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  1. Chrysler Museum – Tuan Andrew Nguyen: The Boat People

    August 6, 2021 - January 2, 2022 @ Chrysler Museum of Art, The Box

    Experience the work of Vietnamese artist Tuan Andrew Nguyen with his 2020 film, The Boat People in the Chrysler Museum’s video space, The Box, and one of his sculptures on view in the Museum’s Asian galleries.

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  2. Chrysler Museum – If You Thirst for a Homeland: Flame-worked glass by Dafna Kaffeman

    August 12, 2021 - December 12, 2021 @ Chrysler Museum of Art, Glass Project Space

    Inspired by nature, the art of Dafna Kaffeman conveys the complexities of life in modern Israel. Kaffeman creates exquisitely crafted plant replicas using flame-worked glass. These botanical specimens reflect the natural world of the artist’s homeland. The glass plants are combined with Hebrew and Arabic words printed or embroidered on soft white fabric, including handkerchiefs which are often associated with Jewish cultural practices of celebration, commemoration, sacrifice, and mourning. Each plant the artist renders in glass has its own cultural and historical meaning.

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  3. Play presents "Garbage Horror Show" at MacArthur Center

    September 24, 2021, 7:00 PM - October 31, 2021, 11:00 PM @

    MacArthur Center 

    2nd Floor, site of former Pottery Barn

    Play’s Garbage Horror Show, which runs through Halloween, tells the terrifying story of climate change in a futuristic mutant world constructed solely from trash and found objects. Staged inside an abandoned storefront in MacArthur Center, a team of actors will bring the world to life each Friday and Saturday night with interactive performances designed to encourage visitors to participate within the surreal landscape.

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  4. Chrysler Museum – Pier Luigi Nervi: Art and Science of Building

    October 1, 2021 - February 27, 2022 @ Chrysler Museum of Art, McKinnon Galleries

    This year marks the 50th anniversary of Norfolk’s greatest modern building: Scope Arena. Designed by renowned Italian architect Pier Luigi Nervi in collaboration with local architectural firm Williams and Tazewell, its soaring struts lift the dome and paradoxically let light in from below, not above as in traditional domed structures. This exhibition will follow Nervi’s career as an architect in Italy through many projects, including airplane hangars, cathedrals, exhibit halls, and skyscrapers, giving visitors an understanding of the unique architectural achievement of Scope and its place in the history of modern architecture.

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  5. Norfolk Visual Arts Month

    October 1, 2021 - October 31, 2021 @

    Enjoy over 100 ways to experience visual arts in Norfolk, VA every day!

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  6. Fall Town Point Virginia Wine Festival

    October 16, 2021, 11:00 AM - October 17, 2021, 6:00 PM @ Town Point Park - Downtown Norfolk Waterfront

    With over 100 of Virginia's finest wines from more than 20 different Commonwealth Wineries, the Fall Town Point Virginia Wine Festival is a wine lover's dream. Wine Enthusiast Magazine has named Virginia one of the 10 best wine travel destinations in the world, and the Fall Wine Festival, nestled in Town Point Park along the Downtown Norfolk Waterfront, brings the best wines from all over Virginia for a one-of-a-kind tasting and sampling experience.

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  7. Pan Jamboree

    October 16, 2021, 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    jam·bo·ree /?jamb?'re/ - A gathering of community folk to celebrate an occasion. The Pan Jamboree will feature Trinidad's own Duvone Stewart & highlight local Hampton Roads Youth & Community Steel Bands and Giggn' Pannist! We’ve invited steelpannist from all over Hampton Roads and beyond to De Panyard for a Good Old-Fashioned Pan Jamboree. In a Celebration of Steelpan, bands will perform traditional Calypso and Soca Classics and plenty of popular tunes to fulfill your vibe requirements. Bring your lawn chairs for pan all day! LINE-UP Mosaic Steel Orchestra Rhythm Project Ricky Micou Peyton Bailey (Ms Drumz) One Love Steelband Daron Roberts Shawn Morrisette (Smoove Steel) Duvone Stewart - HEADLINER

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  8. Virginia Stage Company presents "Dear Jack, Dear Louise" and "Hold These Truths" in repetoire

    October 17, 2021, 8:00 PM - November 7, 2021, 2:30 PM @ Wells Theater

    "Dear Jack, Dear Louise" by Ken Ludwig tells the story of a military doctor and a Broadway chorus performer’s unlikely romance, entirely via letters, during WWII. "Hold These Truths" by Jeanne Sakata is about an unsung American hero, Gordon Hirabayashi, who fought passionately for the Constitution against an unexpected adversary: his own country. During World War II, he refused to report to a relocation camp with thousands of families of Japanese descent, launching a 50-year journey from college to the courtroom and eventually to a Presidential Medal of Freedom. An inspiring true story of conscience amidst conflict, it is a one-man portrait of American character at its best.

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  9. THE NEON FESTIVAL RETURNS OCTOBER 21 and 22

    October 21, 2021 - October 22, 2021 @

    Norfolk’s Arts District.  

    The NEON Festival, presented by Business Consortium for Arts Support and Old Dominion University, in Downtown Norfolk’s NEON (New Energy of Norfolk) District will be held October 21 and 22. Celebrating its fifth year, the free festival welcomes everyone to experience the NEON District’s offerings through art exhibitions, local and national performances and mural tours. Since 2015, the festival has provided a platform for more than 300 artists and performers through dozens of art exhibitions, community programs and events tied to the annual celebration.

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  10. The Sixth Annual NEON Festival

    October 21, 2021, 6:00 PM - October 22, 2021, 10:00 PM @

    The NEON District

    The evening festival encourages visitors to explore and discover the NEON District, Norfolk’s first official arts district, anchored by the Chrysler Museum of Art and Harrison Opera House and extending to The Plot on Granby Street. Now an established draw in Norfolk’s robust event calendar, the NEON Festival attracts more than 4,000 visitors to the NEON District for two nights of programming. The event creates dozens of cultural opportunities for the local creative community, on average presenting more than 50 artists, makers, dancers, musicians and performers. As in every year prior, NEON Festival programming is sourced from a free open call, making the art and entertainment entirely community driven. The open call to artists is available now until August 20, 2021. For festival sponsorship opportunities, participation, venues or programming, please contact Rachel McCall at the Downtown Norfolk Council or call 757-623-1757.

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  11. Yuckology

    October 23, 2021, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ Nauticus & Battleship Wisconsin

    We’re creepy and we’re kooky, mysterious and ooky….spend the day “grossing out” at Nauticus with stomach-turning science activities, exploring the strange denizens of the sea, and discovering some dirty jobs aboard the BB64. Yuckology Day will be a costume-friendly event.

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  12. Feldman Chamber Music Society presents Ariel Quartet

    October 25, 2021, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ Chrysler Museum of Art

    Distinguished by its virtuosity, probing musical insight, and impassioned, fiery performances, the Ariel Quartet has garnered critical praise worldwide over the span of nearly two decades. Formed in Israel as teenagers at the Jerusalem Academy Middle School of Music and Dance and celebrating their 20th anniversary in 2020-21, the Ariel was named recipient of the prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award, granted by Chamber Music America in recognition of artistic achievement and career support. The ensemble serves as the Faculty Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, where they direct the chamber-music program and present a concert series in addition to maintaining a busy touring schedule in the United States and abroad. Wolf: Italian Serenade Schubert: Quartet No. 13 in A minor “Rosamunde” Beethoven: Quartet in C major, Op. 59, No. 3

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  13. The Norfolk Forum presents Neil deGrasse Tyson

    October 26, 2021, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ Chrysler Hall

    Astrophysicist and the Frederick P. Rose Director of The Hayden Planetarium Neil deGrasse Tyson was born and raised in New York City where he was educated in the public schools clear through his graduation from the Bronx High School of Science. Tyson went on to earn his BA in Physics from Harvard and his PhD in Astrophysics from Columbia. Tyson is the recipient of the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, the highest award given by NASA to a non-government citizen and is also the fifth head of the world-renowned Hayden Planetarium in New York City and the first occupant of its Frederick P. Rose Directorship.

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  14. Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill

    October 29, 2021, 7:30 PM @ Attucks Theatre

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  15. Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill

    October 30, 2021, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Attucks Theatre

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  16. Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill

    October 31, 2021, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Attucks Theatre

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  17. Seven Venues presents Michael Blackson "Halloween Comedy Extravaganza"

    October 31, 2021, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Chrysler Hall

    The Halloween Comedy Extravaganza comedy special will feature Michael Blackson, one of the funniest comedians in the country, also known as the African King of Comedy. Born in Ghana, Blackson relocated to the United States as a teenager and pursued a career as a comedian. In 2005, he released a comedy sketch titled Modasucka: Welcome to Africa. Blackson eventually landed a role in the film Next Friday, launching his career as an actor. He went on to appear in several music videos, was a regular guest on Wild ‘N Out and was featured in the sitcom, Are We There Yet? Some of Blackson's other works include The Savages and Meet the Blacks. The Halloween Comedy Extravaganza will also feature additional up and coming comedians.

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Community/Neighborhood Event

  1. International Coastal Cleanup with Keep Norfolk Beautiful

    September 18, 2021, 8:00 AM - October 23, 2021, 5:00 PM @ Lafayette Park

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  2. 2021 Stockley Gardens Fall Arts Festival

    October 16, 2021, 11:00 AM - October 17, 2021, 5:00 PM @

    Stockley Gardens Park

    The Stockley Gardens Arts Festival has been a biannual staple in the Hampton Roads area for the past 37 years, as well as being Hope House Foundation’s biggest fundraiser. The money raised during these events helps pay for rent, transportation, food, furnishings, unmet medical care, and more for people with developmental disabilities in Norfolk, Chesapeake, and Virginia Beach. Stockley is a communal celebration, a beloved tradition that has remained constant over the years, withstanding recessions, weather, hurricanes, and now COVID-19. We're proud to give the community one of the best outdoor arts festivals in the area. In fact, the Stockley Gardens Arts Festival has been voted one of the top two art festivals in eastern Virginia by Virginia Living Magazine readers five years in a row, so don't miss the upcoming Stockley Gardens Fall Arts Festival. It's a good time for a great cause.

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  3. Fall Town Point Virginia Wine Festival

    October 16, 2021, 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM @ Town Point Park

    33rd Annual Town Point Virginia Fall Wine Festival October 16 & 17, 2021 Town Point Park, Downtown Norfolk Waterfront, Virginia 11am - 6pm Wine Sampling ends at 4:30pm Wine Sales end at 5:00pm

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  4. From Here to Eternity Twilight 5K Run/Walk

    October 16, 2021, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM @ West Point Cemetery

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  5. Fall Town Point Virginia Wine Festival

    October 17, 2021, 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM @ Town Point Park

    33rd Annual Town Point Virginia Fall Wine Festival October 16 & 17, 2021 Town Point Park, Downtown Norfolk Waterfront, Virginia 11am - 6pm Wine Sampling ends at 4:30pm Wine Sales end at 5:00pm

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  6. Multimodal Norfolk In-Person Public Meeting: Outcomes of the Multimodal Plan

    October 18, 2021, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM @

    First Baptist Church, Berkley

    The City of Norfolk's Department of Transit received over 800 comments when they asked residents to tell them what their needs are for walking, bicycling, scootering, and accessing transit. Now they’ve taken those needs and incorporated them into a list of improvement projects to ensure Norfolk really is a multimodal city! In this final round of public meetings, the City will share the outcomes for the Multimodal Transportation Master Plan and next steps. This is the first of four October public meetings, and will be held at the First Baptist Church in Berkley. The same presentation will be given at all meetings, so there is no need at attend all four! The second and third meetings will be held via Zoom on October 19 from 12:00-1:30pm and from 6:00-7:30pm. The final meeting will be held in-person at the Kroc Center on October 25 from 6:00-7:30pm. There is no registration required to attend the meetings.

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  7. Multimodal Norfolk Virtual Public Meeting: Outcomes of the Multimodal Plan

    October 19, 2021, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM @

    Zoom

    The City of Norfolk's Department of Transit received over 800 comments when they asked residents to tell them what their needs are for walking, bicycling, scootering, and accessing transit. Now they’ve taken those needs and incorporated them into a list of improvement projects to ensure Norfolk really is a multimodal city! In this final round of public meetings, the City will share the outcomes for the Multimodal Transportation Master Plan and next steps. This is the second of four October public meetings and will be held via Zoom. The same presentation will be given at all meetings, so there is no need at attend all four! The third meeting will be held via Zoom on October 19 from 6:00-7:30pm. The final meeting will be held in-person at the Kroc Center on October 25 from 6:00-7:30pm. There is no registration required to attend the meetings.

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  8. Multimodal Norfolk Virtual Public Meeting: Outcomes of the Multimodal Plan

    October 19, 2021, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM @

    Zoom

    The City of Norfolk's Department of Transit received over 800 comments when they asked residents to tell them what their needs are for walking, bicycling, scootering, and accessing transit. Now they’ve taken those needs and incorporated them into a list of improvement projects to ensure Norfolk really is a multimodal city! In this final round of public meetings, the City will share the outcomes for the Multimodal Transportation Master Plan and next steps. This is the third of four October public meetings and will be held via Zoom. The same presentation will be given at all meetings, so there is no need at attend all four! The final meeting will be held in-person at the Kroc Center on October 25 from 6:00-7:30pm. There is no registration required to attend the meetings.

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  9. Five Points Civic Plaza and Park Groundbreaking Ceremony

    October 23, 2021, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM @


    Norview Avenue and Chesapeake Blvd.

    Join Councilwoman Mamie B. Johnson for the Groundbreaking Ceremony at the Five Points Civic Plaza and Park on Oct. 23 at 11 a.m. Enjoy family fun, outdoor games, giveaways and more! Located at the intersection and of Norview Ave. and Chesapeake Blvd. Face masks are required. We will see you there!

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  10. Kroctoberfest

    October 23, 2021, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM @

    The Kroc Center
    1401 Ballentine Blvd, Norfolk VA 23504

    Looking for a safe and fun way to get your fall festivities in? Come in costume to The Kroc Center on October 23 for a drive-thru trunk-or-treat with festival foods, music, games and more! Free to the community!

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  11. Trunk Or Treat

    October 23, 2021, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

    Get ready to Trunk or Treat! Grab your favorite costume and come out for a night full of thrills at NPD and Parks & Rec’s drive-thru Trunk or Treat! This family-friendly event will be fun for all ages, including sweet treats and lots of spooky decorations. Saturday, October 23, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Military Circle Mall.

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  12. Multimodal Norfolk In-Person Public Meeting: Outcomes of the Multimodal Plan

    October 25, 2021, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM @

    The Kroc Center

    The City of Norfolk's Department of Transit received over 800 comments when they asked residents to tell them what their needs are for walking, bicycling, scootering, and accessing transit. Now they’ve taken those needs and incorporated them into a list of improvement projects to ensure Norfolk really is a multimodal city! In this final round of public meetings, the City will share the outcomes for the Multimodal Transportation Master Plan and next steps. This is the last of four October public meetings and will be held at the Kroc Center. The same presentation will be given at all meetings, so there is no need at attend all four! There is no registration required to attend the meeting.

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