18 April 2024

May 2024 Events Guide

Norfolk has a great lineup of May events to kickstart the warmer months! With festival season kicking off, live outdoor music, Mother’s Day, shows, stand-up performances and baseball games, you will find that there is plenty of fun to be had this May in Norfolk!

National Bike Month

All Month Long

May is National Bike Month, a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling and encourage more individuals to give biking a try. The City of Norfolk will celebrate with 31 days of rides and plenty of opportunities to get the wheels rolling. Check out these Bike Month events happening throughout May!

Tides Baseball GameS

Ongoing
Harbor Park

The perfect family night or a great night out with friends starts with hotdogs, popcorn and baseball. Sit back and enjoy the spring weather as you root for the home team. Special nights to look forward to in May include $2 Tuesdays, Wine Down Wednesdays, a Copa de la Diversion Cinco de Mayo Celebration, ODU night, fireworks, Bark in the Park and more! See the full Tides schedule.

Message in a Bottle: Picturing Maritime culture in Hampton Roads

Ongoing
Barry Art Museum

Message in a Bottle considers the rich maritime culture of the Hampton Roads region through a call and response between past and present. Selections from the Barry Art Museum’s permanent collection of 19th-century maritime art will appear alongside works from local museums as well as conceptual pieces from contemporary artists. Vibrant and dynamic traditional oil paintings – carefully collected by museum founder Richard Barry – tell a story of life on the sea: they show the hard work and play of sailors and soldiers. Contemporary works created by ODU faculty and other artists, in turn, reflect on the indelible impact of maritime culture on modern life, from shipping routes underpinning globalization to city layouts. In a world where shipping, sailing, and overall access to the sea can seem invisible, what does it mean for artists to address maritime life? We can’t wait to show you what we’ve found.

Farmers Markets

Ongoing
Various Locations

There’s nothing better than seasonal produce from your local farmer’s market. With three different markets in Norfolk, you will never miss all the delicious goods and treats! Find out more about each market along with hours here

Cinco de Mayo

Union Taco

May 5, 2024

There’s nothing quite like the pairing of savory, sometimes spicy tacos and a cool margarita. Looking for a place to indulge in irresistible Mexican cuisine during Cinco de Mayo? Check out these taco and margarita spots in Norfolk.

Norfolk Flea Market

MAY 4, 2024
WATERSIDE DISTRICT

Norfolk Flea Market – a monthly market transforming Waterside District into a haven for aficionados of oddities, curiosities and all things unique!

More than just a market, this vibrant affair is held the first Sunday of the month from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Interested in being a vendor? https://bit.ly/3vJwhUz or visit the website at norfolkfleamarket.com to apply!

Blues For an Alabama Sky

Through May 5, 2024
WELLS THEATER

Harlem, 1930. The Blues are getting bluer and the gin is running dry. A free-spirited Cotton Club singer has just been fired with nowhere left to go but down. So, she turns to her best friend, an extravagant costume designer with plans to dress Josephine Baker in Paris.

Maybe they can run away together? Or maybe the handsome southerner that just came knocking can offer an even better life? But the saxophone dreams of Harlem rarely end as smoothly as they start.

Spring Town Point Virginia Wine Festival

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May 4–5, 2024
Town Point Park

Grab your friends and head down to Town Point Park for the Spring Town Point Virginia Wine Festival! Wine Enthusiast Magazine has named Virginia as one of the 10 best wine travel destinations in the world! Each May, Virginia wineries gather together to create an event that wine imbibers will love. From the wine connoisseur to the newbies, everyone can find something to suit their taste at this weekend festival!

Liz Cheney

May 7, 2024
CHRYSLER HALL

Former Congresswoman and Profile in Courage Award Winner Liz Cheney to appear at The Norfolk Forum on May 7. (7:30pm) at downtown Norfolk’s Chrysler Hall.

Liz Cheney served as the U.S. representative for Wyoming’s at-large congressional district from 2017 to 2023. She chaired the House Republican Conference, the third-highest position in the House Republican leadership, from 2019 to 2021, and served as the Vice Chair of the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol.

Book Of Mormom

May 10-12, 2024
CHRYSLER HALL

Book of Mormon
Book of Mormon

Nine-time Tony Award-winning Best Musical THE BOOK OF MORMON has been added to the Broadway in Norfolk 23/24 season! The limited-run engagement comes to Chrysler Hall on May 10-12.

Mother’s Day Events

MAY 12, 2024

Show mom how much you care this Mother’s Day by taking her out and about in Norfolk! There are many Mother’s Day events planned throughout the city that give you and mom a chance to be outside, brunch hard, get on the water and spend some time bonding. It’s a Mother’s Day that neither of you will forget!

Bike to Work Day

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MAY 17, 2024

Work downtown? Want to ride? Participate in National Bike to Work Day! If you commute, do it on two wheels. If you work from home, take an opportunity to bike for some coffee or around the block. However you celebrate, just #bikethere! Look for pit stops around Norfolk along common bikeway routes and trails for bicycle riders and commuters. From 7 to 9 a.m., ride by a pit stop for water, fruit and more giveaways.

Bayou Bon Vivant: Cajun & Music Food Festival 

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May 17–19, 2024
Town Point Park

We’re bringing a taste of Louisiana to Norfolk with more than 8,000 pounds of Cajun crawfish at your fingertips! Have you always wanted to visit Cajun country or just simply miss good ole Louisiana cooking? From the po’boys to alligator sausages and all the beignets in between this foodie festival will be sure to satisfy your Cajun craves.

40th Annual Stockley Gardens Spring Arts Festival

May 18–19, 2024
Stockley Gardens

Mark your calendars for great art from over 125 artists from across the U.S. and amazing live musical performances. You don’t want to miss this fun-filled weekend in Norfolk’s historic Ghent neighborhood.

Ellington 125

May 18, 2024
ATTUCKS THEATER

This concert celebrates Duke Ellington’s career with a 16-piece all-star jazz orchestra showcasing local, regional and national artists across three generations, including the great vocalist Catherine Russell and tenor saxophone soloist Walter Blanding from Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and the Wynton Marsalis Septet. They’ll perform music from 50 years of Ellington’s incredible compositional output, covering the widest range of works by a composer in history – a fitting celebration of the 125th anniversary of his birth.

Jerry Seinfeld Live

May 18, 2024
Chrysler Hall

America’s premier comedian, Jerry Seinfeld, has been hailed for his uncanny ability to joke about the little things in life that relate to audiences everywhere.

Jerry Seinfeld’s comedy career took off after his first appearance on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in 1981. Eight years later, he teamed up with fellow comedian Larry David to create what was to become the most successful comedy series in the history of television: “Seinfeld.” The show ran on NBC for nine seasons, winning numerous Emmy, Golden Globe, and People’s Choice awards, and was named the greatest television show of all time in 2009 by TV Guide, and in 2012 was identified as the best sitcom ever in a 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll.

Travel and Tourism Discount Day at Norfolk Tides

May 19, 2024
Harbor Park

As part of National Travel and Tourism Week, enjoy $3 off price of admission as the Norfolk Tides take on the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs at 1:05 p.m. on May 19 at Harbor Park. Follow this link to purchase discounted tickets.

SUM 41: Tour of the Setting Sum

May 19, 2024
Chartway Arena

Sum 41 brings Tour of the Setting Sum with special guest The Interrupters to Chartway Arena on Sunday May 19, 2024.

Patriotic Festival

Patriotic Festival brings JON PARDI to the Scope arena in Norfolk, Virginia on 27 May 2022.photo © Jeff Moore

May 24–26, 2024
Scope Arena

Whisper Concerts and SevenVenues are delighted to announce the 2024 Patriotic Festival Country Weekend featuring performances by country artists Zac Brown Band, HARDY and Bailey Zimmerman. 

Adrienne Warren

May 30, Attucks Theater

Hampton Roads native Adrienne Warren leapt into the limelight with her Tony-nominated performance in Broadway’s Shuffle Along. She then won the Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, Antonyo, and Outer Critics Circle awards for her riveting portrayal of a rock/soul superstar in Broadway’s Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, and also received an Olivier nomination for the show’s London engagement. Here this powerhouse performer when she comes home to the fans who love her best—in a spectacular, one-night-only show at Norfolk’s historic Attucks Theatre. Seating is extremely limited—get your tickets now!

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04 April 2024

How to Spend Memorial Day Weekend In Norfolk

Memorial Day means so much more than a three-day weekend, and here in Norfolk, there are several important ways to observe the holiday and honor the men and women who have died serving in the U.S. armed forces. Home to the world’s largest naval base as well as the last and largest battleship built by the U.S. Navy, Norfolk is rich with military history. Here are some ways to commemorate Memorial Day in Norfolk, Virginia.

Cover photo: @tripodphil, Instagram

Attend the 2024 Patriotic Festival

Warren Zeiders
Zac Brown Band
Bailey Zimmerman

Whisper Concerts and SevenVenues join forces for the 20th Annual Patriotic Festival Country Weekend featuring performances by country music sensations Zac Brown Band, HARDY and Bailey Zimmerman. Performances will take place Friday, May 24 through Sunday, May 26 at the Scope Arena in Downtown Norfolk. Three-day tickets and single show tickets for all concerts are available at the Scope Arena box office, Ticketmaster.com and PatrioticFestival.com.

Spend Time at the Armed Forces Memorial

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This very special memorial connecting to Town Point Park features 20 inscriptions from letters written home by U.S. service members who lost their lives in war. The letters have been cast in thin sheets of bronze and are scattered across the ground as if blown there by the wind.

Visit Nauticus, Battleship Wisconsin and the Hampton Roads Naval Museum

Learn about Norfolk’s maritime history by exploring Nauticus and the Battleship Wisconsin. Located Downtown along the Elizabeth River, this maritime discover center features fun and hands-on education for all ages. Also on site, the Hampton Roads Naval Museum celebrates the history of the fleet in Hampton Roads. 

Experience a Naval Base Tour

The Victory Rover is your front-row seat to the U.S. Navy’s Norfolk-based fleet. Departing from a berth just a short walk along the Downtown Norfolk Harbor from Nauticus, the Victory Rover offers a 2-hour narrated naval base tour. Passengers will witness the majesty of the Navy’s aircraft carriers, nuclear submarines, guided missile cruisers and other vessels that make up the world’s most powerful sea-going armada.

Explore the Cannonball Trail

Take part on this self-guided tour through 400 years of Norfolk and American history. Walk the cobblestone streets of West Freemason—the earliest residential streetscape in Norfolk—before strolling Downtown where you’ll see narrative plaques that mark places and events of historic interest. You’ll even find a Civil War-era cannonball still lodged in the wall of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church!

Visit the MacArthur Memorial

Located Downtown, the MacArthur Memorial is dedicated to the life and legacy of General of the Army Douglas MacArthur but also pays tribute to the millions of Americans who served during the Civil War, World War I, World War II and the Korean War.

Have a Beach Day

Soak up the sun over the long weekend at the beach! Norfolk has three beaches in the low-key Ocean View area that are perfect for swimming. These include Sarah Constant Beach Park, just east of 4th View Street, Community Beach Park, and Ocean View Beach Park, farther east near Norfolk Avenue.

Support a Veteran-Owned Business

Home to the world’s largest naval base, Norfolk has understandably become home to many veterans who have proudly served our country. Take the opportunity to support them and thank them for their service as you observe Memorial Day weekend in Norfolk.

Learn more about Norfolk’s historical attractions.

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19 March 2024

Register For These Norfolk Runs in 2024

It’s always a good time of year for running, and Norfolk has some great areas to trot. If you’re simply running for fun and fitness, the city’s charming neighborhoods, Norfolk Botanical Garden or the Elizabeth River Trail provide some ideal pathways and scenic views. Once you feel ready to sign up for an event, we’ve got you covered. Here are some upcoming 5K, 10K and even half marathon events during Norfolk’s most enjoyable running seasons taking place in the city’s most unique neighborhoods. There’s even some shorter-distance trots for those young runners. So, gather the whole family or a great group of friends, and sign up for these 2023 Norfolk runs. 

Step Up for The Up Center

May 11, 2024, 9 a.m. to Noon

This is the region’s only stair-climbing event held at Harbor Park Stadium in Downtown Norfolk. The Up Center is a local nonprofit fueling critical services for 10,000 children, families and people with disabilities across the region each year. Come climb the steps for this fun, timed event. Register here.

ADP Corporate 5K

June 18, 2024

VisitNorfolk team at 2022 ADP Corporate 5K

This exclusive event for the Hampton Roads corporate community welcomes employees of any company to form a team and participate in the ADP Corporate 5K. After finishing an enjoyable 5K through Downtown Norfolk, participants can join a post-race office party complete with cold beverages, food, live music and more. 

Big Blue 5K

August 10, 2024

Image courtesy of J&A Racing

Show your Monarch pride in this popular trot around Old Dominion University’s campus. A 5K kicks off the event, followed by a Kids’ 1K. The event concludes with a fabulous tailgate party featuring cold drinks, live music and food. 

Elizabeth River Run 10K & Mile Races

September 22, 2024

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The 45th annual Elizabeth River Run 10k

This is a 10k on a flat & fast point to point course starting at Old Dominion University, running around campus then heading North on the Elizabeth River Trail through gorgeous, historic tree-lined neighborhoods along the waterfront, over the Hampton Blvd Bridge with sweeping views of the Elizabeth and Lafayette Rivers and finishing in a verdant private park at the Port of Virginia.

For more information, visit https://elizabethrivertrail.org/ or learn more here.

Annual Ocean View Storm the Bay Race Series

October 14 – December 30, 2024

Head to Ocean View for a blissful fall run in Norfolk’s beloved beach community. Sign up for the Storm the Bay Half Marathon, Storm the Bay 5K Challenge or Storm the Bay 10K. There’s also a Mermaid Mile Fun Run for kids 12 and under. If you have what it takes, register for the OV-OG Challenge (the 5K and 10K back-to-back) or The Top Gun Challenge (the 5K and 10K back to back on Saturday, then the Half Marathon on Sunday). 

Chartway Norfolk Harbor Half Marathon Weekend

November 23-24, 2024

Image courtesy of J&A Racing

Enjoy Norfolk’s Downtown, thriving art community, historic neighborhoods and ODU’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 more than 20 mermaids along the Half Marathon course!). Additional options for race weekend include the Get Nauti Challenge (a 5K on Saturday and the Half Marathon on Sunday) or the Nauti Lite Challenge (a 5K on Saturday and the 10K on Sunday). There’s also a Kids Mile for young runners. 

Tacky Sweater 5K

December 2024: Date TBA

If you’re going to run in December, you might as well don a tacky sweater while doing it. This festive holiday run features a 5K run and walk. The event aims to raise awareness about melanoma and supports EVMS’ Dermatology and the Dermatology Student Group. The course begins and finishes in front of Smartmouth Brewing Co. in Chelsea, and much of the route is along the scenic Elizabeth River Trail. Afterward, there’s a tacky sweater competition and a post-race party at Smartmouth Brewing Co. with food, drinks, a live DJ, finisher medals, custom age group awards and more. 

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08 December 2023

Start the New Year in Norfolk With These Goals

As we prepare to enter the new year of 2024, we consider how we want to spend the next 365 days and what new experiences and adventures we’ll embark on. To grow and better ourselves, it’s important to enter the new year by not only being active and eating healthy but also getting outside, learning a new skill, expanding your palate and practicing self care. Here are six goals to try in Norfolk this year.

Get Active at Latitude Climbing + Fitness

You won’t be making excuses when the workouts are this fun and exciting. Head to Latitude Climbing + Fitness where you can rock climb, meditate through yoga classes and get your sweat on at a HIIT class in a fully equipped Rogue gym. We recommend purchasing a day pass while in Norfolk for unlimited access to rock-climbing and yoga classes. 

Eat Healthy in Norfolk

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No matter what new diet is trending, we can all agree that consuming more fruits and veggies is a great start to great health. Some of our favorite restaurants for healthy eating are Zeke’s Beans & Bowls, where acai bowls are plentiful and poke bowls are locally famous; Fruitive, a 100 percent plant-based, organically sourced restaurant; and Town Center Cold Pressed, dishing out the best juices, smuices and immunity shots in town (like turmeric orange or ginger). See more healthy restaurant options in Norfolk here.

Get Outside on the Elizabeth River Trail (ERT)

@ertnorfolk, Instagram

Take a step away from your electronics and head outside! Norfolk’s mild weather supports outdoor activity year-round. With the Elizabeth River Trail offering 10.5 miles of exploration, we highly encourage you to grab your bike or your favorite pair of walking shoes and hit the trail. Find additional ideas on what to do along the Elizabeth River Trail here

Learn a New Skill with Sail Nauticus

It’s always a great time to try something new and be a little adventurous. Explore the waters with Sail Nauticus as they take you out on the Harbor 20 sailboat. Learn everything from rigging and sails to tacking and jibbing, hull speed, mooring, anchoring and so much more! Once the class is completed, you will walk away with a U.S. Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification and one more skill you didn’t have in years past. Who knows? Maybe this will spark that new hobby you’ve been meaning to pick up. Grab a group of friends and head to the Elizabeth River. Happy sailing!

Expand Your Palate

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We all love a classic bowl of warm mac and cheese or a juicy burger. This year let’s step outside of our comfort zone and check out one of these highly praised restaurants to give your taste buds something new to crave. Chartreuse creates an enticing European influenced farm-to-table menu that rotates daily. Orapax, an adored Greek restaurant, will put you into the best food coma with their buttery and flaky phyllo dishes and authentic Gyros. Four Eleven York offers a luxurious menu with standout ingredients from local farms and shores. Plus, their cocktails are unmatched.

Practice Self Care

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“Treat yourself” is the motto to live by, and what better way to do that than by getting pampered and practicing self care? Get Well Soon is a self-care sanctuary catering to anyone experiencing anxiety, depression or simply some need for wellness. This Norfolk studio offers guided meditation, yoga, massages, facials, brow and lash services, an infrared sauna and a merchandise shop.

Defy Gravity

Challenge yourself and defy gravity with aerial yoga at Railroad Aerial Arts. Located in Norfolk’s Railroad District, this new aerial yoga studio offers a variety of classes from intros to more advanced options with different equipment. They also offer open gyms where you can play around with moves you’ve learned and create your own flows as you grow your practice. They offer different levels for each class ranging from level one to three and they even offer a kids class as well!

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08 December 2023

Your Complete Norfolk, VA Winter Bucket List

Winter can mean cold, gray days hunkered down indoors waiting for warm weather to return. But here in Norfolk, there are many things to do in winter. This cold weather season can mean a vibrant performing arts scene, visiting free museums, taking advantage of seasonal flavors at coffee shops and breweries or watching an exciting sporting event. There’s a small chance of snow here, but even without the white powdery fluff, Norfolk has a beautiful way of coming alive this time of year. Take advantage of this curated selection of 13 winter bucket list items to complete during your time in Norfolk.

1. Escape to the Tropics for the Day

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Cold temperatures are here, and we can’t help but dream of a tropical island getaway. While you may not be able to hop on a plane this instant, you can check out Norfolk Botanical Garden’s Tropical House Display for a breath of warm air, towering palms and banana trees! 

2. Attend a Hockey Game

Bundle up and cheer on our professional ECHL hockey team, the Norfolk Admirals, this winter. You can catch a game at the Norfolk Scope Arena located downtown. Freshly popped popcorn awaits you! 

3. Devour She-Crab Soup

Winter months in Norfolk are not complete without a steaming bowl of she-crab soup. Restaurants serving this Southern classic each have their own unique twist to its flavoring, but generally, the soup consists of milk or heavy cream, crab or fish stock, crab meat and crab roe, with a small amount of dry sherry, making for a rich, warm meal during the coldest of days. We highly recommend indulging at Todd Jurich’s Bistro or Freemason Abbey.

4. Play at an Arcade

Relive those carefree days of yesteryear with classic arcade games plus favorites like skeeball and air hockey at Pixels Pints + Bytes. Enjoy pub classics and a beer as you travel back in time at this locally owned “barcade” in Ghent. Or, head Downtown to Circuit Social to test your skills at the classics like Mario Kart and Pac-Man or enjoy a round of Duckpin bowling. Pair your gaming with a local brew from one of their 48 self-serve taps, or snag a bite to eat from their all-American menu. 

5. Take a Hot Yoga Class

Escape the cold for an hour with a rejuvenating and toasty session at Torch Yoga + Cycle. Whether you come for the cycling or the hot yoga, you’ll warm up in no time, channel your inner zen and leave the class nice and toasty, perhaps even appreciating the refreshing cold air outside. 

6. See a Show

Norfolk has a great appreciation for the performing arts and what better way to get out of the house this winter and into a warm cozy theater than by attending a show. Norfolk is home to the Virginia OperaVirginia Arts FestivalVirginia Symphony and make sure you check out Norfolk broadway shows at Chrysler Hall.

7. Caffeinate in a cozy cafe

If you’re in need of some like-minded energy or just a quieter place to sip a warm, tasty cup of coffee, pop into one of Norfolk’s delightful coffeeshops. Each one is unique and offers a warm atmosphere, friendly faces and any type of hot beverage—caffeinated or not—your heart desires on a chilly winter day. Plus, you can grab a housemade pastry or hot meal as you sip the day away.

8. Or Cozy Up with a Cup of Tea

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Sometimes you just need a hot tasty beverage without a jolt of caffeine. Most of Norfolk’s coffee shops offer up delicious teas, so find one you love and take a sip. Need suggestions? Try Coalescence’s Rainier Tea, an organic tisane blend with peppermint flavors. Or, check out Vessel Craft Coffee’s selection, as their teas are sourced directly from family farms that use sustainable farming practices.

9. Visit a Free Museum

Norfolk is filled with museums, many of which are free to visit! Discover Norfolk’s maritime history at the Hampton Roads Naval History Museum; peruse paintings, dolls and glass art at the Barry Art Museum; or explore over 30,000 original works of art that span more than 5,000 years at Chrysler Museum of Art—all of which offer free admission every day.

10. Attend a Wine Tasting

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A chilly day can quickly become warm after a few sips of delicious wine. Step into Mermaid Winery, Virginia’s only urban winery, or Vino Culture, a boutique wine shop located Downtown, for tastings of wines from around the world and around our state. Dine in for Wine Down Wednesday every week for 50% off bottles.

11. Catch a Flick at Norfolk’s Locally Owned Movie Theater

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Home to Norfolk’s artistic cinema, the Naro is a cozy spot for catching films you may not see in theaters, as well as reliving some favorite classics. A cultural landmark in Norfolk, the Naro is also home to one of the world’s longest-running showings of the Rocky Horror Picture Show, with regularly-scheduled showings since 1978.

12. Warm up with a Bowl of Ramen

There’s nothing quite as comforting and exciting as a bowl of ramen from Alkaline. Nearly all ingredients are made in house, resulting in an unparalleled flavor combination of broth, noodles and toppings. Along with their beloved bowls of ramen, Alkaline specializes in Asian sticky wings, stir fried green beans and miso butter cake.

13. Enjoy a winter beer

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Stouts, porters and winter ales take center stage at Norfolk’s breweries this time of year. Lean in to the chilly season with an even chillier beer and enjoy those toasty notes that’ll warm you right up. COVA Brewing features tasty seasonal offerings such as Cookie Exchange stout, Winter Warmer, Coffee Shop coffee stout and Gold Foil oatmeal stout.

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26 October 2023

Local Shopping in Norfolk

Looking for that perfect, one-of-a-kind gift for your loved one (or yourself)? How about a vintage conversation piece, a new outfit for the season or a simple reminder of your amazing experience in Norfolk? Our city takes pride in its diverse selection of small businesses and bustling boutiques. From lovingly made home goods and carefully crafted wares to a sensational mix of secondhand treasures, our shopping scene is eclectic, unique and proudly Norfolk.

Selden Market

Start with the all-encompassing Selden Market. Located in the heart of Downtown, Selden is an eclectic, historic shopping hall that features local artisans, chefs and rotating pop-up shops. Because it is ever-changing, every time you visit Norfolk, there will be different vendors and goods. Worried your favorite shop will disappear once it leaves Selden? Don’t fret. Success stories like Pure Lagos and Vessel Craft Coffee have these shops moving out of Selden Market and into brick-and-mortar stores within our city, so you can follow your favorite vendors wherever they head next. Visitors may find an assortment of offerings like handmade leather goods, unique jewelry, DIY candles, international cuisine and more. For a full list of their current shops click here.

Gift Shops

Decorum

Located inside Decorum Furniture is Norfolk’s most eclectic gift shop, Decorum. Find the perfect present as you browse through games, books, kitchen utensils, quirky magnets and more.

Mermaid Market

It’s downright wrong to leave Norfolk without a mermaid souvenir. Visit the Mermaid Market located Downtown inside our Visitor Information Center. Along with mermaid bottle openers, ornaments, hats and T-shirts, you’ll find drink ware and accessories, home goods, jewelry, kids’ items, apparel and Virginia-centric goodies.

Mermaid Factory

With one visit to our city, you’ll notice quite quickly you’re in the presence of mermaids. These vibrant swimming beauties are Norfolk’s mascot, each designed a little differently and with her own unique story to tell. Want to take a mermaid home with you? Head to the Mermaid Factory where you can paint and decorate your very own mermaid or select one that someone else has designed. These make perfect gifts for both locals and visiting guests as a memento of your time spent in Coastal Virginia.

Le Marché

Le Marché offers fine French furnishings, as well as a full-service bridal, nursery and gift registry. Under the ownership of Nabil Abdalla and Donna Marie Murphy since May 1999, Le Marché boasts uncompromising customer service in addition to over 30 years of professional experience. They invite you to come in and experience their magnificent European bed and table linens, fine china, crystal, sterling flatware, iron beds, cribs, armoires, tables, chairs, lounges and decadent chocolates.

Artisan

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Kitsch

Kitsch showcases over 100 artists, crafters, and makers within the 757 region and offers shoppers original art, beautiful prints, handmade jewelry, toys, baby items and much more. They also have a beautifully curated vintage section, so don’t leave without wandering through the back room.

Prince Ink

Prince Ink is by no means your typical touristy T-shirt store. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. All of their apparel is one-of-a-kind with distinct designs and immense attention to detail. Whether shopping for a Norfolk T-shirt or hat, you can rest assured you’re buying top quality and supporting a locally loved shop. Visit their online store or in person, or swing by the VisitNorfolk Visitor Center to pick up one of their Norfolk-proud items.

Texture of Ghent 

Woman-owned and operated, Texture of Ghent opened their doors in 1999 and has become a crucial boutique within Norfolk’s shopping culture. What makes Texture so special is that it carries the work of more than 200 artists and small business goods from Virginia, other states and even from around the world. When you shop at Texture, you will easily raise the bar for gift giving. Everything is truly unique.

The Industrial Cottage

The Industrial Cottage, family-owned and operated, sells rejuvenated pieces of furniture, offers custom builds and graces us with a gift shop full of home decor for those looking for smaller scale items. Their talent is unmatched; they turn lovingly used furniture into gorgeous statement pieces. The best part is they will ship the item directly to you.

Plant Norfolk

Located on Granby Street in the NEON District, Plant Norfolk is a boutique plant shop full of all your favorite greenery, plus fanciful pots and the cutest watering cans you can imagine. Inspired by the connection we have to the earth through plants, Plant Norfolk opened its doors in 2022 and is ready to help you add a little some greenery to your space.

Werther Leather goods

Werther Leather Goods is a leather goods shop crafting minimalist leather wallets, belts, bags, passport holders, and more! You can have a belt made for you while you wait or get a wallet personalized.

Consignment

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Mrs. Pinkadot

A mixture of vendor products and consignment pieces, Mrs. Pinkadot is one of the most beloved consignment shops in the city. Owner Joan Wilkening, focuses on decor and furniture with styles ranging from coastal and mid-century modern to French country, farmhouse and more. She hosts frequent flea markets and sales throughout the store, so check her events calendar for the most up-to-date information.

Nomad’s Clothing Exchange

Owner Grice, a Norfolk native, has turned her mother’s previous Double Take consignment store into her very own—Nomad’s. This homegrown retail shop provides carefully selected, pre-loved items and wares. Grice’s love for the city and all things pre-loved shine through at her storefront in Ghent.

Hunt and Gather

Discover a treasure trove of Hampton Roads businesses, each specializing in vintage, antiques, and more, all conveniently gathered under one roof at Hunt and Gather! With dozens of diverse vendors, each offering their own distinct and unique wares, you can rest assured that you’ll find the perfect item to suit your taste and needs. Whether you’re on the hunt for a one-of-a-kind antique, a vintage collectible, or something entirely unexpected, Hunt and Gather’s vibrant marketplace is your destination for an unparalleled shopping experience.

Packed House

Nestled in Norfolk, “Packed House” is a vintage enthusiast’s dream. This charming store houses a diverse collection of second-hand treasures, from vintage clothing to rare vinyl records, offering a delightful journey into the past. The friendly staff and sustainability ethos add to the experience, making it a must-visit destination for those seeking unique finds and a taste of history.

White Rabbit

Let all of your kid-centric gift needs be met at Ghent’s beloved White Rabbit children’s consignment. Their beautifully curated selection of items make for the perfect birthday present, shower gift or a surprise for your well-behaved kiddo. Stuffed animals, wooden toys and children’s books are just among some of the types of items you can find at this boutique. In addition to lovingly used clothing, toys and shoes, White Rabbit carries a great assortment of brand new toys, books and baby items.

Antique

Michael Millard-Lowe

Michael Millard-Lowe Antiques is a nationally known provider of fine antiques. They source specialty pieces almost exclusively from France and Italy and bring the flavor and style of the European continent to the friends of their shop. Only the best, curated antiques and curiosities are offered for sale here.

Ghent Antiques 

Founded in 2016, Ghent Antiques’ selection of furnishings and home decor is curated through specialty consignments and thoroughly sorted through estate sales. Director Dan Hunt has been collecting antiques since he was 16 and loves to share his passion with shoppers for all old things turned new again.

Attic Treasures Antique Mall

Stop by the Attic Treasures Antique Mall and you might just find something you didn’t know you needed. Attic Treasures sells items from a selection of vendors, so make sure you check out every nook and cranny.

Three Swallows Imports

Located along 21st Street, Three Swallows specializes in Asian collectibles, antiques and home furnishings. You can find anything from a classic Buddha garden statue to a hand-painted credenza.

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26 October 2023

Veteran-Owned Restaurants and Breweries in Norfolk, VA

Home to the world’s largest naval base, Norfolk is home for many who served in the military. You’ll find several veteran-owned businesses throughout Norfolk, with their own unique story and journey. We hope you’ll support these Norfolk veteran-owned businesses not just around Veterans Day but throughout the year.

Pendulum Fine Meats

Pendulum owner Dylan Wakefield was in the Navy for eight years as a chef on submarines. Once his navy career ended, he wanted to continue his passion for food and recognized Norfolk’s need for a neighborhood butcher shop. In 2014, Dylan and his wife, Dana, decided to open Pendulum Fine Meats. It’s become a staple in Norfolk, a familiar place for community members to connect with their food, ask about the farmers and how the animals were raised. Locals pop in and out, friends gather around family-style tables for lunch, and Dana’s mother makes desserts from scratch. Their lunch menu is drool-worthy and because they’re a whole animal butcher shop, no piece goes unused, from beef bones for stock to tallow candles to roasted skins for pets. Dana and Dylan love their location in the Ghent neighborhood for its historical buildings, sense of community and walkability, and we know you will too!

Bold Mariner Brewing Company

Bold Mariner owner Michael Stacks is a third-generation brewer and Navy veteran. His grandfather and father were both homebrewers in Michigan, and since the Navy brought Michael to Virginia, he decided to carry on the family tradition here in Norfolk. Michael attributes a lot of the brewery’s success to head brewer John O’Reilly, who is also from a Navy family. The duo has successfully created many ales and lagers and keeps their brew game strong.

Rip Rap Brewing Co.

Tucked in the Railroad District of Norfolk, Rip Rap is owned and operated by Liam Bell, a former Coast Guardsmen. Homebrewing was a hobby of Liam’s while in the Coast Guard, and since turning it into his career, he hopes to spread his passion of beer to each person that walks in. The theme of coastal waterways is felt throughout the microbrewery. Liam himself painted the interior mural showcasing the Chesapeake Bay’s waterways. Their beers are enticing and ever-changing, so once you find something you love, you may want to stock up.

Kobros Coffee

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Twin brothers Erik and Sean Copack grew up in Orlando, Florida before both joining the military. They always had a love for coffee, but their extensive travels around the world broadened their appetite and amplified their appreciation for the coffee bean. Now, veterans, they are creating some of the most tasteful and compelling lattes in our city. Their rotating seasonal flavors are a bit out of the ordinary—butternut/acorn squash craft latte or fig/brown sugar craft latte, for example—but always a hit. They also typically incorporate notes of citrus into their coffee as a tribute to their original sunshine state. Their beloved shop is bursting with plants, and the team is extremely accommodating and friendly. It’s hard not to be an avid Kobros Coffee drinker.

PJay’s Kitchen

Veteran owned and operated business seafood carry out. Committed to providing high-quality, fresh seafood to the local community. A diverse menu of seafood options, ranging from popular choices like shrimp, crab, and fish to unique and signature dishes.

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25 October 2023

Indulge in Fall Flavors This Season in Norfolk

Fall is indeed a time for comfort food, a chance to indulge in anything pumpkin spice and even an opportunity to prepare our palates for Thanksgiving. Wondering where to revel in autumn’s delicious glory? Check out these Norfolk restaurants, cafes and bakeries offering the finest flavors of fall.

Go ahead and drink a PSL

COVA Brewing Co.

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COVA’s pumpkin spice latte is a treat for the senses. With flavors of pumpkin, vanilla, cinnamon and clove, you’ll experience a subtle sweetness with a hint of spice—the perfect sip of the season.

Cure Coffeehouse

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What could be better than a pumpkin spiced latte? Perhaps one with cheesecake. Cure’s pumpkin spice cheesecake latte has all the cozy fall flavors you’re craving, conveniently crafted in a mug and adorned with some pretty darn impressive latte art.

Savor the flavor of these comfort dishes

The Grilled Cheese Bistro

Let’s be clear. There’s nothing more comforting than a grilled cheese sandwich, especially from a restaurant that specializes in sinfully delicious combinations of gooey cheese between two slices of bread. And yet, The Grilled Cheese Bistro has managed to take comfort to a cozy new level with two seasonal menu selections. The Gobble Me Up grilled cheese features roasted turkey, fried brie, moscato poached pear, local honey & havarti on sourdough. Meanwhile, their Fall for Giuseppe features Moscato poached pear, prosciutto di parma, fresh basil, local honey, balsamic glaze, mozzarella & fontina on sourdough.

The Ten Top

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The specials at this adored Ghent eatery are always seasonally inspired and created with the highest quality ingredients. Warm up even more with a bowl of their signature soup (selections change often). Fall favorites are spicy chipotle pumpkin chili with avocado creme, vegan coconut curry pumpkin (always a favorite) or herb sweet potato and butternut squash.

Make it a spirited season

Hair of the Dog Downtown

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Trying to decide between caffeine and booze? Now you don’t have to. Hair of the Dog has got you covered with their Fall Boozie Coffee Flight in flavors of French toast, s’mores, salted caramel and pumpkin spice. It’s a beautiful nod to the season joining together the best of both worlds.

Reaver Beach NFK

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Are you ready to tempt your tastebuds with some of the funnest flavors to grace a beverage? Reaver Beach is dropping the freshest autumn sips this season with specialty brews like a Jolly Roger Pumpkin Porter featuring notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove.

The Stockpot

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Talk about a fall-forward drink menu. The Stockpot’s cocktails are a celebration of falling leaves and autumn breeze, carefully crafted in these sophisticated sips. Start light with a pomegranate ginger greyhound, gin & ginger or maple fall fizz. Spice things up with a captain sage green tea or golden mezcalrita, or get outta yer gourd with a pumpkin spice White Russian.

Save room for falL desserts

Bar-Q Desserts

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You thought Bar-Q only makes barbecue? This Ocean View delight is also making waves in the world of desserts with irresistible offerings like pumpkin cheesecake brownies topped with orange and black sprinkles. You also can’t go wrong with caramel apple cheesecake bars or caramel pecan brownies.

Cafe Genevieve

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Can you really fit fall flavors into something as small and delicate as a macaron? Bien sûr! Anything is possible at Cafe Genevieve inside Selden Market where they turn out delightful macarons in all sorts of yummy flavors including pumpkin spice, apple pie and pumpkin cheesecake.

S’Mores Amore

Lauded for their addictive s’mores that are fired on the spot, S’mores Amore at Selden Market has added a limited time flavor the Great Golden Pumpkin. They start with a signature graham cracker crust, then cinnamon blondie, gooey pumpkin pie layer and top with a vanilla cinnamon marshmallow.

Yorgo’s Bageldashery

Yorgo’s, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways. There’s much to adore this season at the locals’ favorite bagel shop. Try a pumpkin bagel or pumpkin cream cheese (also available as a vegan option). Go sweet with their pumpkin roll, and don’t forget to pair with a pumpkin latte or mocha.

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12 July 2023

August 2023 Event Guide

Don’t miss out on Norfolk’s hottest events this August. The city is filled with free concerts along the water, colorful festivals, tours and more!

Tides Games

Ongoing
Harbor Park

Take the family out to the ball game! Harbor Park is home to the Norfolk Tides, the Triple-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. Check their website for the latest updates on the players, games and fun at Harbor Park.

Claudia Bueno: Echoes of the Heart

Ongoing
Hermitage Museum and Gardens

The Hermitage Museum is featuring internationally recognized artist Claudia Bueno for a three-month solo exhibition. Born in Venezuela, Bueno creates stunning, interactive worlds that call forth our most intimate, foundational emotions and gives them seemingly limitless space in which to fully bloom.  Metaphor and biology are forever married in works of sound, light, circuits, motors, wind and film.  

Heather Beardsley: Strange Plants

Ongoing
Chrysler Museum of Art

The varied locations have a personal connection to Beardsley as they chronicle the many places her art practice has taken her from Chicago, Vienna, Kyiv, Budapest, Beijing, Tallinn, and Hampton Roads. With postcards and textiles found in local flea markets across Europe, Beardsley juxtaposes structures with encroaching fauna, using embroidery to challenge the pejorative confines of “decorative art” or “craft”. 

Sunsets on the River

August 3, 17
Hermitage Museum and Gardens

Gates open at 5:30 p.m., music starts at 6 p.m. Relax on the shoreline and enjoy live music from Roberta Lea and Band (Aug. 3) and Allen Huddson and the Halfmoons (Aug. 17). Enjoy drinks from their bar featuring craft beer and wine and grab a bite from various local food trucks! Admission to the museum and their current exhibition is included with your tickets.

Friday Nights in Ocean View

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Aug. 4, 11, 18, 25
Ocean View Beach Park

Summer brings the return of exciting Friday night events at Ocean View Beach Park on the Chesapeake Bay.  These events bring a diverse schedule of themed parties and family fun and movie nights that provide a great way to start your summertime weekends off right with live music, children’s activities, food, beverages and more!

Hot Country Nights

Aug. 5, 19
Waterside District

Enjoy the hot summer nights with live music on the Blue Moon Taphouse outdoor stage, cold drinks, and waterside patio seating. Performers include Granger Smith (Aug. 5) and Buckshot (Aug. 19).

Gospel Mid-day Cruise

Aug. 5, 12, 19, 26
City Cruises Norfolk

Enjoy live entertainment, an all-you-can-eat buffet and good fellowship featuring performances by Chris Evans.

Big Bands on the Bay Summer Concert Series

Aug. 6, 13, 20, 27
Ocean View Beach Park

Big Bands on the Bay ends the weekend with a sunset celebration on the Chesapeake Bay. Welcome the stars every Sunday night from 7–9 p.m. Guests are invited down to the Gazebo at Ocean View Beach Park for live Big Band music and dancing.

Big Blue 5K

Aug. 12
Old Dominion University

 Go Big Blue! The 9th running of the Big Blue 5K presented by Bon Secours takes participants on a 5K tour of the Old Dominion University campus and finishes on the 50 yard line on Kornblau Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium. Participants are invited to celebrate their race at the Post Race Tailgate Party!

40th Annual Norfolk Waterfront Jazz Festival

August 18–19
Town Point Park

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Hampton Roads’ longest-running outdoor jazz festival returns for two nights along the Downtown Norfolk waterfront. On a warm summer evening, chill to the legendary sounds of top national smooth jazz and R&B recording artists. This popular festival features a variety of seating and ticket options. Fine foods and beverages will be available for purchase, plus a festival marketplace with crafts, retail items and more. Performers this year include Kim Waters and Kayla Waters, Keiko Matsui, Gerald Albright, Kandace Springs, Jazz Funk Soul and Dave Koz.

Barbara Earl Thomas: The Illuminated Body

Through Aug. 20
Chrysler Museum of Art

Layers of luminous, jewel-colored paper pulse with life behind cut black-paper portraits made by Barbara Earl Thomas. These new works by the celebrated artist, writer, and thinker meditate on the visual experience of the body within a physical and metaphorical world of light and shadow. Based on real people, the portraits “elevate to the magnificent” her family, friends, and neighbors, as well as cultural icons of the African American literary landscape.

Nauticus after Dark: Endless Summer

Aug. 24
Nauticus

Grab your friends and start your weekend early with Nauticus After Dark, an evening event series exclusively for adults 21+. Nauticus After Dark: Endless Summer will offer after-hours exploration of Nauticus and help you enjoy these last few weeks of summer! Guests will also enjoy tasty, themed cocktails and bites, engaging activities, karaoke and more!

Fortune Feimster

Aug. 25
Harrison Opera House

You can catch stand-up comedian, writer and actor Fortune Feimster on the radio, on screens both big and small and touring her stand-up across the nation. 

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14 June 2023

June 2023 Events Guide

Summer is just beginning, and Norfolk has a great lineup of June events to heat things up! From Tides games, waterfront festivals and live music to fun fitness events, there are plenty of opportunities to get out and about in Norfolk.

Tides Baseball Games

Ongoing
Harbor Park

The Norfolk Tides are a minor league baseball team in the Triple-A International League. As an affiliate team of the Baltimore Orioles, the Norfolk Tides play at Harbor Park on the Elizabeth River in downtown Norfolk.

June
June 1: Business Special Matinee
June 2: Grayson Rodriguez Bobblehead Giveaway
June 3: Fireworks
June 4: Copa de la Diversion
June 13: Bark in the Park
June 14: Pride Night
June 15: Business Special Matinee
June 16: Boy Scout Night
June 17: Fireworks
June 18: Father’s Day Pre-Game Catch on the Field
June 28: Turn Back the Clock Night
June 29: Business Special Matinee
June 30: Negro League Tribute Night

Big Bands On the bay

Ongoing
Ocean View Beach Park

Enjoy living music in Ocean View throughout the summer! Welcome the stars every Sunday night from 7–9 p.m. Guests are invited down to the Gazebo at Ocean View Beach Park for live Big Band music and dancing. Get up and dance or sit back and relax as you enjoy these incredible summer events!

June Night market

June 1, 2023
Waterside District

Join Waterside District every first Thursday for the Night Market, a small business shopping event. Every month, they’ll feature local artists and vendors to support small businesses! Thursday nights at Blue Moon also include Girls’ Night Out specials!

Live music at Perry Pavilion

June 1, 3, 7, 8, 9
Perry Pavillion

Valerie June performing at Perry Pavilion June 7

The Virginia Arts Festival continues its extraordinary line-up! Head over to the Perry Pavillion, located at the corner of Charlotte and Bank street, across the street from the Jay and Clay Barr Education Center for can’t-miss live performances. Enjoy music by American Aquarium (June 1), Rhythm Project Showcase (June 3), Valerie June—pictured—(June 7), Over the Rhine (June 8) and Bria Skonberg (June 9).

Sunsets on the River

June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Hermitage Museum & Gardens

Sunsets on the River returns for its 13th summer with more fun for the whole family! Relax on the shoreline and enjoy live music from across the musical spectrum including top 40, bluegrass, funk, R&B, swing, psychedelic rock, alternative rock, and more; interactive activities for all guests from community artists + organizations, drinks from the bar featuring craft beer and wine available for purchase; dinner from a variety of local food trucks, including some new favorites; plus
the immersive art exhibition, Echoes of the Heart beginning June 9.

Inaugural Mermaid Series Swim & Mermaid Festival

June 3
Ocean View Beach Park

Ocean View Sports presents the inaugural Mermaid Series Run, Swim and Mermaid Festival! After the 5K and 1-Mile Sand Run/Walk on May 6, the second installment of the series will be on Saturday, June 3, 202, at Ocean View Beach Park in the heart of Ocean View! Register for the 1- and 2-mile open water swim or 1-mile open water relay swim with teams of four, and stay afterward for the inaugural Mermaid Festival celebrating our Norfolk mermaid with a costume contest, photos with mermaids and mermen, lots of fun activities for the merkids, vendors and more!

Jesus Christ Superstar

Through June 4
Chrysler Hall

Celebrating its 50th Anniversary, a new mesmerizing production of the iconic musical phenomenon returns to the stage. With lyrics and music by Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony winners Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR is set against the backdrop of an extraordinary series of events during the final weeks in the life of Jesus Christ as seen through the eyes of Judas. Reflecting the rock roots that defined a generation, the legendary score includes “I Don’t Know How to Love Him,” “Gethsemane” and “Superstar.”

Norfolk Harborfest

June 9–11
Town Point Park, Downtown Norfolk Waterfront

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America’s largest, longest-running, free maritime festival, the iconic Norfolk Harborfest enters its 47th year. For three memorable days along the Downtown Norfolk Waterfront, Harborfest celebrates all of the elements that make Norfolk and Hampton Roads a historic maritime and naval community. On both land and sea, thrilling activities and live music take center stage, including the annual Parade of Sail featuring international tall ships, one of the largest fireworks shows on the East Coast, a mesmerizing drone show, interactive family games and activities, Navy exhibits and demonstrations, artisan foods and beverages, national and regional live entertainment and much more.

Summer is here and it’s time to get out and enjoy the sunshine! Grab your friends and family and head over to O’Connor Brewing Co. for a day full of live music, food trucks, and craft beer. You can find more information on our event calendar

Juneteenth in the Park

June 17
Town Point Park

Join in the fun of Juneteenth this year! This free event is open to the public and designed to promote and support as we celebrate Juneteenth! See more Juneteenth events.

Celebrate Father’s Day

June 19
Norfolk, VA

Show Dad a fun time with Father’s Day fun throughout the city! Spend time with Dad at a beach, brewery or baseball game. Journey on a historic cruise, hit the golf course, catch a fish, or kayak along the Lafayette River. We’ve got the perfect ideas for a day with Dad.

Pridefest

June 24
Town point park

This much-anticipated annual event celebrates the diversity of the LGBTQ+ community and allies, providing the opportunity to unify through celebrations of inclusion and equality. Norfolk has the distinct honor of being the location for the only Pride Boat Parade in the country! The parade celebrates our connections with the 300-year-old maritime history of our port cities. Town Point Park, nestled along the riverbanks of the Elizabeth River, provides a unique setting for boaters to be part of this event. See more Pride events.

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