Don't miss out on Norfolk's hottest events this August. The city is filled with free concerts along the water, colorful festivals, tours and more!

Sunsets on the River - 10th Anniversary Concert Series

Hermitage Museum & Gardens
August 1, 15 and 29

Relax on the shoreline and enjoy live music from fan favotrites and up-and-coming talent, drinks from the bar featuring craft beer and wine available for purchase, dinner from a variety of local food trucks and much more! 

Jim Gaffigan

Scope Arena
August 1

Laugh the night away with a comedian Jim Gaffigan, a four-time Grammy-nominated comedian, actor, writer, producer, two-time New York Times best-selling author, Emmy winning top touring performer, and multi-platinum-selling recording artist.

First Fridays Downtown Street Party

300 Block of Granby

Kick-off August at the city’s hottest street party! Gather your friends and head to Granby Street for a night filled with food trucks, drinks, and great music. This event is free and open to the public.

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Eric Carle: Moonlit Nights & Other Illustrations

Chrysler Museum of Art
All month long

Moonlit Nights & Other Illustrations will present more than 80 original works by the beloved picture book author and illustrator Eric Carle.

Eric Carle

Va Craft Beer Month Kickoff

O'Connor Brewing Company 
August 2-4

Hard-to-find beers from 36 Virginia Craft Breweries on tap right here at the brewery, food trucks, beer school & beer tasting with VA Beer Historian Lee Graves,  a craft your own barrel top workshop a live band and much more! This event will be free & open to the public! 


Night Nation Run

Town Point Park
August 10

The Night Nation Run is the World’s 1st Running Music Festival, an ultimate blend of a Music Festival and a Fun Run. Experience a music filled course with Live DJs, Light Shows, Bubble Zones, Neon and Black Lights. Cross the finish line into an Epic Main Stage After Party featuring Top Headliner DJs.


Town Point Park
August 16

Couldn’t make it to the Caribbean this summer? Not a problem, The Virginia Caribbean-American Culture Association brings the Caribbean to you!  To kick off the festivities on Friday, August 16, tag along with the J’Ouvert Boatride on the Spirit of Norfolk to begin the party. Following on August 17, there will be a Carnival Parade in the streets of downtown Norfolk, bring your family and friends and enjoy the colorful parade featuring extravagant costumes, dancers, and folklore characters leading up to the festival in Town Point Park.

HoneyBee Festival

Norfolk Botanical Garden
August 17

Join the Beekeepers Guild of Southeast Virginia and Norfolk Botanical Garden for their annual HoneyBee Festival! Learn how to get your own beehive started, taste honey samples, and take part in a day filled with fun! 

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Jazz Festival

Town Point Park
August 23-24

Don't miss the city's longest-running outdoor Jazz Festival along the downtown Norfolk Waterfront. Listen to the legendary sounds of top national Smooth Jazz and R & B recording artists. This popular festival features a variety of seating and ticket options including the New Journal and Guide VIP Club, reserved seating, designated tent areas, festival lawn seating, fine foods and beverages, plus a festival marketplace with crafts, retail items, and more.

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T.G.O.V. Beach Music Concert Series

Ocean View Beach Park
Every Friday evening

Guests will be able to enjoy live performances from local and regional bands every Friday night at our T.G.O.V. Beach Music Concert Series (Thank Goodness It's Ocean View!) The T.G.O.V. Beach Music Concert Series is a great way to start the weekend with live music on the Chesapeake Bay, children's activities, cornhole games, food, beverages and more! 

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The Hugh R. Copeland Center & The Perry Family Theater
August 23-25

Filled with outlandish characters, adventure galore and an upbeat score MADAGASCAR closes Hurrah's 35th season. Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and, of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins as they bound onto the stage in the musical adventure of a lifetime. Based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture, Madagascar follows all of your favorite crack-a-lackin' friends as they escape from their home in New York's Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien's Madagascar. Madagascar will leave audiences with no choice but to "Move It, Move It!"

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