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Greetings from Suffolk Tourism!

May is shaping up to be a busy month in Suffolk!  Expect lots of family fun, outdoor concerts, guided tours and so much more!  Here’s a glimpse of what you can expect:

  • The Suffolk Farmers’ Market season kicked off Saturday, May 7, 2022, in the Suffolk Visitor Center Pavilion, and will continue each Saturday from 9am-1pm until November 19.

This weekly market attracts locals and visitors searching for fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables, baked goods, meats and poultry, eggs, jellies, jams, honey, pickles and handmade artisan crafts. The Market is situated at the corner of Constance Road and North Main Street directly behind the Suffolk Visitor Center.  Each Saturday brings new and different activities, music, crafts and exhibits. Check out the regular programming at SuffolkVaFarmersMarket.com.

  • Farmers’ Market at Bridgeport: Season Kickoff is scheduled for Sunday, May 22, 2022 | 10am-2pm. Located at 1400 Bridgeport Way.

The Bridgeport seasonal markets operate every 2nd and 4th Sunday from May 22 to November 13. There will be live music by Cara-Lyn and Harley on the stage from 10:30am-1:30pm and Starjayz BBQ food truck will be serving up a variety of southern favorites. This year, there will be a “walkable” market with vendors spanning from the plaza and down the main sidewalk of Bridgeport Way. There will be a variety of local farmers, bakers, crafters, artisans, and more!

For more information, visit BridgeportSuffolk.com or follow on Facebook and Instagram @BridgeportSuffolk. 

Make your reservations NOW for these Suffolk Tours!

Cedar Hill Cemetery Tour

Monday, May 2, 2022 • 4pm | Saturday, May 21, 2022 • 4pm

Downtown Suffolk’s historic Cedar Hill Cemetery is a 32-acre expanse, rich in history and natural beauty. Cedar Hill is now the final resting place for historical figures, politicians, and soldiers—many of whom greatly impacted the growth of Suffolk, as well as Virginia. An official Virginia Civil War Trail site, Cedar Hill Cemetery has long been an attraction for history buffs and walking groups. This 75-minute walking tour includes walking on uneven and elevated surfaces; comfortable shoes and weather-appropriate dress are recommended. The registration fee is $7 for adults and $5 for seniors (60+), military, and children ages 8-12; not recommended for children under 12. Participants will meet under the Suffolk Visitor Center Pavilion.

 

Hometown Heroes Tour of Cedar Hill Cemetery

Saturday, May 14, 2022 • 11am

Suffolk’s citizens, like in most other American localities, have served and sacrificed in the name of freedom. The 60-minute walking tour highlights and honors the graves and memorials of soldiers from Suffolk and old Nansemond County who died in combat during the two World Wars, Korean War and Vietnam War. Advance reservations required. The registration fee is $7 for adults and $5 for seniors (60+), military, and children; not recommended for children under 12. Participants will meet at the porch of the Seaboard Station Railroad Museum.

 

Great Dismal Swamp Safari

Saturday, May 21, 2022 • 10am | Wednesday, May 25, 2022 • 10am

The Great Dismal Swamp is anything but dismal. The narrated Swamp Safari, one of Suffolk’s most popular attractions, fills up quickly. This three-hour tour is led by a biologist specializing is 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. The registration fee is $10 for adults and $8 for seniors (60+), military, and children (ages 3-12). Transportation available from Suffolk Visitor Center via the Tourism bus, which boards at 9:30am and departs from the Suffolk Visitor Center. Face masks must be worn while on bus and while on refuge property. 

 

Historic Suffolk Narrated Bus Tour

Saturday, May 21, 2022 • 2-3:30pm

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. Even now, you can trace Suffolk’s legacy through our historic homes and neighborhoods, churches and Virginia Civil War Trails. 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. The registration fee is $8 for adults and $6 for seniors (60+), military, and children age 9-12. Transportation via Suffolk Tourism’s bus, which boards at 1:55pm and departs from the Suffolk Visitor Center. Masks must be worn while on bus. 

 

Legends of Main Street: A Suffolk Ghost Walk

Saturday, May 21, 2022 • 8-9:30pm

A hair-raising encounter with the spirited side of Suffolk. Follow a costumed guide 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. Reservations required. The registration fee is $10 for adults and $8 for seniors (60+), military, and children ages 9-12. Departs from the Suffolk Visitor Center. 

 

Kayak Excursion of the Nansemond River at Constant’s Wharf

Sunday, May 29, 2022 • 9:15am

Located on the Nansemond River, John Constant founded this important trading center and village known as Constant’s Warehouse, which would become the Town of Suffolk in 1742.

This guided kayak excursion is facilitated by a water adventures outfitter with years of experience. All equipment is included with the registration fee of $40. There is a 250 lb. weight limit. Sunscreen, insect repellent, and comfortable clothing recommended. Participants must be at least 10 years of age or older; anyone under 17 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. You are encouraged to bring a snack and bottled water. No transportation available. Participants meet at 9:30am at Constant’s Wharf Park, located at 110 E. Constance Road. 

To reserve your tickets to one of these tours, please contact the Suffolk Visitor Center at 757.514.4130.

LIVE MUSIC in Suffolk

Did you know that Suffolk has a wide variety of live entertainment, most of which is free? Check out some of the awesome acts that are headed to town in May!

Nansemond Brewing Station (212 E. Washington Street, downtown)

5/2: Bingo & Brews

5/6: Kelly Vaughn

5/7: Heather Edwards Band

5/11: General Knowledge Trivia Night

5/13: Patrick Ryan

5/14: Cody Browning

5/16: Bingo & Brews

5/25: Star Wars: A New Hope Trivia Night

 

Decoys Seafood (3305 Ferry Road, in Northern Suffolk)

5/1: Derek Smith & Amy Kaus

5/4: Nate Sacks

5/6: Retro

5/7: Runnin Shine

5/8: Dustin Furlow & Matt Thomas

5/11: Alec Edmonds

5/18: Win Winslow & Don Hamlett

5/20: Derek Smith and The Day

5/21: Island Boy

5/22: Brett Williams

5/25: Tre Smith

5/28: Anthony Rosano & The Conqueroos

 

Fin & Tonic (1301 Bridgeport Way, Suite 115)

Brunch & Bands – every Sunday

 

Want to check out more great performances? Stay up to date on Facebook with these great venues that often have excellent live entertainment:

High Tide Restaurant & Raw Bar (130 N. Commerce St., downtown)

Decent People Taproom (5140 River Club Dr., northern Suffolk)

Derl’z Restaurant & Pub (425 E. Pinner St., downtown)

Baron’s Pub (185 N. Main St., downtown)

River Stone Chophouse (8032 Harbour View Blvd., northern Suffolk)

Bridgeport Suffolk (3800 Bridge Rd., northern Suffolk)

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