Norfolk offers so much to do in October. So much, in fact, that we had to create a name that captures it all: Norfolktoberfest!
The month starts big and just keeps growing. From beginning to end, Norfolk celebrates a harvest of cultural, arts and entertainment offerings in October.
October 5 - 6
Books & Brew
The Friends of Norfolk Public Library host their annual Books & Brew, Vino Too! fundraiser.
October 12 - 14
Ocean View Happenings
October 13 - 14
Ocean View Beach
The oldest artist-run art show in Hampton Roads. The Chesapeake Bay Art Association hosts artists of every medium, food vendors, musical entertainment, and a local student art show. Free and open to the public. All proceeds go to the John B Tenney Scholarship Fund, awarded to high school seniors every spring to further their studies in the Arts.
East Beach Community
Seasonal farmers market located at corner of Jolly Roger and Shore Drive.
October 12 - November 4
A life-affirming and funny coming-of-age story which follows Viveca, a bright girl from a black middle class family in LA, who dreams of becoming a dancer. Choosing to face the conflicts of a changing era in America with optimism rather than anger and revolution, she learns to reconcile the realities of racism and sexism with hope and faith – and by doing so discovers her self-worth. This musical is a cheeky and satirical look at how women have been defined by others and themselves throughout the 1960s – 1990s with an original score of jazz, pop, Motown and lots of R&B.
In a new production that physically adapts the Wells Theatre in groundbreaking ways, this seminal American classic has never been so immediate and so universal. This Pulitzer Prize winner’s enduring power lies in asking audiences to consider life’s biggest questions in ways that are freshly challenging today, even as it creates an ordinary New England village onstage, circa 1900. With simple theatricality, honest emotion, and family friendly laughs, audiences find themselves swept up on a roller coaster for the soul, finally joining Emily in crying out: ‘Oh, earth, you are too wonderful for anyone to realize you!’
October 18 - 21
October 18 - 19
The NEON Festival is a celebration of energy and light in Norfolk’s Arts District. From public art to live performances, come experience the neighborhood’s transformation into a true arts destination. Check out the schedule below for a listing of all the events set to spark, and don’t miss a mural, morsel or mic drop!
October 20 - 21
Town Point Park
Explore all the fine wines the Commonwealth has to offer all available right on the downtown Norfolk waterfront. Grab a table and enjoy one of Hampton Roads' most anticipated Wine Festival. Choose from over 30 Virginia wineries to imbibe and see why Wine Enthusiast Magazine named Virginia one of the top ten wine travel destinations in the world!
Town Point Park
This fall’s two most anticipated tasting events now come together on Saturday, October 20 at Town Point Park. The Commonwealth Coastal Classic (CCC), forced to reschedule due to Hurricane Florence, now coincides with the Saturday of the annual Town Point Virginia Wine Festival weekend.
For a limited time only, CCC ticket buyers also get the added bonus of enjoying access into the Wine Festival for the one price of $75. This all inclusive food and beverage tasting experience, including more than 30 chefs from across the state, oyster bars, open fire pit cooking, wineries, breweries and distilleries, along with boutique shops and music from the Crooked Road Trail, will be located in the TowneBank Fountain section of Town Point Park, next to the Waterside District. CCC hours: noon – 5pm.
Don’t miss your chance to be a part of culinary history and experience two of Coastal Virginia’s premier tasting events in one day!
October 20 - 21
Twice a year, on the third weekend in May and October, people flock to Stockley Gardens in Norfolk's historic Ghent neighborhood to browse through jewelry, pottery, paintings, and other works of art by approximately 130 artists. The park is full of strollers and dogs and tantalizing smells. Music drifts from the stage. Friends stop to chat. And throughout the weekend, there is a feeling of hope.
The money raised during these events helps pay for housing, transportation, medical care, and more for people with intellectual disabilities. But the events themselves benefit the entire community.
JoAnn Falletta and the VSO return for Ravel’s most famous work, Boléro. This melodic, whimsical work – originally composed as a ballet – is a perfect example of Ravel’s preoccupation with restyling and reinventing dance movements.
Saxophonist Vincent Herring's intense, soulful style and ebullient swing draw shouts from the audience. With his sound strongly influenced by Julian “Cannonball” Adderley, Vincent’s virtuosity and promise came to the attention of Cannonball’s brother Nat Adderley, and the two forged a nine-year musical relationship, producing nine albums and touring around the world.
Whitney’s musical legacy is brought to life in this critically acclaimed stage show described as “mind-blowingly spot on.” With the accompaniment of a live band, backing vocalists and choreographed dancers, plus state-of-the-art sound, lighting, vision and theatrical effects, this is a beautifully crafted tribute to one of the world’s most revered singers.
October 26 - 28
Grab your crew of goblins and ghouls, and zombie-walk your way to downtown Norfolk on Saturday, October 27. Wicked Waterside is an annual Halloween event you won’t want to miss. Tickets are only $5 in advance and $10 the day of the party.
$10,000 in cash & prizes
Norfolk’s largest costume contest
Plus plenty of other tricks & treats
October 27 & 28
The Virginia Zoo
ZooBoo offers families a safe environment to trick-or-treat and enjoy fall fun. Be sure to check out the animal pumpkin encounters, costume contests, crafts, ZooLive! Stage presentations and more.
The ZooBoo Choo Choo, Bounce Houses, food and beverage will be available for an additional cost.
Children 12 and under are invited to join the Halloween Costume Parade. Meet in the Live 360 Studio at 1pm and parade around the center at 1:30pm. Return to Center Court for crafts with For All Handkind and "Monster Boogie" story time with Barnes & Noble. Trick or Treating will be available at participating stores between 2pm and 4:30pm. No clown faces or masks allowed. Parade led by a "witch" with the Hurrah Players!
Hermitage Museum and Gardens
Presented by Wilbanks Smith and Thomas
A malevolent shadow has fallen over the Hermitage Museum. The generous and welcoming spirit of the Sloane's legacy is held hostage and an evil presence now lurks in the darkest corners of the house and the grounds. As answers and allies emerge from some unexpected places, a solution may be hidden in the history of the museum and the collection itself. (Ages 21+)