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Downtown Dog Walk Nearing Completion




It’s no secret that the Downtown residential population is booming and with the increase in residents, we also have an increase in furry friends that call Downtown home. In response to the growing pet population, DNC partnered with the City and Marathon Development to add a dog walk to our growing list of amenities for workers, residents and visitors.

As you can see from the picture, construction is in full swing on the high-quality fenced in dog walk, located at 416 Granby Street, and is scheduled for completion in mid-October. Be on the lookout for information about a fun celebration planned for the grand opening in just a few weeks.


Norfolk Visual Arts Week is October 8 – 13

Norfolk is considered the cultural center of Virginia, and there is no better time than Visual Arts Week to appreciate all the amazing visual arts in Norfolk, many of which are located Downtown.

Some Downtown highlights include the WPA Gallery in the Monticello Arcade, The Governor’s School Origin Gallery in MacArthur Center, Glass Wheel Studio, OKAY Spark Gallery, d’Art Center, Work I Release and so many more. You can also see some local art at Zeke’s Beans and Bowls, Cure and A’Latte Café.

The week officially begins on October 8th with the Chesapeake Bay Art Association’s 54th Annual Ocean View Art Show and CRAFTED: Indie Arts and Crafts Market among other events and concludes with the 2016 Stockley Gardens Fall Arts Festival October 15-16.

Check out The Norfolk Visual Arts website, featuring nearly 100 ways to experience visual arts in Norfolk. Make it your mission to check out as many of these arts experiences as you can during the week and beyond, and appreciate how fortunate we are to have so much culture right in our backyard.



The Grand Illumination Parade Needs Your Support 


Photo credit: Brian Ballard

For 32 years, the Grand Illumination Parade has been a cherished holiday tradition for the entire region. The skyline is illuminated, there is a spectacular parade and it serves as the kick off to the entire holiday season. It drives over 80,000 people into the heart of Downtown to experience the parade as well as shop, dine and appreciate all the community has to offer on parade night and beyond.

The parade needs the support of the community to continue to deliver an event experience like no other in the region.

Here are some easy ways you can ensure the Grand Illumination Parade continues to be a tradition:

Eat at California Pizza Kitchen at MacArthur Center October 1st – December 31st.

Just mention “Holidays in the City” to your server and 20% of your check will be donated to The Grand Illumination Parade. It’s that easy! Purchases include dine-in, take-out, catering and alcoholic beverages. *Opportunity only valid at California Pizza Kitchen at MacArthur Center.

Donate directly to Downtown Norfolk Council by clicking here. There is no minimum donation and every little bit helps. 

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Downtown to Honor Norfolk Sheriff’s Office 

St. Paul’s is hosting a special luncheon on October 4th and 6th from 11:30am to 2pm to honor the Norfolk Sheriff‘s Office for their tireless work keeping our community safe. This is the first in a series of quarterly luncheons to honor all of our community helpers. If you would like to be a part of this outreach by volunteering, please contact Cooking shifts begin at 9am and serving and greeting shifts begin at 11:30am. 



  • The final First Fridays of the season is October 7th at the Plot from 5:00 – 8:30. Don’t miss it! 


Sep 1 - The NEON Festival Returns with More Public Art & Events in the District
Sep 1 - Developer wants Waterside to be more than a nightlife hub. How about "the living room" of Norfolk?
Sep 5 - Finger-licking, lip-smacking barbecue during RibtoberFest is coming to Town Point Park in Norfolk
Sep 6 - NEON festival will illuminate local art, culture
Sep 7 - Norfolk Comedy Festival brings local, national improv groups
Sep 8 - Gold Key | PHR Prepares for Spring 2017 Launch of The Main, a Hilton Hotel, in Downtown Norfolk, VA
Sep 11 - Elixia, sister restaurant to Saint Germain, offers a blend of flavors and textures
Sep 14 - Construction is 75 percent complete on Norfolk’s newest convention hotel
Sep 16 - NEON Festival in full swing for second year in Downtown Norfolk
Sep 16 - Norfolk tourism revenue up 2.7 percent last year
Sep 17 - NEON Festival celebrates Norfolk’s new energy
Sep 18 - "The arts destination in the region": NEON Festival opens for second year in Norfolk
Sep 21 - Blue Moon Brewing Companies slated to join Waterside District with first-of-its-kind venue
Sep 24 - Norfolk wins international recognition for Granby Street incentive program
Sep 25 - Downtown NFK’s “Vibrant Spaces” Wins National Award

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Each month, we will feature some of our favorite Downtown Norfolk photos shared on Instagram. Post your pictures and tag #DowntownNorfolk to be featured!

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