Hot Days, Cool Activities.

There is no shortage of things to do in Downtown Norfolk this summer. We've rounded up some of Norfolk's best events, attractions, activities, art, and free fun for you here. It's all Downtown and uniquely Norfolk. To see specifically what's going on tonight, tomorrow, or any time this summer, be sure to check out our event calendar

  • Outdoor Festivals
    • Here in Downtown Norfolk, we have front row seats to an amazing, breathtakingly beautiful waterfront where we love to have events. It seems like there is a crazy fun festival going on every week from Harborfest to an amazing lineup of jazz, and we'd love for you to experience one! Check out FestEvents' calendar of events and take your pick.
  • Maritime Museum & Battleship Wisconsin
    • While you are at the waterfront, why not stop in at Nauticus, Norfolk's maritime-themed science & technology center. Learn about the naval, economic, and nautical power of the sea. You can also check out the Battleship Wisconsin while you're here, and explore one of the largest and last battleships built by the U.S. Navy.
  • Historical Museum
    • If history is your thing, you have to stop by the MacArthur Memorial, a museum & research center dedicated to preserving and presenting the story of the life of Douglas MacArthur. Admission is free!
    • Visit the The Hunter House Victorian Museum, a rich example of Victorian decorative arts and architecture. Surround yourself with the opulence of the Victorian Era as you meet the Hunters on a tour of the home, which features the Hunter family's collection of furniture, books, decorative objects, and more.
  • Cruises & Boat Rides
    • Take advantage of Norfolk's waterfront on a cruise aboard either the American Rover or Victory Rover. You'll tour one of the world's busiest sea ports, including the world's largest naval base, all on the smooth waters of the Elizabeth River.
    • Treat yourself to spectacular views and delectable dining aboard the Spirit of Norfolk. With many lunch, brunch, dinner, holiday, and specialty cruises offered, you'll find the perfect time to dine, dance, play games, and see the mighty ships and submarines of the Navy's Atlantic Fleet from the skyline deck.
  • Art Museum
    • If you're in the mood for a dose of culture, head to the Chrysler Museum of Art, which boasts one of America's top collections of glass art, and so much more - and admission is free! Across the street is the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio, which offers free Noon glass demos and classes.
  • Baseball
    • What could be more classic American summer than taking in a baseball game? Norfolk is home to the Tides, the Triple A Affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, and we're pretty proud of them. Check out their schedule & get ready to root, root, root for the home team!
  • Trails and Cycling
    • The Elizabeth River Trail stretches 10.5 miles, and part of that runs right through Downtown Norfolk along the gorgeous waterfront. With easy-to-follow trail signage, the trail is a beautiful way to enjoy a summery day and get a little exercise while you're at it!
    • Getting around Downtown Norfolk has never been easier thanks to Pace Bike Share, which is a new dockless bike share service where you can rent and return bikes with your smartphone at any Pace bike rack. Downtown Norfolk has 15 stations, and more are arriving throughout the city soon. Just download the free Pace app available in the App Store and Google Play and enjoy your ride!
  • Murals & Public Art
    • Downtown Norfolk is home to Norfolk's NEON District, which is overflowing with creative murals and public art pieces. We're pretty proud of the NEON District and encourage you to go explore. Check the NEON's Facebook page to see if there are any guided mural tours coming up, or go on a self-guided mural tour using the NEON's website to guide you -- just be sure to check it out!
    • Seen the NEON District and craving more? Here's all of Downtown Norfolk's Public Art and where to find it.
  • Norfolk Tours
    • Learn all about Downtown Norfolk's history and present on a guided tour.  Norfolk Tour Company offers insightful walking tours of various parts of Downtown Norfolk, and Explore Tidewater presents guided tours departing from Nauticus via electric cart.
  • Bars, Clubs, and Breweries
    • Check out Norfolk's most popular bars and hot spots. When the sun goes down, the lights come up here (literally, we have beautiful arch-lighting lining Granby Street that are oh so instagram worthy). We have some great spots to hang out, from upscale to funky to sports, and you can find live music at a variety of venues. And the best part? Everything is within walking distance of each other! Check out more information on Downtown Norfolk's nightlife.
  • Concerts
  • Unique Glass Art Experiences
    • If you happen to be around on the Third Thursday night of the month, then you are extremely lucky because you can experience Chrysler Museum Glass Studio's Third Thursday event! Third Thursday is an awe-inspiring monthly glass performance with live music and a cash bar. It is seriously one of a kind, unforgettable, and not to be missed if you have the chance.
  • Comedy
    • Push Comedy Theater  has shows every weekend that keep audiences coming back for more and more laughs. Oh, the hilarity!
  • Selden Market    
    • Downtown Norfolk is home to Selden Market, featuring locally-owned shops and including jewelry, Norfolk souvenirs, craft coffee, a specialty toy store, leather goods, fun restaurant concepts, and more. Tenants switch up all the time, so you are guaranteed to have a one-of-a kind shopping experience & pick up some great local finds while you're there!
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