. Other themed days are scheduled throughout the season and will include entertainment and exhibits. The Suffolk Farmers’ Market will be open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through November 23, 2019. For more information, contact the Suffolk Visitor Center at 757.514.4130, or VisitSuffolk@SuffolkVa.us.

Saturday, July 20

Flick and Float Pool Party

Come join Suffolk Parks & Recreation at our first ever Flick and Float Pool Party on Saturday, July 20th, from 7:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. at Cypress Park Pool (Rain date: August 3rd). Watch a movie while relaxing in the pool! The movie begins at approximately 8:15 p.m. Pool capacity is limited, so come early!

Flick and Float is FREE and open to all ages. The movie is Walt Disney Picture’s “Moana”, about a daughter of the Chief of her tribe. She battles the ocean, the demigod Maui, all while learning about the power of persistence and faith. There will also be giveaways and a bounce house at the event. 

A limited number of life jackets are available. You may bring your own Coast Guard approved life jacket(s). Information about how to choose a life jacket can be found on the Coast Guard website at: www.uscgboating.org.

A limited number of chairs are also available. You may bring your own lawn chair. All other pool rules will be enforced. You can review the Cypress Park Pool rules on our Parks & Recreation website under Athletics/Swimming Pool.

For more information, call Cypress Park Pool at (757) 923-2384, or Meredith Mockler at (757) 514-7254, and mmockler@suffolkva.us. The pool is located at 2001 Arizona Avenue in Suffolk, VA 23434.

Monday, July 22

Camp Monday Funday: Not a Box!

A box is just a box…unless it’s not a box. Building off the book Not a Box by Antoinette Portis, bring your entire family and your imagination to the Morgan Memorial Library, 443 West Washington Street, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for some out of the box or even out of this world creative play. For more information, call 757.514.7323.

Tuesday, July 23

Moon Landing Celebration

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of NASA’s Apollo 11 moon landing at the Chuckatuck Library, 5881 Godwin Boulevard, from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Enjoy fun games, crafts, star gazing, and much more! This family-friendly event will be held outside. Come have a BLAST with the Library! For more information, call 757.514.7323.

Friday, July 26

Family Fridays: Healthy Suffolk & Virginia Cooperative Extension at Lake Meade Park

Learn about gardening and healthy eating with Healthy Suffolk and the Virginia Cooperative Extension. Come explore what grows outside, how important nutrition is to our bodies and then leave with your own edible plant to grow. This program will take place from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Lake Meade Park, 201 Holly Lawn Parkway. In the event of bad weather, the program will take place at Morgan Memorial Library. For more information, visit https://suffolkpubliclibrary.libcal.com/event/5262910.

Friday, July 26

Family Fridays: Keep Suffolk Beautiful at Bennett’s Creek Park

Help Keep Suffolk Beautiful as we learn about cleaning up our parks at Bennetts Creek Park, 3000 Bennetts Creek Park Road, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Families will participate in a litter clean-up, and create upcycled crafts. In the event of bad weather, the program will take place at the North Suffolk Library. Visit https://suffolkpubliclibrary.libcal.com/event/5277000 for more information.

Friday, July 26

Historic Suffolk Narrated Bus Tour

See Suffolk through the eyes of years gone by. Suffolk’s rich heritage dates back to the early 17th century when Captain John Smith first encountered the Nansemond Indians on the Nansemond River. Guided by a Suffolk historian, you meet the people and places that made Suffolk the City it is today. Highlights of this windshield tour include Cedar Hill Cemetery, Riddick’s Folly House Museum, Constant’s Wharf, College Court and Suffolk’s historic Lakeside neighborhood. This tour departs from the Suffolk Visitor Center, conveniently located at 524 North Main Street, and is scheduled from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets for each tour are $8 for adults and $6 for seniors (60+), military and children ages 9 to 12.  For more information, call 757.514.4130.

Friday, July 26

Cedar Hill Cemetery Stroll

An official Virginia Civil War Trail site, Cedar Hill Cemetery has long been an attraction for history buffs and even walking groups. The Suffolk Division of Tourism offers a guided stroll through the serene 32-acre cemetery, rich in history and natural beauty. The 90-minute daytime tour will offer unique insights into Suffolk’s heritage as tour goers traverse the cedar-lined terrain dotted with timeworn headstones. The tour departs from the Suffolk Visitor Center and is scheduled from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Reservations are required. Call the Suffolk Visitor Center at 757.514.4130 to reserve your spot. Special rates are available for groups of 12 or more. Cost is $7 adults; $5 seniors (60+), military. Not recommended for children under 12. Call the Suffolk Visitor Center at 757.514.4130 to reserve your spot.

Friday, July 26

T.G.I.F. Summer Concert Series: Soul Intent

Join your neighbors at Bennett’s Creek Park, 3000 Bennetts Creek Park Road, for the second half of the T.G.I.F. Summer Concert Series. From 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., enjoy this free and family-friendly event in the park as Soul Intent plays a variety of hits guaranteed to make you move! Kids will enjoy the children’s area. Our aim is to get you out of your lounge chair and enjoying your Friday night! This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 757.514.7250.

Friday, July 26

National Teen Library Lock-In

Teens ages 14 to 18 are invited to join the Suffolk Public Library and other libraries across the country for a night of games, crafts, online author visits, and much more, for the 2019 National Teen Library Lock-In. This event will take place at the North Suffolk Library, 2000 Bennetts Creek Park Road, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Registration is recommended; a signed permission slip, available at all SPL locations, is required. Visit https://suffolkpubliclibrary.libcal.com/event/5282959 for more information.

Saturday, July 27

Suffolk Farmers’ Market

The Suffolk Farmers’ Market, now in its 14th season in the open air special event pavilion, is conveniently located behind the Suffolk Visitor Center at the corner of Main Street and East Constance Road. Enjoy the best in locally-grown fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, organically raised poultry, fresh eggs and milk, honey, and a variety of artisan-crafted goods.

The first Saturday of each month will feature live music, activities and a petting zoo. Other themed days are scheduled throughout the season and will include entertainment and exhibits. The Suffolk Farmers’ Market will be open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through November 23, 2019. For more information, contact the Suffolk Visitor Center at 757.514.4130, or VisitSuffolk@SuffolkVa.us.

Saturday, July 27

Legends of Main Street: A Suffolk Ghost Walk

Would you like to experience a hair-raising encounter with the “spirited” side of Suffolk?  Come follow a costumed guide from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for a tour through the shadows of historic Main Street discovering stories, legends and “unexplained occurrences” by lantern light. Tales of unsolved mysteries and unresolved affairs abound throughout Suffolk’s historically hip Ghost Walk which departs from the Suffolk Visitor Center, located at 524 North Main Street. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors 60+, military and children ages 9 to 12.  Reservations are required.  For more information or to reserve your spooky adventure, call 757.514.4130.


There are more interesting and exciting events happening in the City of Suffolk!

See what Suffolk Parks & Recreation has to offer!  Visit www.SuffolkVa.us/parks.

For a complete listing of Suffolk Public Library events, visit www.SuffolkPublicLibrary.com.

For a complete listing of Suffolk Tourism events, visit www.VisitSuffolkva.com.

To view other City events, visit www.SuffolkVa.us/calendar.aspx.



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