CHART YOUR COURSE

Our city is your city. Use the menu below to customize your Norfolk experience.

Festival Season’s Here

Check out all the festivals planned for this summer in Norfolk!

There’s plenty to do outdoors

From patio drinks to bike trails, waterfront dining to catching a ballgame, there’s so much to do outside in our city.

Norfolk, VA

Norfolk, Virginia is a city on the water, but never watered down. Built on character, by characters, we’re a melting pot of people, cultures, and ideas.

Downtown

Norfolk’s walkable, waterfront downtown is the urban hub of the city full of shopping, entertainment, restaurants and excitement!

Historic Freemason District

The city’s oldest standing neighborhood, Historic Freemason features beautiful tree-lined cobblestone streets, manicured gardens, historic homes and water views.

NEON DISTRICT

The creative center of the city, NEON’s 80+ pieces of public art, live performances and eclectic restaurants are destined to inspire.

GHENT

Ghent is filled with character, culture and delicious cuisine — not to mention tons of eclectic eateries, unique shops, art galleries and antique stores.

Chelsea

Chelsea is one of the most walkable and bikeable neighborhoods in the city, with the celebrated Elizabeth River Trail (ERT) passing through the center.

park place / Railroad district

Lined with local breweries, eateries and street murals, the industrial neighborhoods of Park Place/Railroad District are sure to get any visit on the right track.

Riverview

From zoo animals to wildly delicious restaurants, the LGBTQ+ friendly neighborhood of Riverview truly has something for everyone.

Larchmont / lochhaven

Next door to Old Dominion University, Larchmont and Lochhaven are home to history, local restaurants, outdoor fun and perfect water views.

Oceanview

The relaxing beachside communities of Ocean View and East Beach are the perfect place to unwind with fresh seafood, sand and sun!

Military Highway

Ideal for people on the move, Military Highway plays host to Norfolk International Airport and an abundance of shopping options.

What’s happening

City With Bite

With 600+ indie restaurants, you can’t not attempt to try them all. We enlisted foodie fanatic Nomarama to hit the streets and uncover the stories, the characters, and—oh yes—the food, that gives NFK its one-of-a-kind flavor.
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Through Jan. 1: Winterfest on the Wisconsin

Celebrate the holidays at Nauticus! Explore nine dazzling light trails throughout the Battleship Wisconsin, and experience Mistletoe Marina. Enjoy nightly shows by the mischievous Grinch, come aboard a polar train journey, and enjoy sweets and treats.
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December Events Guide

Walk through a lit-up wintery wonderland, catch a spectacular performance, sip a cocktail in the most festive scene ever. The holidays are here in Norfolk, and quite frankly, there’s no place we’d rather be. Check out our events guide for endless inspiration!
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Events

Every season is event season in Norfolk. See what’s on deck.

Aug302022
Dec172022

ALLiGATOR HELLHOUND

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Oct212022
Jan142023

Norfolk Admirals Schedule

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May012022
Jan012023

Exhibit – Love of Alexander

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Oct052022
Dec302022

Perry Glass Studio Schedule

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Oct052022
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MacArthur Center Events

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Jul282022
May212023

Virginia Symphony Orchestra

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Nov152022
Dec262022

Elf Door Discovery

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Oct192022
Dec282022

Yappy Hour at Waterside District

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Nov112022
Jan012023

Garden of Lights at Norfolk Botanical Garden

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Oct202022
Feb122023

NEON Art Tours

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Nov092022
Jan012023

Nauticus’ WinterFest on the Wisconsin

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Nov192022
Jan012023

Miracle Pop-Up!

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Aug302022
Dec312022

Rhonda Holy Bear: Artist and Story-Keeper

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Oct132022
Dec132022

Neighbors: Selected Works by Glen McClure

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May242022
Dec272022

COVA Trivia Night

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Oct072022
Jan082023

Exhibit – Black Orpheus: Jacob Lawrence and the Mbari Club

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Aug122022
Jan222023

To See a World in a Grain of Sand

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Dec012022
Dec242022

Holiday Train Exhibit at Selden Market

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Dec032022
Feb122023

NEON Art Tour

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Nov302022
Dec312022

A Merry Little Christmas Carol

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May012022
Jan012023

THIS WILL BE FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS

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Dec012022
Dec152022

YOGA at d’Art Center!

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May182022
Dec212022

Trivia Night @ OBC with Bar Trivia Live

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Dec082022
Dec182022

The Twelve Dates of Christmas

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Apr052022
Mar282024

Girl’s Night Out

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Dec092022

Holiday Pops!

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May072022
Mar022024

Crafted Monthly Makers Market

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Dec102022

Silversun Pickups

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Apr042022
Mar302024

Community Market on Monarch

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Dec102022

Krampusnacht

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Dec102022

12 Bars of Christmas Crawl® – Norfolk

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Apr102022
Dec182022

Glassmaking Demo

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Dec112022

A TRADOC Holiday 2022

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Dec122022

Vienna Boys Choir

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Dec132022
Dec142022

Paw Patrol Live!

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Dec142022

The Front Bottoms

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Dec152022

The Hip Hop Nutcracker

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Dec162022

Jeezy

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Dec162022
Dec182022

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

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Dec162022

Titty Titty Bang Bang

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Dec172022

A Jazzy Christmas

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Dec172022

“A Caribbean Green Christmas” 15th Annual Holiday

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Dec172022

The Messiah

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Dec172022

Turnover

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Dec202022

Sleeping Beauty

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The Latest

Check out the latest, and greatest, happenings in the city.

Best Coffee Shops in Norfolk, VA

Coffee is an essential part of our daily routines, so we’ve rounded up the best places to get your…
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Recently Opened in Norfolk

Since Norfolk is always evolving and changing, we want to make sure you don’t miss out on all the new talented…
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2022 December Events

December is here and brings a bunch of holiday cheer to Norfolk! Check out these events and more. the effect…
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Norfolk’s Mermaid Market Holiday Gift Guide

Shopping in the Mermaid City is always a treat, especially during the holidays…
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2022 Veterans Day Events in Norfolk

City of Norfolk Annual Veterans Day Ceremony MacArthur Memorial November 11 A…
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STEAM Field Trip Ideas for Student Groups

Looking to apply the concepts of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math)…
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Holiday Attractions in Norfolk, Virginia Beach and Richmond

Looking for some festive holiday attractions and…
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Norfolk’s Best Holiday Attractions

The holiday season is here, and with it brings a whole host of fun activities! Norfolk is known for…
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