Virginia Arts Festival is hosting a stellar line-up on select Saturday nights from September—April with the Attucks Jazz Club series.

Day 1 – Late Afternoon Arrival 2 P.M.

Music is in the air in Norfolk Botanical Garden’s 30 themed gardens. Take a boat or tram through the seasonal gardens and discover more than 95 species of birds. Search for hummingbirds, warblers, wading birds, raptors and more. No matter what time of year, you are bound to hear chirping and singing. Virginia is becoming the oyster capital of the East Coast – with seven different oyster regions and status as the largest producer of fresh, farm-raised oysters in the country. The Big Easy Oyster Bar on Granby Street in the heart of downtown Norfolk, is where seafood lovers can find great seafood without the fancy ingredients and inflated prices. Weekends feature live music, with Jazz being one of the most popular genres. Then have a drink at Gershwin's, a 1920's piano bar without the prohibition and a swanky speakeasy to enjoy long draws of decadent cocktails.

Day 2: 10 A.M.

Grab a cup of coffee and a bite at Zeke’s Beans & Bowls in the Norfolk’s NEON District. Stop by one of the many pop-up galleries opening up daily by the area’s creative community and be inspired by its artistic energy and ever-growing collection of public art. Be on the lookout for colorful murals, sculptures, mixed-media installations, projections and much more.

Then connect with the Photo Booth Button Experiment with Charlotte’s Web in the Glass Projects Gallery at the Chrysler Museum of Art. Here's how it works – opposite the curved wall of photo art is a booth where you can snap your own cameo-style picture. Your portrait will be turned into a button. As you leave, pick up somebody's button. Somebody else will then get yours. Maybe your photo will one day join Chrysler’s extensive photography collection of more than 4,000 photographic objects – from 19th-century daguerreotypes to contemporary digital and installation works. Enjoy lunch at the Museum’s Wisteria Café, featuring a full menu complete with fine wines and craft beers.

Or grab a snack to go and head over the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio.At noon, you can watch artists from around the world create handcrafted pieces from start to finish.

Before the Attucks's Jazz performance, relax with a glass of wine and dinner freshly prepared with a farm-to-table menu at Press 626 Café and Wine Bar. As the seasons change, so does their menu.

Then head over for the Attucks Jazz Club Series presented by the Virginia Arts Festival. A state and national landmark, the Attucks Theatre is distinguished as the oldest remaining legitimate theatre in the nation that was completely financed, designed, constructed and operated by African- Americans. Jazz performances start at 8 p.m.

Day 3: 9:30 A.M.

Jump in a cab for a five-minute ride to share a breakfast tradition in Norfolk at Charlie’s Café.  Starting 30 years ago, Charlie's opened on the corner of 18th and Granby in the Ghent section of Norfolk and quickly became a local favorite. As Charlie's gained notoriety for its "killer omelets," it is often the last stop for our departing service personnel before deployment or the first stop when they arrive back home.  On Fridays and Saturdays, they feature local entertainment with cool jazz, blues, and acoustic tunes or Big Band Nights.

Spend the rest of the morning & afternoon antiquing in the historic Ghent area.  Some of the most popular hot spots are Le Marché, Morgan House Antiques Gallery and Three Swallows Imports. In Ghent, you can also find The Mermaid Winery, Virginia’s first urban winery, Smartmouth Brewing Company, Rip Rap Brewing Company, Bold Mariner Brewing Company and O’Connor Brewing Company that all offer tours, tastings and entertainment.

 

A 12-hour summertime smooth jazz experience awaits you for two days in July at the region's longest running outdoor Jazz Festival. Musical starlets have included the Superstars of Jazz Fusion featuring Roy Ayers, Tom Browne, Lonnie Liston Smith, Wayne Henderson and Ronnie Lawson. In addition to an impressive national lineup, the Norfolk Jazz Festival also features local and regional jazz favorites.

DAY ONE

Norfolk Botanical GardenP.M. - Take pleasure in the wonders of nature at the Norfolk Botanical Garden. The Garden encompasses 155 beautiful acres intertwined by bridges, coastal waterways and 12 miles of pedestrian trails. Enjoy a tram tour through the garden where countless African-Americans helped construct the garden during the Great Depression with the Progress Administration.

Jazz FestivalEvening - Head over to Town Point Park for Norfolk’s Annual Jazz Festival, the area’s longest running outdoor Jazz Festival. Enjoy the smooth sounds of jazz complete with larger than life live performances including national smooth jazz recording artists and local jazz favorites, all along the setting of the downtown Norfolk skyline and Elizabeth River. Gates open at 5pm and the last performance starts at 9pm.

DAY TWO

Chrysler Museum of ArtA.M. - Head over to the Chrysler Museum of Art, home to Walter Chrysler Jr.'s world-class collection of more than 30,000 pieces of art and stroll through 5,000 years of art history. The museum features a world-renowned Tiffany-glass collection, Art Nouveau furniture, and works of art from African, Egyptian, Pre-Columbian, Islamic and Asian cultures, along with an extensive European and American collection of paintings, sculpture and decorative arts. Take part in “The Friends of African American Art” guided tour, which includes private African-American artwork collections.

Jazz Brunch - Enjoy the smooth sounds of jazz, delicious food, and the Elizabeth River Harbor. Cruise on the Spirit of Norfolk for their annual Jazz Brunch Cruise complete with live entertainment as you sail down the Elizabeth River.

Jazz FestivalEvening - The jazz continues for a second night of smooth tunes with larger than life live performances including national smooth jazz recording artists and local jazz favorites along the setting of the downtown Norfolk skyline and Elizabeth River. Gates open at 5pm and the last performance starts at 9pm.

The music and great food doesn't stop! End the night a Norfolk's newest entertainment venue The Waterside District, adjacent to Town Point Park. Arriving in the spring of 2017, the revitalized waterfront will be a central place to dine and shop. It will feature the best of national, local and regional restaurants and will offer live music, festivals, and more.

DAY THREE

A.M. - Before you head home, shop till you drop at MacArthur Center. Over 70 retailers anchored by Nordstrom and Dillard’s. While there, take part in one of MacArthur Center's special packages including a cooking class at Williams-Sonoma.

 

When the azaleas are in bloom, Norfolk's spring season is in full swing. As the North American home to NATO, Norfolk celebrates Norfolk’s NATOfest and The Virginia International Tattoo with charm and pageantry. Delight in the grand parade featuring beautiful flowers, marching bands, and floats. The Virginia International Tattoo is a patriotic display of military splendor, with a cast of over 1,500 performers from drill teams to pipe and drum corps.

FRIDAY

azaleasP.M. Discover one of the largest collections of azaleas, camellias, roses and rhododendrons on the East Coast at the Norfolk Botanical Garden. Experience 155 glorious acres of gardens with guided tours on foot, tram or by boat. The azaleas are in full bloom so do not miss such an important part of this annual festival!

Spirit of NorfolkP.M. Enjoy dinner and dancing aboard the Spirit of Norfolk. Savor freshly prepared food in a nautical setting with dynamic professional live entertainment, as you cruise along the Elizabeth River with the Norfolk skyline as your backdrop.

SATURDAY

paradeA.M. The morning is filled with the excitement of the Festival’s “Parade of Nations” featuring international floats, marching bands and specialty units. Special seating along the parade route is available for groups.

Either before or after the parade, tour Nauticus, Hampton Roads Naval Museum and Battleship Wisconsin. Nauticus is a fun and exciting interactive science and technology center exploring the power of the sea. It features more than 150 exhibits, films and exotic aquatic life. The Hampton Roads Naval Museum, located inside of Nauticus introduces you to over 200 years of naval history in Hampton Roads. Located next to Nauticus, discover the Battleship Wisconsin, the largest and last battleship ever built by the US Navy.

Town Point ParkLunch After the colorful floats and splendid bands pass by in the parade, don’t miss the opportunity to explore NATO Nations and their diverse cultures at NATOfest. Food, entertainment, and ships to tour are just a few of the surprises in store for your guests! Your group can walk to this complimentary outdoor festival right from their parade seats, held in Town Point Park.

P.M. Take a bus tour of the world’s largest naval installation, Naval Station Norfolk. A knowledgeable, active duty Navy guide will board your motor coach and give a narrated tour of the base.

P.M. Cruise aboard the Victory Rover Naval Base Cruises. Take a two hour cruise touring the worlds largest naval base by water.

Dinner Dine at the Freemason Abbey Restaurant & Tavern. The congregation of the Second Presbyterian Church originally dedicated the structure as a church in 1873. In 1988, renovation began on the over 135 year-old church to refurbish the building into the restaurant it is today.

Virginia International TattooEvening Enjoy the Virginia International Tattoo which is part parade and part performance, featuring top military bands, precision drill teams, massed pipes and drums with over 1,500 performers.

SUNDAY

Macarthur MemorialA.M. Tour The MacArthur Memorial and discover the life and career of a five star General of the Army. Located in downtown Norfolk’s restored 1850’s City Hall, the complex contains a museum, theater and special exhibit galleries.

On your way home stop by for a cold brew with some veterans. The Bold Mariner Brewing Company is the dream of an active duty Navy Sailor who wanted to open the brewery before he retired and transitioned into civilian life. Or Rip Rap Brewing Company, the newest members of the Coastal Virginia beer scene. Owned by a retired Coast Guard sailor who started home brewing when her lift the Cutter Legare in 2013.

Norfolk is decorated for the holidays this season! Festivities begin with the Grand Illumination of the Downtown Norfolk skyline, where over a thousand voices line along the Grand Illumination Parade route and take part in a community countdown filled with festive and lighted floats.

FRIDAY

Unwrap the HolidaysP.M. - Norfolk’s historic houses are decorated for the holidays. The Hunter House Victorian Museum, rich in architectural detail, displays the Hunter family's collection of furnishings and decorative pieces done up for a Victorian Christmas. The Moses Myers House, an elegant federal period home dating back to 1792, was built by one of Norfolk's first Jewish residents and is decorated for Hanukkah.

Dinner - Savour dinner at the historic Omar’s Carriage House, whose original patrons were horses! Converted to a restaurant in the 1940s by Virginia Bruce Roper, Omar’s is sure to please. Be sure to try the fresh jumbo lump crab cakes and potato crisp flounder while you’re there.

P.M. - Enjoy a holiday performance at the Wells Theatre presented by the Virginia Stage Company. Located in downtown Norfolk’s Theatre District, Wells Theatre was built by Jake Wells in 1901.

SATURDAY

Unwrap the HolidaysA.M. - Stroll through 5,000 years of art history at the Chrysler Museum of Art, home to Walter Chrysler Jr.'s world-class collection of more than 30,000 pieces of art. The museum features a world-renowned Tiffany-glass collection, Art Nouveau furniture, and works of art from African, Egyptian, Pre-Columbian, Islamic and Asian cultures. The museum also offers an extensive European and American collection of paintings, sculpture and decorative arts (customize a guided tour to fit your group’s theme).  Experience the art of glass with a glass blowing demonstration in their new studio!

A.M. - Explore the Hermitage Museum and Gardens, an early 20th century residence surrounded by twelve acres of formal gardens and natural woodlands. Guided tours of the museum are conducted daily and last approximately 45 minutes.

Lunch. - Holiday shopping and lunch is a must at MacArthur Center with more than 70 new-to-the-market retailers. Enjoy lunch at MacArthur’s 600-seat food court or at one of its numerous sit-down restaurants. And celebrate the holidays by participating in MacArthur Center’s outdoor winter carnival complete with an ice skating rink.

P.M. - Discover over 20 local artists and their studios with a guided tour of d'ART Center in Norfolk's NEON arts district. The d'ART Center is an environment where working artists are a part of an interactive arts community that engages the public through the experience of art and the creative process.

P.M. – Grand Illumination Early Dinner Cruise aboard the Spirit of Norfolk from 3:30pm to 6pm.  Welcome the holiday season with a cruise before the Grand Illumination Parade.  Start off your festivities with great food, great view from the water and great entertainment.

P.M. –Norfolk’s Grand Illumination Parade. Enjoy front row seats in “Street Seats” and watch floats, bands, balloons and dance teams light up Norfolk skyline. Or experience “Garden of Lights” at the Norfolk Botanical Garden, either by foot or car through the magic of the gardens 2.5 mile twinkling light display.

Sunday

Unwrap the HolidaysA.M. - Spend the afternoon strolling through Historic Ghent to find that perfect gift in antique market and specialty shops. Stop for lunch on Colley Avenue or 21st Street and experience local cuisine. Do not forget to take home some Virginia wine for gift or holiday party at the Mermaid Winery. The winery focuses on producing small lots of small well-balanced wines using Virginia grapes. The winemaking process can be viewed from the tasting bar where you can enjoy their creations.

P.M. - Enter into a magical world at Nauticus with Dickens' Christmas Towne. Stroll through Victorian streets with holiday characters, lively carolers, sweet treats, train displays, unique seasonal gifts and of course, Father Christmas himself!

Unwrap the HolidaysDinner in lights at Pagoda and Garden LightFEST. A beautiful display of lights featuring over 40,000 sparkles of friendship glowing in the Garden and Pagoda. The Pagoda is the centerpiece of the Oriental Garden. This unique building provides a panoramic view of the beautiful Oriental Garden, the USS Wisconsin, and sunset over the Elizabeth River. The Pagoda is home to Chinese artifacts and an art gallery featuring Oriental brush paintings.

Monday

A.M. - On your way home stop in Williamsburg for a Colonial Christmas experience.

DAY ONE- Wednesday  

NFK ARTS - Elliot Addesso MuralLate Afternoon - Discover over 20 local artists and their studios with a guided tour of d'ART Center in Norfolk's NEON arts district. The d'ART Center is an environment where working artists are a part of an interactive arts community that engages the public through the experience of art and the creative process

Then, take a stroll across the Hague foot bridge to the Chrysler Museum of Art. This museum is home to Walter Chrysler Jr.'s world-class collection of more than 30,000 pieces of art. The museum features a world-renowned Tiffany-glass collection, Art Nouveau furniture, and works of art from African, Egyptian, Pre-Columbian, Islamic, and Asian cultures. The Chrysler Museum also offers an extensive European and American collection of paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts. 

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Dinner 

Enjoy dinner at the Freemason Abbey Restaurant and Tavern, a restaurant located in a 135 year-old church in the Freemason District. The menu offers a wide variety of foods featuring fresh lobster, fish, pasta and prime rib. End the evening with a famous waffle cone from Doumar's Restaurant where Abe Doumar invented the waffle cone. Your group can delight in fresh made ice cream cones from the original waffle cone machine.

 

 

DAY TWO- Thursday

A.M. - Relax along a tree-lined riverbank at the Hermitage Foundation Museum. This early 20th century historic home appears frozen in time, offering visitors an extraordinary trip through antiquity, The museum and gardens consist of a world-wide art collection and contemporary exhibition galleries, all surrounded by twelve acres of formal gardens and natural woodlands.  

Afternoon - Spend the afternoon at the Norfolk Home & Garden Tour. Visit up to six beautiful private mansions and gardens in the well established neighborhood of West Ghent, this neighborhood's story began in the early 1920's following annexation by the City in 1897. Adjacent to this neighborhood is the industry-based Chelsea District. Fronting deep-water access and rail lines, the district continues to be called home by a shipyard and Norfolk Southern railyards, but has grown to include small locally owned businesses such as restaurants, an art gallery. a floral design studio, breweries and more. A perfect spot for lunch or an afternoon treat!

Dinner - Located in the Freemason District, Omar's Carriage House is sure to please! This historic site in Norfolk was built in the early 1840's, when the patrons then were horses. Savour the fresh jumbo lump crab cakes and succulent potato crisp flounder at Omar's contemporary bisVAF tattoo 16tro. 

Arrival 6:30 P.M. - Performance starts at 7:30 P.M.

Its opening night for The Virginia International Tattoo. This largest spectacle of Music and Might in the United States of America offers an astounding display of inspirational military music, featuring top military bands, precision drill teams, and massed pipes and drums with over 1,200 performers. Make sure to check out the Hullabaloo festival that takes place before the show!

 

DAY THREE- Friday

A.M. - Take a fun filled boat ride at Norfolk Botanical Garden and explore the waterways or stroll the gardens and discover a variety of plants from the cultivated to the wild. While you are visiting, be sure to take part in one of the Garden's popular programs such as Active Gardeners, Creative Gardeners or Garden Design. (Please check on the Garden's online calendar for a complete list of classes) Norfolk Botanical Garden's professional horticultural staff will be on hand to share their knowledge and experience and inspire new ideas for your garden. 

Shopping at MacArthurLunch - Shop til you drop at MacArthur Center with more than 70 retailers anchored by Nordstrom and Dillard's. While there, take part in one of MacArthur Center's special packages including a cooking class at Williams-Sonoma or a self-guided chocolate tour. 

 

 

P.M. - Experience the elegance and romance of the Victorian Era inside the Hunter House Victorian Museum. Rich in architectural detail, the Hunter family collection of Victorian furnishings and decorative pieces are displayed throughout the house. End your afternoon with a visit to the Moses Myers House and the Norfolk History Museum. Both of these homes are only two blocks apart, a very short walking distance. The Moses House in downtown is the oldest Jewish home in America, constructed between 1795-1797, and offers a exceptionally accurate portrayal of life in the 18th Century. The Norfolk History Museum at the Willoughby-Baylor House was built in 1794 and currently features permanent and changing exhibit galleries that highlight vignettes of the city, showcasing Norfolk's evolving history not only as an international port and maritime center, but also as a focal point of coPlated mealmmercial growth with impressive naval and military roots. 

Dinner - Journey through Norfolk by experiencing a Historical Ghent Food Tour. Visit up to five restaurants and sample house specialties while listening to the staff discuss the culinary creations and history of their restaurants and dishes. In between locations, gather an insight into the history of Norfolk by visiting landmarks. Transport your senses with the various spices and provisions offered by Norfolk's "hidden gems" and culinary visionaries. 

Name one of the best beer festivals by USA Today, held along Norfolk's beautiful waterfront.

This beer festival will leave you seeing cross-eyed in less than 36 hours. Your head will be spinning and stomach growling for more - not from all the beer, but from all the fun and new memories that will be brewing!

DAY ONE

Arrive to Norfolk around 2 P.M. - Get the weekend started off right at Norfolk’s Tap House Grille, with a large selection that includes hard to find beers, local favorites and old standards, and the food is amazing!

Sail-Nauticus.jpgHead over for private or public sailing lessons courtesy of Sail Nauticus. Located in downtown Norfolk along the waterfront, Sail Nauticus offers a variety of classes that cater to all ages and experience levels. The center will teach you how to confidently and safely enjoy an afternoon out on the water. Not a water bug? Then take an adventure by air with Hampton Roads Helicopters for a breathtaking aerial tour of Norfolk by helicopter. For adventure seekers, tours can be conducted with the doors off during warm weather.

For your first night in town, go to The Birch Bar where you’ll taste the finest cheeses and craft drafts. This bar specializes in craft artisanal European cheeses and has one of the city’s largest selections of craft beers from around the world. Then instead of dessert head over to on of Norfolk's newest breweries, Benchtop Brewing Company. Try the Tidewater Series made with Virginia ocean water to give a hint of a salty taste.

End the evening in the heart of Norfolk's brand new Arts District at Push Comedy Theater. Founded by local comedy group The Pushers, the Push Comedy Theater is dedicated to bringing live comedy from the best local and national acts, hosting live sketch, improv and stand-up comedy. .

DAY TWO

Cure cafe coffee date9:30 A.M. or later if you want to sleep in - Spend a leisurely morning sipping your way through Norfolk’s java scene. Cure Coffeehouse & Brasserie, Borjo, Java Surf Café & Espresso Bar, Café Crema, Café Stella, Elliott’s Fair Grounds Coffee House, Chocollage, and aLatté Café line the downtown district and historic Ghent. Many Norfolk coffeehouses feature regular musical performances and serve as a meeting point for local artists. Sail across the Elizabeth River on the American Rover Sailing Cruise. This majestic, three-masted tall ship, modelled after the cargo schooners that once sailed the Chesapeake Bay, leaves from the downtown Norfolk pier for a narrated two-hour harbor cruise.

VIRGINIA BEER FESTIVAL - 2 P.M. to 6 P.M. - Truly this festival is designed for your tasting pleasure, with the finest beers from dozens of breweries from around the world! The event takes place in Town Point Park on the beautiful downtown Norfolk waterfront featuring 65 breweries with more than 125 beers to sample. Live music will be provided on the Town Point Park stage. Take part in one of the free seminars and lectures, visit the merchants around the park, or be a VIP in the Beer Aficionado area. If you are traveling by boat, dock right-up to the pier on the Elizabeth River with a boat full of friends. Boaters packagers are available. Cheers!

LeGrand Restaurant is striking culinary harmony in Norfolk. The name of the restaurant stems from LeGrand Records that was once based in Norfolk . This new, trendy restaurant is owned and operated by a musically-inclined couple that performs in a local rock band and has made a mark on rock and roll history in the documentary Hardcore Norfolk: A Story of Rock ‘n’ Roll Survival. Stop by for a bite and let the good times roll. Then after a long day of activities and a full belly, unwind with live music performed by some of the city’s most popular local bands at Hell’s Kitchen Restaurant and Bar. Hell’s Kitchen offers a full menu, and live music on Friday and Saturday. Can’t get enough music? Then head over to Belmont House of Smoke to catch live music on the weekends.

DAY THREE

8:30 A.M.- who are you kidding - 10 A.M. - Burn those unwanted calories gained this week with a run, walk or bike ride along The Elizabeth Trail. Built on an abandoned railroad right-of-way, the trail showcases Norfolk’s rich history and wildlife. Catch glimpses of ships, barges, naval vessels and tugs at work in the coastal Virginia waters. The trail provides access to historic Fort Norfolk, a National Register property. Other key locations along the trail include the Weyanoke Audubon Bird Sanctuary, Jeff Robertson Park and Plum Point Park. Along the way, park your bike in one of five racks designed by local artists as part of a Downtown Norfolk public art display project.

Have you worked up an appetite? Norfolk starts d’morning at D’Egg Handsome Biscuit sandwichDiner, a downtown city diner where you can order breakfast or lunch any time of day. Or try Handsome Biscuit, with over 10 different biscuit sandwiches made from sweet potatoes. Eating with both hands will not even begin to handle the size of this biscuit. Your eyes will be bigger then your stomach from the Hella Fitzgerald with fried chicken, bacon, cheddar, and red eye sausage gravy to the Mr. Close Love with roasted pork shoulder, sweet hot mustard, and cucumber.

Don't forget to take home a few souvenirs. Enjoy over 130 artist selling locally made jewelry, pottery, paintings, and other works of art at the Stockley Gardens Art Festival in Norfolk’s historic Ghent. The park is full of artists, tantalizing smells and music drifting from the main stage with local bands playing from 10am to 5pm.

Before you head home, do not forget to stop by O’Connor’s Brewing Company, Coelacanth Brewing, Rip Rap Brewing CompanyBold Mariner, or Smartmouth Brewing Company to take home a few six packs of that local flavor you fell in love with at the Virginia Beer Festival.

 

Norfolk plays host to an annual festival favorite, Norfolk’s Harborfest®! Every June, the city celebrates
nautical history by displaying tall ships, along with celebrations of seafaring history and culture, delicious food, local, regional and national entertainment and a spectacular fireworks display all along the downtown waterfront.

Day One

Explore Norfolk’s science center, Nauticus, with interactive maritime history and science exhibits. You’ll find the Hampton Roads Naval Museum in Nauticus which introduces over 200 years of naval history in coastal Virginia. Located next to Nauticus is the Battleship Wisconsin, the largest and last battleship ever built by the U.S. Navy. Walk her teak decks, explore interior rooms and discover the vast history of this great ship.

Come aboard the Spirit of Norfolk or the Victory Rover Naval Base Cruise for the the spectacular Parade of Sail event. Watch tall ships sail down the Elizabeth River in a spectacular two-hour parade. You’ll have the best view of the harbor, with tall ships and over 200 boats and vessels to see.

After the Parade of Sail, come explore a popular outdoor festival on the waterfront at Norfolk’s Harborfest®. Enjoy live music and great food accompanied by art and educational programs. Tall ships will be open for tours for visitors to explore the decks and talk to sailors.

Finish the night by experiencing Virginia’s first urban winery, the Mermaid Winery. The winery focuses on producing well-balanced wines using Virginia grapes. The wine making process can be viewed from the tasting bar where you can enjoy their creations.

Day Two

Take a 45 minute bus tour of the world’s largest naval installation, Naval Station Norfolk. A knowledgeable, active duty Navy guide will narrate an engaging tour of the base highlighting the U.S. Naval Fleet, Admirals Row, and the base as a working city.

Discover the compelling story of General Douglas MacArthur, a five star General of the Army and the millions of Americans who served our nation through five wars at the Douglas MacArthur Memorial. Located in downtown Norfolk’s restored 1850s City Hall, the complex contains a museum, theater and special exhibit galleries.

Stroll over to Granby Street, just one block walking distance from Norfolk’s Harborfest®. Experience over 30 locally owned and operated restaurants from American Bistro, to Tapas or Mexican. Whatever you crave, Granby Street is sure to satisfy! Along the way, step in one of the many downtown retailers on Granby Street to take home the perfect souvenir.

Head back over to Town Point Park for Norfolk’s Harborfest® and enjoy over 50 food vendors, live concerts on three stages and fireworks along the downtown waterfront. Do not forget you can also jump aboard the Victory Rover Naval Base Cruise or Spirit of Norfolk for the best seats in the house for the fireworks!

Day Three

Take a fun-filled boat ride at the Norfolk Botanical Garden and explore its peaceful waterways or meander through its many beautiful gardens and discover a variety of plants from the cultivated to the wild. While visiting, be sure to experience one of the Garden’s popular programs such as Active Gardeners, Creative Gardeners or Garden Design. The Norfolk Botanical Garden’s professional horticultural staff will be on hand to share their knowledge and experience while inspiring new ideas for your garden.

Enjoy lunch and shopping at MacArthur Center, a one million square foot, three-story shopping mall with more than 100 new-to-the-market retailers and restaurants, anchored by Nordstrom and Dillard’s. Stroll through the Armed Forces Memorial, which features 20 inscriptions from letters written home by U.S. service men and women who lost their lives in war. The letters have been cast in thin sheets of bronze and are scattered across the ground.

Next, head to Hermitage Museum and Gardens, formerly home to the Sloane family, the Hermitage is “home to the arts” with a nationally recognized art collection spanning 5,000 years. Its artwork includes contemporary exhibition galleries, working artist studios and 12 acres of gardens and grounds.

Day Four

Before you depart for home, head over to the Chrysler Museum of Art, which was recently expanded and renovated with new galleries and engaging programs to bring the collection to life. Enjoy 5,000 years of art in one of the country’s most impressive museums, featuring a newly updated restaurant, library, gift shop and theater.