Digital Downtown: How to Enjoy Downtown From Home

As we all navigate through this very uncertain time, DNC is putting together a regular round-up of some of the ways you can can continue to enjoy our treasured Downtown and support Downtown businesses and members.

Virtual tours, digital contests, streaming concerts, and more, our Downtown Norfolk businesses have what you need to stay involved and engaged from home.

Virginia Arts Festval & WHRO Present 2016 International Tattoo

  • Virginia Arts Festival has teamed up with WHRO TV15 for a special broadcast of the 2016 Virginia International Tattoo, airing on Friday, May 1 at 9pm. Tune in to enjoy all of the music, pride, and spectacle from the comfort of your own home.

O'Connor Brewing Co.'s #WHERESGUAPO Contest

  • O’Connor Brewing Co. is bringing back their annual #WHERESGUAPO Instagram contest, with even more prizes to award. Entries are open from now until May 4, 2020. Entering is simple: take a creative photo with an El Guapo can or bottle and post it to Instagram using the hashtag #WHERESGUAPO! If the user has a private account, they will need to screenshot their entry and send it to OBC via Instagram direct message. First place will receive $500 cash, second place will receive $250 cash, and third place will receive an El Guapo prize pack. Get as creative as possible! El Guapo can be purchased straight from the brewery, or at your local grocery store, Total Wine, or bottle shop. No purchase is necessary to enter. 




Virginia Symphony: Live Recordings

  • The Virginia Symphony and WHRO encourage us to unite through music: WHRO Classical FM will broadcast VSO concerts on Fridays at 9pm for the next several weeks. 



Hurrah Players: Story Book Reading

Students from Hurrah Players are picking out their own books and costumes for a Story Book reading series to help entertain little ones at home. This project is in conjunction with Pembroke Realty. This fun series will premiere on their social media Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Make sure to tune in!



Virginia Opera: La Boheme

  • If you're looking for something cultural to experience this week, Virginia Opera will present Giacomo Puccini's 'La Bohème' on April 30, starting at 7pm. The production (available on YouTube, Facebook, and Virginia Opera's website) will include an introduction with Maestro Adam Turner and Stage Director Kyle Lang before the performance, and will feature interviews from the cast and backstage footage during intermission.
    'La Bohème,' one of the most regularly performed operas in the world, is a captivating story of the passions of young Parisian bohemians seeking higher aspirations than material wealth through the pursuit of their art. In addition to being a brilliant musical accomplishment, 'Bohème' remains a sonorous work that continues to resonate with and to inspire modern audiences around the globe.


Slover Library: Pastries & Paperbacks Book Club

  • Slover's popular Pastries & Paperbacks Book Club continues online! This month's discussion will be held live in the Pastries & Paperbacks Facebook Group page. Join online Tuesday, Apr. 28 at 6pm for conversation and company to discuss this month's book: "There There" by Tommy Orange.



TRDance Virtual Classes

  • TRDance is offering Virtual Open Adult Classes in modern, ballet, broadway jazz, and Pilates mat. Class fee is $10 paid in advance via paypal and students will join via Skype. 



Norfolk Tides: Tours of Harbor Park

  • The Norfolk Tides' staff is here to help you get your baseball fix even while the sport is delayed. Check out their Facebook page for video tours of some places that most fans don't get a chance to see at Harbor Park. 



Virginia Zoo: Virtual Voyages

  • Cure your curiosity with the Virginia Zoo. Tune in every day at 2pm on Facebook, go behind the scenes, tour the Zoo, virtually visit the animals, and learn from Keepers and Education staff.



Slover Library: Earth Day Photo Contest

  • Slover Library has also extended their submissions period for their Earth Day Photo Contest. You can use this as an opportunity to get outside (maintaining social distancing) and stretch those creative muscles by snapping a photo of plants, wildlife, or landscape in your neighborhood. You can now submit through May 15, and the online exhibition and voting will take place May 16-25.



Push Comedy Theater: Comedy via Facebook Live

  • In need of a laugh? Push Comedy Theater is hosting the popular Good Talk series via Facebook Live. They are also hosting their Open Gym online via Zoom video conference, allowing you to practice sharpening your improv skills while still practicing social distancing.



Chrysler Museum of Art & Glass Studio: Virtual Museum

  • Get your Chrysler fix from home with Virtual Tours, video archives form Third Thursdays and Visiting Artists Series performances, and coloring sheets.



Nauticus: Virtual Adventures

  • Go on an adventure every morning from the comfort of your own home. Nauticus will be hosting Virtual Adventures on Facebook daily at 11am.