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Portsmouth is located in southeastern Virginia along the banks of the Elizabeth River between Norfolk and Suffolk along Interstate 264. Beginning as a marine yard in 1767, the Norfolk Naval Shipyard is the largest in the world; besides the CSS Virgina, the shipyard produced the USS Chesapeake, sister of the USS Constitution and one of the Navy's first warships. Trolley tours highlight the Olde Towne Historic District, which is distinguished by a fine collection of period homes with a rich diversity of architectural styles. One of 45 sites along the tour, the Hill House is an 1800s English basement dwelling containing its original furnishings. Ferry service between Norfolk and Portsmouth is available; an information station is near the Olde Port Harbour at the end of North Street. Portsmouth is part of the Norfolk-Virginia Beach-Newport News metro area.

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Hampton Roads Greek Festival Hampton Roads VA May30-June2 Winner of the Peninsula Gold Award for best outdoor festival in 2012.
Virginia Pork Festival Emporia VA June12 The Virginia Pork Festival is one of the East Coast's largest food festivals, combines outstanding pork dishes with continuous live music from multiple stages.
66th Annual Hard Crab Derby Crisfield MD August30-September1 Held at the Somers Cove Marina. Crab Races, Crab Cooking Contest, Crab Picking contest, Parade, Skiff Races, Boat Docking Contest, Crafts, Carnival, Games, Swim Meet, Entertainment, Fresh Seafood
Richmond's Original Italian Street Festival Richmond VA September28-29 Richmond's 17th Street Market will be magically transformed into an authentic Italian village for this year’s 8th Annual Italian Festival.
St. Mary's County Oyster Fest Leonardtown MD October19-20 Oysters served up raw, scalded, grilled on the barbie, on bread, on the half shell, stewed, nude, cooked in savory sauces, in salads, even in desserts, just about every way imaginable and then some.