28 January 2023

February Events Guide

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

The 39 Steps

Wells Theatre

Jan. 19–Feb. 5


A fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre! This award-winning show is loaded with laughs, 150 characters and good old-fashioned romance!

Game Changers

Nauticus

Jan. 28–Apr. 30

Get your game on and discover how innovation has shaped the video game industry! Game Changers takes you on a fascinating journey, exploring the past and uncovering the future of gaming. Game Changers examines how the intersection of audio, storytelling, graphics, and gameplay creates the immersive environment of current video gaming systems.

Explore over 120 of the most influential games that have transformed the gaming scene, and test your skills with 16 games that have significantly changed the gaming experience in Nauticus’ new exhibit.

Iola’s Letter

Little Theatre of Norfolk

Feb. 3–26

Iola’s Letter shares the story of the anti-lynching crusade Ida B. Wells launched in her Memphis newspaper, Free Speech, in 1892. The play reveals the conflicts Memphis faced surrounding race, religion, class and economics that led to the launching of Wells’ activism that inspired a national movement.

Chris Rock

Chrysler Hall

Feb. 4–5

Come join the comedian as he sends laughs through Chrysler Hall!

G. Love & Special Sauce

The NorVA

Feb. 5

Garrett “G. Love” Dutton, Jeffrey “The Houseman” Clemens and Jimmy “Jazz” Prescott are celebrating their 25th year as touring and recording artists. With over 15 records released, this pioneering band has been an influence to artists such as Jack White, Jack Johnson, The Avett Brothers, Slightly Stoopid and many more. With their signature blend of Delta blues, hip hop, funk, rock and roll and jazz, The Special Sauce has literally created their own funky stew of American music. Expect a high energy mashup of funky beats and songs written from the front porch to get the world smiling and dancing to the positive message of love and the blues.

Cats

Chrysler Hall

Feb. 7–12

CATS, the record-breaking musical spectacular by Andrew Lloyd Webber that has captivated audiences in over 30 countries and 15 languages, is now on tour across North America! Audiences and critics alike are rediscovering this beloved musical with breathtaking music, including one of the most treasured songs in musical theater—”Memory”. Winner of 7 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, CATS tells the story of one magical night when an extraordinary tribe of cats gathers for its annual ball to rejoice and decide which cat will be reborn. Don’t miss a new CATS for a new generation!

Photo courtesy of Matthew Murphy, MurphyMade

Lindsey Webster

Attucks Theatre

Feb. 11

New York’s Lindsey Webster is a chart-topping, award-winning vocalist and songwriter. She performs in a variety of styles from straight-ahead jazz and traditional pop to soulful smooth jazz and adult contemporary and crossover R&B. Between 2016 and 2018, she placed 10 songs on the Smooth Jazz Songs charts, including a pair of number ones, making her the first jazz vocalist to top the chart since Sade. Experience her vocals live at Attucks Theatre this February!

Jacquees

The NorVA

Feb. 11

The R&B crooner hits The NorVA stage!

Flogging Molly

The NorVA

Feb. 14

Flogging Molly is comprised of Dave King (lead vocals, acoustic guitar, bodhran), Bridget Regan (violin, tin whistle, vocals), Dennis Casey (guitar, vocals), Matt Hensley (accordion, concertina, vocals), Nathen Maxwell (bass guitar, vocals), Spencer Swain (mandolin, banjo, guitar, vocals), and Mike Alonso (drums, percussion). Starting out as the house band for Molly Malone’s in Los Angeles and building a loyal following through endless touring, Flogging Molly has become a staple in the punk scene over the past 20 years, kicking off with its raucous debut showcase, Swagger, and continuing through its five additional studio albums. With numerous late-night television appearances under their belt, its sell-out Salty Dog Cruise through the Caribbean and yearly St. Patrick’s Day Festival in Los Angeles, the band is currently working on the Rise Records follow-up to its latest LP, Life Is Good. Recently, the band reissued Swagger with exclusive tracks, an Irish traditional set, a 60-minute video feature and exclusive merch in a collectable box set.

Black Girl Magic

Feb. 17–19

An original show celebrating the history and accomplishments of African American women told through story and song. The Hurrah Players are proud to be presenting this one-of-a-kind show. While not inappropriate, there may be content that younger children may not grasp. Ages 3 and up.

Gospel According to Swing with Byron Stripling

Chrysler Hall

Feb. 18

Experience this jubilant concert bursting with the spirit of gospel music and bubbling with the influences of jazz and blues!

New Jack City Live

Chrysler Hall

Feb. 19

“NEW JACK CITY LIVE” is a mirror image of the emotion and grit that immediately turned New Jack City into instant, movie magic. It takes place in the same metropolis-Harlem, NY where drug kingpin Nino Brown takes over a housing project and transforms it into a fortress-like crack house. Nino and his gang, the Cash Money Brothers, will ply their trade with total impunity—one crime family will still be bonded by blood and forged together through friendship.

“NEW JACK CITY LIVE” will give audiences across the nation an opportunity to relive all their favorite, intense, heart-pounding moments from the blockbuster movie as they experience classic theater storytelling as shared through the culturally astute lens of four-time national championship playwright and NAACP Trailblazer Award recipient, Je’Caryous Johnson.

Starring Allen Payne, Treach, Big Daddy Kane, Gary Dourdan and Flex Alexander.

IMPORTANT EVENT INFO: NEW JACK CITY LIVE is a theatrical event recommended for ages 18 and up. No one under 12 will be admitted. The show runs approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes, including one intermission.

Warren Zeiders

The NorVA

Feb. 19

The country singer brings his tunes to The NorVA!

Destroy Lonely

The NorVA

Feb. 22

The rapper brings his biggest hits to The NorVA!

YO-Yo MA

Chrysler Hall

Feb. 23

Eric Jacobsen and the VSO are thrilled to welcome the world’s greatest cellist and Eric’s mentor of 20 years, Yo-Yo Ma, for his first appearance here with the orchestra since 1999. Mr. Ma’s performance of Dvořák’s famous concerto will be a special highlight of this season’s tribute to the composer.

Russell Dickerson

The NorVA

Feb. 23

The country singer brings his “She Likes It” Tour to The NorVA!

Gimme Gimme Disco

The NorVA

Feb. 24

Enjoy this DJ based party as they bring the experience to Norfolk!

Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis

Chrysler Hall

Feb. 25

The Virginia Arts Festival will welcome back a long-time audience favorite—but this time the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra’s performance will cap a unique collaboration including Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, led by Wynton Marsalis, is made up of 15 of the finest soloists, ensemble players and arrangers in jazz music today. An egalitarian enterprise, the Orchestra accords every member equal importance, based on Wynton Marsalis’ core belief about the art form. As he puts it, “Jazz music is the perfect metaphor for democracy. We improvise, which is our individual rights and freedoms; we swing, which means we are responsible to nurture the common good, with everyone in fine balance; and we play the blues, which means no matter how bad things get, we remain optimistic while still mindful of problems.” Wynton Marsalis is an internationally acclaimed musician, composer and bandleader, an educator and a leading advocate of American culture. Winner of nine Grammy Awards (with an astonishing 32 Grammy nominations), he has created and performed an expansive range of music from quartets to big bands, chamber music ensembles to symphony orchestras and tap dance to ballet. As an ambassador for jazz, he has made an indelible mark on our culture, and has been recognized with the Pulitzer Prize for Music and the National Medal of Arts.

The Legwarmers

The NorVA

Feb. 25

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.

Come From Away

Chrysler Hall

Feb. 28–Mar. 5

Broadway’s COME FROM AWAY is a Best Musical winner all across North America!

Find these events and more on our events calendar!

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20 December 2022

2023 January Events

A new year is bringing new events to Norfolk! Check the events out below and bring in 2023 with new fun!

Norfolk Botanical Garden Dominion Energy Garden of Lights

Extended Until January 7

Norfolk Botanical Garden

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

Black Orpheus: Jacob Lawrence and Mbari Club

Through January 8

Chrysler Museum of Art

Explore the connection between African American artist Jacob Lawrence and his contemporaries based in the Global South through the Nigerian journal Black Orpheus.

Karlous Miller

January 6

Harrison Opera House

Comedian, actor, and rapper Karlous Miller opens his newest comedy tour, At the End of the Day… on January 6 at the Harrison Opera House!

Church Street Jazz Series: Gregg Karukas and Adam Hawley

January 7

Attucks Theatre

Join keyboardist Gregg Karukas and guitarist Adam Hawley for a night of jazz bliss.

Shen Yun

January 7–8

Chrysler Hall

Through breathtaking dance and music, Shen Yun’s artists tell of a time when divine beings walked upon the earth, leaving behind a culture that inspired generations. Ancient Chinese wisdom, infused with Buddhist and Taoist spirituality and values, gave birth to everything from medical innovations to opera, dance, architecture and even martial arts. But after decades of communist rule, much of this divinely inspired culture has been destroyed or forgotten.

Norfolk Admirals Schedule

Through January 14

Norfolk Scope

Join us in cheering for the Admirals as they take on their opponents!

Black Jacket Symphony Presents Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumors”

January 14

Harrison Opera House 

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 a select classic album live in its entirety—note for note, sound for sound—plus a full set of greatest hits from the evening’s artist. 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 US. 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! Presented by 106.9 The Fox.

Stomp

January 14–15

Chrysler Hall

Stomp is explosive, inventive, provocative, witty, and utterly unique—an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages. The international percussion sensation has garnered armfuls of awards and rave reviews and has appeared on numerous national television shows. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments—matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps—to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. Year after year, audiences worldwide keep coming back for more of this pulse-pounding electrifying show. As the Boston Globe says, “If you haven’t seen Stomp, GO! If you have seen it, take someone and share the pleasure!” Stomp. See what all the noise is about.

2023 ECHL All-Star Fan Fest and Hall of Fame Exhibit

All-Star Classic Fan Fest in Jacksonville, Fla., Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022. [Gary Lloyd McCullough/For the Jacksonville Icemen]

January 15

Waterside District

The 2023 ECHL Fan Fest presented by Rivers Casino will bring fans together for a night of food, fun and games! General Fan Fest activities are open to the public at Waterside; however, to gain access to the exclusive Hockey Hall of Fame Exhibit and Trophy Displays, be sure to purchase your pass today to explore and take photos with some of hockey’s most prized memorabilia and coveted awards traveling all the way from the famed Hockey Hall of Fame museum in Toronto, ON.

Downtown Norfolk Restaurant Week

January 15–22

Downtown Norfolk

Downtown Norfolk’s chefs are at work preparing spectacular specials at delicious deals for Restaurant Week.

2023 ECHL All-Star Classic

January 16

Scope Arena

Norfolk has been selected as the host city for the 2023 ECHL All-Star Classic! This event is also bringing a special addition to the fun—Lord Stanley’s Cup™! The 130-year-old trophy will be on display at multiple locations throughout the city on Sunday and Monday, Jan. 15–16. The trophy will be joined by ECHL’s Kelly Cup and available for viewing and pictures as part of the events. 

The 39 Steps

January 18–February 5

Virginia Stage Company

Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps, a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theater! This two-time Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning treat is packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany characters (played by a ridiculously talented cast of four), an onstage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers, and some good old-fashioned romance!

Jim Gaffigan

January 19

Scope Arena

Catch comedian Jim Gaffigan filling Scope Arena with smiles and laughs!

Attucks Jazz Series: Robin Eubanks

January 21

Attucks Theater

Catch this master player at Attucks Jazz Club, a part of their Attucks Jazz Series!

Electric Bass Superstar Returns!

January 21

Chrysler Hall

Five-time Grammy winner and Newport News, VA native Victor Wooten returns to the VSO—this time playing an amazing piece he’s written for himself with the orchestra. William Dawson wrote only one symphony, which premiered in New York under the baton of Leopold Stokowski in 1937 to great acclaim but was neglected in later years. Described as “emotionally charged and rigorously constructed,” its rediscovery is thrilling audiences around the world.

To See a World in a Grain of Sand

Through January 22

Chrysler Museum of Art 

The Chrysler Museum’s exhibition will display glass and glassware that were created by melting sands collected from around the world. The show will also include photographs of places where the sands were gathered and personal stories about the significance of each location. Magnified photographs of sand grains will draw attention to microscopic details of color, shape and texture.

Linda Johnson Rice

January 24

Chrysler Hall

Linda Johnson Rice has decades of experience in building globally recognized brands and spent much of her career managing Johnson Publishing Company, the No. 1 African-American owned publishing company in the world. Linda will give insights on the next phase of Johnson Publishing Company, which includes film and television projects. She will also address her experiences on serving on 10 corporate boards throughout her career. Her leadership has earned her a place on the Chicago Sun-Times list of Chicago’s 100 Most Powerful Women and the Top 10 Women in Media. Smart and soulful, humorous, resilient and big-hearted, Linda will share stories from her interactions with some of the most iconic pop-culture figures who graced the pages of Ebony and Jet over the years, as well as her own story of running a beloved family business that grew to become a national treasure.

Cirque Du Soleil

January 26–29

Scope Arena

The clown Mauro has passed, but his spirit is still with us. Instead of mourning, the funeral cortege celebrates the here and hereafter with laughter and exuberance.

Rich, extravagant memories frolic with the senses. The sound of laughter peels around the stage, visions of joyous tumblers and players fascinate the eyes. Regret and melancholy retreat in the face of a cavalcade of lively recollections of a life gloriously lived. A festive parade that entertains; the perfect accolade for an artist whose life was dedicated to revelry and making merry.

Fellow travelers

January 27–29

Virginia Opera

The 1950s had its own sense of style and its very real problems. Fellow Travelers follows the story of a love affair between two men caught in the turbulent moment of Senator Joe McCarthy’s “Lavender Scare”—an overt policy to drive homosexuality out of government service. The very real struggles resulting from this witch-hunt end in a stunning act of betrayal.

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22 November 2022

2022 December Events

December is here and brings a bunch of holiday cheer to Norfolk! Check out these events and more.

Elf Door Discovery

Now Through December 26

Downtown Norfolk

Magic is around every corner in Downtown Norfolk, as 100 tiny elf doors have appeared all around Downtown! This seasonal scavenger hunt will take you on a fun journey all throughout Downtown Norfolk. Elves have installed 100 tiny, colorful entrances decked out for the holidays.

You can find these magical doors near theaters, restaurants, parks and any other places elves may gather throughout Downtown Norfolk. And at WinterFest on the Wisconsin, 15 cheeky elves also have hidden doors with waterfront views! The doors are not lit, so do this scavenger hunt during the day!

Will you find them all?

Winterfest on the Wisconsin

Now Through January 1

NAUTICUS AND THE BATTLESHIP WISCONSIN

Celebrate the holidays at Nauticus! This season will shine even brighter as WinterFest on the Wisconsin returns with more than 1 million lights! Explore nine dazzling light trails throughout the Battleship Wisconsin, and experience Mistletoe Marina—an immersive, all-new waterfront wonderland. Explore all-new interior spaces aboard the battleship, enjoy two new shows nightly by the mischievous Grinch, come aboard a polar train journey, and enjoy sweets and treats.

Norfolk Botanical garden Dominion Energy Garden of lights

Now Through January 1

NORFOLK BOTANICAL GARDEN

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

Miracle pop-up!

Now Through January 1

WATERSIDE DISTRICT

A Christmas-themed pop-up cocktail bar offering seasonal drinks in a festive setting.

Norfolk Admirals

Now Through January 14

Join us in cheering for the Admirals as they take on their opponents!

Mac on Ice

NOVEMBER 25–JANUARY 16

Macarthur Center

From November 25, 2022 to January 16, 2023, you can take a spin on the ice in the heart of Downtown Norfolk at the seasonal rink at MacArthur Center. Come for Cheap Skate Tuesday (Nov. 29, Dec. 6, 13, Jan. 3, 10) for $3 off admission!

A merry little christmas carol

November 30–December 31

Virginia Stage company

Returning to the stage after its triumphant VSC debut in 2021, A Merry Little Christmas Carol takes audiences through Ebenezer Scrooge’s haunting journey, unfolding 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.

Returning to the stage after its triumphant VSC debut in 2021, A Merry Little Christmas Carol takes audiences through Ebenezer Scrooge’s haunting journey, unfolding 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.

Wine-ter wonderland at d’art!

December 1

D’ART CeNTER

Enjoy wine and the holidays at d’Art Center!

Breland

December 1

THE NORVA

Singer/Songwriter/Producer Breland brings his bold hits to Norfolk.

Sesame street live!

December 2

CHARTWAY ARENA

Join your favorite Sesame Street friends for a magical adventure when Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic visits your neighborhood. Elmo and Abby Cadabby team up to learn how determination and practice are the best ways to reach your goals. Along the way, they are joined by Cookie Monster, Big Bird, Grover, Count and Rosita to discover why it’s okay to make mistakes and real magic can be found when you believe in yourself. With high-energy dancing and an introduction to the art of illusion, you’ll enjoy every magical moment with your family and friends at Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic. 

bad omens

December 2

THE NORVA

Join the group as they embark on their “A Tour of the Concrete Jungle” tour.

bobby shmurda

December 3

THE NORVA

The hip-hop artist brings his hits to Norfolk! 

photos with santa in d’art!

December 3

D’ART CENTER

Santa and Mrs. Claus have scheduled an appearance for photo opps at d’Art!

a storyland christmas

December 3

HARRISON OPERA HOUSE

Back by popular demand, Masterworks is presenting “A Storyland Christmas” for the 11th year. Familiar nursery rhyme and storybook characters must deal with the constant negativity from “The Crooked Man” (Mayor Miserly) who despises Holiday Cheer. Join Old Mother Hubbard and her children as they journey from the Storybook Village, to the Sweet Shop and all the way to the Toy Shop on a delightful adventure to show Mayor Miserly the wonders of Christmas!

sing we nowell

December 3–4

Christ & St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

Join the Virginia Chorale and Artistic Director Chuck Woodward toe celebrate the holiday season with the beloved holiday series, Sing We Nowell! Carols are in the air with Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols, selections from Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Nine Carols for Male Voices, and carols from Ukraine. Barbara Chapman will join the Chorale on harp for this concert series. 

fantasia

december 4

chartway arena

Grammy winning, multi-platinum singer Fantasia is set to perform live with special guest Joe.

Ghent’s second annual holiday market

december 4

ghent

Join Ghent Farmer’s Market for their second annual Holiday Market!

steve-o

december 4

harrison opera house

JACKASS star, stand-up comedian, and New York Times best-selling author Steve-O is bringing The Bucket List Tour to Harrison Opera House. Every idea on Steve-O’s bucket list was so ill-advised, he never expected to go through with any of them until it was time to prepare for this tour. Not only are the stunts more ridiculous than what you already know Steve-O for; he did them all and made a multimedia comedy show out of them. Not for kids—or the faint of heart.

The Twelve dates of christmas

December 8—18

Wells Theatre

After catching her fiancé kissing another woman at the televised Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, Mary’s life falls apart—just in time for the holidays. Over the next year, she stumbles back into the dating world, where “romance” ranges from weird and creepy to absurd and comical. It seems nothing can help Mary’s growing cynicism until the charm and innocence of a 5-year-old boy unexpectedly brings a new outlook on life and love. This heartwarming yet hilarious one-woman play is sure to leave audiences in stitches. Take a break from the family holiday traditions and make your spirits bright with this holiday date night!

holiday pops!

December 9

Chrysler Hall

There’s no better way to lift your spirits than with seasonal songs and traditional carols delivered in full sound and spectacle by the Virginia Symphony and special guests. Holiday POPS will have all the magical elements you’ve come to expect and more—high energy, familiar carols, and lots of holiday warmth! There might even be a surprise or two!

Krampusnacht

December 10

Smartmouth Brewing Co.

Winter’s darkness is creeping closer and closer as we approach the spirited holiday season—yet a strange, ominous chill fills the air. A faint jingling can be heard in the distance, and as the sound approaches, it strikes fear into the hearts of those who know what it means: Krampus is coming to town…feeling brave? Mark your calendars for the 4th annual Krampusnacht at Smartmouth NFK as they bring Krampus and his Bavarian folklore crew to life with their neighbors Otzi Tattoo Agency. Don’t worry—if you haven’t been naughty, you shouldn’t have anything to worry about… right? Bring the whole family (if you dare…) and join them for an evening of live music, craft brews and dancing under the stars with Krampus and his elves! 

Vienna Boys Choir

December 12

Harrison Opera House 

The musical tradition of the Vienna Boys Choir dates back to the 15th century, with a rich history of performances for royalty and audiences around the world. Now you can hear this peerless choir in a program of holiday classics sure to brighten your holiday.

Paw Patrol Live!

December 13–14 

Chrysler Hall

It’s Pirate Day in Adventure Bay, and Ryder will need all paws on deck as he and the PAW Patrol discover a secret treasure map while on a mission to rescue Cap’n Turbot from a mysterious cavern. It’s up to Chase, Marshall, Skye and all their heroic pirate pup friends to save the day and find the pirate treasure before Mayor Humdinger finds it first!

The Front Bottoms

December 14

The NorVa

Join the duo as they perform their hits in The NorVa.  

The hip hop nutcracker

December 14

Chrysler Hall

Grab your family and friends and let the dynamic performers of The Hip Hop Nutcracker take you on a journey that celebrates love, community and the magic of the holiday season.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

December 16–18

Hurrah Players

Based on the popular book by Barbara Robinson, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is the funny, heartwarming and mildly irreverent story of what happens when a church play is hijacked by six of the ‘absolutely worst kids in the history of the world.’ A holiday tradition for 28 years, this event is presented with Happy Hanukkah, My Friend; a short program celebrating the Festival of Lights.

Jeezy

December 16 

The NorVa

Join as the award-winning hip hop artist performs his hits here in Norfolk!

A Jazzy Christmas

December 17 

Attucks Theatre

A Jazzy Christmas features Grammy nominated pianist and #1 Billboard recording artist Marcus Johnson. Alongside him will be #1 Billboard charting and Tidewater native – saxophonist Jackiem Joyner. Marcus Johnson is Flo’in for the holidays residing at the legendary Attucks Theatre for his Holiday Series. What better way to bring in the holiday and close out the year than where it all began at home with family and friends. This show will electrify you and is sure to put you in the holiday groove. Come ready to jam to MJ’s & Jackiem’s classics and crank up the holiday season!

Turnover

December 17

The NorVa

Enjoy the group’s hits at The NorVa!

The Messiah

December 17

Chrysler Hall

Join the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, chorus and soloists for the time-honored Christmas tradition of George Frideric Handel’s revered oratorio, Messiah. Get in the spirit of the season with this distinguished performance of Handel’s sacred masterpiece that presents the austere and dramatic narrative of the Messiah. From Isaiah’s prophecies to the Hallelujah Chorus, you will be brought to your feet in the Messiah performance of the season.

Sleeping Beauty

December 20

Harrison Opera House

The evil fairy Carabosse curses Princess Aurora for 100 years of sleep with a single-finger prick on her 16th birthday. Doomed by fate, only a sweet kiss from the prince can break the spell and wake up the sleeping beauty. A bewitching and dark tale comes to life in Andrey Litvinov’s exquisite production, “a master class in classical style” (The Guardian), with “some of the most delightful steps in the 19th-century repertoire.” Visually stunning with lavish sets and elaborate costumes by Konstantin Pinchuk, this superb classical production features Tchaikovsky’s delightful music performed live by the Dnipro Philharmonic Orchestra.

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20 October 2022

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

@norfolkstateuniversity, Instagram

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

@ODU, Twitter

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

@toddrosenliebdance, Instagram

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

@barryartmuseum, Instagram

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

@alchemist1906, Instagram

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

@lavapresents, Instagram

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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16 August 2022

September 2022 Event Guide

September brings a host of new and exciting events to Norfolk. From concerts and festivals to sports events, Norfolk has an amazing lineup of adventures to choose from!

The Norva

@chrisfiq, Instagram

Ready to see your favorite artists live and in person? Check out these featured acts headed to The NorVa:

  • State Property (September 3)
  • Courtney Barnett (September 9)
  • Protoje (September 11)
  • Babyface Ray (September 16)
  • MESHUGGAH (September 21)
  • Architects (September 26)
  • Hippo Campus (September 30)

43rd annual Elizabeth river run 10k

September 4
Elizabeth River Trail

After 15 years in Portsmouth, the infamous 6.2-mile run returns home to Norfolk and features an all new course on the Elizabeth River Trail. The run begins on Old Dominion University’s campus, then ventures through historic Norfolk neighborhoods with a scenic finish at the Port of Virginia. Such a great way to explore Norfolk’s beauty!

sail into fall

September 5
Waterside District

Name a better way to say farewell to summer than by spending it on a cruise. Join the American Rover Sailing Ship and OutWire757 on the Elizabeth River and enjoy onboard entertainment, food and drinks!

Tidewater horror convention

September 9–11
Wyndham Garden Hotel

Tidewater Horror Convention is back and bringing all the scares! With bigger celebrities, the best food trucks in Hampton Roads and more, you don’t want to miss this fun. Have the scare of your life at this ultimate horror convention experience!

Caribfest

@virginiacaribfest, Instagram

September 10
Town Point Park

Experience live and authentic Caribbean food, colors, creativity and more in Town Point Park during Caribfest!

Wicked

September 14–25
Chrysler Hall

This Broadway sensation is back and coming to Chrysler Hall! Find out what happened in the Land of Oz, but from another angle, the untold story of the Witches of Oz.

KAtt Williams

September 17
Scope Arena

The comedic legend announced his “2023 and Me” tour with a stop in Norfolk. Be ready to laugh until your cheeks hurt!

Nashfest 757

Courtesy of Norfolk Festevents, Ltd.

September 17
Town Point Park

Nashville is being brought to Norfolk with Nashfest 757! Enjoy a plethora of activities and food.

Hermitage Handmade festival

September 17
Hermitage Museum and Gardens

From 11–4 p.m., enjoy shopping for arts and crafts created by 85+ artists, live music and guided tours!

Norfolk State University Football

@kineticstills, Instagram

This season of football at NSU is not to be missed! Plus, new this year, fans can book a Spartan Cabana that comes with game tickets, heavy hors d’oeuvres, beverage tickets, pre-game snacks and a great atmosphere!

old dominion university football

Join us in cheering on the Monarchs this season as they go head to head with their rivals!

Oktoberfest at Maker’s Craft brewery

September 23–25
Maker’s Craft Brewery

Enjoy German food, music, and specialty Oktoberfest beers at Maker’s Craft Brewery!

The valkyrie

September 30–October 2
Harrison Opera House

This drama as the saga of The Ring, The Valkyrie brings its realm to the Virginia Opera! After the hit of Das Rheingold in the previous year, this story explores a hero’s destiny and a confrontation between gods that places human emotion at center stage.

The Lion king experience, jr.

September 30–October 2
The Hurrah Players

This adaption of the Broadway sensation is coming to Norfolk! Enjoy musical selections from Elton John and Tim Rice.

All of these events (and more!) can be found on our events calendar on our website. Hope to see you there!

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