Category — Attractions & Events

First Fridays Street Party in Down Norfolk!

Don’t miss out on the First Fridays Street Party in Downtown Norfolk! The event is being held at The Plot, in the NEON District, on the corner of Granby Street and Olney Road. Anthony Rosano and the Conqueroos will be playing funk, rock and blues.
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October 7, 2016   No Comments

25 must-try experiences in Virginia Beach for your summer bucket list!

Summer is one of the best times of the year to live in Virginia Beach. There are so many things going on that you won’t have time to be bored. Here are 25 ideas to get you started. Next week, we’ll have 25 more ideas. (But feel free to send us yours via the comment section below!)

1. Check out the circus at the Oceanfront. Every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday there are three free shows at 17th Street. The shows are at 7:30, 8:30 and 9:30 p.m.

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2. Walk the trails at First Landing State Park. There are nine of them, and they cover at least 19 miles, collectively.

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3. Swing through the trees at The Adventure Park at Virginia Aquarium. Try out the park’s newest Black Diamond course, Black Hawk.

4. Pick up locally-grown produce at the Shore Drive Farm Market. It’s every Saturday from 9 a.m until noon at 2947 Shore Drive.

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5. Ynot Wednesdays are back in Town Center every Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Bands play live all four hours, there’s a little farmers market, plus food and drink vendors.

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6. Watch a movie on the beach. The big screen will go up for a few Thursdays in August at 26th Street, and it’s free.

7. Grab breakfast at the original Citrus on Shore Drive. The restaurant has an old-school beach vibe that can’t be replicated.

8. Check out the growing craft beer scene. You have so many options now, just within the Beach: Young Veterans Brewing, Home Republic, Reaver Beach, Commonwealth, Back Bay, Pleasure House, Wasserhund and Gordon Biersch.

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9. Why just get ice cream when you can get a scoop between two cookies or Rice Krispy Treats? Creamwiched, on Atlantic Avenue, has sweet treats off the beaten path.

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10. Spend the day at Sandbridge’s beaches. They’re away from the tourist crowds and just as beautiful.


11. Take a boat trip from the aquarium. Dolphin sightseeing trips are offered multiple times per day in the summer. Keep an eye out for special trips.

Virginia Beach gets oceanfront fitness park

12. Check out the new fitness park at 36th Street. Swing across rows of rings or traverse the parallel bars.

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13. Make the trip to Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. The more than 9,100 acres of land have more than 300 species of birds, plus reptiles, amphibians and other animals. Two boardwalk trails lead to the beach. You can also go fishing, cycling, hunting or even volunteer.

14. Sip on orange crushes at Waterman’s. If orange isn’t your jam, try some of the other flavors the popular restaurant offers, like grapefruit.

Rudee Inlet shoaling

15. Want to get out on the water but don’t have a boat? Not a problem. Take a half-day trip on Rudee Tours, leaving from Rudee’s Inlet.


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16. If you can climb out of bed early, take a free fitness class at Mount Trashmore. All you need is a good attitude.

Pea Island Life-Saving Crew, circa 1890

17. Take a “shipwrecks and ghost lore” tour at the Old Coast Guard Station. The tours are given at 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday nights.

18. Open your mind at the Edgar Cayce Association for Research and Enlightenment (A.R.E.). The center offers free workshops, lectures, and gives guided tours daily.

19. Wander around the Old Beach Art Market at 620 19th Street. It’s open from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday, June through September and from 9 a.m. to noon every third Saturday October through May.

20. Landstown Commons Shopping Center will have a free children’s festival on July 16. You’ll find bounce houses, costumed characters, face painting, and other kids’ activities. It’s from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Country Music at Hardee's

21. Check out free music at two Hardee’s locations. Country bands perform at the restaurants at 6:30 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays at the one at 6075 Indian River Road and 7 pm. Thursdays 701 Independence Blvd. 6075 Indian River Road and 701 Independence Blvd.

22. Artist talks at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art are held throughout the summer, usually in the evenings. Hear Q&As with visiting artists.

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23. Run in a 5k every week on the Boardwalk. The races start at 31st and are every Wednesday through August.

24. Step into your boots and head over to the Virginia Beach Farmers Market every Friday night for a hoedown. They last from 7 to 10 p.m. at 3640 Dam Neck Road.

25. Can you solve puzzles and piece together clues to solve a mystery? Try your hand at Escape Room Virginia Beach. It’s at 408 Investors Place #107.



July 6, 2016   No Comments

Thursdays by the Lake


It’s Thursday so you know what that means… There’s  another concert by the lake! Bring a blanket or favorite chair & enjoy live music by Audio Sauce on the banks of Lake Maury tonight at 6:00 p.m. The Mariners’ Museum 13th Annual Summer Concert Series is every Thursday night June – August.





June 23, 2016   No Comments

Luke Bryan: Kill The Lights Tour 2016

Luke Bryan: Kill The Lights Tour 2016

Luke Bryan will be playing at the Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater tonight at 7 p.m. Don’t forget to grab your ticket and enjoy the night! Luke Bryan is known for his voice, but also for his dance moves!

June 9, 2016   No Comments

40th Annual Maritime Festival

This Thursday, June 9th, kicks off the 40th annual maritime festival! There will be four days of food, music, and fun! There will be plenty to watch on the water including the parade of sail, harborfest fireworks display and tug muster. Don’t worry there will be just as much to do on land too! There will be the real mermaids, the boardwalk arcade, the world’s largest potato and so much more! Don’t forget to bring your appetite because there will be plenty of options that will have your taste-buds begging for more! Don’t forget about all the great music that will be there!


June 7, 2016   No Comments

Virginia Beach Patriotic Festival

Hampton Roads, VA is home of the largest military bases in the USA.  Virginia Beach, the largest resort city on the east coast is hosting The Patriotic Festival—A Military Celebration to honor our armed forces personnel and their families.

PATRIOTIC FESTIVAL celebrates THE MILITARY at The Virginia Beach Oceanfront for three days of National Touring Artists Concerts, Military Expos and Displays. The Concerts will be at 5th Street and Oceanfront Friday and Saturday Evening and Sunday Afternoon.

The USO Military Expo Village at 17th Street & Oceanfront will showcase the mission, equipment and personnel through exhibits, demonstrations and displays on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 15th Street to 20th Street. All branches of the military: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard will be participating.

Military activities ,exhibits and mobile tours will include LCAC (Landing Craft Air Cushion Vehicle / Hovercraft), The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, Marines, Air Force and Washington National Mobile Tours, Ride 2 Recovery Memorial Challenge,  Entertainment by US Fleet Band , USO Show Troop and Marines Silent Drill Platoon, and much more. Visit the Mobile Tour page for more information.

Be a part of this salute to our troops, serving now and in the past.  A salute and celebration of our military!  Remember the men and women of the United States Military and Armed Forces for their heroism and the sacrifices they make for Americans.



June 2, 2016   No Comments

Glow in the Dark Bike Ride – from NEON to Lights on Granby

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Get on your bike for a night time ride in the NEON District for Norfolk Bike Month! Riders of all ages and experience levels are welcome to attend this free critical mass group ride. The 5.25 mile loop will begin at the Plot, head under the Lights Over Granby arches, circle around Harbor Park and end back in the NEON. No cost or registration required–just bring your bike! Meet at 7:45 in your best glow in the dark clothes, bike gear, gloves or shoes, with flashing lights and glow sticks. Free bike lights to all cyclists.


May 19, 2016   No Comments

May Is Bike Month In Norfolk!

Norfolk Bike Month is a community celebration of biking as an economical, environmentally friendly form of recreation that enhances productivity and overall health planned by The City of Norfolk’s Department of Recreation, Parks and Open Space in collaboration with the Downtown Norfolk Council and HRT’s Traffix.

There are plenty of events planned for the rest of the month, but today is the East Coast Bicycle Ride! The ride will be taking place 1910 Colley Ave here in Norfolk. If you’d like more details about this event, or upcoming ones



May 17, 2016   No Comments

Three Great Causes! One Great Party!

Suds & Buds is an annual, spring fundraising party in the beautiful setting of the Norfolk Botanical Garden for ages 21 and over. The event is a partnership between the Rotary Club of Norfolk, the Norfolk Botanical Garden and a third charitable partner that rotates each year. For 2016 the special charitable partner is Primeplus Norfolk Senior Center.

This year’s Suds & Buds party is on May 13, 2016 at the garden located at 6700 Azalea Garden Road in Norfolk.  The evening will feature great food and beverages from local vendors, and live music provided by award winning Virginia native, Lewis McGehee. We will celebrate the beauty of Spring in Hampton Roads, while raising funds for three great organizations.

Suds & Buds is a rain-or-shine event that will flow from Rose garden Hall, to the patio behind it. The garden grounds will be open for strolling or tram rides. There is ample free parking just outside Rose Garden Hall as well as a drop-off area at the door.
We invite you to attend the event, sponsor the event or become a vendor at the event.  Tickets are $35 each, with Sponsorships available for $5,000, $2,500, $1,000, $500 and $250. Proceeds will be shared by Norfolk Botanical Garden, the Rotary Club of Norfolk and Primeplus Norfolk Senior Center.




May 13, 2016   No Comments

LOVENorfolk: Local Organic Vegetarian-forward Eatery

The chefs behind LOVENorfolkTaking a break at the kitchen island, Andrea Fisher unclipped the wooden clothespins that kept her sleeves from dangling in raw ingredients. Allan Fisher continued chopping at a cutting board, sending a cool, herbaceous scent through the air.

The chefs, a married culinary duo, are used to cooking side by side. And after spending the past five years as the private chefs for a well-traveled New England family, they’re no strangers to hopping from one kitchen to the next.

That experience was preparation for their latest endeavor, pop-up restaurants, which at times calls for a little bit of the unorthodox, all for a single day open for business.

Last week they were testing a spice rub for the cauliflower shawarma in Andrea’s sister’s kitchen. This week they were in the back of Bite, a friend’s restaurant, making sauces. The microgreens for one of their dishes are growing in a terrarium at home.

Their legwork culminates Sunday when they take over a restaurant in Ghent. For three hours, the Dog-n-Burger Grille will be transformed into a meatless, street-food-inspired bistro, LOVENorfolk. “LOVE” stands for Local Organic Vegetarian-forward Eatery.

The event is the couple’s second pop-up, a chance to test-market their menu before opening a brick-and-mortar vegetarian restaurant later this year.

“We wanted to make sure the population would support a vegetable-forward restaurant,” Allan said.

But do pop-ups work?

“They’re successful in terms of getting the word out,” Andrea said. “Now, will it make my restaurant a success? I don’t know.”

The National Restaurant Association believes they often act as a safe toe-dip into the industry. The group has suggested pop-ups as a way for new restaurateurs to create buzz and attract investors without spending too much money up front.

The association has also recommended existing restaurants host pop-ups for other start-ups, especially during off-peak times. For the restaurant, it’s similar to having a guest chef run the kitchen for a day, and both parties share in the profits.

Jerry Meltsner, owner of Dog-n-Burger for 30 years, said the Fishers will pay him a fee to cover some of the rent, and the couple is responsible for paying taxes on the income they generate. His restaurant is normally closed on Sundays, so the one-time event won’t interfere with regular business, he said.

Meltsner supports the pop-up concept because it encourages innovation.

“They can kind of recreate the wheel for one day,” he said. “It helps bring new ideas into our community that maybe we wouldn’t get because of all the hurdles you have to go through to open a restaurant.”

For Kevin Ordonez, whose pop-up Alkaline first hit Hampton Roads in 2013, transitioning from a temporary ramen shop to a full-service eatery has given him time to network and find financing on the side. He signed a one-year lease this week with Pendulum Fine Meats to share the Ghent space, officially graduating from a pop-up. He’s open six days a week now.

Alkaline started with a $5,000 loan from a friend and two soft openings in Chesapeake. Then, two years ago, he landed at Pendulum, a whole-animal butcher shop. Both business owners have similar food philosophies, he said, and gained customers from their relationship.

“The goal at first was to be in Pendulum for a limited amount of time,” Ordonez said, “but eventually we realized having Alkaline leave Pendulum would actually be a pretty big mistake.”

His isn’t the only pop-up progressing to the next phase. After 2½ years of pop-ups at various breweries in the area, Cristina Angelo of Waffletina was able to purchase her own building in Park Place.

There, she and her boyfriend, Kristopher Harvey, will run a coffee shop called Mea Culpa and continue selling Angelo’s yeasted waffle sandwiches. They’re working toward a fall opening, Angelo said.

The Fishers see themselves in a similar position within the year. They hope to have a 30- to 40-seat restaurant in Ghent, downtown Norfolk or the arts district, offering vegetarian dishes. Since Andrea’s heart attack five years ago, the two have become passionate about healthy eating and want to share their food in a grander way.

In the countdown to the LOVENorfolk relaunch, they’re keeping a close watch on the number of tickets sold – and buying extra food just in case.

“We’ll be prepared,” Andrea said. “Deep down, I’m still a Jewish mama.”

Elisha Sauers, 757-222-3864,



April 28, 2016   No Comments