EVENTS IN NORFOLK

LanternAsia at Norfolk Botanical Garden Through April 30
This Spring, Norfolk Botanical Garden transforms its landscape with colossal works of art that offer a different experience by day and night. VISIT>>

 

MerPugs Are the Cute New Way To Remember Norfolk
Norfolk, home of mermaids, now has a new special aquatic creature calling it home. And you can take one home with you. Introducing MerPugs. VISIT>>

 

2016 Virginia Arts Festival in Norfolk
Marking two decades of bringing great artists to southeastern Virginia, The Virginia Arts Festival celebrates in 2016 with great performances including world premieres.VISIT>>

 

2016 First Fridays Street Party Season Schedule
Each First Fridays event runs from 5 pm to 8:30 pm with live music, food trucks, merchandise vendors and a beer garden with craft beer in an authentic Downtown setting. VISIT>>

 

Spirit of Norfolk has a New Fresh Look for 2016
For 2016, the Spirit of Norfolk is fresh from a $1.2 million renovation. The vessel now features more lounging, dining and entertainment options than ever before. VISIT>>

 

Spring 2016 at The Chrysler Museum
The museum mounts an ambitious schedule of visiting exhibitions and educational programs and events each season. Here is a look at some of what is coming in Spring 2016.VISIT>>

 

Art Exhibitions Shed Light on Endangered Species
April 7 – May 22, Glass Wheel Studio in the Norfolk arts district launches two new exhibitions exploring the relationships between humans and endangered animals. VISIT>>

 

Virginia Arts Festival Presents VAF Fringe in 2016
Virginia Arts Festival is launching its own mini-Fringe April 28 – May 1, a collection of unique, entertaining and innovative artists and shows. VISIT>>

 

5 Ways We Make May Something Special in Norfolk
In Norfolk you will find year-round celebrations and festivals. But from beer and wine to barks and arts, there is something special about the way we do May. VISIT>>

 

Norfolk Waterfront is a Big Pet Party on May 5th
It’s a fun night on the town for you and your pup overlooking the Elizabeth River with complimentary snacks and treats for your furry friends. VISIT>>

 

10th Annual Spring Town Point Virginia Wine Festival
Spend a spring weekend on the waterfront May 7-8, tasting wine from dozens of premier Virginia wineries complete with gourmet food and live entertainment. VISIT>>

 

2016 Norfolk Greek Festival
The festivities, May 12-15, include traditional Greek cuisine, exciting Greek entertainment, arts and crafts, beautiful jewelry, tours of the Cathedral, and the very popular Drive-Thru. VISIT>>

 

Celebrate the Brew at the Largest and Oldest Beer Festival in the Mid-Atlantic
Along with a beautiful water view, food and music, enjoy a diverse selection of more than 150 brews from around the world May 21 & 22. VISIT>>

 

Art, Music, Food and Friends Come Together at Annual Spring Art Show
Folks flock to Stockley Gardens in Norfolk's historic Ghent neighborhood to browse through jewelry, pottery, paintings, and other works of art by approximately 130 artists May 21 & 22. VISIT>>

 

6 Festive Ways to Celebrate Summer on the Norfolk Waterfront
When the Summer is heating up, we are just getting started. Here is a look at some of Norfolk’s festival plans for 2016. VISIT>>

 

2016 Harborfest on the Norfolk Waterfront, June 9-12
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.VISIT>>

 

2016 Bayou Boogaloo & Cajun Food Festival
Norfolk's annual New Orleans inspired music and food festival returns to Town Point Park on the downtown waterfront June 24-26. VISIT>>

 

Fourth 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. VISIT>>

 

6th Annual Summer BrewFest
Beer lovers, the place to be on Friday, July 8th is the 6th annual Summer BrewFest at Town Point Park on the Downtown Norfolk Waterfront. VISIT>>

 

2016 Norfolk Waterfront Jazz Festival set for July 15-16
National Recording Artists Gerald Albright, Jonathan Butler, Everette Harp, Jeff Lorber, and Chuck Loeb are among those schedule to appear at the 2016 Norfolk Waterfront Jazz Festival at Town Point Park, along the Downtown Norfolk. VISIT>>

 

2016 Mid Summer Fantasy Festival
Over three days, July 29 – 31, the festival explores Shakespearean themes with visual and performance artists, large scale art installations, and music. VISIT>>

 

The NEON District is home to a new wave of passion and creativity in downtown
Within a few short blocks you can see a muralist at work, take in an improv comedy performance, watch a live glass-working demonstration, shop for unique home goods, get a tattoo or dine out at an eclectic restaurant.VISIT>>

 

Announcing The 2016 Festival Schedule for the Norfolk Waterfront & Beyond
The official Norfolk Festevents 2016 Schedule of Events for Town Point Park on the Downtown Norfolk Waterfront and for Ocean View Beach Park on the Chesapeake Bay. Among the highlights, Norfolk Harborfest® celebrates 40 years. VISIT>> 

 

Photography Exhibition Documents Norfolk's Boom Years
On exhibit through April 2, 2017 at the Willoughby-Baylor House in downtown Norfolk, Harry Cowles Mann’s images captured the changing cityscape in the early 20th Century. VISIT>>

 

Norfolk welcomes two new breweries for the new year
Beer lovers know that Norfolk is a great place to be. And with two more vibrant breweries coming online to join the award-winning brewers that already called home.VISIT>>

 

Fun Free Things to Do in Norfolk
Sometimes you just want to have a little fun without spending a lot of money. Norfolk has plenty of ways to have a great time for less than a dime. Here are a few great ideas.VISIT>>

 

8 Great Ways to Float Your Boat When Visiting Norfolk
With the Chesapeake Bay, Atlantic Ocean and countless rivers in our backyard, you are never far from the water in Norfolk. VISIT>>

 

OTHER NEWS

Norfolk Tourism Official Receives Elite National Diversity Honor
Donna Allen, VisitNorfolk’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing, has been named a PRNews National Diversity Award winner for 2016. VISIT>>


Norfolk Named Virginia’s eCity by Google
The “digital capitals” are chosen by analyzing the online robustness of a city’s small business community which includes online presence of websites, social media, blogs, and e-commerce. VISIT>>


Colley Avenue in Norfolk Named One of the Great Places in America
In the Ghent section of Norfolk, Colley Avenue has earned the "People's Choice" designation as one of the Great Places in America in 2015. VISIT>>


VisitNorfolk Recognized at Annual WOW Awards
Norfolk Receives “Most Cost Effective” WOW Award presented by Destination Marketing Association International at the 2015 Visitor Services Summit in Salt Lake City, Utah. VISIT>>


Norfolk, Chrysler Museum and Chrysler Glass Studio to Host International Conference
The Glass Art Society announced its selection of the Chrysler Museum of Art and its Perry Glass Studio as host for the 46th annual conference, Reflections from the Edge: Glass, Art, and Performance June 1–3, 2017. VISIT>>


VisitNorfolk Awarded Destination Marketing Accreditation Program Seal
The Destination Marketing Association International has awarded VisitNorfolk the Destination Marketing Accreditation Program seal in recognition of its commitment to industry excellence and meeting industry standards for performance and accountability. VISIT>>


Norfolk Joins the List of Bicycle Friendly Communities
The League of American Bicyclists announced 42 new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFC) that are improving health, safety and quality of life in cities and towns nationwide. Among the new communities is Norfolk, VA with a Bronze ranking. VISIT>>


MacArthur Memorial Wins Excellence Award from TripAdvisor
The MacArthur Memorial in downtown Norfolk this week received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award for establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on the TripAdvisor website. VISIT>>


VisitNorfolk Celebrates 2015 National Travel & Tourism Week
Norfolk celebrated National Travel & Tourism Week with a rally to honor the best and brightest hospitality associates in the city. VISIT>> 


Hermitage Announces Smithsonian Affiliation
The Hermitage Museum and Gardens has been accepted into the prestigious Smithsonian Affiliations program. The Sloane's collection of fine and decorative art at the Hermitage spans 5,000 years represents 30 countries and includes over 5,000 objects. VISIT>>


Charity Navigator Ranks Chrysler Museum of Art #1
Founded in 1939 as the Norfolk Museum of Arts and Sciences, the Chrysler Museum of Art combines one of America's great fine arts museums, two significant historic houses and a Glass Studio, the only one of its kind on the East Coast. VISIT>>


Norfolk Area Hailed as One of 10 Great Neighborhoods    
The coastal Virginia city of Norfolk may now confirm its place among cities with great neighborhoods.  The American Planning Association (APA) has designated the city’s West Freemason Neighborhood as one of 10 Great Neighborhoods. VISIT>>


Rolling Stone Names NORVA in Norfolk the Venue That Rocks Hardest
Rolling Stone magazine readers recently voted The NorVa in Norfolk as the number one "Venue that Rocks" in a poll ranking top live music spots in the United States.  VISIT>>


Award-Winning Initiatives Make Norfolk All-American City 
Citing support of veterans, appreciation for its waterfront location and unique Neighborhoods, the National Civic League names Norfolk a 2013 All-American City.  And the reasons making Norfolk a great place to live also top the reasons why it should be added to summer travel plans. VISIT>>


Norfolk - For More Than Water
There is no doubt that as the heart of the Virginia Waterfront, Norfolk has great waterways for sightseeing and exploring.  But for something to drink, the city has some special treats. The city is home to Virginia’s first urban winery and two thriving small breweries. VISIT>>


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