The Social: September 3

Welcome back! If you are new to The Social then welcome and I am glad you are reading!  I sincerely hope you find this issue and the others helpful whether you are a Hampton Roads local or a visitor looking for the inside scoop!

As summer starts to give way to fall here in Hampton Roads, the weather may change but the amount to do remains the same! Fall is a busy season in this area and the list below includes just some of the popular adventures that residents and visitors alike take on during this great season!

  • Fall wine festivals 
  • Farmer’s Markets 
  • Hunt Club Farms fall activities 
  • Back to school activities 
  • Fall festivals 
  • Pumpkin picking
  • Corn maze wandering  
  • Football games 
  • Fall running clubs and races 

Here’s a list of some upcoming events from across many genres! 

September 3: WWE Smackdown Live 

September 4: Hampton Blvd Farmer’s Market 

September 5: Brews N BBQ at Smartmouth 

September 6: The Deloreans at the Vanguard 

September 6: First Fridays in Downtown Norfolk 

September 7: CoVa Idea House 

September 7: Norfolk History Tour+Food 

September 7: Saved by the 90’s at the Norva  

September 7: Opera in the Park 

September 7: Norfolk State vs. Virginia State Football Game 

September 8: Riverview Village Days

September 14: Growl Fest at the Virginia Zoo 

September 14: Hermitage Handmade Festival at the Hermitage Museum 

September 17: Stone Temple Pilots at Chrysler Hall

September 21: Heart of Ghent 10k 

Save the Date-events further away but worth marking your calendar for: 

September 19: Taking Back Sunday at Waterside 

September 25: Kevin James at The Chrysler 

October 12: Chesapeake Wine Festival 

October 19-20: Fall Town Point Wine Festival 

October 25: Hampton Roads’ Finest and Brewer’s Ball 

This Week’s Topic:

Savvy Shopping 

I am a shopper by every sense of the word l but as much as I love to shop, I love a good deal even more! Below are my tips to help you get the best deal no matter where you shop or what you are shopping for!

  • Price compare online and in-store
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for a price match from store to store or from online
  • Check your email for coupons
  • Signup for email programs to receive those coupons (create an email just for those types of emails)
  • Look up promotional deals online and be sure to read in store signage
  • Ask about additional discounts (military, teacher, first responder, etc.)
  • Shop during big sale times (holidays, semi-annual sales and in between seasons)
  • Have an idea what you would pay for the item before looking at the price then compare and determine if it’s worth it

If you are looking to read more about becoming a Savvy Shopper, check out my post here that talks about how to be savvy at some of my favorite stores!

This Week’s Spot is:

Catch 31, Virginia Beach

This week, I want to highlight one of my favorite places at the oceanfront to grab a great meal with a stellar view! Whether you visit during warm weather or in the winter time, Catch 31 offers a spectacular menu and fabulous atmosphere!

Located in the Hilton off of 31st street and facing the ocean, Catch has all the views! Diners have many seating options depending on the season and their preferences! My favorite spot is the patio terrace facing the boardwalk as it’s very beautiful and you are both immersed in the boardwalk busyness while being removed for great dining privacy. Another popular seating location during warmer months is the side patio facing Neptune’s Park where you can cozy up to the fire pit and enjoy the frequent live music shows. The indoor seating options are also not to be overlooked as there truly is not a bad seat in the restaurant!

The other thing that keeps us going back to Catch for more is the food of course! Catch has delicious seafood as you may have guessed! The shrimp are our favorite and we love their Cobb salads! Catch is also home to one of my favorite appetizers, the giant shrimp stuffed hushpuppy! Unique and delish, Catch offers a variety of items so that anyone can find something they will love!

Additionally, Catch 31 has a full drink menu and one drink that I am particularly fond of, the mule! They don’t have just one mule, they have multiple and my pick is the grilled pineapple which is perfection!

If you haven’t already treated yourself to lunch or dinner at Catch, you really should! Great service, fabulous views, a delicious menu, outdoor vibes, and more, Catch is one of the best Virginia Beach restaurants!

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