29 September 2023

Fall Flavors at Norfolk Coffee Shops

As the leaves begin to change and the air gets crisper, it’s that time of year again when coffee shops across town start unveiling their delicious fall-inspired concoctions. We’ve scoured the city for the best fall flavors at some of your favorite coffee spots, and trust us, you’re in for a treat!


Nestled within Norfolk’s charming Railroad District, Coalescence beckons with the allure of fall, offering an array of seasonal flavors to quench pumpkin spice lovers’ needs! Their signature creation, The Churchhill, combines smoky espresso with a hint of cinnamon and the intriguing black walnut bitters, providing a taste of autumn that lingers with each sip. For those seeking a familiar favorite, the house-made Pumpkin Latte, crafted with their special pumpkin sauce, promises a comforting and creamy indulgence that captures the spirit of Norfolk in the fall. They are also debuting The Great Pumpkin Shake, which unites Lolly’s pumpkin ice cream with an energizing infusion of four espresso shots.

COVA Brewing

COVA is adding some seasonal flair to your coffee routine with two tempting choices, the Pumpkin Latte and the Salted Brown Sugar Latte. The Pumpkin Latte delivers that classic spiced pumpkin goodness, while the Salted Brown Sugar Latte introduces a delightful combination of sweet and salty notes to your daily caffeine fix. Don’t pass up the chance to savor these autumn-inspired flavors at COVA—they’re sure to hit the spot!

Cure CoffeeHouse 

Cure Coffeehouse is serving up an autumnal selection for the season that’s sure to satisfy your fall cravings. They’ve got the classic Pumpkin Spice Latte, a delicious twist with Pumpkin Cheesecake, and in November, be on the lookout for the Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie Latte—a real treat in the making. But that’s not all! Halloween brings even more excitement with a S’mores Latte and possibly a matcha special.

Equinox coffee

Equinox Coffee is ushering in the fall season with a lineup of irresistible autumn favorites. From the timeless Pumpkin Spice Latte, capturing the essence of fall in a cup, to the health-conscious Vanilla Turmeric Latte, combining creamy vanilla with earthy turmeric, there’s something for everyone. The Hazelnut Mocha has a rich blend of chocolate and hazelnut, while the Cinnamon Maple Latte provides a warm and comforting hug in a cup, blending sweet maple with spicy cinnamon. If you’re feeling adventurous, try Equinox’s Brown Sugar Cold Brew with Vanilla Sweet Cream, the Pumpkin Chai, or the intriguing Pistachio Matcha, all promising unique fall flavor experiences!

Elliot’s Fair Grounds

Fairgrounds is the oldest independently owned coffee shop in Norfolk, known for its character and coziness. The establishment is embracing the fall season with an exciting and unique lineup of autumn beverages, including the signature Pumpkin Doodle Latte, featuring hints of pumpkin, white chocolate, and brown sugar cinnamon. Also on the menu is the Pecan Pie Latte for those with a sweet tooth and the playfully named “That’s What She Said” Latte, which combines pumpkin, caramel, cinnamon, and ginger for a unique twist on a traditional fall favorite. For another distinctive flavor, they are showcasing a Maple Leaf Latte as well as the classic Pumpkin Spice Latte for those who prefer to stick to the basics! With this vast array of options, you are bound to find something you’ll love.

Mea Culpa Cafe

This fall season, Mea Culpa has veered from the traditional pumpkin craze and created a simple but heavenly fall drink, the Hazelnut and Caramel Latte. They are embracing the warm and nutty notes of hazelnut, combined with the rich, buttery sweetness of caramel, to create a seasonal sensation that’s nothing short of a cozy embrace in a cup. With every sip, you’ll find yourself immersed in the comforting flavors of fall, making this Hazelnut and Caramel Latte the perfect drink for crisp, sweater-weather days. 

Mudita Cafe & Coffeehouse

Nestled in the coastal neighborhood of Ocean View, Mudita is the ultimate destination for coffee connoisseurs seeking the perfect blend of comfort and character. As the autumn breeze sweeps through, Mudita unveils a seasonal lineup that captures the essence of fall. Leading the way is the iconic Pumpkin Spice Latte, a timeless favorite that embodies the spirit of the season. But their fall menu doesn’t stop there; they will also be featuring a Maple Caramel Apple Latte, a delightful fusion of sweet and tart apple flavors harmonizing with a rich caramel flavor, all touched by the magic of maple syrup! For a unique twist, experience their Chai Spiced Old Fashioned Latte, a reimagining of a classic cocktail, now transformed into a cozy, aromatic brew. 

Neptune’s Fury

Embrace the beauty of autumn at Neptune’s Fury, where you can soak in stunning river views while sipping on their fall favorites. Enjoy the housemade Pumpkin Spice Latte, a timeless classic, or try something new with their Chai-der, a blend of chai and apple cider for a twist on tradition. Relax on the deck, feel the river breeze, and maybe even catch a glimpse of playful dolphins in the waves. Neptune’s Fury invites you to savor the season with each delightful sip.

Three Ships Coffee Roasters

Three Ships is all about embracing local flavors. During the fall season their Pungo Latte transitions from local peaches to Spiced Virginia Apples as the seasons change. They are also working on ciders to showcase at their shop.

Vessel Craft Coffee

Vessel Craft Coffee is brewing up something special for the fall season. They are featuring delightful cold brew creations like the Pumpkin Cold Foam Cold Brew and the Mulled Bourbon Barrel Cold Brew with maple cold foam. Embrace the autumn vibes and awaken your taste buds with these seasonal favorites.

Voyager Coffee 

Get ready to embrace the flavors of fall at Voyager Coffee! Their autumn lineup features a delightful range of drinks, including a Pumpkin Spice Latte, Peanut Brittle Latte, Caramel Apple Cider and a Cereal Milk Cold Brew. It’s the perfect way to sip your way through the season’s flavors one latte at a time. 

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19 September 2023

October 2023 Event Guide

Don’t miss out on Norfolk’s best events this October. The city is filled with eclectic festivals, live music events, outdoor activities and more!

RuPaul’s Drag Race: Night of the Living Drag

Oct. 4
Chrysler Hall

The 12th Annual RuPaul’s Drag Race: Night of the Living Drag is coming to Chrysler Hall! Witness the mysterious fates of Angeria, Denali, Icesis Couture, Jaida Essence Hall, Jorgeous, Plastique, Rosé, Tayce and your host… Yvie Oddly as the infamous Rod Serling! Presented by Voss Events in collaboration with World of Wonder, it is the perfect way to start off this ghostly month.

Fiddler on the Roof

Oct. 4–29

Wells Theatre

This electrifying, classic musical kicks off Wells Theatre’s 45th season and 110th year. The sun rises on this new production with a wonderful cast and a lavish orchestra to tell the heartwarming story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, and the timeless traditions that define faith and family. Featuring the Broadway classics “Tradition,” “If I Were a Rich Man,” “Sunrise, Sunset,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” and “To Life,” Fiddler on the Roof will introduce a new generation to this uplifting celebration that raises its cup to joy! To love! To life!

The 3rd Annual 7 City Blues Festival

Oct. 7
Chrysler Hall

The Blues Is Alright Tour is set to make its return to Chrysler Hall for the 3rd Annual 7 City Blues Festival. This event promises an engaging night of soulful blues storytelling. It will feature a noteworthy lineup of blues artists, including King George, Calvin Richardson and Lenny Williams. They are sure to deliver an unforgettable evening characterized by raw emotion, profound passion and the enduring allure of the blues. We invite you to be part of this amazing musical experience!

Virginia Children’s Festival

Mark your calendars for the 33rd Annual Virginia Children’s Festival, proudly presented by Optima Health and set to take place on Saturday, October 7, 2023. This beloved family event in the 757 area promises a day packed with over 100 exciting and engaging activities tailored for children aged 10 and younger. From hands-on workshops to cultural experiences, military demonstrations to costumed characters, storytelling sessions to musical performances, and even dance lessons – this festival offers a diverse range of interactive experiences that will captivate young hearts and minds. It’s the ultimate family outing for a day of fun, creativity, and cherished memories. Don’t miss out!

Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live Glow Party

OCT. 7–8
Scope Arena

Get ready for an adrenaline-packed experience at the Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live Glow Party, where your favorite monster trucks, including Mega Wrex™, Tiger Shark™, Demo Derby™, Bone Shaker™, Bigfoot®, Gunkster™, and the new HW 5-Alarm™ come to life. This captivating production features laser light shows, theatrical effects, dance parties and Hot Wheels giveaways. You’ll also witness a transforming robot and the gravity-defying Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live Freestyle Motocross Team. Plus, don’t miss the exclusive Hot Wheels Crash Zone Pre-Show Party, offering a close-up look at the monster trucks, complete with games, contests and giveaways. This pre-show event starts 2 1/2 hours before each showtime and lasts 1 hour and 15 minutes, with admission closing 15 minutes before it ends. Get ready for an epic adventure filled with jaw-dropping stunts, all starting at the Crash Zone Pre-Show Party!

Fantastic Planet

Oct. 13–15
Barry Art Museum

Fantastic Planet features a series of outdoor large-scale inflatable sculptures by Australian artist Amanda Parer, alongside live music, screen printing and glass-blowing demonstrations. Come enjoy food trucks, hands-on activities and current museum exhibitions with your family and friends this fall at ODU.

Storm the Bay Race Series

OCT. 14–15

The Storm the Bay Race Series offers a diverse range of events to cater to all kinds of participants. It includes the Storm the Bay Half Marathon presented by the Tidewater Striders, the Storm the Bay 5K Challenge, the Storm the Bay 10K and the Mermaid Mile Fun Run specially designed for kids aged 12 and under. For those seeking an extra challenge, there’s the option to tackle the OV-OG Challenge, which involves conquering the 5K and 10K races back-to-back, or the Top Gun Challenge, which adds the Half Marathon on Sunday to the Saturday 5K and 10K combination.

8th Annual NEON Festival

Oct. 19–20
NEON District

The 8th Annual NEON Festival will take place from 6-10 p.m. in Norfolk’s first official arts district, the NEON District. The NEON Festival is a free, two-evening event that encourages visitors to explore and discover the NEON District. The festival celebrates the energy in NEON and draws from the passion and creativity in Downtown and the region. Anchored by the Chrysler Museum of Art and Harrison Opera House and extending to The Plot on Granby Street, the NEON District includes many creative small businesses and arts partners that contribute to the festivities.

Norfolk Naval Station: Fleet Fest

OCT. 21
Naval Station Norfolk

Naval Station Norfolk’s annual Fleet Fest returns, and it’s free for all! There will be base hosts, ship tours, live entertainment, static aircraft displays, a spacious children’s play area, military demonstrations, a chili cook-off, food vendors, craft beer from local breweries and much more. The festivities begin at 10 a.m. for a day of fun and excitement!

Rachmaninoff at 150 with Olga Kern

OCT. 21
Chrsyler Hall

Experience a remarkable musical event as Van Cliburn Gold Medalist and Virginia Arts Festival Connie and Marc Jacobson Director of Chamber Music Olga Kern joins forces with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. In honor of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s 150th birthday, Kern will perform all five of Rachmaninoff’s powerful piano concertos in a single weekend. Renowned for her virtuosity and deep connection to these compositions, this promises to be an unforgettable musical journey.

Stockley Gardens Fall Arts Festival

Oct. 21–22
Historic Ghent

This October, the Hope House Foundation is hosting a two-day affair with over 135 artists hailing from different corners of the U.S. and overseas. There will be incredible creations spanning various mediums such as photography, pottery, sculpture, painting, mixed media and jewelry. The festival finds its unique charm in the serene Stockley Gardens Park, nestled in the heart of the historic Ghent district. What makes this event even more special is that it’s completely free and open to the public, making it a magnet for thousands of art enthusiasts. With live music, a delectable variety of food and a vibrant sense of community.

Town Point Virginia Fall Wine Festival

OCT. 21–22
Town Point Park

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The 35th Annual Town Point Virginia Fall Wine Festival is a highly anticipated event in Hampton Roads, marking the highlight of the fall season. Taking place at the picturesque Town Point Park along the Downtown Norfolk Waterfront, this festival is a true gem. Virginia’s recognition by Wine Enthusiast Magazine as one of the world’s top 10 wine travel destinations is fully embodied in the grandeur of the Fall Town Point Virginia Wine Festival. With over 25 of the Commonwealth’s finest wineries presenting more than 200 exceptional wines, this event is a wine lover’s dream come true.

Norfolk Admirals Season kickoff

Starting Oct. 25
Scope Arena

Norfolk’s very own hockey team, The Admirals kick off their season at the end of October. Cheer them on for another great season starting with three three games this month.

LAVA Halloween Extravaganza

Oct. 28

The LAVA Halloween Extravaganza is back and better than ever! At Perro Blanco and The Veil Brewing, there will be a spooky block party like you’ve never seen before! Prepare yourself to have a spirited night to remember in the Railroad District.

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