NewsChannel 3 Weekend Events Blog

Posted at 8:01 PM, Sep 04, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-04 20:01:50-04

This weekend, I am on the first thing smokin’ out of town. But if you’re stuck here, I’ve got your back!

There are thousands of things going on this weekend, but here are a few that made the list…

Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon
I have always told myself that one day I’ll run a marathon and while this weekend won’t be that day, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it. Join more than 15,000 runners from all 50 states and over 15 countries at the Oceanfront this weekend for the 15th Annual Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon.  The On the Sand mile run will take place Saturday with the half marathon Sunday morning.The race will feature live bands interspersed with fanfare and entertainment along every mile of the route, and nine-time Grammy Award winner Sheryl Crow will hit the stage Sunday night. Also, there will be a FREE (our favorite word!!) Health & Fitness Expo all weekend. For more information, contact Deborah DeMarco at 757-739-6760, or Dan Cruz at 619-925-7671. So, while I won’t be there…rock out for me!!

Labor of Love Blood Drive
WTKR has teamed up with the American Red Cross to generate a Labor of Love this holiday weekend. We have setup several donation sites across Hampton Roads: Greenbrier Mall, Chesapeake Square Mall, Patrick Henry Mall and Pembroke Mall. Everyone who donates receives a FREE t-shirt and the satisfaction of knowing you have helped saved someone’s life. So, Take Action and help the American Red Cross & NewsChannel 3 Get Results for those in need.

Back to School Drive
All the kiddos will be back in school this week, get them prepared at one of the last Back to School rally’s in Portsmouth Saturday. DFG Global and LYF Foundation present the Back to School Drive at Churchland Middle School from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. All school aged children will receive FREE school supplies. For more information, contact Luke at 757-918-5230.

2nd Annual Men Giving Back Book Bag Giveaway 
The Rebel Society and Irving’s Defailing Salon, IDS are partnering up to give back to the City of Portsmouth Saturday. Last year, Men Giving Back gave away over 200 book bags that were full of school supplies. And this year they plan to take it to the next level at the Shoe City in Victory Crossing in Portsmouth from 11:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. Their intent is to provide a positive image for children within their communities. For more information, contact Shod Harris at 757-513-6226.

“We’ve Come This Far by Faith” United States Colored Troops Encampment Event
Queen Street Baptist Church, one of the oldest churches in Hampton Roads, is celebrating their 150th anniversary this weekend in Hampton. On Saturday, you can learn all about the heritage of the church, the City of Hampton and the Civil War. Also, the Virginia Civil War 150 History Mobile will be on site. Join this historic event for week one of celebration. For more information, visit

2015 American Music Festival
After you finish your run, crash at the Oceanfront  Saturday night for the 2015 American Music Festival. National artist, Rebelution, one of the world’s top reggae bands, is bringing their “love and positivity” to Hampton Roads. The festival will feature Rebelution, The Wailers and G. Love & Special Sauce and many more. Tickets for the Saturday show are $20 in advance and $25 the day of show. Preferred Viewing tickets are $40, and $45 day-of-show if still available. Show begins at 6:30 p.m., gates opening at 6:00 p.m.

For a listing of these events and more head on over to our Events tab located on the home page of our website. Also, if you would like to submit any events to be featured in our weekly blog, send them over by emailing us at And of course catch us weekends starting at 6:00/6:30 p.m. on NewsChannel 3.

-McKinley Strother