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Downtown Norfolk Council

Enter to Win FREE Norfolk Harbor Race Registration




Are you a runner or aspiring runner? As a part of our Healthy Downtown Norfolk initiative, DNC is giving away 10 FREE race registrations for the 3rd Annual Norfolk Harbor Half Marathon and 5K.

These popular races on Grand Illumination Parade weekend, November 19-20, 2016, take runners on a flat and fast course through the heart of Downtown. To enter, just email and tell us why you love running Downtown by September 5th.

Ten winners will be notified on Tuesday, September, 6th. Registration is good for the 5K or Half Marathon. There is plenty of time to train, so enter and don’t miss this opportunity to win a free entry, up to a $95 value.

ODU Spirit Fridays Business Engagement 

School is back in session and ODU Spirit Fridays is a long standing tradition that encourages students, faculty, staff and fans to wear ODU colors and apparel every Friday. Downtown businesses are invited to get involved with the tradition by committing to a discount on Fridays to individuals wearing ODU gear. All participating businesses will be promoted by ODU on their website and social media channels and will receive signage to show support. It is a great way to support ODU as well as drive student traffic to your business.

If you are interested in participating please contact Jim Clanton at 757-683-4395 or


Summertime Rides – Daily Scooter Rentals in Norfolk 

If you were at the August First Fridays you may have seen the beautiful and colorful scooters on display from Summertime Rides. The business just opened in July and offers daily scooter rentals in Norfolk. But this isn’t just your standard rental place like bikes on the boardwalk. Summertime Rides comes to you! They will deliver and pick up scooters. A free tank of gas is included along with helmet and safety glasses. Rent scooters with a group of friends and co-workers, take out of town visitors out and about for a unique tour, or rent for a fun way to travel to events and park with ease. 


Summer’s End Carnival At Cure Coffeehouse and Brasserie

Labor Day weekend marks the end of the summer and Cure Coffeehouse and Brasserie in the Freemason area of Downtown is hosting a Summer’s End Carnival on Saturday, September 3rd from 6pm - 11pm with a carnival inspired menu, house-made popsicles, games and prizes, a photo booth, live music and cotton candy of course. Join them in giving the summer of 2016 a proper last hurrah. 


Grand Illumination Parade Applications 

There is still time if you are interested in applying to participate in the Winter Wonderland themed Grand Illumination Parade on Saturday, November 19th.  Acceptance to this exciting event that is live broadcast on ABC13 is very competitive. The parade has all types of units from animal and walking to floats and motorized. Click here for more information and the application. Deadline for applications is Friday, September 9th



First Fridays is September 2nd on the 300 block of Granby Street from 5-8:30pm! Don't miss it! 

Recent News Articles

Saving the Savoy: Developer Buddy Gadams steps in to renovate "leaning tower of Granby", August 12, The Virginian-Pilot
Bank of America moving to Dominion Tower in downtown Norfolk, August 15, The Virginian-Pilot
Screen-print company 'courted' to Norfolk: Prince Ink opened last month, August 16, The Virginian-Pilot
Cinnabon among 5 new stores coming soon to MacArthur Center mall, August 17, The Virginian-Pilot
Cinnabon, 8 Below Ice Cream among five new stores at MacArthur Center, August 17, Inside Business
Applebee's to open in Wells Fargo Center in downtown Norfolk, August 18, The Virginian-Pilot
New Applebee's coming to downtown Norfolk, will employ 50, August 18, Inside Business
Vacant Harry's BBQ spot on Granby will get a makeover, August 19, The Virginian-Pilot
Applebee's coming to Wells Fargo building in Norfolk, August 19, Daily Press

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