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Arts & Culture Events

  1. "A Saturday in Ocean View" photographs by Glen McClure

    March 15 - April 26 @ Offsite Gallery, World Trade Center

    Glen McClure’s photographs forge a connection between the subject and the viewer. For this exhibition, Glen and a team of four created portraits of random people encountered in parking lots, on sidewalks and at the beach entrance to the Chesapeake Bay during a September 29, 2018 visit to the Ocean View neighborhood. With over 60 solo exhibitions since 1997, Glen’s work can be found in collections at the Chrysler Museum of Art, the Mariners’ Museum, the Taubman Museum of Art and in numerous private collections.

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    April 1 - November 30 @ Elmwood Cemetery

    NORFOLK SOCIETY FOR CEMETERY CONSERVATION (NSCC) VOLUNTEER WORKDAYS: Tasks include landscape maintenance, beautification projects, and monument restoration and cleaning. Check calendar for more info:

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  3. Virginia Zoo April Membership Swap - Military Aviation Museum

    April 1 - April 30

    The Virginia Zoo and the Military Aviation Museum are swapping members for the month of April. Please visit our website for more details.

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  4. Nauticus Presents: ALBESILA

    April 12 - April 21 @ Nauticus & Battleship Wisconsin

    In celebration of its 25th birthday, Nauticus is bringing ALBESILA Luminarium by Architects of Air to Downtown Norfolk. This massive labyrinth will immerse you in vibrant color as you walk through its 27 egg-shaped domes with interconnected, winding tunnels. ALBESILA will be located on the MacArthur Center Green at the corner of Freemason Street and Monticello Avenue. Tickets are available on-site for $6. A limited number of $10 Advance Booking tickets that give priority access at a specified time (reducing wait time) are available online only.

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  5. Dance of Harlem Exhibit

    April 15 - May 7 @ Slover Library

    Slover Library Foundation and Virginia Arts Festival are pleased to present: Dance Theatre of Harlem From Black and White to Living Color, on view from April 15 to May 7, 2019 at Slover Library in Norfolk. This exhibition chronicles the first fifty-years of Dance Theatre of Harlem, the legendary ballet company and school based in Harlem, New York. Curated by former Dance Theatre of Harlem dancer Judy Tyrus, Dance Theatre of Harlem From Black and White to Living Color displays sixty-three photographs from the company’s archive, some never seen before, in black and white and in color.

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  6. NEON District Art Tours

    April 19, 6:30 PM @ Chrysler Museum of Art

    – Downtown Norfolk Council has partnered with Norfolk Tour Company to offer free monthly walking tours of the NEON District April through October. The tours explore the District that now has more than 87 pieces of public art and a multitude of local businesses that make up the neighborhood fabric. Each tour also highlights a NEON District business or partner, which provides tour attendees with a special experience or promotional offer.

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  7. Party for the Planet

    April 20, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM @ Virginia Zoological Park

    Celebrate Earth Day and the animals that share our planet at the Virginia Zoo! Enjoy animal presentations on the ZooLive! stage, chat with Zoo staff while learning about eco-friendly enrichment for the animals and learn how you can support conservation here and abroad. With educational activities scheduled throughout the event, this year’s Party for the Planet will be a learning celebration for all ages.

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  8. Age of Agony Perils & Practices of Victorian Medicine Cemetery Tour

    April 20, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM @ Elmwood Cemetery

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  9. Leslie Jones, comedian

    April 20, 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM @ Attucks Theatre

    You’ve seen this hilarious comedian and actress on “Saturday Night Live”—now see her live on stage at the historic Attucks Theatre as part of the Attucks at 100 celebration! Leslie Jones has been a cast member on “Saturday Night Live” for three seasons; her work on that iconic show has garnered her an Emmy Award nomination and inclusion on the Time 100 list. Leslie has covered the summer and winter Olympics for NBC and was the host of The 2017 BET Awards. She is currently recording one of the lead roles in the animated film Angry Birds 2 for Sony Pictures; she also starred in Paul Feig’s reboot of Ghostbusters, alongside Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and Kate McKinnon. Tickets are extremely limited; order now!

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  10. 2019 Virginia International Tattoo

    April 25 - April 28 @ Scope Arena

    For centuries, the cry “Tattoo!” echoed throughout Europe: first as a call to innkeepers to “turn off the taps!” so soldiers would return to their barracks, and then as the name for a grand display of military bands and drill teams. The legendary Tattoos of Edinburgh and Basel are now rivaled by the largest Tattoo in the U.S. - our own Virginia International Tattoo. Mounting a mighty spectacle that changes every year, the Virginia International Tattoo summons more than 1,000 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 a not-to-be-missed celebration. See the show that America’s premier tourism organization has named the Number One U.S. destination for travelers (American Bus Association Best of the Top 100 Events in North America)!

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  11. Party On The Pier

    April 25, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Nauticus & Battleship Wisconsin

    Don’t miss this free sunset event on Nauticus Pier! Party on the Pier will feature live music by Kaboombox & food truck for the night: The Baordroom! Proceeds benefit the Nauticus Foundation.

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  12. Courage, Commitment, and Leadership Forum

    April 26, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM @ Scope Arena

    Courage, Commitment, and Leadership Forum Extraordinary Women of the U.S. Military—In Their Own Words Registration required!

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  13. Zoo Tykes - Triassic Tales

    April 27, 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM @ Virginia Zoological Park

    Journey back to a time where giants roamed the land, sea and sky! Discover prehistoric Earth as we dig for dinos and create our own fossil footprints. Program price includes admission to the Zoo.

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  14. Taste of India

    April 27, 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM @ ODU Ted Constant Center

    Taste of India is one of the largest Asian Indian Festivals in Virginia attracting about 7,000 to 10,000 people each year. It is a collaborative effort of hundreds of Indians living in Hampton Roads to share the heritage with residents of Hampton Roads. It is one of the most popular cultural, single-day events organized by any ethnic group in the region. This year’s theme is Rivers: The Lifelines of India. The 13th annual event will include: lively entertainment with colorful Bollywood and classical dances, a yoga demonstration, a local dance competition along with kid carnival games. In addition to Indian cuisine, there will be vendor booths featuring Indian clothes and handcrafts. Sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities are still available.

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    April 27, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM @ Elmwood Cemetery

    Join tour guide Shannon Stafford as he showcases the women who made Norfolk what it is today.

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  16. The Finest Hours: Film Screening

    April 27, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Slover Library

    Enjoy a screening of the 2016 film The Finest Hours, starring Chris Pine and Casey Affleck, where the Coast Guard makes a daring rescue attempt off the coast of Cape Cod after a pair of oil tankers are destroyed during a blizzard in 1952. Room 305

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  17. Roarchestra

    April 28, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Virginia Zoological Park

    Thanks to Bank of America, bring your family and friends to enjoy a special evening at the Virginia Zoo as the Virginia Symphony Orchestra performs outdoors. Pack your blankets and chairs to enjoy a classic evening under the stars at this outdoor, kid-friendly concert. Under the baton of Assistant Conductor Gonzalo Farias, the Symphony will perform family favorites. Please note: no outside food or drink is permitted.

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  18. NATO Festival Banquet

    April 29, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ Hilton Norfolk The Main

    The World Affairs Council of Greater Hampton Roads and NATO Allied Commander Transformation Presents the 2019 NATO Festival Banquet “Celebrating NATO’s 70th Anniversary” Ambassador Hutchison will address the importance of the Transatlantic Link on NATO’s 70th Anniversary as the most successful alliance in history and the future of increasing challenges to security and prosperity.Join us as we discuss these issues and more with US Permanent Representative to NATO Ambassador Kay Bailey Hutchison  Attending with Permanent Representatives from 10 NATO nations. Table of 8 $500 Student Table of 8 $225 Register or Sponsor at or mail a check with your purchase and contact information to World Affairs Council, 4101 Granby Street, #205, Norfolk, VA 23504, 757-363-3090 Mon-Thu 10am-2pm We would like to thank Norfolk Arts for a grant in support of this event!

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  19. CELEBRATING ARTISTIC DIVERSITY: Norfolk Chamber Consort 50th Anniversary Performance

    April 29, 7:15 PM - 9:30 PM @ Chandler Recital Hall, Old Dominion University

    Music by Stephen Coxe, Vincenzo Bellini, Fryderyk Chopin, Isaac Albeniz, Germaine Tailleferre. Includes one World Premiere and one Virginia Premiere.

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  20. Jupiter String Quartet

    April 29, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM @ Robin Hixon Theater, Clay & Jay Barr Education Center

    Robin Hixon Theater, Clay & Jay Barr Education Center The Jupiter String Quartet is a particularly intimate group, consisting of violinists Nelson Lee and Meg Freivogel, violist Liz Freivogel (Meg’s older sister), and cellist Daniel McDonough (Meg’s husband, Liz’s brother-in-law). Now enjoying their sixteenth year together, this tight-knit ensemble is firmly established as an important voice in the world of chamber music. The quartet has performed in some of the world’s finest halls, and their major music festival appearances include the Aspen Music Festival, Caramoor International Music Festival, the Banff Centre, the Seoul Spring Festival, and many others. Discover “an ensemble of eloquent intensity” that has become “one of the mainstays of the American chamber-music scene” (The New Yorker).

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  21. The Finest Hours: Author Talk

    April 30, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Slover Library

    The Finest Hours author Michael Tougias will discuss this true-life event and the development of The Finest Hours book and movie. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Room 640

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  22. Cantus, ensemble

    April 30, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM @ Norfolk Academy

    The “engaging” (New Yorker) men’s a cappella ensemble Cantus is widely known for its trademark vocal warmth and blend, innovative programming and engaging performances of music ranging from the Renaissance to the 21st century. The Washington Post has hailed the Cantus sound as having both “exalting finesse, expressive power and spontaneous grace.” The Philadelphia Inquirer called the group nothing short of “exquisite.” As one of the nation’s few full-time vocal ensembles, Cantus has grown in prominence with its distinctive approach to creating music. Cantus performs more than 60 concerts each year both in national and international touring, and in its home of Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota.

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City Council Events

  1. City Council Meeting Informal Session

    April 23, 4:30 PM @ City Hall

    Informal session held on 10th floor conference room

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  2. City Council Meeting Formal Session

    April 23, 7:00 PM @ City Hall

    Formal session held on 11th floor

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Community/Neighborhood Event

  1. Norfolk's Shoreline Buffer Workshop

    April 20, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM @ Lakewood Park ODU Women's Rowing Center

    The City Departments of Planning, Public Works and Recreation, Parks, and Open Spaces are teaming up to offer the 6th annual buffer workshop. Shoreline buffers are forested or landscaped areas next to streams, rivers and bays that are valuable ecosystems. -Discover the benefits of buffers -Tour Lakewood Park's shoreline restoration -Identify native shoreline plants -Participate in spring pruning and clean-up -Plant Shrubs along Lafayette river shoreline Call (757) 664-4751 Volunteers welcome Bring water to drink

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  2. Roberts Rules of Order and Good Governance

    April 22, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Third Precinct Community Room

    Mr. Clanton will be providing guidance on Roberts Rules of Order plus live interactive practice.

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  3. Lighting The Way: Start-Up Summit

    April 24, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Slover Library

    Join us to learn about small business resources available to you as you start a successful company in Norfolk! Keynote Speaker: Rudolph Artis, CEO/Founder, Influance Hair Care This Catered event includes light breakfast and: -A seminar for local business start ups to learn about the first steps in starting your own business -Introduction of the 3 part BIZ Cafe event, which includes an opportunity to win grant money during its pitch Competition -Opportunities to connect with city staff that can assist you with starting as business

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  4. Clean Out to Clean Up Event

    April 27, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Waste Management

    Clean Out to Clean Up invites Norfolk residents to dump their unused junk, particularly hazardous items, at one convenient location. The objective is to show residents how to properly get rid of household waste that poses challenges, such as liquid and solid pesticides, batteries, paint, electronics and propane tanks.

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