Calendar of Events (Dates, times and locations are subject to change. We recommend confirming by phone or on event websites in advance.)
Isle of Wight Arts League Member Show, Arts Center @ 319, 319 Main Street, Smithfield
August through September 4, 2016. (757) 357-7707, www.smithfieldarts.org
Isle of Wight County Fair, Joel C. Bradshaw Fairgrounds, Heritage Park, 21311 Courthouse Hwy, Windsor
September 15-18, 2016. Live entertainment, a tractor pull, bull riding, produce and livestock judging, and more. (757) 357-5959, www.thefairiscoming.com
Bacon, Bourbon & Beach Music Fest, Windsor Castle Park, 301 Jericho Road, Smithfield
Saturday, October 1, 2016. This event features bourbon & Virginia brew tastings, bacon, wine, food vendors, and live entertainment. Tickets are limited. (757) 357-5182, www.smithfieldvaevents.com
Genuine Smithfield’s Town & Country Days, Downtown Smithfield
Friday and Saturday, October 8-9. A celebration of the historic port town and the county’s rich agricultural heritage. Fun-filled activities for the family, including the Smithfield Hog Jog 5K Run/Walk, Court Day Presentation at the Olde Courthouse, Car Show, and Smithfield Farmers Market. (757) 357-5182, www.visitsmithfieldisleofwight.com/townandcountryday.php
15th Annual Smithfield Hog Jog, Saturday, October 8, 9:00 a.m. until 2 p.m., 100 block of Main Street and 115 Main Street in downtown Smithfield
This charity run is a challenging, family and community oriented 5K run/walk through downtown historic Smithfield and our beautiful Virginia countryside.The Hog Jog is a standard 5K the, Wild Hog is a mystery course, (4.0 miles this year), runners only. Whole Hog teams for groups of 10 or more, just $20 each! (757) 329-2418, http://smithfieldhogjog.weebly.com/
Souper Saturday, Saturday, October 15 from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Trinity United Methodist Church, 201 Cedar Street, downtown Smithfield
PLEASE NOTE NEW DATE! This fundraising event, sponsored by IOW Christian Outreach Program, offers an all-you-can-eat meal of soup, ham biscuits, and desserts. All monies raised will pay for heating costs for those in need during the winter months. Tickets are $5.00/adults and $3.00/children 12 and under. Many churches have tickets available or they may be purchased Monday-Friday at the offices of Trinity UMC (9:00 am - 2:00 pm) and Smithfield Baptist Church (9:00 am - 5:00 pm). Tickets can also be purchased at the door that day. Drive-thru take out service available! For information call 757-357.4716.
Smithfield Century Bike Tour, Saturday, October 22 beginning at 8am.
Windsor Castle Park Riverfront, 301 Jericho Road in downtown Smithfield. A scenic ride through the beautiful farmlands of Isle of Wight, past historic sites, and along the Pagan River, with three routes (metric century, 35-miles, and 25-miles) beginning and ending at Windsor Castle Park. Three rest stops with water, snacks and restroom facilities. Sag Wagons will assist riders with mechanical or medical problems. Live music, food vendors and a beer garden at the finish. Each rider receives a commemorative race shirt, welcome bag, cue sheets, access to rest stops and sag wagons, and a post-ride drink ticket. Teams of 6 or more save $5 per person on registration. (757) 357-3502, www.SmithfieldCentury.com.
Christmas in Smithfield
Historic House Tours & Antique Show, downtown Smithfield
Friday -Sunday, December 2-4. Christmas in Smithfield will feature tours of several of the town's historic homes, as well as an antique show at the Smithfield Center. For details, visit ChristmasInSmithfield.com
Downtown Smithfield Holiday Tree Lighting, Smithfield Times Gazebo, 228 Main Street, Smithfield
Friday, December 2 at 5pm. One of our local Senior Citizens will be introduced and honored for his/her contribution to the Community and will light this year’s Christmas Tree. The Smithfield High School Band will play Christmas Carols for a sing-along and the Woman’s Club of Smithfield will provide refreshments. (757) 608.8962
Holiday Toy Train Display, Isle of Wight-Smithfield-Windsor Chamber of Commerce Information Center, 100 Main Street, Smithfield
Saturday, December 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.,
Saturday, December 10 from 3:00 - 9:00 p.m.,
Saturday, December 17 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Holiday displays of operating privately owned Lionel toy trains, from the 1920s up to the present. Children (with supervision) will be allowed to operate the controls. Admission is free and open to the public. Hot beverages will be available for self-serve, courtesy of Keurig Green Mountain. (757) 357.3502, www.theisle.org.
Smithfield Farmers Market's "Christmas Craft & Food Market", 115 Main Street, Smithfield
Saturday, December 3, 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. (note extended hours!)
Named one of the “101 Best Farmers Markets in America” by TheDailyMeal.com, the Farmers Market is located in the parking lot of the Bank of Southside Virginia and offers tasty foods, baked goods, lovely gift items & of course, plenty of fresh produce and live music. (757) 375-3031, www.smithfieldfarmersmarket.org
Smithfield Farmers Market's "Christmas Evening Market", Bank of Southside VA parking lot and along Main Street, Smithfield
Saturday, December 10, More than 130 vendors with handmade crafts and homemade food, live alpacas to pet, Santa, live music at four locations, Christmas lights, hot foods and drinks, tours of the 1750 Courthouse, mulled wine, and more! Main Street stores and restaurants will also be open during the event. Fun for all ages! (757) 375-3031, www.smithfieldfarmersmarket.org
Genuine Smithfield's Downtown Christmas Parade, downtown Smithfield
Saturday, December 17, 10am. Genuine Smithfield's Annual Christmas Parade is an old-fashioned "can't miss" community event. This year the parade will travel along Main & Grace Streets through downtown. (757) 357-5182.
BOB Fest & Chilly BOB Road Race, Windsor Castle Park, 301 Jericho Road, Smithfield
Saturday, January 14, 2017. Hosted by Smithfield VA Events, this annual winter fest is the HOT BIG WINTER THING in Coastal Virginia. The day kicks off with the (optional) Chilly BOB 8K Road Race, hosted by the Optimist Club of Isle of Wight. The All-You-Can-Eat party (Oysters, Brunswick Stew & BBQ) is from noon until four o'clock and is held inside two large HEATED party tents at Windsor Castle Park. (757) 869-0664, http://www.smithfieldvaoysterfest.com/
Mardi Gras Run4Beads, Windsor Castle Park, 301 Jericho Road, Smithfield
Saturday, February 11, 2017. Come out and enjoy the only Mardi Gras Run & Festival in the Hampton Roads area! Dress up in your favorite Mardi Gras costume and run in the Geaux for the Gold 10K, or the Fat Tuesday 5K! Participants receive an official race shirt, welcome bag and post-race drink ticket. Runners (or walkers) of all levels are welcome. After the run, enjoy delicious refreshments, food from local eateries, and great jazz music at the Mardi Gras Festival. The festival is open to the public as well! (757) 357-3502, www.run4beads.com
Smithfield Wine and Brew Weekend, Windsor Castle Park, 301 Jericho Road, Smithfield
Saturday, April 8, 2017. Tastings of more than 100 Virginia wines and craft beers, offerings of organic wines, three music stages, dinners and vendors. Tickets are limited. Admission fee. (757) 357-5182,www.smithfieldvaevents.com
Smithfield Olden Days, Downtown Smithfield
Friday and Saturday, June 23 and 24, 2017. Live music, classic cars, the Pagan River Raft Race, the Kids, Bike and Pet Parade, and more. (757) 357-5182, www.visitsmithfieldisleofwight.com
Smithfield Farmers Market
Open every Saturday morning from May through October with Spring & Winter specialty markets. Hours: 9am until noon (specialty markets until 1pm) at the Bank of Southside Virginia parking lot, 115 Main Street in Downtown Smithfield. (757) 375-3031, www.smithfieldfarmersmarket.org
Carrollton Mini-Farmers Market
Open Wednesdays from 4-7pm at Old Point National Bank in the Eagle Harbor Shopping Center, 13480 Carrollton Boulevard in Carrollton. Call (757) 375-3031 to confirm dates.
Smithfield Summer Concert Series
Friday nights 8pm, Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend, on the lawn of the Smithfield Times, 228 Main Street, Smithfield. Bring a chair or blanket. The concerts are free, and co-sponsored by The Smithfield Times and the Isle of Wight Arts League. (757) 357-7707, www.smithfieldarts.org
Sundays at Four Performance Series, various locations
(757) 375-9140, www.sundaysatfour.org
Concerts at the Gazebo, 18 Duke Street, Windsor.
First Friday of each month, May through September. All concerts at 6pm. Food is available for purchase. Call (757) 242-4288 for performers.
Smithfield Music, various locations
Top tier singer-songwriters in intimate venues presented for the love of great music and to raise money for music education in Isle of Wight County Schools. (757) 357-7707, www.smithfieldmusic.org
Firehouse Bluegrass Concerts, Fire Station 10, 15020 Carrollton Boulevard, Carrollton
One Friday evening each month at 7:30pm. Visit the website for dates. Proceeds benefit the all-volunteer fire/rescue service of Carrollton and nearby mutual aid districts. $5 admission fee. Hot dogs and soft drinks are available. Bring your own chair. (757) 613-6183, www.carrolltonfiredept.org
Smithfield Little Theatre, 210 N. Church Street, Smithfield
The Smithfield Little Theatre is a local amateur theatre company organized in 1962 by a group who had worked children's theater with the Smithfield Recreation Association. It produces three main stage shows a year along with other shows and concerts to help bring the community together with quality performances. (757) 357-7338, www.smithfieldlittletheatre.org
Smithfield Lions/Starr Motors Classic Car Cruz-In
First, third and fifth Friday of each month 6-9pm, Sentara St Luke’s, 20209 Sentara Way, Carrollton
A classic car show open to all. Entertainment by a disc jockey. Show cars are asked for a donation to Smithfield Lions charities at the gate. Spectators are admitted free of charge. (757) 371-6061.
Historic Tours (For information, call (757) 357-0115 or visit www.historicisleofwight.com)
Walking Tour of Fort Huger, Located off Route 10 at 15080 Talcott Terrace (follow the Civil War Trails signs), 8 miles north of Smithfield
First Saturday of each month, 10am. Visit this Civil War fort and learn the significance of this gateway to the Confederate capital.
Battle of Smithfield Walking Tour, 103 Main Street, Smithfeld
First Saturday of each month, 2pm. The year 2014 marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Smithfield. Meet at the museum for an informative talk and a walk down Church Street as a guide details the events of this battle.
Walking Tour Along Church Street, 103 Main Street, Smithfeld
Second Saturday of each month, 10:30am. Venture for a stroll down Church Street to explore the history of our fascinating county. The tour begins at the Isle of Wight County Museum.
Walking Tour of the Isle of Wight Courthouse Complex, 17146 Monument Circle, Isle of Wight
Third Wednesday of each month, 10am. Explore this 19th, 20th and 21st century site and share the story of its beginnings, as well as a few tales of capers and duels. This tour begins and ends at Boykin’s Tavern.
Walking Tour of Nike Park, 13036 Nike Park Road, Carrollton
Third Saturday of each month, 2pm. Visit one of the Cold War’s few surviving Army air defense posts. Local historian Albert Burckard hosts a short presentation and walking tour of this site.
Photos courtesy of Smithfield/Isle of Wight Convention and Visitors Bureau.