24 May 2022

Things to Do in Ocean View and East Beach - Norfolk’s Sandy, Sunny Hotspot

Your gateway to water activities, seafood and gorgeous sunsets is in Norfolk’s Ocean View and East Beach area. They’re perfectly situated on the spectacular Chesapeake Bay. Come enjoy it for yourself, and be sure to check out the following things to do.

Bay Day

Head down to the bay for a day of sunbathing, sand and gentle waves, perfect for the whole family. Ocean View and East Beach make the waterfront oh so easy to access and enjoy. Ocean View Beach ParkSarah Constant Beach Park and Community Beach Park all offer free parking with lifeguards on duty from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Labor Day.

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Go Fishing / Crabbing

The Ocean View Fishing Pier has an on-site tackle shop for all your fishing needs, including fishing attire so you can dress for the dock. Fishing and crabbing at the OV Fishing Pier is all the rage and be sure to stick around for spectacular sunset viewing!

The Ocean View Station Museum 

The Ocean View Station Museum traces the history of Ocean View from the 1880s to the 1980s. The museum displays a rollercoaster car and a boat from the famous former Ocean View Amusement Park. Stop by to check out artifacts and pictures from the early days of Ocean View. 

Seafood Restaurants

Looking for seafood? Look no further than Ocean View and East Beach for some of the best seafood offerings in Norfolk, including the Ocean View Fishing Pier RestaurantStony’s Dockside Bar and Grill, Longboards East Beach and Captain Groovy’s, just to name a few.

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23 May 2022

Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend In Norfolk

Celebrate and honor those who have served this Memorial weekend in Norfolk, VA. Support our veterans with some local shopping or learn about the city’s rich naval history. Enjoy the long weekend beachside or hang out at Norfolk’s newest festival, the Patriotic Festival as you welcome in summer!

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Patriotic Festival

Celebrate the 18th Annual Patriotic Festival in Town Point Park! This three-day festival is packed full of events that celebrate and honor our U.S Military. Experience Navy Jet Flyovers, US Air Force, Us Marine and Military Mobile Tours along with a Navy ceremony and reenlistments. Enjoy live performances by The Wailers, Toad the Wet Sprockets and Gin Blossoms throughout the weekend!

Nauticus and The Battleship Wisconsin

Learn more about Norfolk’s maritime history at Nauticus. Located along the waterfront in downtown, Norfolk offers a unique form of experiential learning for all ages. Through interactive exhibits and STEM to STERN programming, Nauticus uses the museum, Battleship Wisconsin, Sail Nauticus sailing center, and Schooner Virginia to tell the story of the maritime environment, industry, and the military.

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

Cannonball Trail

A walk-it-yourself tour, through 400 years of Norfolk and American history. The Trail winds along the shoreline of the Elizabeth River and through the districts of Downtown Norfolk. Walk the cobbled streets of West Freemason – the earliest residential streetscape in Norfolk; stroll downtown, where turn-of-the-century buildings stand in the shadows of modern structures. Throughout downtown, narrative plaques 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!

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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.

Veteran owned shopping

Home to the world’s largest naval base, Norfolk has become home to many who served in the military. You will find that veteran-owned businesses are scattered throughout Norfolk. Each has its own unique story on why they decided to permanently plant roots here by starting a business and we’re here to tell their stories.

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16 May 2022

June 2022 Event Guide

Summer is just beginning, and Norfolk has a great lineup of June events to heat things up! From Tides games, various festivals, and live music to foodie and fitness events, there is plenty of fun to be had throughout the city of Norfolk!

Harborfest 2022

June 10-12, 2022
Town Point Park, Downtown Norfolk Waterfront

Harborfest is back and better than ever! On both land, and sea thrilling activities and live music will unfold throughout the weekend. Some of the events include a rollerskating rink, the butterfly encounter, body marbling, and much more! Other main events are the annual Parade Sail and one of the biggest fireworks shows on the east coast. It is bound to be a great weekend!

Take a walk through the gardens

Select Dates Throughout June 2022
Norfolk Botanical Garden

Summer is starting to bloom! Come out to the Norfolk Botanical Gardens throughout the month of June to enjoy the various events they will be hosting. From unique yoga classes, sunset kayaking, and making origami butterflies there is sure to be something for you and your family to enjoy!

O’Connoroo 2022

June 18th, 2022
O’Connor Brewing Co. 

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

The Virginia zoo

Select Dates Throughout June
Virginia Zoo

Take a walk on the wild side and head over to the Virginia Zoo! There are fun events going on throughout the summer that are perfect for little ones and parents alike! From a Lion Welcoming Party to ZooGroves and everything in between, there’s no better way to spend the day than exploring the Virginia Zoo.

Juneteenth in the Park

June 18th, 2022
Town Point Park

Join in the fun of Juneteeth this year! This FREE event is designed to promote and support those looking to better their careers. There will be various health and wellness activities, career education and job development information along with on-site interviews. Enjoy a complimentary lunch, live music, presentation and more as we celebrate Juneteenth!

Celebrate Father’s Day

June 19, 2022
Norfolk, VA

Show Dad a fun time with Father’s Day events throughout the city! Celebrate with dinner and lunch cruises on City Cruises or learn more about all the ways to enjoy your day out on the town with dad here. 

Pridefest

June 25th, 2022
Town point park

The Virginia Arts Festival continues its extraordinary line-up! From folk music with Abbie Gardner, blues from Chris Smither, modern swing music from Mipso to classical music with Olga Kern, there is something for everyone! Enjoy the summer weather with the family as you dance along to these incredible live performances. 

Live music at the Perry Pavillion

Select Dates Throughout June 2022
Perry Pavillion

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 be missed live performances. Join Grammy-nominated multi-instrumentalist Allison Russell and plenty of others this summer for a night of incredible music.

Catch a Tides Game

Select Dates Throughout June 2022
Harborview Park 

Summer is in full swing! With home games throughout the month, spend a night out by the water as you cheer on the Norfolk Tides. Grab some popcorn and enjoy time with friends or family!

Big Bands On the bay

THroughout June 2022
Ocean View Beach Park

Enjoy living music in Ocean View throughout the summer! With various dates in June and going through September, watch the sunset and take in the stars as you listen to live music from the Gazebo at Ocean View Beach Park. Get up and dance or sit back and relax as you enjoy these incredible summer events!

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07 May 2022

Things to Do for Father's Day in Norfolk, VA

Looking for the perfect Dad date or outing this Father’s Day? We’ve got you covered! We’ve rounded up the best things to do with Dad throughout our city. Whether you celebrate Dad on Father’s Day or every day, create a lasting memory with him in Norfolk this year.

Take a Cruise

Hop aboard the Victory Rover for a 2-hour narrated harbor cruise where guests experience the sights and sounds of one of the world’s busiest seaports, including the world’s largest naval base, home of the Atlantic Fleet — see destroyers, guided missile cruisers, submarines, aircraft carriers and more.

To continue with the maritime theme, grab lunch at WISKY Porch along the water, where their fusion of Asian and American cuisine reflects the areas of the world in which the Battleship Wisconsin (which you will see on the boat tour) operated in. Afterward, head to Werther Leather Goods, within Selden Market, where they will customize a new leather belt just for Dad on the spot.

Go Golfing

Norfolk’s Ocean View Golf Course is a great way to kick it with Dad. Swing for all 18 holes or just the simple nine on their hybrid Bermuda greens and plush, oak-lined fairways. Once you’re done, treat Dad to some of the city’s best barbeque at Bar-Q, located inside Bold Mariner Brewing Company. Bar-Q has an à la carte menu, but we highly suggest filling up a platter with their tender brisket, fall-off-the-bone ribs, rich mac and cheese, and spicy (but not too spicy) jalapeño and cheddar links. Because Bar-Q lives within Bold Mariner, it’s only appropriate to pair the fresh smoked ribs with a Frogman Lager. 

Catch Memories and Fish

Love to fish with Pops? Spend the afternoon casting your line on the Ocean View Fishing Pier, the longest free-standing pier in North America. Once you’ve caught enough fish and worked up an appetite, head on over to My Mama’s Kitchen for their mouth-watering Drip Sandwich – fried chicken dipped in their secret drip sauce, topped with house coleslaw, pickles and remoulade on a soft brioche bun. Round out your day for Dad with a refreshing brew from coastal themed COVA Brewing Company, just down the street. 

Kayak the Lafayette River

Explore the Lafayette River by kayak! Norfolk Kayak Rentals, located along Colley Avenue, offers single and tandem kayaks for all. Paddle along the river and enjoy the intercoastal waterways of Norfolk. The inlets are packed with sites of stunning architectural homes and magnificent sunsets only obtainable via waterway. Looking for a bite and a brew afterward? Head to Elation Brewery for beer and a wood-fired pizza. The Bakehouse at Elation is housed within the brewery and turns out freshly baked wood-fired flatbread pizzas that have recently been voted best pizza in the state of Virginia by Food & Wine Magazine

Bike the Elizabeth River Trail 

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Break out your bikes or rent an electric Pedego bike and explore the Elizabeth River Trail. The Elizabeth River Trail, also known as the ERT, is Norfolk’s 10.5-mile-long walk and bikeable pathway that takes you through multiple neighborhoods with different waterfront views. Starting out in our thriving downtown, the trail winds you through a few historic neighborhoods and campuses and ends in the prestigious neighborhood of Lochhaven. The ERT is trickled with breweries to take Dad to, like Benchtop and Smartmouth, and delicious restaurants along the way, like Torch, the Birch and Grandiflora. Especially if you are not familiar with our city, it’s a great lookbook to a day in the life of a Norfolkian. 

Watch the Planes

Do your kiddos love watching trucks, planes and cars go by? The Norfolk Botanical Garden has the perfect runway overlook for viewing Norfolk International Airport’s planes land and take off. Located off the far side of the main parking lot, the spot is safe and secluded for little ones, and you can even hear what the pilots are saying from the radio tower at the top of the hill. The Oo’s and Ahh’s you and your family can share here are precious and memorable. Once you’ve seen your fair share of jets, head to El Rey 2 for freshly made tortilla tacos. 

Catch a Baseball Game

There is nothing quite as classic as enjoying a hot dog with Dad at an all-American baseball game. Norfolk is home to the Norfolk Tides, 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. Throw on your baseball cap and cheer on the Tides this Father’s Day.

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25 April 2022

May 2022 Event Guide

Norfolk has a great lineup of May events to kickstart the warmer months! With festival season kicking off, live outdoor music, holidays and baseball games, you will find that there is plenty of fun to be had this May along the Norfolk waterfront!

Festevents’s Spring Wine Festival

May 7-8, 2022
Town Point Virginia Wine Festival

Grab your glass and head on down to Norfolk’s bi-annual Town Point Virginia Wine Festival. Wine Enthusiast Magazine has named Virginia one of the 10 best wine travel destinations in the world!  Every May, Virginia wineries gather together to create an event that everyone can enjoy. From the wine connoisseur to the newbies, everyone can find something to their tastes at this weekend Festival!

Celebrate Mother’s Day in Norfolk

May 8, 2022
Throughout the city

Norfolk has plenty of events happening throughout the city to shower all the mom’s out there with a little extra love. From biking events and river cruises with brunch or lunch to local shopping and restaurants, there’s something for everyone. You can find a whole list of Mother’s Day events here

Bayou Bon Vivant: Cajun & Music Food Festival 

May 20 – 22, 202
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.

Catch A Tides Game

Throughout May
Harbor Park

Sports are back! The perfect family night or a great night out with friends starts with hotdogs, popcorn and baseball. Sit back and enjoy the Spring weather. Group tickets are available and individual ticket purchasing options coming soon.

Enjoy Live Music 

Throughout May
The Virginia Arts Festival Perry Pavillion

The Virginia Arts Festival has created a new outdoor venue to give audiences a safe way to enjoy live performances! You can find various performances throughout the month of May listed on our events calendar

 

Farmers Markets

Throughout May
Multiple locations 

There’s nothing better than seasonal produce from your local farmer’s market. With four different markets throughout the Hampton Roads area, you will never miss all the delicious goods and treats! You can find out more about each market along with hours here

Ducklings – Glass Blowing Class

Saturdays and Sundays Throughout May
Chrysler Museum of Art – Glass Studio

Stop by the Studio to make a glass duckling with some of your favorite peeps! Choose from an array of color options to make your object unique. You can also create a blow ornament or a solid, sculpted heart or starfish. 

Patriotic Festival

Scope Arena and Town Point Park
May 27 – 29, 2022

Patriotic Festival is pleased to announce the festival’s move to the vibrant Norfolk waterfront on Memorial Day weekend. Norfolk is the Navy capital of the world, and what better event to host than the Patriotic Festival celebration at the Norfolk Downtown Waterfront and Scope Arena.

Discover Downtown

Discover all Downtown has to offer when you sign-up for this gamified pass. Stroll through downtown and enjoy downtown eats, attractions and shopping all while earning your way to some Norfolk freebies. You will earn free swag every 5 check-ins, no purchase required. Find our Downtown Pass here.

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