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  1. Norfolk Festevents Announces Thank Goodness We're Open (TGWO) Series

    April 15, 2021, 5:00 PM - May 29, 2021, 5:00 PM @ Town Point Park - Downtown Norfolk Waterfront

    April 15-Reggae On The River - Nature’s Child (Reggae)-5pm April 16-Jazz Night - Raw Jazz (Smooth Jazz)-5pm April 17-Elizabeth River Trail Time Treats-9-11am April 17-Live Music - Paper Aliens (Funk Rock)-5pm April 22-Live Music - Brackish Water Jamboree (Bluegrass)-5pm April 23-Live Music - Wonderland (Rock/Pop)-5pm April 24-Elizabeth River Trail Time Treats-9-11am April 24-Live Music -Anthony Rosano & The Conqueroos (Blues)-5pm April 29-Live Music - Tumbao Salsero (Salsa)-5pm May 1-Chip & Sip: A Happy Hour Golf Experience-12-4pm May 1 -“CoCo” Movie Night -6-10pm May 6-Elizabeth River Trail Time Treats-9-11am May 7-Live Music - TBD-5pm May 13-Chip & Sip: A Happy Hour Golf Experience-4pm May 14-Bayou Drive-Thru-4pm May 15-Bayou Drive-Thru-4pm May 20-Live Music - The River Boyz (Country/Rock)-5pm May 21-Picnic - 757 Crave-5pm May 22-Comedy Night - Tommy Drake & PUSH Comedy-5pm May 27-Chip & Sip: A Happy Hour Golf Experience-4pm May 28-Live Music - TBD-5pm May 29-Liv

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  2. Virginia Stage Company, Public Works VA presents Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors

    May 1, 2021, 11:30 AM - May 29, 2021, 3:00 PM @ Various locations around Hampton Roads

    Virginia Stage Company’s Public Works Virginia will present Comedy of Errors to public outdoor playing spaces across Hampton Roads. This zany and unexpected adaptation of Shakespeare's play, adapted by Ryan Clemens (A Christmas Carol, Meet Mark Twain) and directed by Steve Pacek (The Legend of Georgia McBride) goes beyond the schtick to play with the concept of family and the power of belonging. The tour will be presented in public parks, outdoor venues, and The Wells Theatre on weekends during May 2021.

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  3. d'Art Center presents "Merged II: d'Art Center's Second National Exhibition of Collage and Assemblage"

    May 1, 2021, 5:30 PM - May 23, 2021, 5:00 PM @ d'Art Center

    Merged is an exhibition of original unique 2D and 3D collage and assemblage artworks that includes mediums specifically but not limited to found objects, recycled materials, paper, fiber, wood, and metals. Jurors: Amanda Bradley, gallery manager, and Andy Harris, exhibition juror.

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  4. Tidewater Classical Guitar and Virginia Arts Festival present Manuel Barrueco - SOLD OUT

    May 13, 2021, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ Bank Street Stage

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  5. Bayou Bon Vivant: A Cajun Music, Food & Arts Celebration

    May 14, 2021, 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Town Point Park - Downtown Norfolk Waterfront

    Norfolk Festevents is excited to announce Bayou Bon Vivant: A Cajun Music, Food & Arts Celebration on Friday & Saturday, May 14 & 15, 2021, at Town Point Park along the Downtown Norfolk Waterfront. The event runs from 4-9pm on Friday and 12-9pm on Saturday. Bayou Bon Vivant is FREE and open to the public. To comply with local and state COVID-19 health guidelines, there will be limited capacity at the event, and admission into the event will be on a first-come, first-served basis. There are several options for guests that wish to ensure they reserve a spot in the event. Reserving a Social Circle or Premier Table Seating is the best way to guarantee a premium spot in the park with preferred views of the main stage for guests to enjoy.

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  6. 37th Annual Stockley Gardens Spring Arts Festival

    May 15, 2021 - May 16, 2021

    Hope House Foundation is pleased to announce that the 37th Annual Stockley Gardens Spring Arts Festival, sponsored by TowneBank, will be held virtually on May 15 and 16. Participants will be able to view and purchase works of art and enjoy performances from the region’s favorite musicians. Every artist will have links to their website for purchases, and several pieces will be available through a virtual auction. Proceeds from the Stockley Gardens Arts Festivals support the programs of Hope House Foundation, the first organization in Virginia to provide support for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities exclusively in their own homes. The spring and fall festivals, the largest fundraiser for the organization, generate $80,000 that is used to provide necessities for the people who receive services such as assistance with food, medical expenses, dental care, clothing and housing.

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  7. Tidewater Classical Guitar presents Ricardo Marlow in a virtual concert

    May 15, 2021, 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM @ Streaming online

    The Chrysler Museum and Tidewater Classical Guitar join together to present guitarist Ricardo Marlow in concert. Ricardo is among the most sought-after Flamenco guitarists in the world, whose brilliant technique, lyrical compositions, and masterful interpretations of Flamenco music are unsurpassed. We can’t think of a better concert to close out the series and highlight the connection between American art and Spanish culture!

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  8. Bayou Bon Vivant: A Cajun Music, Food & Arts Celebration

    May 15, 2021, 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Town Point Park - Downtown Norfolk Waterfront

    Norfolk Festevents is excited to announce Bayou Bon Vivant: A Cajun Music, Food & Arts Celebration on Friday & Saturday, May 14 & 15, 2021, at Town Point Park along the Downtown Norfolk Waterfront. The event runs from 4-9pm on Friday and 12-9pm on Saturday. Bayou Bon Vivant is FREE and open to the public. To comply with local and state COVID-19 health guidelines, there will be limited capacity at the event, and admission into the event will be on a first-come, first-served basis. There are several options for guests that wish to ensure they reserve a spot in the event. Reserving a Social Circle or Premier Table Seating is the best way to guarantee a premium spot in the park with preferred views of the main stage for guests to enjoy.

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  9. Virginia Arts Festival presents Jae Sinnett Trio

    May 15, 2021, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ Bank Street Stage

    One of the region’s best-known jazz artists is Jae Sinnett, beloved for his performances and recordings, and avidly listened to by thousands of fans in his acclaimed programs on WHRV-FM. For jazz fans looking for a great Saturday night show, this outdoor concert by the Jae Sinnett Trio - featuring Allen Farnham on piano and Terry Burrell on bass - is just the ticket!

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  10. Virginia Symphony presents Gerard Schwarz, conductor and Aundi Marie Moore, Soprano

    May 15, 2021, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ Chrysler Hall

    Internationally recognized for his moving performances, innovative programming and extensive catalogue of recordings, American conductor Gerard Schwarz appears with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and Chesapeake native, Grammy Award-winning soprano Aundi Marie Moore on Saturday May 15 for works by American Composers Copland, Barber, and Still. Schwarz serves as Music Director of the All-Star Orchestra, Eastern Music Festival, Palm Beach Symphony and Mozart Orchestra of New York, and is Conductor Laureate of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and Conductor Emeritus of the Mostly Mozart Festival.

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  11. Virginia Arts Festival presents Rhythm Project Showcase

    May 23, 2021, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ Bank Street Stage

    The Bank Street Stage will be full of steel pans and eager musicians ready to put on a fantastic performance to entertain all ages.

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  12. Virginia Arts Festival presents Olga Kern Trio

    May 25, 2021, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ Bank Street Stage

    The Festival’s Connie & Marc Jacobson Director of Chamber Music, Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Olga Kern will perform throughout the Spring 2021 season. For the first time, she has curated the Olga Kern Trio featuring Canadian violinist Lara St. John, described as "something of a phenomenon" by The Strad and a “high-powered soloist” by the New York Times. Canadian Juno award winning cellist Amanda Forsyth, former principal cellist of the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ontario, will also join the trio,

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  13. Virginia Arts Festival presents Kenny Washington, vocals with the John Toomey Trio

    May 27, 2021, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ Bank Street Stage

    Jazz fans will welcome this Friday evening concert! Famed for their performances at the Festival’s Attucks Jazz Club, the John Toomey Trio will light up the Virginia Arts Festival Bank Street Stage May 21 with an evening of jazz standards featuring John Toomey on piano, Jimmy Masters on bass, and Brian Caputo on drums. Soulful New Orleans native Kenny Washington joins the Trio to perform on vocals. Washington has been hailed by Wynton Marsalis as, “...a consummate professional, with impeccable intonation. He’s a real improviser who brings depth to everything he does."

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  14. Virginia Arts Festival presents "A Musical Tribute to Aretha and Whitney"

    May 28, 2021, 7:30 PM - May 30, 2021, 9:30 PM @ Bank Street Stage

    Norfolk State University Theatre Company alumni will be featured in A Musical Tribute to Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston at the Virginia Arts Festival Bank Street Stage Friday, May 28 – Sunday, May 30. Directed by NSU Producing Artistic Director Anthony Mark Stockard, this performance is sure to bring the audience to their feet!

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  15. Elizabeth River Run 10k Returns to Norfolk

    May 29, 2021, All Day @ Elizabeth River Trail: ODU Campus to Port of Virginia

    The 42nd Annual Elizabeth River Run 10k is returning home to Norfolk on May 29, 2021. After fifteen years in Portsmouth, the 6.2-mile race will return with an all-new course on the iconic Elizabeth River Trail. Runners of all levels will begin at the starting line on the Old Dominion University campus, weave through tree-lined historic neighborhoods, take in sweeping views of the Elizabeth and Lafayette Rivers on the Hampton Boulevard Bridge, and cross the finish line in a private park located at the Port of Virginia. This is the first race to be exclusively held on the Elizabeth River Trail, a 10.5 mile multi-modal trail with award-winning amenities.

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  16. Virginia Symphony presents "Havana Nights with the Mambo Kings"

    May 29, 2021, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ Chrysler Hall

    Join us for this evening of hot Latin jazz and mambo with New York’s foremost Latin jazz ensemble, in concert with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra! The Mambo Kings will bring their “explosive blend of Afro-Cuban rhythms and improvisation” to classical favorites, pop hits, and jazz standards. Together, we’ll take you on a Latin jazz club tour that will have you up and dancing all night! Adam Turner, conductor

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Community/Neighborhood Event

  1. Keep Norfolk Beautiful, Love Our City: Litter Free St. Andrews

    May 15, 2021, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM @ St. Andrews Neighborhood

    Join Keep Norfolk Beautiful and neighbors for a cleanup of the St. Andrews neighborhood! All cleanup supplies will be provided. Additionally, all participants will be entered in a raffle for door prizes. Waste management will be on site for bulk waste pickup. For more information, contact knb@norfolk.gov.

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  2. Broad Creek Legacy Park Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - SOLD OUT

    May 15, 2021, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Broad Creek Legacy Park

    Broad Creek Legacy Park was an initiative spearheaded by Councilwoman Mamie B. Johnson to establish a new park in the Broad Creek emerging district. The park theme is "Healthy, Active and Abundant," and includes walking trails, open space, game tables and an urban orchard. Join us for remarks and a ribbon cutting on May 15 at 11 a.m. (SOLD OUT). A FREE tree planting station will be onsite, to include fruit and vegetable seeds, potting soil and pots. Fresh fruit and refreshments will be served. Please plan to wear a mask and practice physical distancing. The park is located across the street from Jordan-Newby Anchor Branch Library, 1425 Norchester Avenue, Norfolk.

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  3. Safe Routes to School Bike Rodeo

    May 15, 2021, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM @ Tarrallton Elementary School

    Helmet giveaways and fittings and bike safety checks for student cyclists at Tarrallton Elementary School. Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is a federal initiative designed to promote walking and biking to school as an alternate transportation option to increase student activity levels and reduce fuel emissions. SRTS programming in Virginia also supports activities designed to get students moving before, during, and after the school day. Norfolk Public Schools and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) are committed to ensuring that kids walk and bike along safe routes.

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  4. NBN Academy: Mermaid Tales 2021 Neighborhood Histories

    May 18, 2021, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM @ WebEx

    Three residents from three neighborhoods will share why neighborhood history is important to them. We'll then hear from the Norfolk Preservation Collective and City Planning about resources for drawing attention to your neighborhood's history.

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  5. Bike to Work Day!

    May 21, 2021, 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM

    Work downtown? Want to ride? Participate in National Bike to Work Day on May 21st! For some that might mean changing up your commute to two wheels, but for others still working from home, biking to coffee or around the block is a perfect excuse to get out. However you celebrate, just #bikethere! Visit one or all six pit stops throughout Norfolk and pick up water, snacks and bike freebies. Pit Stops will be located at: * MacArthur Square Tide Station * Elizabeth River Ferry Dock * The Plot * Elizabeth River Trail at Orapax Street & Raleigh Avenue * Colley Avenue at Local Bike Shop * ODU Webb Center

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  6. RPOS: Drive-In Movie Night

    May 21, 2021, 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM @ Military Circle Mall

    Looking for some outdoor fun for the entire family? Join us for a free Family Movie Night, a drive-in showing of Aladdin on Friday, May 21, at the Military Circle Mall parking lot by the former Cinemark, 880 N. Military Highway. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., movie showing at 7:30 p.m. Register at http://bit.ly/MovieNightNFK. Families will be physically distanced in the parking lot. Bring a few lawn chairs, or stay in your car and enjoy the show!

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  7. 2021 Glow Ride

    May 21, 2021, 8:00 PM @ The Plot

    Get on your bike for a night time ride in the NEON District! Riders of all ages and experience levels are welcome to attend this free group ride. Meet at 8:00pm at The Plot in your best glow in the dark clothes, bike gear, gloves or shoes, with flashing lights and glow sticks. Free Bike Month t-shirts to riders. We roll at 8:30! Due to COVID restrictions, riders will be required maintain social distancing before and during the event. Masks will be required until the ride begins. Riders will be separated in pods and corrals at the Plot's staging area before the ride begins. Let's keep it fun and safe! Glow Ride V is an organized ride for Norfolk Bike Month facilitated by the City of Norfolk Government Bicycling and Pedestrian Trails Commission and Downtown Norfolk. Final route to be posted before the ride. Children 14 years old and younger are required to wear a helmet when riding a bicycle. Although it is not required, it is highly recommended that all cyclists wear helmets

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  8. 8th Annual Fuse Fest

    May 22, 2021, 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    FUSE FEST CELEBRATES URBAN LIFE, IGNITING HOPE, HEALING AND POSITIVE ENERGY IN OUR COMMUNITY THROUGH ART, MUSIC, CULTURE AND INTERACTIVE ZONES FOR ALL GENERATIONS. FUSE Fest celebrates the heart of St. Paul Community in Norfolk through this intergenerational, transformative festival. FUSE Fest aims to dismantle negative attitudes, beliefs and unhealthy practices held by and about our community, elevate spirits and foster stronger bonds between every segment of community to help increase peace, harmony and health through this year's theme Hope, Healing & ART! *Rain date is May 23rd*

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  9. NFK Preservation Ride

    May 23, 2021, 3:30 PM

    Norfolk Preservation Collective rides to Calvary Cemetery for a talk and bike through one of Norfolk’s historic cemeteries, leaving from Maker’s Craft Brewery. Calvary Cemetery serves as both a place of remembrance and a remarkable chronology of important contributions made by Norfolk's African American citizens to the history of our City. Spanning more than 68 acres, Calvary Cemetery was established as a burial ground for Norfolk's African American citizens on January 9, 1877. For nearly a century, most of Norfolk's African American citizens were interred at Calvary as there were no other burial options available to African Americans in Norfolk until the mid-1970s.

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  10. Hurricanes: Before and After the Storm - A FREE, Virtual Event

    May 25, 2021, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Virtual

    Learn about hurricane prepartation and new technology to improve storm recovery. Featuring these industry experts: Dr. Carlos Martin, Dr. Joshua Behr and Moderator: Dr. Jessica Whitehead.

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  11. Dedication Ceremony of the "Never Forget Garden" in West Point Cemetery

    May 31, 2021, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ West Point Cemetery

    Join us as we honor African American war veterans at West Point Cemetery with a wreath laying ceremony on May 31 at 11 a.m. This event is organized by the Adam Thoroughgood Chapter – National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR ) and the Norfolk Society for Cemetery Conservation (NSCC). 2021 marks the Centennial of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Washington, D.C. DAR chapters around the country are planting commemorative gardens to honor all veterans. The garden in West Point Cemetery is in memory of our own African American veterans, known and unknown, buried in West Point Cemetery.  For more information, visit www.nsccva.org.

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