Get a Taste of Suffolk at 16th annual downtown event

Published 7:08 pm Thursday, August 25, 2022

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Want to find great food, fabulous entertainment and plenty of children’s activities all within walking distance of each other? Take a bite out of the annual Taste of Suffolk Downtown Street Festival 11 a.m. to 8 p.m, Saturday, Sept. 10 in historic downtown Suffolk.

Taste of Suffolk is in its 16th year, having attracted attendees from Suffolk and the Hampton Roads region, a City of Suffolk news release event states.

The location of 2022 activities stretches down Main Street from Finney Avenue to Washington Street and along West Washington to Saratoga Avenue. Main Street will be lined with Suffolk’s independent restaurants presenting their signature menu items, according to the release. Eateries offer smaller portions at nominal prices, allowing event attendees to sample an assortment of culinary creations.

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Merchants will sell a variety of goods and services, and Suffolk’s automotive dealerships will present a new vehicle exhibition. The release said these vendors are open until 5 p.m. on Main Street.

Festival-goers will enjoy all-day entertainment with live music and contests, a plant sale from the Suffolk Master Gardeners, plus a children’s fun area. Also slated for Taste of Suffolk is a beer garden showcasing local craft brews until 8 p.m. in Courthouse Fountain Park.

Contests will be held throughout the day on the Market Street stage, and those who are brave enough may sign up at the Taste of Suffolk information tent on site.


Taste of Suffolk music schedule

  • Beer Garden Entertainment (Courthouse Fountain Park): 12:30 p.m., Rob Oliver; and 4:30 p.m., On The Verge
  • Main Street Stage: 11 a.m., Bobby Blackhat; 1 p.m., Black & Gold Music; and 3 p.m., Ben Phelps Project


Free parking is available in the lots surrounding the event site: Cherry Street lot (off of Saratoga Street), Saratoga Street lot (Adjacent Bank of America), First Baptist Church lot (corner of Finney Avenue and North Main Street); Godwin Courts Building lot (located behind the courts building); Market Park (adjacent Seaboard Station Railroad Museum); Prentis Street lot (adjacent Stillwater Teahouse); and City Hall parking lot (parallel parking lots on Market Street)

Roads will close for the festival beginning at 4 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10. These closures will affect vehicular access at Finney Avenue and North Main Street down to Fayette Street, Oakdale Terrace and Freemason Street, according to a city of Suffolk release. Additionally, Washington Street from Commerce to Saratoga streets and Bank at Commerce Street will be closed to through traffic. All affected roads are expected to reopen by 7 p.m. the same day.

For more information, visit or contact Suffolk Parks and Recreation at 757-514-7250.