Celebrate the Best of Norfolk at Art and Music Festivals
Nowhere in the Mid-Atlantic United States will you find a more active and celebratory city than Norfolk, Virginia. With a growing downtown culture and the expanse of Town Point Park bordering the Elizabeth River, Norfolk sets the stage for many lively festivals that keep residents and visitors entertained throughout the year. No matter what season brings you to the heart of the Hampton Roads area, you are certain to find something fun to do and see.
Norfolk's festivals highlight the best of the city, from art and music, to regional cuisine and a strong pride in heritage and history. These events are continuous popular traditions for residents old and young, and visitors to Norfolk are always welcome to join in on the fun. Be sure to mark your calendar and save the dates for the next big event, as accommodations and parking sometimes come at a premium.
Here are just a few of Norfolk's popular annual events:
International Azalea Festival (aka Norfolk NATO Festival): (April) Since 1953, the city of Norfolk has set aside a weekend in the Spring to commemorate the installation of NATO's Allied Command Atlantic presence in Norfolk. The Azalea Festival salutes the many nationalities and cultures that have helped shape Norfolk's diversity. Each celebration pays tribute to one particular culture and features the stunning Azalea Queen and her court, who lead one of the city's most popular parades.
Harborfest: (June) Harborfest is a celebration of Norfolk's nautical heritage. As one of the nation's oldest ports, Norfolk was and remains an important port of call for military and industrial ships. Each year at this festival the waters are alive with hundreds of boats sailing the river. Live music from top popular acts sets the energetic tone of the weekend festivities.
Town Point Wine Festival: (May and October) One of the city's favorite traditions is the wine festival held at Town Point Park, held in the Spring and Autumn. Here wine enthusiasts may sample the best of the state's vintages along with gourmet snacks provided by local restaurants. Live music accompanies the scene as guests enjoy the beautiful weather.
Norfolk Jazz Festival: (Summer) Grab a blanket and relax on the spacious grass of Town Point Park for two full days of world-class jazz. The Norfolk Jazz Festival is known for attracting some of the best-known names in jazz, reggae, and rhythm and blues, as well as thousands of music lovers who fill the park until past sundown.
Whenever you decide to visit Norfolk, you can be sure there is something fun planned. Enjoy the sights and flavors of this wonderful Southern city with a visit to any of her annual festivals.
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