Experience the best of the best with this Top 8 list of things to do and see in Portsmouth.
Walk through history and see Olde Towne’s origins and it’s continued evolution.
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Location: Olde Towne Farmer’s Market– 400 High St
When: May 13th from 9am- 2pm
This Mother’s Day, bring her to the best and friendliest market in the region. Here you can find the best farm produce, beef, poultry, baked goods, homemade, homegrown, handcrafted artisan products, and unique gifts just for her! Be sure to treat her to lunch at one of Olde Towne’s local restaurants after the market.
Location: Olde Towne
When: May 13th from 9am – 3pm
Enjoy a walking tour through Olde Towne of seven historic churches and a synagogue. Take in the beautiful architecture, stained glass and memorabilia of each of these historic houses of worship. Hear fascinating stories about the Underground Railroad, the yellow fever epidemic, Irish immigration, Jewish communities and more. This amazing, once a year tour lasts a full 6 hours and even includes lunch! Tickets can be purchased here. or for more detail, visit here:
Location: Hill House Museum– 221 North St
When: May 13th from 2pm – 3:15pm
Stories, songs, and trivia make this lively walk both entertaining and educational! Costumed interpreters bring the history of these homes and their occupants to life against the backdrop of the largest collection of standing period architecture between Alexandria and Charleston. Starting on April 1, arrive 30 minutes early to make it an excursion with the addition of an interior tour of Historic Hill House! The Hill House Museum is offering a special photography exhibition too. To purchase tickets, visit here:
Location: MoMac Brewing Co– 3228 Academy Ave
When: May 13th Starting at Noon & 3pm
Your Mom wanting something a little out of the ordinary? Then Go Different! Starting at Noon, Bar Room Entertainment Wrestling (BREW) is joining the festivities on at Momac Brewery Co! The brewery is hosting the best party of the spring with live music, pro wrestling, food trucks and of course their legendary beer. Tickets for Brew Wrestling can be purchased here. For those of you who just want a good time without the body slamming, the gates will open to the public at 3:00 p.m., and will continue to have great beer, live music with Ward’s Pocket and the James Henry Morgan Gang, and food trucks!
Location: The Book Club LLC– 620 High St
When: May 13th from 2pm – 4pm
This experience allows for you and mom to make your own scented candles featuring essential oils. Mom gets a special scented room spray added to her candle making session with the option to select a luxury gift set to take home. Lead by Ambyance Fragrance CEO & Instructor- Rob Waverly, its sure to be a fun filled 2-hour session. To purchase tickets, visit here:
Location: MoMac Brewing Co– 3228 Academy Ave
When: May 14th from 2pm – 4pm
MoMac Brewing presents a fun Mother’s day event that everyone can enjoy. Bring your mom, bonus mom, aunts, and your dog’s mom out to enjoy 4 local women comedians and have a laugh to remember! To purchase tickets, visit here:
Location: Twisted Pig Ale & Smokehouse – 722 Mt. Vernon ave
When: May 14th from 10am – 2pm
Celebrate Mom with a Brunch Buffet prepared with Mom in mind. Delicious Smoked Spiral Ham, Shrimp N’ Grits, Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Buttermilk Biscuits, Belgian Waffles and More! Create your Perfect Breakfast Beverage with their Bloody Mary and Mimosa Bar too!
Location: Foggy Point Bar & Grill – 425 Water St
When: May 14th from 10am – 4pm
Bring your mother to an amazing waterfront brunch with beautiful views of the Elizabeth River. There will be a special Brunch Buffet featuring Mother’s Day Mimosas! What better why to get together, catch up, and tell her you lover her! Inside and outside seating available.
Reserve your spot now here.
Location: The Famous Venue – 463 Court Street
When: Friday, May 12 from 8pm – 10 pm
If your Mom likes old school country music and the music of Hank Williams, Jr., then don’t miss this show. The Nation’s #1 Hank WillIams JR Tribute Show “All My Rowdy Friends” will blow you away with their dynamic performance. The uncanny, natural look, sound and stage presence of this frontman will make you wonder, Is it really “Bocephus” himself you are actually seeing and hearing? General admission and VIP tickets available here.
Location: Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve – 4510 Twin Pines Road
When: Anytime over the weekend between 10 and 4
On Saturday, May 13, the Preserve opens early for the Early Bird Walk, a guided bird walk around Lake Ballard. The tour is offered before the park opens to the public. Plan ahead and reserve a kayak to explore the park from the water once your walk is complete. Hoffler Creek is flat and easy for all skill levels to maneuver. When you’re done at the park, swing by Norfolk County Feed and Seed, a Portsmouth institution since 1947, and pick up some flowers to plant in mom’s garden. She will remember the day all summer long.