Thursday, April 26 7:30PM
Friday, April 27 7:30PM
Saturday, April 28 7:30PM
Sunday, April 29 2:30PM
Tickets $20, $35, $45, $55, $100
Each year’s Tattoo is different, with new performers from across the globe, new themes of honor and patriotism, and new sights and sounds to amaze you.
In 2018 we will have an extraordinary cast of hundreds from 8 nations — including audience favorites such as the precise Band and Drill Team of His Majesty the King’s Guard from Norway, the breathtaking dancers and drummers of the Republic of Korea Traditional Army Band, an0AMd new this year, Italy’s 11th Bersaglieri Regiment Fanfare Band who perform while marching double time and the classically trained musicians of the Royal Band of the Belgian Air Force.
As the centerpiece of the 2018 Virginia International Tattoo, we will offer a moving tribute to Medal of Honor recipients. The Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action which can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the Armed Forces of the United States of America.
Thursday, April 26 5:00PM
Come enjoy a cultural sampling of music and a colorful display of NATO Member Nation flags and uniforms in this military presentation representing all 29 NATO Member Nations. Each Nation’s representative will present the national flag, while a portion of their national anthem is performed by the United States Fleet Forces Band.
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Immediately followed by the Virginia International Tattoo Hullabaloo, presented by the Virginia Arts Festival.
Saturday, April 28 10:00AM
Grab your lawn chairs and come to downtown Norfolk. Floats from each of the 29 NATO Member Nations. Visiting international bands from the Virginia International Tattoo. Local and visiting high school marching bands.
Saturday, April 28 11:30AM
Town Point Park
Visit the NATO Village. Pick up a NATO Explorer Passport and visit each country booth to get a passport stamp and lots of other goodies including treats, maps, and brochures. Afterwards, you’ll want to plan your own vacation. Learn all about NATO and its activities at Allied Command Transformation – try out the simulations and visit the NATO Photobooth.
Kid's Zone. NATOFest is great for kids and families! Kids can enjoy their own area with games, crafts, and international themed activities.
Have a drink in NATO Village. Sample an international beer and wine. Take a seat at the tables by the Market Stage to enjoy performances- International style!
Music and Performances on the Market Stage. Cultural dancers and performers will entertain guests all afternoon on the NATO Market Stage. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the lawn while watching the entertainment, something new every half hour.
International Food. At NATOFest, you won’t find your average festival food. Sample Greek, Italian, German, and French cuisines.
May 17 - May 20
The Greek Festival, Tidewater’s oldest and largest ethnic festival, will include the traditional Greek cuisine, exciting Greek entertainment, arts and crafts, beautiful jewelry, tours of the Cathedral, and the very popular Drive-Thru.
Food and music highlight the festival. Outdoor stands will sell everything from Souvlaki to Loukoumades — all homemade in the flavorful tradition of Greek cuisine. The food is available at the festival under the tents while listening to live music or indoors at the Hellenic Center. Take-out is also available.
Saturday, May 19 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Sunday, May 20 Noon - 5:00PM
Stockley Gardens Park, in Norfolk's Ghent neighborhood
People flock to Stockley Gardens in Norfolk’s historic Ghent neighborhood to browse through jewelry, pottery, paintings, and other works of art by over 130 artists. The park is full of strollers, dogs and tantalizing smells. Music drifts from the stage. Friends stop to chat. Throughout the weekend, there is a feeling of hope.
Each year, a nationally recognized artist or curator judges the artists, who compete for cash prizes. There is also an Emerging Artist Competition, also with cash prizes, for college and high school students, as well as recent graduates. Award winners are announced during the Artists’ Reception, which is held Saturday evening on the Main Stage.
Occasionally, parking does become an issue in the area surrounding Stockley Gardens Park. Please click HERE to download our helpful parking map.
The Mid-Atlantic’s largest and longest running beer festival celebrates its 17th year with a diverse selection of more than 150 beers and ciders from Virginia and around the world, local food, and live music. Meet master brewers and join in the fun and games as you experience Virginia's explosive beer scene at the beautiful downtown Norfolk waterfront in an event named “one of the Best Beer Festivals” by USA Today. The Virginia Beer Festival is produced in partnership with Virginia Arts Festival and Norfolk Festevents.
Friday, June 8: Noon - 11 pm (Parade of Sail - Noon)
Saturday, June 9: Noon - 11 pm (Fireworks - 9:30 pm)
Sunday, June 10: 10 am - 6 pm
Launch your summer with the area's biggest dock party.
Friday, June 22: Noon - 2pm (free & open to the public) 2pm - 10pm (ticketed)
Saturday, June 23: Noon - 10pm
Sunday, June24: Noon - 6pm
The Bayou Boogaloo Music & Cajun Food Festival is Norfolk’s annual love-fest with New Orleans’ vibrant spirit and captures the melting pot of Bayou culture. This popular 3-day festival delivers the heart and soul of Louisiana to visitors of Town Point Park in true Cajun and Creole style.
Wednesday, July 4 5-10 PM
The 36th Annual Fourth Of July Great American Picnic. Celebrate Independence Day with the greatest fireworks show in the area.
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Friday, August 24 5-11 PM
Saturday, August 25 5-11PM
Hampton Roads' longest running outdoor Jazz Festival returns for two nights along the Downtown Norfolk Waterfront. On a warm summer evening, chill to the legendary sounds of top national Smooth Jazz and R & B recording artists. This popular festival features a variety of seating and ticket options including the New Journal and Guide VIP Club, reserved seating, designated tent areas, festival lawn seating, fine foods and beverages, plus a festival marketplace with crafts, retail items, and more.