13 March 2024

April Events Guide

When poet T.S. Eliot wrote, “April is the cruelest month,” he’d clearly never been to Norfolk in the spring. Here, it’s not just the temperatures that heat up, it’s also the events, concerts, plays and more. Here are a few of our favorites slated for April 2024. 

Norfolk Tides

Various dates
Harbor Park

Your 2023 Triple-A International League champions make their triumphant return home with two week-long home stands in April against Scranton and Gwinnett.

As an affiliate team of the Baltimore Orioles, the Norfolk Tides play at Harbor Park on the Elizabeth River in downtown Norfolk. Prior to being an affiliate team of the Baltimore Orioles, they had a 38-year affiliation with the New York Mets. The Tides have won the Governors’ Cup, the championship of the International League, six times, and played in the championship series 10 times.  

Last Call for Paul McCartney Photo Exhibit 

Through April 7, 2024
Chrysler Museum of Art

Traveling from the National Portrait Gallery in London to Norfolk, the Chrysler Museum of Art will be the first venue in the United States to host this major exhibition, burnishing the Chrysler’s reputation as an institution committed to the presentation of the diverse histories of photography through exhibitions and the permanent collection.

Wait Wait Standup Tour

April 7, 2024
Attucks Theater 

It’s the Wait Wait Stand-Up Tour — a night of stand-up comedy featuring some of Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me’s funniest panelists. Wait Wait’s panelists are a talented bunch — some of the most hilarious and insightful people in the country. Here’s a chance to enjoy a full evening of their brilliant stand-up comedy. Your host is veteran stand-up and Wait Wait regular, Alonzo Bodden. Joining Alonzo will be a rotating group of panelists/performers including Mo Rocca, Maeve Higgins, Maz Jobrani, Alzo Slade, Hari Kondabolu, Helen Hong, Negin Farsad, Adam Burke, Faith Salie, and Brian Babylon.

Alonzo Bolden Wait Wait

Battleship Wisconsin Birthday Celebrations

Celebrate Norfolk’s favorite battleship all month long! The ship, launched in 1943 and commissioned in 1944, officially turns 80 this year and its keepers are prepping for a monthlong party for this craft that saw action in World War II, the Korean War and the Persian Gulf War.

From April 1-30, Nauticus will be packed with a full calendar of events and programs honoring the Wisconsin’s rich history. 

Norfolk Flea Market

April 7, 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. 

Blues for an Alabama Sky

April 15-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.

2024 Virginia International Tattoo

April 18-21, 2024
Scope Arena

Mounting a mighty spectacle that changes every year, the Virginia International Tattoo summons hundreds of performers including fife and drum corps, bagpipers, military bands, precision drill teams and performing ensembles ranging from step dancers to motorcycle stunt drivers. A salute to international friendship and an emotional call to the love of country in us all, the Tattoo is an unmissable celebration. 

Phil Rosenthal

April 20, 2024
Harrison Opera House

Phil Rosenthal is the award-winning creator, executive producer, and host of “SOMEBODY FEED PHIL,” as well as a New York Times Best Selling Author. “Somebody Feed Phil” – one of Netflix’s most popular food and travel shows has garnered a cult-like following and released its seventh season in March. This Emmy-nominated unscripted documentary series combines his love of food and travel with his unique brand of humor has become must-see TV for foodies, restaurateurs, travelers, and armchair enthusiasts all over the world. Rosenthal also created and served as showrunner for “Everybody Loves Raymond.” 

Phil Rosenthal

71st Annual Parade of Nations

April 20, 2024
Downtown Norfolk

The Norfolk NATO Festival is proud to present its annual Parade of Nations, the longest continuously running parade in Hampton Roads and the only parade in the United States honoring NATO. Over 75 Parade Units with local and visiting high school bands, U.S. and International Military bands and colorful floats which represent each of the NATO Member Nations. Local community organizations and Festival partners are also featured. Free and open to the public.

John Mellencamp

April 21, 2024
Chrysler Hall

Fresh off the heels of his sold-out “Live and In Person 2023” North American tour, John Mellencamp confirms its continuation with “Live and In Person 2024.” Mellencamp will perform for one night only in 27 new cities. The new dates celebrate Mellencamp’s most recent album, Orpheus Descending, released to widespread critical acclaim this June on Republic Records. He will continue to perform songs from the new LP, Orpheus Descending, during his live set.

Tidewater Classical Guitar: Grisha Goryachev

April 24, 2024
Robin Hixon Theater

Renowned for his extraordinary musical sensitivity and technical virtuosity in both classical and flamenco styles, Grisha Goryachev is undoubtedly the greatest solo flamenco guitarist in the world. He carries on the tradition of solo flamenco guitar in a concert setting that was practiced by legendary flamenco masters such as Ramón Montoya, Sabicas and Paco de Lucia. Do not miss what will be one of the most electrifying concerts of the year.

The Piano Guys

April 25, 2024
Chrysler Hall

Since formally introducing themselves in 2011, The Piano Guys have released five studio albums, two Christmas releases and a fan-favorite live album, earning six No. 1 debuts on Billboard’s Top Classical Albums chart and garnering an impressive two billion-plus global streams, more than 1.6 billion YouTube views, and averaging nearly two million monthly listeners on Spotify alone.

Alabama with Lee Greenwood

April 25, 2024
Chartway Arena

Multi-platinum selling country rock group ALABAMA has announced their “Roll On 2 North America” tour will include a stop in Norfolk featuring very special guest Lee Greenwood.

Journey with Toto 

April 26, 2024
Scope Arena

2023 Freedom Tour, legendary rock band JOURNEY has announced a new round of shows for their 50th Anniversary Freedom Tour 2024 featuring very special guest TOTO.

Ladies R&B Kickback Tour

April 27, 2024
Chartway Arena

Ladies R&B Kickback Concert at #ChartwayArena on Saturday, April 27 — featuring Next, Ginuwine, Bobby V, Case, H Town, Day 26, Shai, J Holiday and Sammie.

Hadestown

March 26-31, 2024
Chrysler Hall

HADESTOWN intertwines two mythic tales — that of young dreamers Orpheus and Eurydice, and that of King Hades and his wife Persephone — as it invites you on a hell-raising journey to the underworld and back. Mitchell’s beguiling melodies and Chavkin’s poetic imagination pit industry against nature, doubt against faith and fear against love. Performed by a vibrant ensemble of actors, dancers and singers, HADESTOWN is a haunting and hopeful theatrical experience that grabs you and never lets go.

Admirals Hockey

April 3-6
Scope Arena

The Norfolk Admirals finish off their regular season at home vs. the Reading Royals April 3-6 at Scope Arena. 

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