22 February 2024

March Events Guide

Feeling lucky? You surely will with these events happening around Norfolk in March!

Zach Nugent’s Dead Set

March 1

The NorVa


Experience Dead Set, led by Zach Nugent, as they bring the timeless music of the Grateful Dead to life with remarkable precision. With Nugent’s virtuosic guitar work channeling Jerry Garcia’s spirit, every note resonates with the same magic that made the Dead legendary. Don’t miss your chance to celebrate Jerry Garcia’s enduring legacy. Get your tickets now for an unforgettable experience.

Trey Kennedy: Grow Up

March 1

Attucks Theatre


Meet Trey Kennedy, an Oklahoma native who unexpectedly rose to fame through social media. From his early days on Vine to his current success on platforms like Instagram and TikTok, Trey has amassed over 12 million followers. He’s not just a social media sensation; Trey also hosts the popular podcast “Correct Opinions” and recently completed a sold-out comedy tour across the US. His self-produced comedy special, “Are You For Real?” is now available on YouTube. With a passion for creating relatable content, Trey aims to spread joy and connect people through comedy.

Six

Now Through March 3

Chrysler Hall


Experience SIX: the electrifying musical sensation that remixes centuries of heartbreak into a celebration of 21st-century girl power! Winner of 23 awards, including the Tony Award® for Best Original Score, SIX is praised by critics and audiences alike for its empowering message and infectious energy. Don’t miss the record-breaking success of SIX, the number one Broadway album on the Billboard charts, with over 6 million streams in its first month alone.

Norfolk FleA MArket

March 3

Waterside District

Discover the magic of Norfolk Flea Market – where Waterside District becomes a haven for aficionados of oddities, curiosities, and all things unique! 🤩 Mark your calendars for the first Sunday of the month, starting March 3rd, 2024, from 10am to 5pm, and dive into a vibrant affair like no other. Interested in showcasing your treasures? Vendor applications are now open at

The Three Musketeers

March 6–24

Wells Theatre

A co-production with Norfolk State University Theatre Company. In this beloved tale, we follow the adventures of a young man named d’Artagnan as he joins the king’s Musketeer of the Guard. Joined by friends and fellow musketeers, Athos, Porthos and Aramis, they must travel through the rustic landscapes of early 17th century England and France to protect the royal family they have sworn an oath to. Scandal, intrigue, romance, and good old fashioned sword-fighting can be expected in this swash-buckling adventure.

30th Annual Shamrockin’ In Ghent

March 8

Ghent


Join the festivities at the 2024 Shamrockin’ in Ghent, St. Patrick’s Day Block Party on March 8 from 6 to 10 p.m. The event, held on Colley Avenue in Norfolk’s Historic Ghent District, features live performances by The Fighting Jamesons and Tidewater Pipes and Drums, along with food trucks offering tasty treats and cash bars serving Guinness and whisky drinks. Presented by Southern Bank, this local tradition benefits the Hope House Foundation, supporting adults with developmental disabilities in their own homes. Don’t miss out on this vibrant celebration!

Madama Butterfly

March 8-10

Harrison Opera House

Virginia Opera’s season comes to a stunning close with Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, one of opera’s most beloved works. Bound by tradition and honor, a young Japanese maiden is left to face an unspeakable aftermath when abandoned by a reckless American naval officer. Puccini’s haunting score is filled with unforgettable music of unparalleled beauty that will stay with you forever.

Music by Giacomo Puccini. Sung in Italian with English surtitles. The orchestra for this production is provided by the Richmond Symphony.

Regency Masquerade Ball

March 9

The Historic Martin House

The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) is in its 51st year of intercollegiate competition with the 2021-22 academic school year. Located in Norfolk, the MEAC is made up of eight outstanding historically black institutions across the Atlantic coastline: Coppin State University, Delaware State University, Howard University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Morgan State University, Norfolk State University, North Carolina Central University and South Carolina State University.

The tournament games are played at the Norfolk Scope Arena in Virginia. Both the men’s and women’s champions will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Division I Tournament. The Bethune-Cookman Lady Wildcats and North Carolina Central Eagles won the 2019 women’s and men’s titles, respectively, and received bids to the NCAA Tournament. The 2020 Tournament was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Church Street Jazz Series presents Alex Bugnon

March 9

Attucks Theatre


For nearly three decades, Alex Bugnon has been an influential figure in contemporary music. Hailing from Caux, Switzerland, just miles above Montreux Jazz Festival, Bugnon’s upbringing surrounded by musical luminaries like Herbie Hancock and his uncle, Donald Byrd, fueled his passion for music. After training at the Paris Conservatory and Berklee School of Music in Boston, Bugnon’s exposure to diverse styles, from R&B to jazz, shaped his distinctive sound. His debut album, “Love Season” (1989), propelled him to prominence, earning him critical acclaim and accolades. Throughout his career, Bugnon has released numerous successful albums, received awards, and maintained a rigorous touring schedule, cementing his status as a beloved artist in the music industry. Blue Pyramid Productions is thrilled to welcome Bugnon back to the 8th Season of the Church Street Jazz Series.

The Cancelled Podcast Tour

March 13

Attucks Theatre

After years of growing up under the constant scrutiny of public opinion, social media juggernaut, Tana Mongeau, takes back the mic. Acting as a natural evolution of her acclaimed “storytime” videos, this show offers an intimate look at Mongeau, her meteoric rise to superstardom, and the unavoidable moments of vulnerability that make this cyber-personality all the more human. Brooke Schofield being the brains and voice of reason between the dynamic duo is exactly what the show needed. Brooke, who was born and raised in Arizona, started her academic journey with nursing but discovered her true passions were in LA. After Brooke’s move, she grew a following quickly over social media thanks to her unique and satirical commentary on everyday life.

2024 MEAC Basketball Tournament

March 13

Scope Arena

The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) basketball tournament enters its 53rd year of intercollegiate competition with the 2023-24 academic school year. Located in Norfolk, VA., the MEAC is made up of eight outstanding historically black institutions across the Atlantic coastline: Coppin State University, Delaware State University, Howard University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Morgan State University, Norfolk State University, North Carolina Central University and South Carolina State University. The Norfolk State Spartans and the Howard Bison won the 2023 women’s and men’s titles, respectively and received bids to the NCAA Tournament.

What Happened to RNB?

March 15

The NorVa

What Happened To RnB is the must-attend R&B Experience. We recognized the decline in the promotion of RnB Music from the previous generations and saw the importance of this Feel Good sing-along vibe that it projects on the consumers. With a genre failing to be recognized our goal is to re-energize an era of iconic R&B lovers and artists. This social gathering experience highlights the classic and vibrant energy of a genre that has impacted lovers worldwide. The soundtrack for the evening highlights R&B vets, classic albums, and the new artists carrying the torch.

Family Twilight Trek 24′

March 15

Norfolk Botantical Gardens


Join the staff in the WOW Children’s Garden classroom for an engaging evening! Kids aged 5 and above, accompanied by caregivers, can dissect an owl pellet and create their own pair of binoculars. Afterward, embark on an exclusive, after-hours sunset walking tour of the Garden. All adults and children attending must have registered tickets

Norfolk Saint Patrick’s Day Parade

March 16

Oceanview

The 57th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a fun filled Irish parade with all the marching bands, clowns, floats, cars, and people necessary to make up an exciting and enjoyable parade. Everyone is Irish both in and along the parade route. Please check the parade map to see the parade route. The parade is presented by Norfolk Parade, Inc.

The Lox

March 16

Chrysler Hall


Coming off the 25th anniversary of Money Power Respect, hip hop royalty returns to NORFOLK! Legendary hip hop group THE LOX are set to take the Chrysler Hall stage for the 2024 Official MEAC BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP CONCERT. Saturday, March 16th don’t miss Jadakiss, Styles P and Sheek Louch Live in concert with special guest KID CAPRI.

Shamrock and Shenanigans

March 16

Waterside District

Mark your calendars for Shamrocks & Shenanigans on Saturday, March 16th! This exciting event returns with Cash Cash and more. Get ready for a full district bar crawl, live bands, themed menus with green beer, a gold coin hunt, silent disco, and karaoke. Don’t miss out on the fun!

St. Paddy’s Day Cheer Market

March 17

Maker’s Craft


Join in the St. Paddy’s Day festivities at Maker’s Craft! Discover a vibrant market filled with handmade goods and artisanal crafts, perfect for celebrating the holiday in style. Don’t miss out on the chance to support local makers while enjoying the festive atmosphere. See you there!

Harry Potter at The Chrysler

March 17

Chrysler Hall

Experience the magic at Chrysler Hall on March 22nd! Join in for “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™ in Concert” and immerse yourself in the wizarding world. Don’t miss out on this enchanting event!

Sunday Night Sound Bath

March 24

Sky’s the Limit Yoga Co

Join Sound Healer and Yoga Therapist Edward Almazan for a sound bath meditation. Edward will guide us with crystal singing bowls, tuning forks, rattles, bells, voice/mantra, sound healing is a subtle body healing practice which activates vagal toning and parasympathetic activation from an auditory and sensational pathway. Studies have shown the value of sound/music/vibrational therapies on the nervous system. So come comfy and get ready for a mighty fine + zen experience!

Hadestown

March 26-31

Chrysler Hall


Exciting news! Broadway in Norfolk’s 2023-2024 season tickets are now available for both renewals and new subscriptions. Stay tuned for individual ticket on-sale dates closer to each performance, including the acclaimed musical “HADESTOWN,” winner of numerous awards and praised for its captivating storytelling. Don’t miss out on this unforgettable theatrical experience!

Randy Rainbow for President

March 29

Harrison Opera House

Randy Rainbow is a four-time EMMY® and GRAMMY®-nominated American comedian, producer, actor, singer, writer, satirist, host, and New York Times bestselling author, best known for his popular web series, The Randy Rainbow Show. His musical parodies and political spoofs have garnered him worldwide acclaim and four consecutive EMMY® nominations for Outstanding Short-Form Variety Series. His debut solo album, A Little Brains, A Little Talent (Broadway Records), earned him a 2023 GRAMMY® nomination for Best Comedy Album.

Chris D’Elia

March 30

Harrison Opera House

Chris D’Elia has become one of the most in-demand performers in comedy. His highly successful podcast has been a mainstay on iTunes’ comedy podcast charts since its debut in February 2017. He is also a co-star on THE GOLDEN HOUR with Brendan Schaub & Erik Griffin.

Pucks and Paws Night

March 30

Norfolk Scope Arena

Bring your furry friends to join the fun at the Pucks and Paws event with the Norfolk Admirals hockey game! Don’t miss out on the chance to enjoy the game with your beloved dogs.

Norfolk Admirals 2023-2024 Schedule

All Month Long

The scope Arena

March 1 Admirals vs. Maine Mariners at 7:05 p.m.
March 2 Admirals vs. Maine Mariners at 6:05 p.m.
March 9 Admirals vs. Reading Royals at 6:05 p.m.
March 29 Admirals vs. Atlanta Gladiators at 7:05 p.m.
March 30 Admirals vs. Atlanta Gladiators at 6:05 p.m.

Paul McCartney Photographs 1963-64: Eyes of the Storm

All Month Long

The Chrysler

The Chrysler Museum of Art will host “Paul McCartney Photographs 1963-64: Eyes of the Storm” from December 5, 2023, to April 7, 2024. This groundbreaking exhibition showcases over 250 photographs captured by McCartney during The Beatles’ rise to fame, offering a firsthand glimpse into their journey through Beatlemania. Rediscovered in McCartney’s archive in 2020, these previously unseen images provide a unique insight into the band’s experiences, reflecting McCartney’s sensitivity and interest in visual arts. Supported by the Horace W. Goldsmith Special Exhibitions Endowment, the exhibition marks the museum’s commitment to diverse photography histories. Additional programming, including a special event for members to commemorate The Beatles’ appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in February 2024, will be announced soon.

Find these events and more on our events calendar! Hope to see you there!

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2024 February Events Guide

Love is in the air, and so are new events in Norfolk! Check out what’s happening in Norfolk this February.

Paul McCartney Photographs 1963-64: Eyes of the Storm

The Chrysler museum of art

All Month long


The Chrysler Museum of Art will showcase the groundbreaking exhibition “Paul McCartney Photographs 1963-64: Eyes of the Storm” from December 5, 2023, to April 7, 2024, marking its debut in the U.S. as the originating venue from the National Portrait Gallery in London. Featuring over 250 rediscovered photographs taken by McCartney between November 1963 and February 1964, the exhibition chronicles The Beatles’ rise to international stardom. Erik Neil, Director of the Chrysler Museum, emphasizes McCartney’s sensitivity in capturing the essence of the band’s experiences. The exhibition, portraying scenes of Beatlemania and personal encounters, invites viewers to witness the dawn of the “British Invasion” and McCartney’s artistic vision. Chrysler Museum members can anticipate a special event commemorating The Beatles’ 60th Anniversary on The Ed Sullivan Show. Supported by the Horace W. Goldsmith Special Exhibitions Endowment, the exhibition celebrates the intersection of music, art, and history.

THE DAWN IS OURS: AMANDA GORMAN TEXTILES FROM SOUTH AFRICA

The Barry Art Museum

All month long

Zimbabwean artist Leginah Ndabambi, a prominent member of the Heartworks Stitching Women’s Collective in Cape Town, has sustained her family through embroidery for over thirty years. Motivated by Amanda Gorman’s powerful poetry performance during the 2021 U.S. presidential inauguration, Ndabambi created a series of embroidered tapestries reflecting hope, connection, and women’s collective strength in the face of the COVID pandemic. The exhibition, featuring nine original pieces from Ndabambi’s collection, explores the impact of Gorman’s words on the artist and her aspiration to inspire young women in Africa. Accompanied by a short film, the exhibition provides insights into Ndabambi’s artistic process and her vision for collective upliftment through visual storytelling.

Diversity Gallery

Norfolk botanical garden

all month long

Norfolk Botanical Garden is currently hosting its first-ever Diversity Gallery at the Baker Hall Visitor Center until February. The exhibition features over 80 pieces of art from 25 local diverse artists, showcasing a vibrant array of styles and cultural influences. This initiative underscores the Garden’s commitment to fostering inclusivity within the local artistic community. The Diversity Gallery serves as a dynamic space for celebrating diverse voices and promoting meaningful conversations about representation in the arts.

Norfolk Admirals 2023-2024 Schedule

Norfolk Scope

all month long

Cheer on the admirals as they take on their opponents!

Feb. 9 Admirals vs. Trois-Rivieres Lions at 7:05 p.m.
Feb. 10 Admirals vs. Trois-Rivieres Lions at 6:05 p.m.
Feb. 23 Admirals vs. South Carolina Stingrays at 7:05 p.m.
Feb. 24 Admirals vs. South Carolina Stingrays at 6:05 p.m.
Feb. 28 Admirals vs. Adirondack Thunder at 7:05 p.m.

Dial M for Murder

Wells Theatre

Jan. 24–Feb. 11


Step into a world of deception, suspense, and betrayal as a retired tennis player plots to murder his wealthy wife…until his plan takes an unexpected turn. Whether you’re a devoted fan of Alfred Hitchcock’s renowned film adaptation or experiencing this thrilling masterpiece for the first time, Dial ‘M’ For Murder is guaranteed to keep audiences guessing, gasping, and smiling until the final curtain call. With his deft hand for timing and humor, mystery and comedy, director Mark Shanahan (The 39 Steps, The Hound of the Baskervilles) returns to surprise and delight VSC audiences.

Game Changers

Harrison Opera House

Feb. 1

Remember putting on an album and listening from start to finish? Relive that moment with a live concert experience unlike any other as The Black Jacket Symphony recreates Journey’s iconic album “Escape” live in its entirety; note for note, sound for sound.

Over the past 10 years, the Black Jacket Symphony has performed over 40 classic rock albums, bringing an incredible night of entertainment to over a million music lovers across the U.S. The group of hand-picked musicians changes based upon the album being performed—and no sonic detail is overlooked, with the musicians doing whatever it takes to reproduce the album. It’s a full night of rock and roll magic—plus a visual experience unlike any other. Fans across the country flock to their shows—and once you see one, you won’t miss another!

Soporus on tour with TLVS

Vessel Craft Coffee

Feb. 2


Immerse yourself in a night of post-rock and experimental music at Vessel Craft Coffee on February 2, presented by Soporus, The Late Virginia Summers, and Transistor Rhythm (also known as Holy Love Incorporated and Good Glass Records). The event features a mesmerizing performance by Derek Edward Pearson. The early show starts at 6 pm, with the music commencing at 6:30 pm. There’s nothing quite like the harmonious pairing of coffee and music, making this event an unparalleled experience. The enchanting artwork is courtesy of 75 Nathans. Don’t miss out on this extraordinary fusion of sensory delights!

Photo courtesy of Matthew Murphy, MurphyMade

Yoga at Waters Edge Winery

Waters Edge Winery

Feb. 3

Calling all wine lovers! Helps us welcome Waters Edge Winery to Norfolk AND to the STL Community! We will be taking over the winery on the 1st Saturday of every month. Join us for an hour-long flow that is open to everybody. Space is limited, so please grab you spot in advance. Post flow enjoy a complimentary beverage (there are non-alcoholic options as well) and get ready for some fun off the mat!

Febtoberfest at Cova

Cova Brewing

Feb. 3

Experience the unique blend of music and coffee at Febtoberfest on February 2 at Vessel Craft Coffee. Presented by Soporus, The Late Virginia Summers, and Transistor Rhythm, featuring Derek Edward Pearson, this early show opens its doors at 6 pm, with music starting at 6:30 pm. Get discounted tickets in advance at LAVApresents.com. Recognizing the perfect pairing of coffee and music, Febtoberfest promises a delightful sensory experience. Artwork by 75 Nathans adds to the charm of this exceptional event!

Matchmakers Market at Benchtop

Benchtop

Feb. 3

Join Benchtop Brewing for their Matchmaker’s Market, featuring a diverse selection of local businesses. The event invites attendees to find a special someone or discover a sweet treasure (or two) to take home. Guests can indulge in delicious barbecue eats provided by Bar Q on-site and sip on handcrafted beers while perusing the goods. It promises to be a delightful experience, and they look forward to seeing everyone there!

Black Cinema Nights

Slover

Feb. 7-28

Come out to celebrate Black History Month with this Black Cinema Night Series! Slover will be showing black films based on the theme of the week.

Family Night: February 7- “The Wiz” (1978- rated G)

Black Love Night: February 14- “Southside With You” (2016- rated PG-13)

Kids Night: February 21- “The Black Panther” (2018- rated PG-13)

Docudrama Night: February 28- “Respect” (2021- rated PG-13)

Norfolk Public Library, Slover Memorial Main Branch, Location: Norfolk VA, Architect: Newman Architects

Niko Moon The Better Days Tour

The Norva

Feb. 8

Niko Moon’s vivid memories encompass music, cars, and the love between his parents. Growing up, he rode with his dad in a Falcon, cherishing the red interior and the distinct smell. His debut album, GOOD TIME, captures the essence of small-town Georgia, blending banjo-forward tunes with a swaggy backbeat and resonant guitars. Moon’s music, influenced by artists like Michael Franti, John Prine, the Eagles, and Outkast, exudes warmth and friendliness. GOOD TIME, a self-cultivated positivity starter kit, reflects Moon’s upbringing and his father’s dedication to family. With a background producing for Zac Brown and contributing to Michael Franti’s Stay Human, Vol. 2, Moon’s musical journey has been marked by precision and a commitment to authenticity. His latest release, COASTIN’, continues to showcase his unique blend of influences and experiences gained over a decade in the industry.

Mania- The Abba Tribute

Harrison Opera House

Feb. 8


Formed in 1999, MANIA (formerly ABBA MANIA) has been captivating audiences worldwide with their tribute to the Swedish ‘Supergroup’ ABBA. Having sold out theaters globally, they are set to bring their uplifting and dance-inducing live performances to Norfolk. MANIA recreates ABBA’s timeless hits, including ‘Dancing Queen,’ ‘Waterloo,’ ‘Mamma Mia,’ and more, making it a must-see for both lifelong enthusiasts and a new generation of fans. With precision and respect, MANIA promises an unforgettable night filled with the iconic sound and energy of ABBA.

Lonely Hearts At The Veil

The veil

Feb. 9


Immerse in the enchanting atmosphere at The Veil Night Market’s Lonely Hearts Night – an evening of local delights, live music, and connections. Explore the market with local vendors, enjoy the starry ambiance, delectable treats, and the opportunity to forge new connections under the night sky. It’s a magical experience tailored for lonely hearts to come together and create unforgettable memories.

Kiss & Tail

Chrysler Hall

Feb. 10


Embark on a magical evening at The Veil Night Market’s Lonely Hearts Night, where the ambiance is set under the starry sky. This unique event not only features live music and local delights but also offers a vibrant market experience with local vendors. Wander through the stalls, indulge in delectable treats, and seize the chance to connect with kindred spirits. Lonely Hearts Night is designed to create enchanting memories, making it the perfect opportunity for those seeking both local delights and meaningful connections.

Mardigras at Waterside

Waterside district

Feb. 10


Don’t miss out on the Mardi Gras celebration on Saturday, February 10! Secure your tickets now for a day filled with excitement, including a King Cake-eating contest, live entertainment, and a captivating cart float parade. It’s a party you won’t want to miss!

Galentine’s Day Drag Brunch

Waterside District

Feb. 11


Get ready for the ultimate celebration as Galentine’s Day Drag Brunch makes a triumphant return! Join us for the city’s most sizzling drag show featuring Sandra Lopez and her fabulous queens, all while indulging in a delectable breakfast buffet. Each ticket includes access to the brunch buffet, complete with a Waffle Making Station, Omelet Making Station, and a Dessert Station featuring Chocolate Fondue. Additionally, enjoy two tickets for your choice of Mimosas or Bloody Marys, secure a seat for the hottest drag show in town hosted by Sandra Lopez and her Queens, and receive a special Galentine’s gift.

Donuts and Flowers

O’s Donuts

Feb. 14


On February 14th, mark the calendars to join the special Valentine’s Day celebration at O’s Donuts. The day promises an array of delights, including a pop-up by Peyton’s Petals featuring fresh flowers for purchase. Attendees can express their sentiments at the DIY card station and choose from a variety of sweets for their valentine. For a unique touch, donut bouquets are available for pre-order pickup and purchase. The festivities unfold from 7 AM to 2 PM, creating a perfect setting for a day of love, sweets, and flowers.

rnb block party

Scope arena

Feb. 17

The RnB Block Party returns. New year, same great energy! You asked and we delivered, more free seating, more bars, more DJs. Your favorite Party makes its 2024 debut! Saturday, February 17. 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., we are live INSIDE Scope Arena! Don’t miss the first official RnB Block Party of the year.

Tidewater Classical Guitar presents Duo Noire

Robin Hixon Theater

Feb. 23

Duo Noire is a virtuosic pair of pioneering American classical guitarists, Thomas Flippin and Christopher Mallett. Their work has been featured in Acoustic Guitar MagazineClassical Guitar Magazine, the Guitar Foundation of America’s journal Soundboard, and Chamber Music Magazine—with recordings airing on radio stations nationwide, including WQXR’s New Sounds in NYC. Experience a concert of genre-bending repertoire performed with spectacular precision by this tandem of graduates from the Yale School of Music.

Six the musical

Chrysler Hall

Feb. 27–Mar. 3

The SIX wives of Henry VIII are set to bring historical heartbreak to the spotlight, turning it into a 21st-century celebration of girl power! This acclaimed musical sensation, SIX, has earned 23 awards in the 2021/2022 Broadway season, including the Tony Award® for Best Original Score. Hailed by The New York Times as “totally rules!” and praised by The Washington Post, SIX is a global phenomenon. The Broadway album, SIX: LIVE ON OPENING NIGHT, debuted at Number 1 on the Billboard charts, with over 6 million streams in its first month. Catch this electrifying celebration as SIX comes to Norfolk!

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November Events Guide

The holidays are upon us, and there are so many events to enjoy this November! Check out these events and more.

Norfolk State University Football Games

Now through November

William “Dick” price stadium

Join us in cheering on the Spartans every home game as they take on their opponents!

Old Dominion university football games

Now through November

Kornblau field at s.b. ballard stadium

Join us in cheering on the Monarchs every home game as they take on their opponents!

Mighty Dream forum

November 1–3

This annual gathering is a multi-day forum of thought leadership, idea exchange, networking, progressive conversation and amazing food & entertainment experiences designed to broker honest, direct dialogue on how we can create positive economic outcomes for all. Where important, engaging conversations about matters of equity and opportunity are also charged with an energy unlike any other. That’s the conversation to be had and the catalyst for MIGHTY DREAM. Programming will consist of multiple tracks of engaging content, speakers and activations set amongst incredible food and drink, culture, art and entertainment moments.

Business Block party

November 2

NEON District

During prime end-of-the-workday hours, MIGHTY DREAM takes over key blocks of the NEON District to create a Business-focused Block Party—the vibes of a great street fest filled with the best local F&B, community organizations, pop up talent while curating each of the stages, stands and trucks to showcase small businesses and makers that are setting the standard for an innovative future. This event features complimentary food and drink with an individual ticket purchase and can be accessed with single-day and 3-day badges as well. 

Disney junior live on tour: Costume Palooza!

November 2

Chrysler Hall

Bring your little ones and come play dress up with Mickey, Minnie, Doc McStuffins and more!

Royal comedy tour

November 4

Chrysler Hall

The Royal Comedy tour, featuring Sommore, Bruce Bruce, Lavell Crawford and Henry Welch, is coming to Chrysler Hall on November 4 showcasing a star-studded lineup of world-class comedians.

rakim

november 5

the norva

Hip-Hop artist Rakim comes to The NorVa to perform his greatest hits!

crafted monthly maker’s market

November 5

coalescence

Shop for local handmade goods.

The hobbit

Now through november 6

wells theater

Travel to the fantasy world of Middle Earth, live on stage, as reluctant hero Bilbo Baggins takes the audience on an epic magical adventure ensuring fun for the whole family. When Bilbo is asked to leave his home to search for treasure, he encounters many obstacles along the way, including the legendary dragon, Smaug. J.R.R. Tolkien’s charming classic is adapted with imaginative stagecraft.

dear evan hansen

November 8–November 13

chrysler hall

A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he’s always wanted: a chance to finally fit in. Dear Evan Hansen is the deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical about life and the way we live it.

Nauticus’ Winterfest on the Wisconsin

November 9–January 1

Nauticus and the Battleship Wisconsin

Celebrate the holidays aboard the Battleship Wisconsin surrounded by more than 1 million lights!

Veterans Day Beer Dinner

November 11 

Grain 

Meet Grain’s Executive sous chef and cicerone as they present a fantastic four-course meal featuring local and specialty brews.

Norfolk Botanical Garden Dominion Energy Garden of Lights

November 11–January 1

Norfolk Botanical Garden

Immerse yourself in a world of beauty at the Garden of Lights at Norfolk Botanical Garden!

DesignHer 

Now through November 12

Baron and Ellin Gordon Art Galleries

Closing Reception Nov. 10, 6–8 p.m.

DesignHer is an exhibition of contemporary graphic design focusing on women practitioners. Highlighting how women have been at the forefront of defining and challenging the conceptions of design, the exhibition presents a sampling of the various purposes design is put to in our culture and the motivations that prompted its use. Participants range from younger artists building a reputation to internationally renowned leaders in the discipline and works range from individually crafted objects to mass media campaigns. 

Mania—The ABBA Tribute

November 16

Harrison Opera House 

Two hours of uplifting, dance inducing and sometimes heart-breaking songs, fully live with fantastic staging, lighting and effects.

Norfolk Harbor Half Marathon

November 18–20 

Downtown Norfolk

Join J&A Racing for the 9th annual Chartway Norfolk Harbor Race Weekend presented by Bon Secours. Enjoy Norfolk, Virginia’s Downtown, thriving art community, historic neighborhoods and Old Dominion University’s campus as you take on the 5K, 10K or Half Marathon. Keep an eye out for Norfolk’s iconic mermaids along the course as you experience this flat, fast course! (Hint: there are over 20 along the Half Marathon course.)

grand illumination parade

November 19

Downtown Norfolk

With a theme of “Holiday Magic,” be prepared to see Downtown Norfolk glistening with holiday joy!

noco holiday wine fest

November 19

Hank’s Filling Station

With 40 different wines spanning the globe, the NoCo (North Colley) Holiday Wine Fest gives you the opportunity to taste and order wines for all of your holiday fun.

Thanksgiving Day lunch cruise

November 24

City Cruises by Hornblower

Make this holiday truly special with a Thanksgiving Signature Lunch Cruise in Norfolk. You and your guests will enjoy a celebratory lunch buffet with all the trimmings freshly prepared by City Cruises’ chef. While onboard, enjoy incredible views of the Navy’s Atlantic fleet, City Cruises’ distinctive hospitality, full bar service and festive décor. Their team will happily take care of the details, leaving you to enjoy the holiday on the Elizabeth River with your friends and family. Happy Thanksgiving!

real talk comedy show

November 25

Chartway Arena

The Real Talk Comedy Tour makes a stop at Chartway Arena! The show features comedians DeRay Davis, Rickey Smiley, B Simone, Darren Brand, Jess Hilarious and MoneyBag Mafia!

the legwarmers

November 26

The NorVa

Remember the ’80s? Sure, we all do … but the Legwarmers don’t just remember the ’80s they relive them. With more moves than a Rubik’s Cube, the Legwarmers take the stage like it’s prom night in a John Hughes movie, a very special episode of “Square Pegs” and the Monsters of Rock Tour—all at once. So remember: this ain’t no half-assed cover band, this ain’t no disco, this ain’t no fooling around—it’s the Legwarmers, the Ultimate 80s Tribute Band.

mannheim steamroller christmas

November 29

Chrysler Hall

Deemed the “Ultimate Holiday Tradition,” this production by Chip Davis has been an American favorite for over 35 years! The program celebrates the group’s recent anniversary of 35 years since the first Christmas album and includes dazzling multimedia effects performed in an intimate setting. Experience the magic as the spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller. ​​​​​​

dirty dancing in concert

November 30

Chrysler Hall

Enjoy the digitally remastered hit film like never before on a full-size cinema screen, with a live band and singers performing the film’s iconic songs. With a soundtrack that marked a generation, Dirty Dancing in Concert promises to bring a thrilling new and unique experience to the ’80s classic. Directly following the film, the band and singers will throw an encore party that will surely take you back to the time of your life as you sing and dance along to your favorite Dirty Dancing songs. Immerse yourself in the timeless romance and experience one of the most memorable movies of the past 35 years—now live!

norfolk admirals games

Now through January

Scope Arena

Cheer on the Admirals as they take on their opponents this season!

a merry little christmas carol

November 30–December 31

Virginia Stage Company

Returning to the stage after its triumphant VSC debut in 2021, see Ebenezer Scrooge’s haunting journey unfold with inventive theatricality incorporating traditional holiday music harmonizing to produce a tour de force of laughter, hope and the magic of the season. Don’t miss this heartwarming tale that reminds us that it is never too late to become our best selves.

Find additional events like trivia nights and various exhibits on our events calendar. Hope to see you there!

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21 September 2022

October Event Guide 2022

October brings a multitude of events happening in Norfolk! From “spooktacular” fun to enjoying a festival, you’ll have an event to add to your calendar every week.

Norfolk State University Football Games

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Now through November
William “Dick” Price Stadium

Join us in cheering on the Spartans every home game as they take on their opponents!

Old Dominion University Football games

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Now through November
Kornblau Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium

Join us in cheering on the Monarchs every home game as they take on their opponents!

Virginia Children’s Festival

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October 1
Town Point Park

The best festival for families in the 757, the Virginia Children’s Festival is just the thing for you and your little ones to enjoy! With more than 100 fun and interactive activities, this is the perfect Saturday outing for those 10 and under.

Chelsea West fest

October 1
West Ghent

The event that showcases and specializes in everything “local,” Chelsea West Fest features artisans/crafters with a variety of handcrafted goods. Aside from handmade items, the festival will have live local music, breweries, kid’s activities and vendors selling local products. Enjoy locally made items in the Historic West Ghent neighborhood.

Cat on a hot tin roof

Now through October 2
Wells Theatre

Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning drama depicts a portrait of a family in crisis in the steamy Mississippi South. 

The lion king experience jr.

Now through October 2
The Hurrah Players

Based on the Broadway sensation, this production is directed by Julie Taymor.

The valkyrie

Now through October 2
Harrison Opera House

The drama of the saga of the Ring enters the mortal realm! Following the hit production of Das Rheingold last year, Virginia Opera continues the story with The Valkyrie. 

mac n cheese festival

October 8
Waterside District

A cheese lover’s dream is coming to Norfolk’s Waterside District! The festival will bring together over 15 of the area’s best restaurants. No matter how you like your mac and cheese, your every cheesy desire will be fulfilled!

Mars fest

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October 14–16
Barry Art Museum

Voyage to Mars with the Barry Art Museum as they proudly present a large-scale sculpture of Mars by UK-based artist Luke Jerram. Enjoy a night full of food, vendors, music and great conversation.

We outside comedy tour

October 15
Chartway Arena

Michael Blackson, Corey Holcomb, Gary Owen and Tony Rock (some of the biggest names in comedy for years) are bringing laughs to Norfolk! If you ain’t outside then where you at? This comedy tour is the only place to be. 

Town point virginia wine festival

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October 15–16
Town Point Park

The most anticipated fall season wine festival is back! Spend your Saturday and Sunday sipping on wines from the top wineries in Virginia along the Downtown Norfolk waterfront.

Stockley Gardens Arts Festival

October 15–16
Historic Ghent

Since 1984, this two-day event hosted by the Hope House Foundation features over 135 artists locally, across the U.S. and overseas to present a plethora of photography, pottery, sculpture, painting, mixed media and jewelry. Enjoy a peaceful day of perusing crafts in Historic Ghent with this free event full of food, live music and art. 

NEON festival

October 20–21
NEON District

The 7th Annual NEON Festival is back for two nights of walking mural tours, live music, comedy performances and good food all while basking in a creative community. Come out and enjoy the talent!

Norfolk Admirals Hockey Games

Beginning October 21
Norfolk Scope

Cheer on the Admirals at their home games against their opponents!

Church Street Jazz Festival: Howard Curtis, Drums

October 22
Attucks Theater

After hearing a high school drumline, Howard Curtis knew then he wanted to be a drummer. He made his career right here in Virginia and has played at major jazz festivals and alongside big-name artists. He returns to Virginia for a night of great jazz music with his fans. 

Boos and Booze-Halloween Mini Market

October 29 
Reaver Beach Brewing Co. NFK 

Get spooky with a Halloween Mini Market at Reaver Beach NFK! Sip on Halloween-themed brunch beer cocktails while shopping for items spooky and eclectic. There will even be a photobooth for your pup!

LAVA Halloween Extravaganza

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October 29 
Toast

The LAVA Halloween Extravaganza is back and as ridiculous as ever! Mark your calendars for this can’t miss event. 

We hope these events excite you, and hope to see you there!

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