Events

From outdoor parks and green spaces to museum courtyards and waterfront stages, Portsmouth’s diverse venues set the stage for parties, festivals, concerts, and more. Celebrate culture, food, art, history, music and pride in the community during events held throughout the year.

Featured Event

A Grave Affair on Court Street

Meet local ghosts in the city’s oldest church graveyard.  Spooky organ music.  Pumpkin carving demonstrations.  Fortune tellers.  Zombie make-up artists.  Costume contest.  Midway games. Fall floral arrangement demonstration.  Hot cider, snacks, and vendors.  The Para-Normal Society will be on hand.  Experience “A Night at the Museum” as you tour the mourning textiles at the Hill House Museum.  The event is free to attend but you pay for the things you want to do.

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Signature Events

Family friendly entertainment for 40 years and counting!

Olde Towne Ghost Walk

The Olde Towne Ghost Walk is a 40-year-old walking tour based on the Jack-the-Ripper Walks in London, where you will learn about the haunting history of Olde Towne. Stretching over 20 blocks, you will encounter reenactors along the way, who dare to tell the ghostly tales of a time long since passed.

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Umoja Festival

Listen to music, participate in workshops, taste ethnic foods, and browse the marketplace in this celebration of contemporary and ancient African culture.

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Seawall Festival

Waterfront festival occurs annually to coincide with Norfolk’s Harborfest. There’s a party on both sides of the river, with bands, dancing, food and venders.

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Olde Towne Holiday Music Festival

This family favorite holiday tradition features strolling carolers, a Children’s Parade, and a variety of holiday music performances.

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Winter Wonderland

Visit the Children’s Museum of Virginia to enjoy reimagined holiday exhibits, such as the Eye Spy scavenger hunt, Sock Skating, and a visit with Santa in the “Santa Hut.” Walk over to the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center to enjoy the nostalgic Coleman Collection re-envisioned.

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Scottish Walk

Modeled after Scotland’s Hogmanay Festival when townspeople honor their community and merchants, wishing luck and prosperity in the coming year.

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Seawall Art Show

The Seawall Art Show features works for sale by 85+ artists and includes a student art show, live entertainment, and food for sale.

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Cock Island Race

Head to High Street Landing for this “Celebration of the Sea,” where you can enjoy live entertainment, food, and libations along the water.

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More Events

Looking for something to do after work or this weekend? See what’s happening around
Portsmouth this week!

Olde Towne’s Farmers’ Market

Shop for seasonal fresh produce, fresh baked goods, coffees & teas, and other local crafts and goods.

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Olde Towne Antique & Flea Market

Enjoy the eclectic collection of unique and antique wares the first Saturday of each month.

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Sunset Thursdays

Leave the stress of the workday behind, and meet your friends at High Street Landing for the city’s free summer concert series.

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First Fridays

Enjoy performances in the courtyard and free admission to featured exhibits at the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center.

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Happening Now

Check out our Happening Now Events page to see a list of current and upcoming happenings around Portsmouth!

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