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40th Annual Norfolk Harborfest®
Presented by AT&T
The Largest, Longest-Running, FREE Maritime Festival in the Nation!

Thursday, June 9 – Sunday, June 12, 2016 on the
Downtown Norfolk Waterfront

NORFOLK, VA – (May 11, 2016) – Norfolk Festevents, Ltd. announces the celebration plan for the 40th Annual Norfolk Harborfest® Thursday, June 9, 2016 – Sunday, June 12, 2016, at Town Point Park along the Downtown Norfolk Waterfront. This free, family-friendly weekend extravaganza is filled with four days of land, air, and sea activities to capture the hearts of all ages!

30 hours of free national entertainment, unique and specialty performances and water events!

More than 300 ships and vessels!

8 mile majestic parade of sail!

30 bold and creative cuisine locations!

Over 25 unique pop-up retail businesses!

Over 2,262 feet of amazing ship decks to explore!

The long standing tradition of Norfolk Harborfest® activates the Downtown Norfolk Waterfront with radiant summer excitement as the largest, longest-running, and free maritime festival in the Nation. Norfolk Harborfest® launches Thursday, June 9, 2016, with the Norfolk Harborfest® Challenge Regatta Sailboat race. This previous Norfolk Harborfest® tradition has returned with an around-the-buoy sailboat race ending on the Elizabeth River near the Waterside Marina. The festivities continue Thursday night, June 9th as the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, the Virginia Arts Festival, and Norfolk Festevents partner for an outdoor Orchestra experience similar to the first years of Norfolk Harborfest®. On Friday, June 10th Norfolk Harborfest® continues with the Parade of Sail leading into the weekend with all the spectacular Saturday and Sunday sea activities such as work boat races, emergency vessel demonstrations, and professional Fly Board demonstrations, along with land activities to include 5 stages with local, regional, and national entertainment acts, fun filled family activities, unique and unusual performances, and one of the best Saturday night waterfront fireworks show on the East Coast!

Festival hours: Thursday, June 9th from 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Friday, June 10th from Noon – 11 pm, Saturday, June 11th from Noon – 11 pm, and Sunday, June 12th from 10 am – 6 pm.

Tall Ships, Ship Tours, Parade of Sail, Boater Information, and Docking
2016 Norfolk Harborfest® Parade of Sail, Presented by WVEC 13 News Now

The spectacular Norfolk Harborfest® Parade of Sail, under the direction of the Virginia Pilots Association, will enter the Downtown Norfolk Harbor on Friday, June 10th at approximately noon. Following tradition, this impressive fleet will include tall ships, Navy ships, USCG Cutters, Public Safety vessels, character vessels, sleek power cruisers, sailing craft, antique and classic wooden boats, military vessels, tugs and more! Thousands of onlookers stationed at vantage points along the Elizabeth River will be able to witness this expansive fleet as it dances down the river towards Town Point Park.

The following is a list of visiting tall ships, Navy ships, and character vessels:

• THE LIBERTAD: Home port: Argentina

ARA Libertad is scheduled to arrive on Thursday, June 9, 2016, at approximately 8am. She is a steel hulled, full rigged, class “A” sailing ship that serves as a school vessel in the Argentine Navy. One of the largest and fastest tall ships in the world, holder of several speed records, she was designed and built in the 1950s by the Río Santiago Shipyard, Ensenada, Argentina. Her maiden voyage was in 1963, and she continues to be a training ship with yearly instruction trips for the graduating naval cadets as well as a traveling goodwill ambassador, having covered more than 800,000 nautical miles (1,500,000 km) across all seas, visited about 500 ports in more than 70 countries, and trained more than 10,000 Navy sailors.

Facts & History: ARA Libertad

• ARA Libertad is the ninth Argentine Navy vessel to bear the name in a proud line since 1953.
• The ARA Libertad is deemed the world’s sixth largest ship and the third heaviest in displacement.
• Speed under full sail: 17 knots
• Height: 168.6 Feet
• Length: 340.4 Feet
• Her complement is 336 personnel, including 27 officers, 192 crewmen and 117 naval cadets.
ARA Libertad Public Tour Times (subject to change):
• Friday, June 10, 2016 – 2 pm – 7 pm
• Saturday, June 11, 2016 – 10 am – 8 pm
• Sunday, June 12, 2016 – 10 am – 2 pm
• Departs on Sunday, June 12th at 4pm

• PRIDE OF BALTIMORE: Home port: Maryland, USA

Pride of Baltimore II is scheduled to arrive at noon Friday, June 10, 2016, as part of the Parade of Sail, and will dock at the Otter Berth next to Waterside. Pride of Baltimore II was commissioned in 1988 as a sailing memorial to her immediate predecessor, the original Pride of Baltimore, which was tragically sunk by a white squall off Puerto Rico in 1986, taking her captain and three crew members down with her. Both ships were built in the Inner Harbor as reproductions of 1812-era topsail schooners, the type of vessels, called Baltimore Clippers that helped America win the War of 1812 and finally secure its freedom. Since her commissioning, Pride II has sailed nearly 200,000 miles, and visited over 200 ports in 40 countries in North, South, and Central America, Europe, and Asia.

Facts: Pride of Baltimore II
• Overall Length: 157 Feet
• Height: 107 Feet
• 12 crew members

• Kalmar Nyckel: Home Port: Wilmington, USA

The Kalmar Nyckel is a full-scale re-creation of the original 17th century ship, whose historic significance rivals that of the Mayflower. The present day Kalmar Nyckel serves as the Delaware region’s floating Academy and Goodwill Ambassador.

The original Kalmar Nyckel served as Governor Peter Minuit’s flagship for the 1638 expedition that founded the colony of New Sweden, establishing the first permanent European settlement in the Delaware Valley, Fort Christina, in present-day Wilmington, Delaware. She would make a total of four roundtrip crossings of the Atlantic, more than any other documented ship of the American colonial era.

The original Kalmar Nyckel was built by the Dutch in or about 1625 as a “Pinnace”-a class of vessels that could operate either as small war ships or as armed merchantmen. This was the “Golden Age” of Dutch naval power and seaborne world trade, and the Dutch were the most advanced naval architects and shipbuilders of the 17th century. Measuring 93 feet on deck and with a sparred length of 141 feet, she is stoutly built and remarkably seaworthy, characteristics that would serve her well throughout her long and remarkable career. Her original armament probably consisted of 12 six-pounder cast iron cannons, with two smaller swivel guns attached to the quarterdeck rails.

Facts: Kalmar Nyckel
• 3 Masted Tall Ship
• Overall Length: 141 Feet
• Height: 105 Feet
• Schooner Sultana: Home port: Maryland, USA
The Schooner SULTANA is a reproduction of a Boston-built merchant vessel that served for four years as the smallest schooner ever in the British Royal Navy. Manned by a 25-person crew, the original SULTANA patrolled the coastline of colonial North America from 1768 to 1772 enforcing the hated Townsend Acts or “Tea Taxes.” From this vantage point SULTANA and her crew had a unique perspective on the conflict that would ultimately become the American Revolution.
A key factor that led to SULTANA’s selection for replication was the wealth of primary documentation from the original vessel that was preserved by the British Navy. SULTANA’s reproduction is based directly on a 1768 Royal Navy survey of the original schooner, making it one of the most accurate 18th century replicas in the world today. In addition to these drawings, the Royal Navy also preserved more than 2,000 pages of the vessel’s log books, correspondence, and crew lists. These documents have proved to be an incredible resource for the schooner’s educational programs.
Facts: Schooner Sultana
• Overall Length: 97 Feet
• Height: 72 Feet

• Gazela: Home Port: Pennsylvania, USA

The Gazela is a barkentine ship, which means she has three masts. She is square rigged on the foremast only, the main and mizzens being fore and aft rigged. She was built in the shipyard of J. M. Mendes in Setubal, Portugal to fish the Grand Banks off Newfoundland. Her records, as she now stands, date from 1901 but there is good evidence that many of the timbers used in her construction are from the ship Gazella (spelled with two Ls) which was built in 1883. Portugese stone pine is the primary wood used in her hull and decks while the masts and spars are of Douglas fir.

Facts: Gazella
• 3 Masted Tall Ship
• Overall Length: 177.3 Feet
• Height: 94 Feet

• Godspeed: Home Port: Jamestown Settlement, USA

Godspeed, under Captain Bartholomew Gosnold, was one of the three ships (along with the Susan Constant and the Discovery) on the 1606-1607 voyages to the New World for the English Virginia Company of London. The journey resulted in the founding of Jamestown in the new Colony of Virginia.
In 1985, a replica of Godspeed sailed from London back to Virginia. She had a crew of 14 and stopped at many places that the original Godspeed visited including the Canary Islands and various places in the Windward Isles before sailing to Jamestown.
In May 2007, the United States Postal Service issued the first 41 cent denomination first class stamp. The stamp had an image of the Susan Constant, the Godspeed, and the Discovery. The Godspeed was also depicted on Virginia’s coin of the 50 State Quarters, in celebration of the 400th Anniversary of Jamestown.
Facts: Godspeed
• Overall Length: 88 Feet
• Height: 71.5 Feet

• USS Bainbridge: Home Port: Norfolk, USA

The USS Bainbridge was commissioned on November 12, 2005, in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and has since transferred to her homeport in Norfolk, Virginia. The USS Bainbridge has made many Mediterranean deployments and participated in many Caribbean exercises.
Since her commissioning in 2005, the USS Bainbridge has been active in the Mediterranean Sea, but most of the attention she has garnered has been as a result of the failed hijacking attempt of the U.S.-flagged freighter MV Maersk Alabama by Somali pirates in April 2009, which ended with the release of the vessel’s Master, Captain Richard Phillips on April 12, 2009. After crewmen of the captured cargo vessel managed to retake the ship, the pirates retreated, taking the ship’s Master hostage in a lifeboat. The USS Bainbridge, Halyburton, and Boxer shadowed the pirates, and with FBI assistance attempted negotiations for the safe return of the captive captain until U.S. Navy SEAL snipers resolved the situation with deadly force. The story of this incident was turned into the 2013 motion picture titled, Captain Phillips, starring Tom Hanks. The USS Bainbridge was portrayed by sister ship USS Truxtun.
Facts & History: USS Bain Bridge
• Top speed: 30 Knots
• Height: 66 Feet
• Length: 509.6 Feet
• A permanent crew of 270 Officers and enlisted personnel
(Ship arrives Saturday for weekend visitations. No strollers, backpacks or bags will be allowed on board)

• AMERICAN ROVER: 135’, 3 Masted Topsail Schooner: Home Port: Norfolk, Virginia
• BONNY ROVER: 50’, 2 Masted Rover: Home Port: Norfolk, Virginia
• VICTORY ROVER: 95’ Vessel: Home Port: Norfolk, Virginia
• USS WISCONSIN: The USS Wisconsin is an Iowa-class battleship located steps away from Town Point Park in Whisky Basin at Nauticus. She will be open for tours throughout the weekend.
Public Ship Tour Times for: Pride of Baltimore II, Gazela, Kalmar Nyckel, Godspeed, and Sultana (subject to change):
Friday, June 10, 2016 – Parade of Sail docking – 6 pm
Saturday, June 11, 2016 – 12 pm – 6 pm
Sunday, June 12, 2016 – 12 pm – 6 pm
Ship tours are free and open to the public.
Ship Tours: Ships will be open for public tours on Friday following the Norfolk Harborfest® Parade of Sail. Saturday June 11th and Sunday June 12th public tours will be from approximately 12pm – 6pm. Visitors are requested to wear flat shoes and be able to manage walking up and down access ramps and ladders. Strollers must be left on the dock. Strollers are not permitted on board the ship. Entry and Exit Ramps are not equipped to accommodate wheel chairs, walkers, or other types of mobility equipment requiring a flat and solid surface or hard hand rails.
Please visit for a schedule of visitation times.
Public Docking: All docking on the Downtown Norfolk Waterfront is on a reservation basis only, except for short-term dinghy docking at designated locations on the Norfolk waterfront. Time limits (no overnight docking) and size (16’ or smaller) limits apply.
• Docking in the Hospital Point Anchorage in the Elizabeth River across from Town Point Park will be free of charge and available on a first come, first served basis.
• A water taxi service will be available for boaters at anchorage with transportation to both the Norfolk and Portsmouth Downtown Waterfronts. Rates of the day will apply.

Norfolk Harborfest® Water Events Schedule 2016
(Subject to change)
Friday, June 10, 2016
12:00-1:00 pm Parade of Sail & Docking
1:30-2:00 pm Maritime Incident Response Team Vessel Boat Demo
2:00-2:30 pm SAR Demonstration – United States Coast Guard
2:30-3:00 pm Fly Board Demonstration
3:00-6:00 pm Public Visitation aboard tall ships and character vessels
4:00-4:30 pm US Navy Coastal Riverine Demonstration
4:30-5:00 pm Fly Board Demonstration
6:00-6:30 pm Fly Board Demonstration
6:00 pm Carnival Cruise ship departure

Saturday, June 11, 2016
12:00-6:00 pm Public Visitation aboard tall ships and character vessels
12:30-1:00 pm Fly Board Demonstration and Sail Nauticus Synchronized Sailing
1:30-2:00 pm SAR Demonstration – United States Coast Guard
2:30-3:30 pm Chesapeake Bay Workboat Parade
3:30-4:00 pm Fly Board Demonstration
4:30-5:30 pm Elizabeth River Tug Muster
6:30-7:00 pm Fly Board Demonstration
9:30 pm FIREWORKS!!
Sunday, June 12, 2016
11:00-11:30 pm Paddleboard Demonstration
11:45-12:30 pm Chesapeake Bay Workboats Rally for Races
12:00-6:00 pm Public Visitation aboard tall ships and character vessels
12:30-1:30 pm Chesapeake Bay Workboat Race
1:30-2:00 pm US Navy Coastal Riverine Demonstration
2:30-3:00 pm Fly Board Demonstration and Sail Nauticus Synchronized Sailing
3:30-4:30 pm Ultimate Build a Boat Race
4:00-4:30 pm ARA Libertad departure
4:30-5:00 pm Fly Board Demonstration

32nd Annual Chesapeake Bay Workboat Parade and Races
The Chesapeake Bay workboat is a type of traditional fishing boat used in the Chesapeake Bay. Watermen use these boats year round for everything from crabbing and oystering to catching fish or eels. The Chesapeake Bay Workboat is the official Virginia State Boat. Because of the decline in the seafood industry, the Chesapeake Bay waters that once flourished with these beautiful handmade boats has become a scarce sight. The Chesapeake Bay Workboat Parade on Saturday, June 11th at approximately 2:30pm highlights the creative decorating skills of the Watermen and their families as they dress their clam boats, crab boats and oyster boats to the “T” for this great family showcase! Be sure to come back on Sunday, June 12th at approximately noon to witness the power (450 Horsepower!) of these boats as they race down the Elizabeth River. The Chesapeake Bay Workboat Race at Norfolk Harborfest® is an event that the Watermen prepare for all year long. These races are serious competitions that allow the heat winners a full year of bragging rights.

Elizabeth River Tug Muster
The muscle men of the harbor bring their tugboats out for an all-out demonstration of power and agility in the popular Tug Muster Saturday, June 11th at 4:30pm in the Elizabeth River. This “bragging-rights” competition will get your heart racing as the tugs dance in the river and show off their skills!

The Hydro-Powered Water Sports – Check out the newest extreme sport to hit the water! Keep your eyes on the Elizabeth River and take in this exciting new water propelled Fly Board and Hover Board demonstration through air and water by world class professional riders providing three shows each day.

Ultimate Build-a-Boat, Boat Building Contest and Race
The very popular and zany Ultimate Build a Boat Challenge begins on Saturday, June 11th, when teams construct boats from scratch in various engineering and decorative designs in the hope that their design will survive the test of Sunday’s Ultimate Build a Boat Race! Sunday, June 12th at 4:00pm, the competing teams place their boats, and boating skills to the test with an all-out race to the finish line! This nail- biting event is one not to be missed!

The 40th Annual Norfolk Harborfest® Fireworks Display, Presented by Wavy TV 10: The Norfolk Harborfest® Fireworks Display, produced by Pyro Shows of Tennessee, is one of the largest waterfront pyrotechnics shows on the East Coast. Be prepared for the unexpected as the sky is filled with an explosive display of light synchronized to a booming musical score throughout Town Point Park. The Fireworks show is scheduled for Saturday night at 9:30 pm and will be fired from TWO floating platforms on the Elizabeth River.

The Music of Norfolk Harborfest®
Main Stage
Thursday, June 9th
8:30 pm The Virginia Symphony Orchestra

Friday, June 10th
6:00 pm The Subdudes (Rock)

8:30 pm Grace Potter (Rock)

Saturday, June 11th
3:15 pm The Defibulators (Rockabilly)

5:45 pm The Last Bison (Alt/Rock)

8:00 pm Rick Springfield (pop rock)

Sunday, June 12th
12:30 pm Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs Qualifier
1:45 pm The Drifters, Cornell Gunter’s Coasters, and The
Platters (R&B)
4:30 pm The Wailers (Reggae)
Boathouse Stage
Friday, June 10th
2:45 pm Wonderland

5:00 pm Broke Royals (Rock)

7:15 pm The SheepDogs (Rock)

9:45 pm DJ CanRock

Saturday, June 11th
12:30 pm Mountaintide (Folk)

2:15 pm Narissa Band (Folk)

4:30 pm Fuzz Band (Soul)

6:45 pm Oh Honey (Indie Pop)

10:00 pm DJ CanRock

Sunday, June 12th
12:30 pm Michael Clark Band (Blues Rock)

3:15 pm Wild Adriatic (Rock)

The Back Deck Stage (Acoustic stage)
(TowneBank Fountain Park)
Friday, June 10th
12:00 pm Kevin Brinson
2:00 pm Darrell Hawkins
4:00 pm Bennett Wales
6:00 pm The Framers Band
8:00 pm Mike Proffitt

Saturday, June 11th
12:00 pm Brian Allard Duo
2:00 pm Amy Gerhartz
4:00 pm Dustin Furlow
6:00 pm Brian Sewell
8:00 pm Brandon Bower Band

Sunday, June 12th
12:00 pm Skip Friel
2:00 pm In Layman Terms
4:00 pm Lewis McGehee

What’s NEW at Harborfest® 2016!

NEW! Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Thursday, June 9, 2016, at 8:30 pm- Park Opens at 8 pm.
Join us in a joint celebration of the 20th Virginia Arts Festival Finale and a kick-off to the 40th Anniversary of Norfolk’s Harborfest®! Our very own Virginia Symphony Orchestra is conducted by internationally recognized music director conductor and pianist Rob Fisher in a stellar program under the stars. From the favorites of Gershwin to the Americana scores of Sousa, concluding with a not-to-be missed performance of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture complete with live church bells and cannons booming, this concert will certainly be remembered.
NEW! The Colours Junkanoo Street Party – Twenty-five members of the world famous parade unit from Nassau, Bahamas will travel to Norfolk to perform “rushouts” throughout the weekend. Making music from goatskin drums, cowbells, whistles, horns and conch shells and wearing beautiful and vibrant handmade costumes – this is a must see performance!
NEW! The Nathan’s Hot Dog Mobile Tour-Nathan’s is operating a national mobile tour, each with a unique experience to bring Coney Island closer to you. The Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest is a culmination of a qualifying circuit conducted throughout the United States. Each year, the greatest competitive eaters on earth gather on the corner of Surf and Stillwell Avenues in Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY, to compete, as they have since 1916, according to the archives. This year marks the 100th Anniversary of this legendary competition and Norfolk Harborfest is a qualifying location! Do not miss your chance to be part of history!

NEW! BuskerfestNFK- Definition of BUSKER: a person who entertains in a public place for donations.
In recent years, Norfolk Harborfest® weekends have attracted street performers from all across the region who captivate audiences with their special blend of wacky humor and musical delights. In celebration of the Busker movement across the nation and the popularity of Busking in Hampton Roads, we are excited to introduce to Norfolk Harborfest® this year BuskerfestNFK@Harborfest, June 10 – 12, 2016, on the downtown Norfolk waterfront. Norfolk Festevents is excited to invite the community to come out to support this first ever event where street performers are showcased in a whole new way.
BuskerfestNFK@Harborfest will take place behind the Waterside on 5 open air stages located along the waterfront promenade, featuring over 26 hours of entertainment and dozens of entertainers performing for tips.
BuskerfestNFK@Harborfest will accommodate very limited spaces for walk-up performers as well as reserved performance locations that can be registered for in advance. Space is limited and will be on first come first served basis. Buskers who sign up in advance will have the opportunity to be featured on the Festevents website and social media Busker Spotlights. Buskers interested in reserving a performance slot at BuskerfestNFK@Harborfest can contact Skye Zentz at [email protected]

NEW! Norfolk Harborfest® Through the Ages
View all of your favorite Norfolk Harborfest® past-time memories on a massive big screen TV located near the Main Street entrance. Watch as we celebrate 40 years of Norfolk Harborfest® through never before seen photos, interviews, and videos.

NEW! Oyster Shooter Shack! Shucks…we’re at it at again! Join us along the Downtown Norfolk Waterfront in our very own Oyster Shooter Shack as we shuck, slurp, and savor the best that the Virginia Oyster Trail has to offer. With the amazing partners from Norfolk Seafood Company and the Big Easy Oyster Bar, we’re covering all the bases for every oyster fan. Learn how to relish in the jiggly, salty, bumpy, satisfying punch that only a fresh bivalve can give you. Bottoms up!

Kroger Craft Beer and Virginia Wine Garden – Craft Beer and Virginia Wine Tasting area.
The Made in Virginia Wine Tasting will feature wine sampling from Mermaid Winery, Rockbridge Vineyards and Williamsburg Winery, as well as craft beers from Virginia and more! Wines will be available by the glass, bottle and case. Craft beers will be available to purchase in sample sizes, by the pint, and personal pitcher. Join us for a unique experience sampling some hoptastic craft beers and wines with live music from The Back Deck stage.

Red Trouser Show – Don’t miss this brilliant street theater! 30 minute shows will take place 3 times a day in the Waterside outdoor theater near the Waterside Marina. Watch and be amazed by this spectacular and unique duo of Acrobats as they flip and fly through the air with ease.

The Real Mermaids! Watch as the curtains open to reveal ancient spirits of the deep, creatures thought to exist only in the shimmering mirage of the open ocean. Spotted by sailors for thousands of years in the breaking waves of their ships, these illusive beauties are now brought to you from the far corners of the earth. Their mystical songs will reveal stories of old that will warm the hearts and enchant the souls of all who dare to listen. Return to an age of magic, where myth blurs with reality and witness the real life mermaids.
Sunday Family Funday!
Sunday Family Funday!

Join us on Sunday, June 12th from 10am-12pm for an exclusive early opening to Harborfest! With activities planned with the littlest festival-goers in mind, start your day off with a bounce by the river in our Disney-themed bounce houses and hop on board the Harborfest Train for a scenic ride thru the festival grounds!

Get your face painted by the professionals, make your own pirate bandana and enroll at the Moody Crewe Pirate School all starting at Noon, then head on over to watch the Real Mermaids in-water show at the top of every hour beginning at 12pm.

At 12:30pm, head on over to the Main Stage for history in the making! Witness Nathan’s Famous 4th of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest qualifying round. This is the 100th anniversary of the greatest competitive eating competition on earth! The final round will take place on Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY on July 4th. Join us as this legendary competition makes history at Norfolk Harborfest and cheer on your favorites!

Other Festival Features include….

Boardwalk Arcade – This festival favorite is back in 2016 with more classic boardwalk games like Pacman, Skee Ball and more, all completely free to play for all festival guests!

Cabana Land and Hammock Hangout – With so many awesome things to see and things to do, it is easy to get a little tuckered out at Harborfest®. That’s why you can’t miss Cabana Land and the Hammock Hangout; your perfect excuse to kick back and relax during the festival weekend while still being in the center of the action.

Pirate Bandana Making and Moody Crewe Pirate School – Craft yourself the appropriate swashbuckling attire at the Pirate Bandana Tent and then set sail into a class at the Moody Crewe Pirate School where you will learn how to live the shipshape pirate’s life … Yo Ho Yo Ho a pirate’s life for me!

Pirate School for Little Scallywags –ARRRGH! Lessons in the art of Pirating will be taught by The Pirates of the Moody Crewe with special guest appearances by Blackbeard. Left your Pirate gear on the ship? Create your own colorful pirate bandana with Joanne from the Art Barrage.

Radio Harborfest
Broadcasting live at Norfolk Harborfest®, local radio celebrity Paul Shugrue of WHRV hosts “Radio Harborfest”, keeping you updated on the latest festival happenings including weather, traffic, entertainment and anything else Norfolk Harborfest® throughout the weekend.

Watch all of your favorite national performances live on the larger-than life big screen TV. Located adjacent to the Main Stage, the giant video wall will be broadcasting national performances, the Parade of Sail, the Fireworks Show and many other great Norfolk Harborfest® traditions throughout the weekend.
Shopping at Norfolk Harborfest®
Harborfest Gift Shop: Norfolk Harborfest® souvenir merchandise is available at all on-site Festival Gift Shops. The Norfolk Harborfest® merchandise line offers a variety of pieces designed to suit a variety of tastes. From official t-shirts to warm fleece for cool evenings, the Norfolk Harborfest® retail line offers visitors a high level of comfort and quality as well as the chance to bring a piece of Norfolk Harborfest® home.

Harborfest Town Point Market is a unique shopping experience you won’t find at any mall! Merchant sale items include wearable’s like T-shirts, tropical sundresses, handmade clothing, polo shirts and fleece items; Accessories & novelties including handmade jewelry, pearls, exotic stones, costume jewelry, sterling silver, handbags, leather accessories, sunglasses, hair ribbons, cigars, umbrellas and sea grass hats; Art including hand blown glass, wood bowls, repurposed art, prints, pottery and wood carved home décor; and Food including cupcakes, gourmet peanuts and flavored popcorn.

NEW! Be a Local Business LoveVA {love-vah} retail area from local artisans throughout the Hampton Roads. LOVEVA {love-vah} is a collective of local businesses that have banded together to create a unified reward system. Learn more in the Be A Local Business LoveVA retail area.

The Taste of Harborfest®… Fresh & Fun
The Norfolk Harborfest® food and beverage theme is fresh and fun! Outdoor dining on the waterfront includes over 50 food and beverage scenes, serving fill-your-tummy delicacies including fresh crab cakes, hand breaded shrimp, fried oysters, scallops, shrimp fried rice, mouth-watering open pit beef barbeque, North Carolina barbeque, Italian sausage, lobster rolls, Philly style cheese steaks, burgers and dogs, souvlaki, pitas, gyros, chicken on a stick, chicken tenders, Grecian chicken, chicken lo mein, Greek salad, buttery roasted corn, fresh cut French fries, onion rings, fresh wraps, corn dogs, and smoked savory turkey legs.

Top off your lunch or dinner with ice cold lemonade and sweet desserts like hand dipped ice cream, fresh and hot funnel cakes, cool Italian ices, melt-in-your-mouth Kettle Korn, fresh fruit smoothies and soft serve ice cream with all the toppings. Lounge with family and friends at one of our shaded seating areas and relax while enjoying your favorite festival fare. In addition to traditional beverage selections like smoothies and lemonade, adult beverages may be found throughout the festival grounds in various locations.

40th Annual Norfolk Harborfest® Commemorative Poster:

Les Hall is a traditional artist whose perspective for viewing life in basic and simplistic forms is reflected in his artworks. An intuitive interest in architecture and water are evident in his ability to capture the warmth of his subject matter. He brings your imagination into his paintings by working with shadows and the effects of sunlight.

Les looks for “unique angles and perspectives” multiple roofs, protruding porches, cornices, ornate railings, intricate dental work, working boats and other impressions in his world. They represent the thoughts and imaginations of centuries of architect’s and designer’s impressions. The process that someone conceived, designed, built and put on display his or her thoughts in a house, landscape or boat for everyone to enjoy for infinity makes this world look different to everyone. Beginning in 1993, Les traveled to a variety of areas to vacation and has selected his subjects from some of those travels.

Painting interesting angles or corners of houses or boats or objects with character are evident in his work. “I get excited when I see the picturesque corner of someone’s home or favorite spot and I know I can capture it in a creative process.” He depicts views with light and shadows that captures the interest and imagination of the viewer. He works with watercolors and acrylics.

Born and raised in Salisbury, on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, the water has always inspired his work as an artist. After graduating from Elon University in 1977 and fortunately marrying his inspiring wife, Wanda, they moved to Northern Suffolk and have two daughters, Jordan and Cristin Pond, along with a son-in-law Christiaan Pond. They have lived in Suffolk, Virginia for over 35 years. Les has made a living as an industrial contractor for over 35 years.
His art work and prints are available for viewing in his home. For originals, prints, consignment or more, contact information:
Les Hall can be reached at his email address: [email protected]

Please continue to visit for regular updates!
For more information on Norfolk Harborfest® as well as other events throughout the year, including hours, park regulations and parking please visit or call 757.441.2345.

The 40th Annual Norfolk Harborfest® presented by AT&T, is produced by Norfolk Festevents and sponsored by the City of Norfolk, Lumos Networks, Norfolk Waterside Marriott, Miller Lite, Southern Auto Group, Pepsi, Kroger, CR Services, Waterside District, Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs, The Main, Spirit of Norfolk, CFE Equipment, WF Magann, and Crofton Industries.

Norfolk Festevents, Ltd., based in Norfolk, Virginia, is a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating the most dynamic urban waterfront community in America through innovative programming and imaginative uses of its historic waterfront spaces. An extensive 10 month schedule of diverse outdoor cultural events, festivals, concerts, entertainment, holiday programs, tall ship visits, sports and recreation are presented in two popular and welcoming waterfront environments; Town Point Park located in downtown Norfolk on the banks of the Elizabeth River and Ocean View Beach Park situated on the shore line of the Chesapeake Bay. Norfolk Festevents has served as the City of Norfolk’s official event marketing agency since the city’s downtown waterfront revitalization initiatives began in 1982. The organization has garnered international acclaim for its advocacy for public access to waterfronts, outstanding quality programming and development of public spaces, transforming Norfolk into one of the most progressive, fun and livable waterfront communities in the country. Residents, workers, and visitors to Norfolk and the Hampton Roads region are invited to experience all the fun and excitement of the 2016 season!

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