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Downtown Norfolk Council

31st Annual Grand Illumination Parade – Volunteer and Sponsorship Opportunities 




After 31 years, most people know that the Grand Illumination Parade features spectacular floats, marching bands, giant balloons and that it is the region's premier holiday parade. But did you know that the DNC needs close to 400 volunteers to make the event such a huge success? While many of our dedicated volunteers have been at work for months with behind the scenes planning, we still have spots to fill. Click here to learn more about volunteer opportunities and to sign up.

We are pleased to announce that Church’s Chicken has come on board as our Holidays in the City Presenting Sponsor. We still have additional sponsorship opportunities available. A Holidays in the City sponsorship is a fun and creative way to showcase your business and be associated with a treasured community tradition. Click here for more information. 

NEON Festival Volunteer Opportunity

We are looking for volunteers for the NEON Festival. This is a great chance to be a part of this amazing two-day event that will showcase the visual and performing arts scene in Norfolk’s Arts District. The event takes place October 15th and 16th from 5pm to 10pm each night and there are many types of volunteer opportunities available. 

The NEON Festival will draw from all of our civic and cultural partners in the Arts District, producing a large community gathering for arts fans, residents and visitors of all ages. 

Click here to sign up. 


Downtowners – You can win a $250 Nordstrom Gift Card!


We all love Nordstrom, and Nordstrom loves Downtown - so they are having a special promotion just for us Downtowners! Entering to win is easy: head over to Nordstrom, sign up for the Nordstrom Rewards program and leave your business card with any Nordstrom employee to be entered to win. 

About the Nordstrom Rewards program: 
• Apply for a Nordstrom Credit or Debit Card between October 1 – October 31, 2015. It takes less than 10 minutes and you get an instant decision. 
• Enjoy benefits like Nordstrom Notes and 24/7 customer service 
• Speak with any Nordstrom sales associate for more information. 

Don’t miss this special opportunity for all Downtown workers and residents. Head to Nordstrom to sign up and see if you are the lucky winner of a $250 store gift card! 


Urban Outfitters Fall Marketplace Event 
October 3rd – 2pm-6pm 

Urban Outfitters is hosting their second marketplace event on October 3rd from 2pm – 6pm. This special marketplace features popular local vendors and artists, as well as complimentary beverages and snacks from Downtown favorite Field Guide. 

Featured vendors: 
Andy Harris 
With Lavender and Lace 
Katie Llewellyn  




Downtown Welcomes Smoothie King


Smoothie King officially opens on Wednesday, September 30th at 143 Granby Street. The Downtown Norfolk location is the first to market for the region and offers a huge variety of nutritional smoothies along with healthy snacks. 

If you are looking for something different from the traditional meeting lunch fare, Smoothie King Norfolk offers both catering and delivery options.


Recent News Articles

Norfolk plans to christen arts district with major festival  September 1,
Chrysler Museum chosen to host 2017 Glass Art Society Conference September 17, The Virginian-Pilot
The Rockefeller: Once a homeless shelter, now a chic apartment spread September 18, The Virginian-Pilot
Drone video of Norfolk  September 22, Alt Daily
International artist HENSE to finish mural in Norfolk September 24, The Virginian-Pilot

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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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