Fall Favorites: 15 Things to Do in Downtown Norfolk for an Awesome Autumn

If you're ready to start your Fall fun, we've rounded up some must-do activities to welcome the coziest season with open arms.

1.) Hop aboard the newest sight on Granby Street with Norfolk Pedal Tours

When & Where: Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays this fall on Granby Street. See full schedule here.

Details: Why crawl when you can pedal? On this two hour tour, you'll visit four great spots on Granby Street: The Barrel Room, Brick Anchor Brew-House, Saltine, & Varia on this unique bar-hopping experience.

 

2.) What's cozier than nostalgia? Relive your grunge glory days with Stone Temple Pilots 

When & Where: Tuesday, September 17, 7pm at Chrysler Hall

Details: Co-headlining with Rival Sons, Stone Temple Pilots come to Chrysler Hall as part of their exclusive 13-city tour. Tickets available now.

 

3.) Laugh it up at the Norfolk Comedy Festival

When & Where: September 18-21 at Push Comedy Theater

Details: The Norfolk Comedy Festival is Hampton Roads' longest running comedy festival and has brought a hilarious celebration of comedy to the area for eight years. A Norfolk Comedy Festival Fun Pass is only $45 and will get you into every show over the 4-day festival, or you can buy tickets a la carte.

 

4.) Rock out at The NorVa this fall. 

When & Where: Throughout the season at The NorVa. Check out the schedule here.

Details: There's always a great band playing at The NorVa, Norfolk's favorite concert venue, and voted as one of the Best Music Venues by Rolling Stone Magazine. Some highlights this fall are GWAR, Yung Gravy, Built to Spill, Lagwagon & Face to Face, Atreyu, and X Ambassadors.

 

5.) Kick off Oktoberfest at MacArthur Center Beer, Cider & Wine Festival

When & Where: Saturday, September 21, 11am-5pm at MacArthur Center's outdoor green space

Details: Sample craft beers, ciders, wine, and a distillery from all over the region all in one convenient place, along with live music, food trucks, and local vendors. Tickets for unlimited sampling are only $25 in advance or $35 at the door.

 

6.) Embrace delicious fall comfort food with a chicken pot pie from The Rustic Tart

When & Where: All season at The Rustic Tart

Details: One of the best parts of fall is the flavors: savory, warm, and comforting. The Rustic Tart has some wonderful sweets for the season, including Pecan Tarts and the fan-favorite Carrot Cake PieCasso, but we don't want you to forget the oh-so-amazing Chicken Pot Pie, back in time for your favorite season!

 

7.) Cozy up with a good book and make new friends at Pastries & Paperbacks

When & Where: The first meeting is on September 24 at 6pm at Stockpot. (Each subsequent book club meeting will be held the last Tuesday of the month at 6pm at Stockpot).

Details: Slover Library and The Stockpot Norfolk present Pastries & Paperbacks Book Club. The first book is "Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine" by Gail Honeyman. Each meeting is moderated by Slover staff. Freshly made desserts and beverages will be offered for purchase at special book club prices. Each month’s book club selection will be available to borrow at the Slover checkout desk while supplies last (or participants may obtain their own copy). 

8.) See the King of Queens himself, Kevin James, and spend the evening in a fit of laughter

When & Where: September 25, 7:30pm at Chrysler Hall.

Details: Kevin James, actor, comedian, screenwriter, and producer, brings his new stand up show to Downtown Norfolk. Tickets are available now.

 

9.) Stock up on some spooky/spiritual essentials at Velvet Witch's New Moon Market

When & Where: September 28, 7pm-10pm at Velvet Witch in Selden Market

Details: Get witchy and prep for fall's new moon in Libra and peruse locally made goods to help you manifest your dreams during the first New Moon Market. 

 

10.) What better way to spend a beautiful fall sunset than with some sun salutations at Evening Yoga at the Pagoda

When & Where: September 29 from 6:30pm-7:30pm at The Pagoda
Details: Rejuvinating donation-based yoga class on the pier outside of the Pagoda (walk toward the water away from the Pagoda) that includes stretching, breathing techniques, meditaiton, and restortive postures. It is a nourishing practice for the body, mind, and spirit. All-levels welcome.

 

11.) Grab the kiddos and head to the 31st Annual Virginia Children's Festival

When & Where: October 5, 10am-3pm in Town Point Park.

Details: Hampton Roads' favorite family tradition, the Virginia Children's Festival returns, bringing smiles to Town Point Park. Workshops, costumed characters, story telling, educational displays, cultural experiences, and more. Your kids will sleep like babies after such a fun day!

 

12.) Take your Tuesday to the next level with Taco CruiseDay 

When & Where: October 8, 6pm-8pm aboard the Spirit of Norfolk

Details: Taco Tuesday on the water? Count us in. Amazing views, an unlimited taco bar, beer, an unlimited taco bar, onboard entertainment, an unlimited taco bar, games, and did we mention an UNLIMITED TACO BAR? Feel free to book now.

 

13.) 5th Annual NEON Festival, October 17 & 18.

When & Where: October 17, 5pm-10pm at Chrysler Museum of Art & Glass Studio and d'Art Center. October 18, 6pm-10pm at the Plot and along Granby Street in the NEON District.

Details: The NEON Festival welcomes everyone to experience the NEON District through art exhibitions, local and national performances, mural tours and programming unique to Norfolk's first arts neighborhood. See full schedule here.

 

14.) Fall Town Point Virginia Wine Festival

When & Where: October 19-20, 11am-6pm in Town Point Park

Details: Hampton Roads’ most anticipated Wine Festival of the fall season along the Downtown Norfolk waterfront. Experience over 30 wineries with over 200 of the Commonwealth’s finest wine varieties while enjoying live music, gourmet foods, and specialty wares.

Add a little more elegance to your Wine Festival experience with the Cork & Fork VIP Grand Tasting ticket on Sunday, October 20. This experience is comprised of all-inclusive food and beverage pairings, an oyster bar, cooking demonstrations, exclusively made in Virginia wines, specialty food producers and more. On October 20 from 1pm-4pm, world-class chefs from local eateries will create signature dishes from land and from sea for sampling. 

Your Cork & Fork V.I.P. Grand Tasting Ticket not only gains you access to the V.I.P. Grand Tasting area, but sampling privileges throughout the entire Fall Town Point Virginia Wine Festival on Sunday, October 20 as well.

15.) Rejoice that hockey season is back at the Norfolk Admirals' Home Opener

When & Where:  October 11 at 7pm at Norfolk Scope.

Details: The Norfolk Admirals take on the Florida Everblades in the exciting 2019-2020 Home Opener. You can expect pre-game fun, giveaways, entertainment, and more!