What’s Happening: Water Lantern Festival, Downtown Suffolk Carnival and Butterfly Festival

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1.    Water Lantern Festival: Saturday, August 4

This is a nationwide festival filled with happiness, hope and healing. Here’s how it works: You purchase a lantern and design it however you want with a drawing, inspirational quote or a message to a loved one. Then you release onto the water with thousands of other lanterns. There’s also going to be food trucks, live music and games at the event.

When: 5 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Where: Mount Trashmore Park
Cost: Lanterns $40 and Up

2.    Downtown Suffolk Carnival: Saturday, August 4

Check this out. There’s going to be a pie eating contest, talent show, petting farm… and that’s just the beginning. There will also be a sliming of the library staff, in celebration of surpassing the library’s community summer reading goal of 8,000 books. Also Food Truck, Get Stuffed, will be onsite selling delectable dishes.

When: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: West Washington Street and Lee Street
Cost: Free Admission

3.    Butterfly Festival: Saturday-Sunday, August 4-5

There will be two enclosed tents with over 300 butterflies flying around. You can hold a butterfly, listen to knowledgeable speakers and take part in butterfly themed arts and crafts.

When: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Williamsburg Botanical Garden’s Freedom Park
Cost: Free Admission

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