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Entertainer & Vendor Information

Vendor booths will be available for both Food and Merchant/Service vendors.  Please read through all the updated rules & regulations for the 2021 event season - Rules & Regulations.

Complete the 2021 Food Vendor Application here.

Complete the 2021 Merchant Vendor Application here.

Entertainment

We are always accepting band information to include on our list for our annual review that is held at the beginning of each year. If you would like to submit your band information for review please complete our Band Interest Form below.

Complete the Band Interest Form here.

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. Registration is required. 


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.


Holiday Parade - December 11, 2021

Theme: Home for the Holidays

Join in the lights and sounds of the Suffolk Holiday Parade. The parade starts at 7:00 p.m. Find the best spot to watch the floats, equestrian units, marching bands and festive vehicles stroll down West Washington Street and take a turn up North Main Street with the parade route ending at Finney Avenue.

This year’s Grandstand will be in front of the Suntrust Building in the 100 block of North Main Street. Be there to catch the performances of the local bands and performance groups. Free parking for the event is available in all City public lots including the Godwin Courthouse parking lot, Saratoga Street lot, Commerce Street Lot and Market Park parking lot.

This event will require road closures on Main Street, Washington Street and Prentis Street. Parking in the downtown area will be effected.

If you have any questions about the events hosted by Suffolk Parks & Recreation, you can contact our Administrative office at 757-514-7250 or contact the Special Events Coordinator, Chelsea Morgan at cmorgan@suffolkva.us