Norfolk plays host to a wealth of premier festivals and special events, providing entertaining, culturally enriched experiences for individuals and families. When the Summer is heating up, we are just getting started. Here is a look at some of Norfolk’s festival plans for 2016.


Harborfest Celebrates 40 Years on the Norfolk Waterfront

June 9 – 12, 2016
The largest, longest-running, free maritime festival in the nation is celebrating 40 years with the return of sailboat racing and a performance by Rick Springfield. Harborfest is three explosive days of tall ship visits, national, regional, and local entertainment, electrifying fireworks and the biggest outdoor dock party in the region. The weekend festivities include more than 130 hours of live entertainment on multiple stages, featuring national, regional, and local musical acts, Parade of Sail, tall ship tours, fireworks, tugmuster, a Craft Beer Garden, pirates, mermaids and so much more. More Information>> 


27th Annual Bayou Boogaloo & Cajun Food Festival
June 24-26, 2016
Norfolk's annual New Orleans inspired music and food festival returns to Town Point Park on the downtown Norfolk, Virginia waterfront. No Bayou celebration would be complete without the mouthwatering Cajun delicacies prepared by authentic Louisiana inspired chefs. The Annual Bayou Boogaloo & Cajun Food Festival delivers the heart and soul of Louisiana to visitors of Town Point Park in true Cajun style. More Information>> 


4th of July Great American Picnic & Fireworks
Celebrate the 4th of July in Norfolk, home to the world’s largest naval base, to get a true sense of patriotic pride and a whole lot of fun. Leave the grilling to the pros, sit back and enjoy waterfront fireworks at the Fourth of July Great American Picnic & Fireworks. Bring family and friends down to Town Point Park from 5pm-10pm to feast on traditional all-American fare like hot dogs, hamburgers, barbecue, seafood, buttered corn on the cob, juicy watermelon, lemonade... with all the fixins. More Information>> 


6th Annual Summer BrewFest
July 8, 2016
Loosen the tie or take off the heels and meet your friends to sample more then 36 beers from around the country. At the Summer BrewFest, you’ll have a chance to sample a wide variety of summer beers from a selection of local, regional, national and international breweries. Taste the best that Virginia brewers have to offer. Then sip the suds from other fine brewers from coast to coast and beyond. It will be a beer lovers paradise. Admission to the Summer BrewFest is free while beer sampling tickets will be available for purchase. More Information>> 


2016 Norfolk Waterfront Jazz Festival
July 15-16
Hampton Roads’ longest running outdoor jazz festival is celebrating its 34th year on the Norfolk waterfront. National Recording Artist Brian Culbertson joins Gerald Albright, Jonathan Butler, Everette Harp, Jeff Lorber, and Chuck Loeb and others for the 34th Annual Norfolk Waterfront Jazz Festival at Town Point Park. More Information>> 




Mid Summer Fantasy Festival
July 29 - 31, 2016
An interactive performance art event, The mid Summer Fantasy Festival is fast becoming a Norfolk tradition. Over three days, the festival explores Shakespearean themes with visual and performance artists, large scale art installations, musicians and event designers. Inspired by such innovative events as Burning Man in the Nevada desert, the Figment movement and New York’s immersive theater Sleep No More, this interactive performance art project is the largest collaboration of diverse performing and visual artists in a public project in this region. More Information>>