21 December 2023

2024 January Events

A new year with more new events happening in Norfolk! Check out the events below to kick off 2024 with new fun.

Beer and Breakfast

January 1

Benchtop Brewing Company

Join the New Year’s Day celebration at Benchtop Brewing featuring a performance by Waffletina! Enjoy winter beers and delicious waffles from 12 pm to 9 pm or until sold out. Indulge in their stout and porter collection for a cozy start to the year. Put on your stretchy pants and join the festivities! 🧇🍺

Church Street Jazz Series presents Gerald Albright

January 6

Harrison Opera House

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Gerald Albright is a versatile musician who transitioned from saxophone to bass, making a mark as a sought-after session player. His solo career, beginning in 1987 with “Just Between Us,” has led to chart-topping albums and Grammy nominations, solidifying his role in the smooth jazz genre. Catch Gerald Albright’s captivating performance at the Harrison Opera House, as he brings his rich musical journey to the 8th Season of the Church Street Jazz Series. 🎷🎶

Yoga at Eleanor’s Bookstore

January 10

Eleanor’s


Celebrate the return of the fan-favorite “community slow flow” in the new cozy spot at Eleanor’s Norfolk—a neighborhood bookstore & bottle shop. This unique venue, a hub for community engagement and activism, provides the perfect setting for a slow and sweet yoga class that promises all the feels. Open to all, but space is limited, so secure your spot early for a delightful experience both on and off the mat!

January 8

Sky’s the Limit Yoga Co.

Step into a world of creativity and community as Alli invites participants to the Vision Board Workshop at the studio. Attendees are encouraged to bring old magazines and half-empty glue sticks, evoking the nostalgic joy of decorating eighth-grade binders. Together, they’ll craft vision boards inspired by the New Year, using images and words to articulate their goals for 2024. Take home your personalized masterpiece, placing it in a prominent spot for daily motivation toward a future filled with aspirations.

Shen Yun

January 13–14

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.

Through January 14

Norfolk Scope

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

January 12-28

Little Theatre of Norfolk

Step into the intriguing world of mystery and suspense as the Little Theatre of Norfolk presents an enthralling post-Christmas tale—filled with suspense, laughter, and a dash of the unexpected! Don’t miss the chance to immerse yourself in an evening of suspenseful delight as the theatre comes alive with wonderfully suspicious characters and a plot that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Secure your tickets now for an unforgettable experience that promises to be as entertaining as it is mysterious!

January 14–13

Attucks Theatre


Preacher Lawson, originally from Portland, OR, but molded as a comedian in Orlando, FL, gained fame as a finalist on season 12 of NBC’s America’s Got Talent in 2017. Known for his stand-up, he also appeared on HBO’s A Black Lady Sketch Show and NBC’s Connecting. With a massive online presence, Lawson boasts 3.2 million TikTok followers and over 600,000 YouTube subscribers, showcasing not just his comedy but also his MMA training and vegan cooking tips. Catch him live on his upcoming tour, including a stop in Norfolk, and you won’t want to miss the chance to experience his humor and charisma in person. 🎤😄

January 13-14

Old Dominion University


YES Fest returns to Old Dominion University on January 13th and 14th, 2024! Join the celebration of art and music at Goode Theatre + Gordon Art Galleries, featuring performances by Horse Jumper Of Love, Nickelus F, and Butcher Brown. ODU students, staff, and faculty can get discounted tickets at the provided link. The event is all ages, and kids 12 and under enter for free. Special thanks to sponsors: Metronet, NFK Currents, and Norfolk Kayak Rentals. This event supports Wings Over Leukemia & Lymphoma. Don’t miss this vibrant weekend of creativity!

January 15–21

Downtown Norfolk

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

January 20

Scope Arena

Join us for a unique experience at Norfolk Scope Arena on January 20! The Norfolk Admirals face the Newfoundland Growlers at 6:05 PM, followed by a FREE yoga class on the ice open to all levels. Enjoy discounted game tickets for the Hampton Roads yoga community through the link below. Register with Momence for post-game yoga, and sign up at the Sky’s the Limit table for limited-capacity spots. Don’t miss this rare chance to watch top-notch hockey and take a yoga class at center ice!

December 5 – April 7

The Chrysler

Captured by Paul McCartney using his own Pentax Camera, Paul McCartney Photographs 1963–64: Eyes of the Storm features more than 250 photographs taken between November 1963 and February 1964, illuminating the period in which The Beatles became international superstars. The photographs were rediscovered in McCartney’s personal archive in 2020.

January 30 – February 4

Chrysler Hall


Explore the upcoming Broadway in Norfolk 2023-2024 season with a spotlight on the highly acclaimed adaptation of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. Directed by Tony Award® winner Bartlett Sher, this rendition by Academy Award® winner Aaron Sorkin has earned critical acclaim as “the most successful American play in Broadway history” (60 Minutes). Rolling Stone lauds it with 5 stars, describing it as “an emotionally shattering landmark production of an American classic.” New York Magazine adds, “a real phenomenon. Majestic and incandescent, it’s filled with breath and nuance and soul.” Stay tuned for on-sale dates for individual tickets as each performance approaches. Don’t miss the opportunity to witness this powerful and transformative production!

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

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18 December 2023

Paul McCartney Photographs 1963–64: Eyes of the Storm

Take a stroll through the lens of Paul McCartney’s personal Pentax Camera at the “Paul McCartney Photographs 1963–64: Eyes of the Storm” exhibition. This remarkable compilation features over 250 photographs snapped between November 1963 and February 1964, shedding light on the transformative period when The Beatles ascended to global superstardom. These photographs were discovered within McCartney’s private archive in 2020, they offer a distinct and personal viewpoint, providing a vivid narrative of the iconic band’s rapid journey to fame.

Photographers in Central Park. New York, February 1964 © 1964 Paul McCartney under exclusive license to MPL Archive LLP

This exhibition is hosted at The Chrysler Museum of Art located in Norfolk, VA. Norfolk is the exhibit’s first stop in the U.S. then it will travel to Brooklyn, NY, before heading to the West Coast.

“It was extremely important to Paul and The National Portrait Gallery, London, to bring his “Eyes of the Storm exhibition to the States, to not only return to where these photographs were taken approximately 60 years ago, but also to celebrate the role U.S. fans played in the international explosion of Beatlemania” stated Sarah Brown, McCartney’s Photographic Curator and Archivist.

Each section in this exhibit highlights a different city that was pivotal to The Beatles’ career. Cities such as New York, Paris, Washington D.C., and Miami are featured. It also showcases the less glamorous aspects of touring, their first encounters with America, screaming super fans, and overall documents their first taste of stardom. In contrast to the present, where mundane moments are often shared, this time period primarily showcased the polished and perfect side of celebrities. The absence of perfection in McCartney’s photographs adds a unique quality to this collection

“Looking at these photos now, decades after they were taken, I find there’s a sort of innocence about them. Everything was new to us at this point. But I like to think I wouldn’t take them any differently today. They now bring back so many stories, a flood of special memories, which is one of the many reasons I love them all and know that they will always fire my imagination” says Paul McCartney.

This exhibit is already making waves across the community. Paul McCartney’s team approached Prince Ink Co., a local screen printing company located in Downtown Norfolk, to design a custom shirt for the exhibit. Opting not to import shirts from the UK, they searched for a sustainable, Norfolk-based option. The team admired the use of environmentally friendly inks by Prince Ink Co. and created a custom shirt in collaboration with them. These shirts are for sale now at The Chrysler Museum of Art gift shop. 

“Paul McCartney’s Photographs 1963-64: Eyes of the Storm” will be open until April 7, 2024. Admission to the Museum and this exhibition is free of charge.

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08 November 2023

2023 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 50 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 50 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. 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


Experience the holiday enchantment at the Norfolk Botanical Garden’s Dominion Energy Garden, where themed landscapes come alive with a mesmerizing display of twinkling lights. As you meander through the illuminated pathways, immerse yourself in the festive ambiance created by countless lights, transforming the gardens into a magical winter wonderland. Perfect for a romantic evening stroll or a family outing, this dazzling spectacle captures the essence of the holiday season, offering a radiant and joyous escape for all to enjoy. Embrace the magic, share the warmth with loved ones, and make the Dominion Energy Garden’s holiday lights a highlight of your seasonal traditions.

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

All month long

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

A merry christmas carol

November 25–December 24

Virginia Stage company

Hampton Roads’ favorite holiday tradition returns with a larger-than-life production.  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.  Beatty Barnes returns to reprise his role as Ebenezer Scrooge.

Gamer Rave

December 1

The Norva

Prepare for an epic night at the Gamer Rave: Dress as Your Favorite Game Character! This 18 and over-event invites you to transform into your beloved game characters. Get ready for gaming-inspired music, challenges, and an electrifying atmosphere. Join us for a night of gaming passion, dance to game soundtracks, and make unforgettable memories at this legendary event!

HOLIDAY POPS!

December 2

chrysler hall

Principal Guest Conductor Thomas Wilkins returns alongside the beloved Virginia Symphony Orchestra Chorus to perform Brahms’ hauntingly beautiful Song of Destiny. Dvořák’s Symphony No. 7 is his most dramatic and austere, written with high aspirations. Of its composition, he wrote “my new symphony must be as such to make a stir in the world.”

ELF IN CONCERT

December 8-9

Chrysler Hall

Buddy was accidentally transported to the North Pole as a toddler and raised to adulthood among Santa’s elves. Unable to shake the feeling that he doesn’t fit in, the adult Buddy travels to New York, in full elf uniform, in search of his real father. This holiday season relive this heartwarming holiday classic on a giant screen as every note of John Debney’s wonderful score is played live to picture in: Elf in Concert! 

THE NUTCRACKER

December 20

Chrysler Hall

The Christmas classic is coming to Chrysler Hall this holiday season and you are invited to the show! The Nutcracker, a mesmerizing part of the World Ballet Series, showcases a diverse cast of 50 professional ballet dancers, who come together to breathe new life into this classic holiday tradition.

Experience the excitement of the World Ballet in this family-friendly performance, featuring Tchaikovsky’s unforgettable music, over 150 radiant hand-crafted costumes, lavish hand-painted sets, and the iconic Lev Ivanov choreography.

Join Clara and the Nutcracker on a thrilling Christmas night adventure to the Land of Sweets, where you’ll marvel at the famous Waltz of Flowers, the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, and encounter intriguing characters like Mother Ginger and Drosselmeyer.

THE HIP HOP NUTCRACKER

December 28

Chrysler hall


“The Hip Hop Nutcracker” is a family-friendly holiday spectacle, directed and choreographed by Jennifer Weber, blending hip hop dance with Tchaikovsky’s music for a unique holiday event. It features a talented cast of dancers, a DJ, a violinist, and MC Kurtis Blow, one of hip hop’s pioneers. The show follows Maria-Clara and the Nutcracker Prince on an adventure mirroring the classic tale, with a contemporary New York City twist. Innovative digital graffiti and visuals transform the story’s setting, offering a celebration of love, community, and the magic of the holiday season.

SNOW WHITE

December 19 

Harrison Opera House

This is a two-act ballet with one intermission. This beloved fairy tale, originally from the Brothers Grimm, is reimagined through dance and staging by the State Ballet Theater of Ukraine, highlighting themes of love, friendship, witchcraft, and the battle of good versus evil. It’s a perfect family outing to introduce children to the world of classical ballet, featuring a unique production, vibrant characters, virtuoso solo performances, comical dwarfs, and dynamic music that will delight both adults and kids.

disney on ice

December 28 – january 1

Scope arena

Join Mickey Mouse and his friends at Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party, an adventure filled with world-class skating, high-flying acrobatics and unexpected stunts! Look for clues in the search for Tinker Bell through immersive, fantastic worlds. Explore the colorful spirit realm of Coco, sail away with Moana as she bravely saves her island, see Belle in the sky as the enchanted chandelier comes to life, and sing-along with Elsa in the icy world of Frozen. Make memories during AladdinToy Story and The Little Mermaid as the search party becomes an all-out celebration!

See Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and stars from MoanaCocoFrozenToy StoryAladdinBeauty and the Beast, and The Little Mermaid.

 

JAMES “MURR” MURRAY

December 17

Harrison opera house

James Murray is a writer, executive producer, and comedian, best known as “Murr” on the hit TV show Impractical Jokers on truTV and The Misery Index on TBS. For more than a decade, Murr and his lifelong friends Sal, Joe & Q have been making audiences laugh across the country—and now he’s bringing the laughs to you!

A JAZZY CHRISTMAS SHOW

December 16 

attucks theatre

Joyner and saxophonist Paul Taylor, with our local favorites Stephanie Sanders and the Fuzz Band.

This show will electrify you and is sure to put you in the holiday groove. Come ready to jam to Jackiem’s and Paul’s classics and crank up the holiday season!

Handel’s Messiah

December 16

harrison Opera house

The Virginia Symphony Orchestra Chorus returns for the time-honored tradition of Handel’s Messiah. This year will feature the full Christmas portion in addition to selections from the second and third parts of this sacred masterpiece which are sure to inspire.

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25 October 2023

November 2023 Event Guide

Don’t miss out on Norfolk’s best events this November. The city is filled with festive events, live music, markets and more!

Encanto Sing-Along Concert

NOV. 1
Chrysler Hall

Encanto: The Sing-Along Film Concert” is a 45-city tour where Encanto lovers of all ages have the opportunity to sing along with their favorite GRAMMY®-Award winning songs performed by a live band while watching the full film. “Encanto: The Sing-Along Film Concert” will include all the music of the Academy Award®-winning film, including iconic hits like “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” and “Surface Pressure” performed live.

Night Market at Waterside District

NOV. 2
Waterside District

Get ready to kickstart your holiday shopping at the Waterside District Night Market, a monthly tradition that brings together over 20 local handmade artists and vendors. Discover unique gifts, from handcrafted jewelry to beautiful pottery, that will delight your friends and family. Beyond shopping, immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere with live music, delectable food vendors, and a sense of community as you support local talent. Make your holiday season extra special with a visit to the Waterside District Night Market! 🎁

The Barber of Seville

The Barber of Seville is a witty tale of bribery, deception, disguise, and of course, true love. Figaro—the local barber who, in fact, does much more than cut hair—is the ultimate “wingman.” Rossini’s madcap comedy is the prequel to The Marriage of Figaro and is guaranteed to send you out laughing and humming along! Music by Gioachino Rossini. Sung in Italian with English surtitles. The orchestra for this production is provided by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra.

Recycled Reads

NOV. 3-4

Slover Library



Friends of the Norfolk Public Library is hosting a used book sale, offering a diverse selection of books at great prices. With thousands of books available, this sale benefits the Norfolk Public Library’s Summer Reading Program. You’ll find children’s books for $1, graphic novels for $2, and both paperbacks and hardcovers for $1 and $2 respectively. It’s a fantastic opportunity to find affordable reads while supporting a good cause.

Wheel of Fortune LIVE

NOV. 3
Chrysler Hall


“Wheel of Fortune LIVE!” an exciting theatrical adaptation of the beloved game show, is coming to Norfolk’s Chrysler Hall. This live stage production, presented by Right Angle Entertainment in collaboration with Sony Pictures Television and UTA, offers fans the exclusive opportunity to immerse themselves in the excitement of America’s Game® outside of Sony Pictures Studios. Tickets are on sale, and they can be purchased at the Scope Arena box office and on Ticketmaster.com. The show provides an authentic Wheel of Fortune experience where audience members are randomly selected to participate on stage, spin the famous wheel, call contestants, buy vowels, and solve puzzles for chances to win amazing prizes, such as dream vacations or up to $10,000 in cash.

Sky’s the limit yoga x Local Bike Shop NFK Stretch & Ride

NOV. 8
Local Bike Shop NFK

Calling all cyclists! Kick off your Wednesday night community rides with a dynamic stretch led by Skys the Limit. This energizing pre-ride routine will help you prepare for an enjoyable and safe cycling experience, ensuring your muscles are ready for the adventure ahead. Join them for this fantastic opportunity to connect with fellow riders and embrace the joy of cycling while promoting flexibility and well-being. Don’t miss out on this perfect start to your Wednesday night ride!

WinterFest on the Wisconsin

NOV. 10-Jan. 1
Nauticus


WinterFest on the Wisconsin returns this holiday season with ALL NEW nightly entertainment, illuminations and seasonal treats!  Featuring more than one million festive lights and an all-new “holidays around the world” experience, WinterFest on the Wisconsin is bringing even MORE cheer this year! Tickets are on sale now.

Chris Whiteman Concert

NOV. 11
Attucks Theatre

Join the Virginia Arts Festival in welcoming Chris Whiteman. New Jersey-born artist but Richmond, Virginia-bred, Chris Whiteman has been described many times as an old soul, a devotee of classic jazz who finds new depth and delight in the Great American Songbook, the standards that have defined jazz for generations. A performer and educator, soloist, and sought-after sideman, Whiteman has played venues across the U.S. including New York’s famed Blue Note, Birdland, the Hollywood Bowl, Monterey Jazz Festival, and more. Warm up a November night with the mellow sound of this extraordinarily gifted guitarist!

Grand Illumination Parade

NOV. 18
Downtown Norfolk


The Grand Illumination Parade is a beloved annual event that happens every year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving in Downtown Norfolk. It brings out crowds of people who come to enjoy the festive atmosphere and kickstart the holiday season. This year, the 37th Annual Grand Illumination Parade has a theme of “Gingerbread Dreams,” so you can expect to see the streets filled with all sorts of holiday sweet treats, adding a touch of wonder and nostalgia to the season. It’s a delightful celebration that’s perfect for getting into the holiday spirit. Don’t miss out on the fun!

NoCo Holiday Wine Fest

NOV. 18
Hank’s Filling Station

The NoCo (North Colley) Holiday Wine Fest gives you the opportunity to taste and order wines for all of your Holiday festivities. Pricing will be the lowest in the market so it will be a good time to come and make your selections or find your new favorite wine. Hank’s will be offering mixed case volume discounts, so you are not limited to deals. With 40 different wines spanning the globe you will not find more selections to impress your family and friends this season. Our wine professionals will complete the experience by offering expert recommendations.


Norfolk Harbor Race

NOV. 18–19
Downtown Norfolk

Join us in 2023 for the 10th 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.)

A Merry Christmas Story

NOV. 25–DEC. 24
Wells Theatre


Hampton Roads’ favorite holiday tradition returns with a larger-than-life production. 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. Beatty Barnes returns to reprise his role as Ebenezer Scrooge.

Norfolk Admirals Games

Starting Oct. 25
Scope Arena

Norfolk’s very own hockey team, The Admirals have a busy November with eight games being played at their home arena.


Nov. 3 
Admirals vs. Maine Mariners at 7:05 p.m
Nov. 4 Admirals vs. Maine Mariners at 6:05 p.m.
Nov. 5 Admirals vs. Maine Mariners at 3:05 p.m.
Nov. 17 Admirals vs. Adirondack Thunder at 7:05 p.m.
Nov. 19 Admirals vs. Adirondack Thunder at 3:05 p.m.
Nov. 22 Admirals vs. Trois-Rivieres Lions at 7:05 p.m.
Nov. 24 Admirals vs. Trois-Rivieres Lions at 6:05 p.m.
Nov. 25 Admirals vs. Trois-Rivieres Lions at 6:05 p.m.

The 9th Annual Great Hot Cocoa War in Downtown Norfolk

Nov. 18 – 25

Beginning the day of Downtown Norfolk’s Grand Illumination celebration, there will be a magical contest of the hottest and chocolatiest proportions. Downtown Norfolk will rain with marshmallows of fantastical sizes! Get your cup and choose your side during this year’s Hot Cocoa Wars!

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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!

Coalescence

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
Oceanview


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

Image courtesy of Norfolk Festevents, Ltd.


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
Toast

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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