Whether you are mourning or celebrating the end of summer, Labor Day weekend in Norfolk is the best way to do it. With multiple outdoor activities, miles of beaches and the best places to shop for back to school (or back to the office), Norfolk is ideal for your final long summer weekend. 

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Head to the Beach

Ocean View Beach

Labor Day weekend usually means soaking up one last beach getaway and lucky for you, we have 7.5 miles of beaches. With Norfolk’s location along the Chesapeake Bay, the beaches in our Ocean View neighborhood offer calm waters that are nearly waveless, making it the perfect place to bring a relaxing floatation or a fantastic spot for smaller children to enjoy the water. The Ocean View beaches were recently named one of twenty Beaches Worth Visiting in the US by OutsideHow - so book your stay today! 

Farmers Markets

As the warmer days start to escape us, so does summer Virginia produce. While our farmers markets continue on through the fall, their summer flavors don't last all year. Visit one of our highly attended farmers markets over Labor Day weekend for your last chance to grab strawberry and blueberry homemade pies, peach flavored scones and lavender iced coffees. The East Beach Farmers Market, recently awarded Best Farmers Market on the Southside Silver Award by the readers of Coastal Virginia Magazine, is hosted every Saturday across the street from the beach - contributing to your last amazing beach getaway of the year. 

Back to School Shopping

Friends Shopping In Norfolk

Whether you're looking for an excuse to shop or need to buy a new outfit for the kiddos, Norfolk is the best place to get your back to school apparel and supplies. With the Norfolk Premium Outlets, MacArthur Center mall and all our thrift stores and local boutiques, you can easily make a weekend out of shopping here.

Cheer on the Norfolk Tides 

End your summer with a bang! Attend a fireworks display at one of the Tides baseball games in support of their last month of games for the summer season. Cheers with local craft beer on tap, treat the kids to ice cream and capture a selfie with the Tide mascot, Rip Tide, to help savor the memory.