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Virginia International Tattoo

June 3 - 6, 2021

It’s no secret Norfolk has a serious appreciation for our military; after all, Norfolk is home to the largest naval base in the world.  In 1997 Virginia Arts Festival presented the city with what has now become a staple to Norfolk’s performing arts scene: The Virginia International Tattoo. Blending tradition and entertainment; including bagpipers, military bands, fife and drum corps and drill teams are just some of the over 1,000 performers who come to Virginia once a year for the festival. 


The Virginia Arts Festival’s iconic show the Virginia International Tattoo, originally scheduled for April 15-18, 2021, at Norfolk Scope Arena, will take place June 3-6, 2021 at ODU's Kornblau Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium. The magnificent stadium, which is home to Old Dominion University’s Division 1 Football program, will allow for an incredible show with social distancing and the safety benefits of being outside. 

The Festival is taking advantage of the stadium's expansive outdoor layout, plus easy access to parking, the downtown Norfolk area, and popular regional attractions. And this outdoor edition of the Tattoo will offer all the pageantry and inspiration that guests have come to expect from the Tattoo over the past 23 years. 

This new format will introduce many exciting new features only available at an outdoor venue while including cherished elements of the traditional Virginia International Tattoo. The 2021 theme, carried over from the 2020 canceled event, is 76 years since the end of WWII: A Salute to the Greatest Generation. " We are thrilled to present the 2021 Tattoo outdoors. 

For three hours prior to each performance of the Tattoo, Virginia International Tattoo Hullabaloo will open with extra drill performances, food, drinks, and photo ops on the Scope Plaza. Norfolk NATO Festival Parade of Nations will occur the Saturday of the Tattoo weekend and is celebrated as the only US parade to honor all 29 members of NATO. Don’t forget to stop by Town Point Park to see the Norfolk NATO Festival International Village and seize the opportunity to discover performances, art, food, and history directly after the Parade of Nations.

For our official Virginia International Tattoo Festival itinerary, click here


Thursday, June 3, 7:30 pm

Friday, June 4, 7:30 pm

Saturday, June 5, 7:30 pm

Sunday, June 6, 2:30 pm


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