2009 Season to Debut New Signature Events and Newly-Renovated Town Point Park


Norfolk, VA (January 7, 2009) - Beginning in April 2009, Norfolk, Virginia’s festival season – an annual showcase of the region’s music, culture, history and food through more than 100 public events – will be in full swing. Already in its 27th year, the 2009 festival season will usher in new signature events and a newly enhanced Town Point Park, which has served as the picturesque backdrop to many of the festival’s events in previous years. New festival arrivals this year include an Antique Car and Boat Show in September, expected to draw thousands of enthusiasts from all along the East Coast.

During the July 4 weekend, festivalgoers can help celebrate the unveiling of downtown’s new and improved urban oasis, Town Point Park. Set to debut during Town Point Park’s Grand Opening Weekend July 3 – 5, 2009, guests will be the first to enjoy the park’s new pathway system, offering greater access to Norfolk’s beautiful waterfront; new stage locations; enhanced lighting and sound equipment; interactive water fountains; and lush landscape.

Festival favorites, including The Virginia Arts Festival (April – May), Town Point Park Wine Festival (April and October) and Harborfest® (July) return again this year, offering residents and visitors alike with seven months worth of maritime events, concerts, family festivals and city celebrations – the majority of which are free and open to the public.
Beyond the following sampling, a comprehensive list of events and information about Norfolk’s cultural venues, world-class restaurants and historical landmarks and museums can be found at www.norfolkcvb.com:

APRIL

Liza Minnelli
April 24, 2009
An iconic stage and screen performer and recipient of virtually every major award in the entertainment industry, Liza Minnelli will take the stage at Chrysler Hall for a show-stopping, unforgettable performance. Chrysler Hall.

8th Annual Virginia Beer Festival
April 25th, 2009
Taste handcrafted microbrews and sophisticated beer from all over the world, with nearly three dozen domestic and international breweries participating in this popular event. This event is co-produced with the Virginia Arts Festival and Norfolk Festevents. Half Moone Cruise & Celebration Center.

International Azalea Festival: A Salute to NATO
April 27- May 3, 2009
The Norfolk International Azalea Festival, which originated in 1953, serves to honor and celebrate the Norfolk-based North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), by selecting one nation each year to honor exclusively through the festival’s themed activities. This year, the Azalea Festival will present a weeklong tribute to the Czech Republic. Events include The Parade of Nations, the Queen’s Fashion Show, The Coronation of Queen Azalea, International Azalea Festival Golf Classic and NATOfest, a full-day event complete with food, culture and entertainment from the 26 member NATO nations. Norfolk Botanical Garden.

Virginia Arts Festival
April 14 – May 31, 2009
The Virginia Arts Festival is one of the premier cultural events in the mid-Atlantic. The Festival features prestigious artists from around the world in classical music, ballet, modern dance, world music, chamber music, theater and family entertainment. Highlights of this year’s Virginia Arts Festival, include: Virginia International Tattoo, Czech National Theatre Ballet, Jerusalem Quartet, Drum Festival and performances by Liza Minnelli.

MAY

Virginia International Tattoo

May 1 - 3, 2009
The Virginia International Tattoo is an exhibition of marching bands, massed pipes and drum teams, gymnasts, Scottish dancers, choirs, and more, and is the largest tattoo in the United States. Dating back to 17th century Europe, a Tattoo is a ceremonial performance of military music by massed bands. This year, the Tattoo will count on the participation of more than 850 performers from several countries, including: the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, the Czech Republic and Germany. The Tattoo is produced annual by the Virginia Arts Festival in cooperation with NATO and Norfolk's International Azalea Festival. Norfolk Scope.

Mark Morris Dance Group: Romeo & Juliet, On Motifs of Shakespeare
May 8 – 10, 2009
The ballet of Romeo & Juliet, as imagined by its composer Sergey Prokofiev, was to end happily, with the star-crossed lovers reuniting in the final scene. The repressive Soviet regime of the 1900’s forced Prokofiev to alter his vision, keeping true to the fated outcome. After many years, the original score has been uncovered, commissioned by the Virginia Arts Festival and brought to life by the Mark Morris Dance Group and Virginia Symphony. Audience members will
be among the first to see this new take on a popular classic. Chrysler Hall.

Spring Town Point Virginia Wine Festival
May 9, 2009
Due to the popularity of Norfolk’s annual wine festival in the fall, the destination has added a second festival date in the spring. It is one of Virginia’s largest wine tasting festival, with tastings of newly released vintages as well as past favorites from award-winning Virginia wineries. Half Moone Cruise & Celebration Center.

Stockley Gardens Spring Arts Festival
May 16 - 17, 2009
An outdoor art event featuring live music and children’s activities to benefit Hope House Foundation. Stockley Gardens Park.

AFR’AM Fest
May 24 – 26, 2008
One of the largest family-oriented ethnic cultural celebrations on the East Coast featuring musical entertainment, history, food and children’s activities sponsored by Southeastern Virginia Arts Association. Town Point Park.

Big Bands on the Bay
Beginning May 24, 2009 (Every Sunday until Labor Day)
Enjoy sunset celebrations and dancing to Big Band sounds every Sunday evening, 7p.m. – 9p.m., from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Ocean View Beach Park.

JULY

Grand Opening Weekend of Town Point Park
July 3 – 5, 2009
After an eight-month, multi-million dollar renovation, Town Point Park will debut with a bang during a three-day celebration brimming with events sure to electrify the crowds and celebrate the nation’s birthday in style.

Haborfest®
Hampton Roads’ largest summertime event featuring an astounding 700 international tall ships, sailboats, battleships and cruise ships; national, regional and local entertainment; children’s activities; fireworks and more. Town Point Park.

Great American 4th of July Picnic and Fireworks
This patriotic and fun celebration is held each year on July 4th at the Norfolk waterfront. Families and friends celebrate with picnics and socializing. The U.S. Continental Army Band provides patriotic music. Also features a sensational fireworks show. Town Point Park.

The Shore Thing Concert & Independence Day Celebration
July 4, 2009
Dance to the sounds of the classics and experience a spectacular fireworks display over the Chesapeake Bay. Ocean View Beach Park.

TGOV- Thank Goodness It’s Ocean View Beach Party and Music Series
Beginning July 10, 2009 (Fridays in July and August)
The lazy days of summer will be no match for TGOBV. The ‘Thank Goodness It’s Ocean View Beach Party and Music Series (TGOV) will be a sure fire way to rev up the after-work crowd and start off the weekend right. The Friday evening beach parties feature live music, family-friendly entertainment, children’s activities and a host of culinary options. Town Point Park.

27th Annual Norfolk Jazz Festival
July 24 – 25, 2009
An evening of cool jazz awaits visitors to the 27th Annual Norfolk Jazz Festival this summer. The region’s longest running outdoor Jazz Festival features live performances by national, local and regional jazz recording artists over the two-day festival. Town Point Park.

Bayou Boogaloo & Cajun Food Festival
July 30 – August 2, 2009
Town Point Park is transformed into the Big Bayou for the hottest and spiciest weekend on the riverfront. The three-day event brings the unique Creole flair to Norfolk with live entertainment and culinary delights. The weekend event will also feature a silent auction with proceeds benefitting hurricane relief organizations. Town Point Park.

AUGUST

9th Annual AT&T Latino Music Festival
August 29, 2009
The largest outdoor dance floor in Hampton Roads heats up with the hottest salsa, meringue, and guaguanco dancing on the East Coast with live music by local, regional and national Latin recording artists. Town Point Park.

SEPTEMBER

Antique Car & Boat Show
September 12 – 13, 2009
The 1st Annual Antique Car & Boat Show will certainly rev up visitors’ excitement and drive crowds to the event. Showcasing pristine classic cars and sailboats, the festival will also feature live demonstrations, a best-in-show contest and family-friendly entertainment. Town Point Park.

5th Annual Virginia In-Water Boat Expo
September 18 - 20, 2009
The Virginia In-Water Boat Expo takes place at Waterside Marina and will feature several hundred boats in a wide range of sizes, along with boating accessories and gear. Special highlights of the Mid-Atlantic’s largest in-water boat show will include: exciting interactive boating activities, demonstrations from the country’s leading marine industry manufacturers and on-site displays of the newest boating technology. Town Point Park.

4th Annual Mid-Autumn Moon Festival
September 26, 2009
Commemorating one of the most celebrated of Chinese holidays, the end of the summer harvest, the festival features traditional Chinese dance and music for audiences of all ages as well as workshops, performances and lecture/demonstration programs. Town Point Park.

4th Annual AT&T Acoustic Music Festival & 2nd Annual Books in the Park
September 27, 2009
Transforming the newly refurbished Town Point Park into an intimate coffee house, the annual event has quickly become one of the most popular festivals in the region. From sunrise to sundown, this festival hosts some of the region's best-known acoustic musicians. Guests are also treated to readings, book signings and interactive workshops hosted by local, regional and national authors. Gourmet beverages, wine and food will be available throughout the day. Town Point Park.

OCTOBER

21st Annual Virginia Children’s Festival
October 10, 2009
With more than 50 creative and interactive activities, hands-on workshops and educational displays, cultural experiences, arts & crafts and more, this is one of the region’s most-beloved family festivals. Town Point Park.

Town Point Virginia Wine Festival
October 17 - 18, 2009
Experience the taste of some of Virginia’s finest wines. More than 30 of the state’s premier wineries participate in this popular waterfront festival. Boater’s packages and group chalets are available. Festival goers can also sample gourmet, Virginia food items, specialty crafts and live musical entertainment. Town Point Park.