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Downtown Norfolk Council

Please Don’t Forget to Scoop the Poop.

Our Ambassador team works seven days a week to keep our Downtown spotless, but we need dog owners to take responsibility for cleaning up their pet’s waste. There has been an increase in several areas and we want to remind everyone that allowing animals to defecate on public or private property is a class 3 misdemeanor and a fineable offense in a court of law.

City officials and DNC Ambassadors are aware of the problem areas and are on the lookout for offenders. It is also required that you properly dispose of your pet waste from the new dog walk and not be leave it on the ground. Remember that we have 23 trashcans throughout Downtown that are equipped with complimentary dog bags and we also offer FREE leash bags, just contact us or ask one of our Ambassadors for yours.

In addition to keeping Downtown clean, there are many reasons to scoop the poop. Click here to check them all out and spread the word about how important it is to clean up after your pet. 

Holiday Season Crime Prevention Tips to Prevent Car Break-Ins

This time of year can bring an increase in car break-ins and the Norfolk Police Department has provided these helpful tips as a reminder so you can take steps to eliminate opportunity for crime.

  • Do not leave anything of value in your vehicle in plain sight you do not want taken.
  • Always lock your doors even if you only plan to be away from your vehicle for a short time, like paying for gas.
  • Park in well lit areas.
  • When shopping, always place purchases in the trunk and out of sight.
  • Try to maintain a clutter free vehicle.
  • Remove GPS systems from view when leaving a vehicle.
  • Consider replacing standard license plate screws with theft deterrent screws available at auto parts stores. 



Home for the Holidays – Free Downtown Holiday Concert 

We are so excited to have a new event for this festive season in Downtown. Home for the Holidays is a spectacular USO style outdoor concert on the Downtown waterfront in the Nauticus loop in front of the Battleship USS Wisconsin.  The free concerts take place on Friday, December 9th and Saturday, December 10th with shows at 6pm and 8pm each night.

The show features a 25-piece band along with 75 musicians from the ODU Department of Music performing more than 25 of your favorite holiday songs in nostalgic WWII era costumes. Be sure to mark your calendars for this new tradition. Make a night of it by visiting Dickens’ Christmas Towne or one of our delicious Downtown restaurants before or after the show. The show benefits the USO and will provide Christmas gifts to hundreds of military families in need. 

Downtown Restaurants Helping the Community 

Brick Anchor Brew-House is celebrating their first Christmas Downtown by giving back to the community. If you bring in any decoration for their Brick Christmas tree they will donate $5 toward their adopted families from the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree.

The Barrel Room is collecting blanket and coat donations all winter long to provide to those in need.

So now you have one more excuse to visit these great Downtown restaurants to grab a drink and a bite as well as help them give back to the community. 


Spruce Home and Design Christmas Marketplace 


There is a new Christmas marketplace at Spruce Home and Design in Freemason featuring goods from local makers including Maple and Belmont, Roost Flowers, Lorak Jewelry, Seabright, Waskerd and more. The marketplace will be there now through December 23rd so go shopping and support our local artisans and pick up a truly unique gift for someone on your list. 



Nov 2 - ADP to move first 250 workers into new Norfolk building soon
Nov 11 - Juicy News: Fruitive Coming to Norfolk as Part of The Main
Nov 14 - Grand Illumination Parade kicks off holiday season Saturday
Nov 17 - How Dickens Christmas Towne in Nauticus can make it snow at any time
Nov 18 - Glass Wheel Studio has spun once around the globe in Norfolk's Neon District
Nov 18 - Playing “Parade Charades” to get ready for Saturday on Coast Live
Nov 21 - Developer: Arts extravaganza to mark opening of The Main


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