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  • Creative Expression The Art of Portsmouth Virginia - Spekled Trout Mural

    Portsmouth Virginia’s Public Art Catalog

    About Public Art The City of Portsmouth and the Portsmouth Museum and Fine Arts Commission (PMFAC) work with a variety of agencies and artists to create, install and maintain a vibrant public art program with installations throughout the City.  Support Portsmouth Public Art (SPPA), a private non-profit is perhaps the most active of these agencies …

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    Toads on High Street

    Toads on High Street A Scavenger Hunt for Kids to Discover the Greatest Story Ever Toad How Many Places Can You Find Bufo? Today in Olde Towne, Bufo is meeting his special friend Ana, “You know where!” she said.  Your task is to follow Bufo as he hunts for Ana. The inside pages show his …

  • Historic Red Lion Square Marker

    Historical Marker Dedication Friday, February 12, 2021

    The Final Marker Dedication – Live the History Join the Portsmouth Heritage Initiative as they lay the last two historical markers for Orange Row and Cornwallis Square in Olde Towne Portsmouth at 2 pm on 2/12/21. Orange Row and Cornwallis Square are both located on Washington Street between Hampton Place and Crawford Parkway. The dedication …

  • I.C. Norco, Jeffrey Wilson, and Sisseiretta Jones

    African American Heritage Tour of Portsmouth, Virginia

    Three Centuries Of History African Americans from Portsmouth made significant contributions to the early and present history of the city, region, and nation.  Their influences and contributions are traced from the Revolutionary War, Civil War, both World Wars, through segregation, the fight for civil rights, right up through the Black Lives Matter movement.  The people …

  • Woodcut of Nat Turner Rebellion

    Juneteenth Virginia Presents “12 Days of Nat Turner”

    12 Days of Turner: Reframing History in the 21st Century October 31– November 11 Hosted by JuneteenthVA in Tidewater-Hampton Roads, Virginia – the location of both the first enslavement and first freeing of African men and women on American soil Starting on the 189th anniversary of the Nat Turner Insurrection, JuneteenthVA is presenting 12 Days …

  • Artist Rendering for Summers in Suffolk by Sis Maizell

    Portsmouth Theater Academy Announces 20-21 Show Schedule

    Summers in Suffolk – 6 Plays in One The Portsmouth Theater Academy, Portsmouth’s newest performance group, will produce all six plays in local playwright, Sheri Bailey’s Summers in Suffolk.  Shows begin in October and continue monthly through March.  The Academy took over the old Colony Theater located on High Street in Olde Towne Portsmouth.  The …

  • Produce available at the Olde Towne Portsmouth Farmers Market

    Olde Towne Portsmouth Farmers Market Going Strong in 2020

    The Olde Towne Portsmouth Farmers Market continues to operate in 2020, but with a couple of differences.  Firstly,  it’s in a new, temporary location.  Secondly, the market implemented CDC safety recommendations designed to keep everyone virus free.   What hasn’t changed are the quality produce, meats, seafood, and locally made items offered for sale.  The …

  • Small Town Waterfront Getaway in Portsmouth, VA

    As the state slowly begins to open its doors again, Portsmouth is taking care and caution to safely welcome visitors back for much-needed getaway time. Only a short drive away for the majority of Virginians, Portsmouth is the perfect small town to explore, without the worry of big crowds. We’ve rounded up a whole weekend’s …

  • Portsmouth Outdoor Dining Bars and Restaurants Patio image

    Outdoor Dining in Portsmouth Virginia

    Enjoy Outdoor Dining in Portsmouth, Virginia Discover a variety of locally-owned bars and restaurants with outdoor dining throughout Portsmouth, Virginia.  From waterfront decks with spectacular river views to secluded garden patios and sidewalk cafés, find it in Portsmouth. Olde Towne is known for outdoor dining venues, but Midtown and Churchland will not disappoint. When you …

  • Portsmouth Home and Garden Local Shops for Outdoor Living

    Portsmouth Garden Shops – Local Home and Garden Shops for Outdoor Living

    Personalize Your Outdoor Living Space with the Perfect Garden Portsmouth garden shops have everything you need to create your ideal outdoor living space and make it into a place that reflects your individual personality.  Whether you are looking for plants to brighten your garden, advice on growing herbs or plants from seed, gardening materials, or …