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Arts & Culture Events

  1. Offsite Gallery exhibition through Nov. 30th

    October 19, 6:00 PM - November 30, 8:00 PM @ Offsite Gallery @ World Trade Center

    Closing reception: 6-8pm, November 30th~ Influenced by the trichotomy of visual form introduced by Paul Klee in his idiosyncratic Pedagogical Sketchbook, John Rudel (Batten Associate Professor of Art & Curator of Exhibitions at Virginia Wesleyan) creates layers & patterns that force the viewer to leave areas out of focus to identify individual elements. A continual shift of focus & perception creates countless tiny impulse based experiences of visual reconnections. John worked with the City's public art program to create "Eyes" for the MacArthur North Garage. His "Towers" greet you at the entrance to the NEON District & you can also see his etched design "Play Ball" on the windscreens at the Harbor Park light rail station. See more at

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  2. Million Bulb Walk 2018

    November 17, 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Norfolk Botanical Garden

    Walk through 2-miles of spectacular holiday light displays with family and friends. It’s a great way to kick off the holiday season… with a few new surprises. TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

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  3. Virginia Children's Chorus presents "Harvest of Song"

    November 17, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM @ Royster Memorial Presbyterian Church

    Enjoy a fall afternoon with the joyous sounds of all our singers, ages 6 to 18! Directed by Carol Thomas Downing, Louisa Priore & Dr. Matthew Russell. Accompanied by Max Holman. Call (757) 440-9100 or e-mail for information or to order advance tickets.

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Community/Neighborhood Event

  1. Million Bulb Walk

    November 9, 4:00 PM - December 15, 9:00 PM @ Norfolk Botanical Garden

    Walk through 2-miles of spectacular holiday light displays with family and friends. It’s a great way to kick off the holiday season… with a few new surprises.

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  2. Photos with Santa in the Ice Palace

    November 10 - December 24 @ MacArthur Center North Garage

    Visitors are transported to a winter wonderland when they step inside the spectacular holiday Ice Palace, featuring a 30-foot ice dome with falling snow, a light show and interactive fun for all ages. Visitors can also marvel at the larger-than-life snow globes, leave an icy handprint and sit on the chilly Ice Throne. The adventure culminates with a visit to Santa and a special gift.

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  3. Virginia Zoo for Military

    November 10, 10:00 AM - November 18, 5:00 PM @ Virginia Zoological Park

    Virginia Zoo is offering active duty and veterans a $5 dollar admission starting the 10th of November until the 18th.

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  4. Dickens Christmas Towne

    November 17 - December 31 @ Decker Half Moone Center, Next to Nauticus

    Celebrate family, art and literature during six magical weeks in this delightful holiday village. In recognition of the 175th anniversary of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, this season will feature the first-ever U.S. exhibition of original book sketches by Christmas Carol illustrator P.J. Lynch. Let your imagination soar with magical fairies, carousel horses, weekend tea parties, a second giant train display, carolers, new entertainment, shops and more! Every child will receive a FREE copy of A Christmas Carol. Returning to this year’s experience will be Father Christmas, Geoffrey “the Talking Christmas tree”, puppet shows, magicians, a children’s crafts corner, and lots of free family activities! PLUS, special programming returns the week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

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  5. MacArthur On Ice

    November 17, 2018 - January 14, 2019 @ The ice skating rink is located just outside MacArthur Center, at the corner of Monticello Avenue and Freemason Street.

    MacArthur Center kicks off the fourteenth season of ice skating at the coolest place in town. Whether it’s a family tradition or a first date, the center’s 7,200-square-foot outdoor ice rink is the place for good times this winter. Throughout the season, enjoy public skating sessions, ice hockey clinics, figure skating exhibitions and more. Those new to the ice or feeling a bit rusty can sign up for private lessons or get a helping hand from skate guards on-site. The ice skating rink is located just outside MacArthur Center, at the corner of Monticello Avenue and Freemason Street

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  6. Norfolk Harbor Race Series

    November 17, 7:00 AM - November 18, 1:00 PM @ Town Point Park - Downtown Norfolk Waterfront

    The Chartway Norfolk Harbor Half Marathon Weekend presented by Bon Secours DePaul Orthopedics is an exciting two-day event that offers flat, fast, and scenic courses through the Mermaid City. Norfolk is your perfect race destination with a bustling Downtown, thriving arts community, and world-class cuisine, you’ll feel right at home the moment you arrive. The series offers a race distance for everyone, including a Half Marathon, Half Marathon Relay, 5K, and Kids Mile. Register online at

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  7. Clean Out To Clean Up

    November 17, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Waste Management

    Keep Norfolk Beautiful is hosting Clean Out to Clean Up in association with America Recycles Day on Saturday, November 17, from 9am to 12pm at Waste Management, 1176 Pineridge Road. Bring donations for Goodwill, documents for shredding with Eggleston, house hold hazardous waste, and e-waste. There will also be a special plastic bag collection and Bay Star Home free tree giveaway for Norfolk residents. More information can be found on the Keep Norfolk Beautiful Facebook page. Contact information: KNB@Norfolk.Gov or (757) 441-1347

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  8. 34th Annual Grand Illumination Parade

    November 17, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Downtown Norfolk

    The 34th Annual Grand Illumination Parade, "The Lights Are Bright On Broadway,” will take place in Downtown Norfolk on Saturday, November 17 at 7pm, bringing thousands of spectators out to take in the beauty, magic, and electric holiday spirit.

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