Virginia International Tattoo

April 18–21, 2024

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, the Virginia Arts Festival presented the city with what has now become a staple to Norfolk’s performing arts scene: The Virginia International Tattoo. The Tattoo blends tradition and entertainment in the form of bagpipers, military bands, fife and drum corps and drill teams that make up the hundreds of performers who come to Virginia once a year for the festival. 

The Virginia International Tattoo will return to the Norfolk Scope Arena April 20–23, 2023. The heartbeat of the 2023 Virginia International Tattoo will be its incredible international cast of more than 800 performers, with bands from the U.S. Army, Navy and Marine Corps joined by civilian and military performers from seven nations. You’ll see returning favorites such as Norway’s Band and Drill Team of His Majesty the King’s Guard, the Singapore Armed Force Central Band and the Massed Pipes and rums from four nations. The Tattoo will also include first time performers which are sure to become new favorites, including the Latvian Central Band. The soul of the 2023 Virginia International Tattoo will be an emotional and grateful “Tribute to Military Families.”

This year’s Norfolk NATO Festival International Village will occur the Saturday of the Tattoo weekend and is celebrated as the only U.S. parade to honor all 30 members of NATO. Don’t forget to pre-register online and stop by Scope Plaza to see the Norfolk NATO Festival International Village and Flag Raising and seize the opportunity to discover performances, art, food, and history.

2024 Show Times

  • Thursday, April 18, 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, April 19, 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 20, 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 21, 2:30 p.m.

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