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Arts & Culture Events

  1. Offsite Gallery opening & exhibition: re-ligare by John Rudel

    October 19, 6:00 PM - November 30, 5:30 PM @ Offsite Gallery @ World Trade Center

    Join us at the Offsite Gallery for an opening Oct. 19th, 6-8pm. 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. Don't miss seeing his most recent mixed media paintings that have evolved over time with lots of reflection & often a series of changes involving the continual addition & removal of elements. See more at http://johnrudel.com/index.html

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  2. Cards for Veterans

    November 27, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ MacArthur Memorial

    As we salute our men and women of the Armed Forces this holiday season, what better way to do so than through a family friendly activity? Come on down to the MacArthur Memorial Visitors Center and create a card to send to a veteran. All materials will be provided onsite and the cards will be delivered to local installations and veterans hospitals before the holidays. Family friendly and FREE! Supplies will be available each day during normal opening hours. (Tues-Sat. 10:00am-5:00pm, Sunday 11:00am - 5:00pm)

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  3. Million Bulb Walk 2018

    November 27, 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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  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. 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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  4. 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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