About

The NEON Festival is a celebration of energy and light in Norfolk’s Arts District. From public art to live performances, come experience the neighborhood’s transformation into a true arts destination. Check out the schedule below for a listing of all the events set to spark, and don’t miss a mural, morsel or mic drop!

Public Art

Wander through the neighborhood and discover tiny art happenings, large-scale murals and pops of neon color and light. From works by celebrated visiting artists like Ivan Roque and Lori Pratico, to local heroes like Christopher Kozak and Scott Walker.

 

See The Art Map

Food &
Spirits

There’ll be plenty to eat and drink on hand for the festival, including signature fare from NEON staples like Commune, Zeke’s Beans and Bowls and Sanctuary, as well as from numerous food trucks throughout the district. And be sure to head over to the Plot’s Beer Garden or Bearded Bird Brewing for a cold one.

Entertainment

Some of Norfolk’s brightest musicians, comedians and performance artists will converge on the NEON to energize streets and stages throughout the district. Make sure to swing by The Plot for live DJ sets, the Push Comedy Theater for belly laughs, and the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio for live glassblowing performances!

Schedule

Thursday 10/18Friday 10/19
AllPublic ArtFood + SpiritsEntertainment
  • 8:00AM - 10:00PM
    Zeke’s Beans & Bowls
    800 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    The one and only destination in the NEON for gourmet coffee, acai bowls and Zeke’s famous poke bowls! Also serving up smoothies, fresh juices and baked goods.

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  • 8:00AM - 8:00PM
    Zeke’s Beans & Bowls
    800 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    The one and only destination in the NEON for gourmet coffee, acai bowls and Zeke’s famous poke bowls! Also serving up smoothies, fresh juices and baked goods.

    Learn more.
  • 11:00AM - 11:00PM
    Sanctuary Norfolk
    109 Addison Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    If you find yourself lingering in front of paintings at museums, love the sound of a motorcycle engine, take great lengths to intake tacos, or enjoy a cold beer on a hot day, SANCTUARY is your saving grace. As a new addition to the NEON District, Sanctuary supports local artists and the things they love: good wine, beer, and cocktails, and a place to share them with friends. Whatever your MO, you can be sure of one thing: all of the tacos are made to order. Whatever you want–nothing more, nothing less.

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  • 12:00PM - 1:00PM
    Artist Talk with Lori Pratico
    Old Dominion University
    5115 Hampton Boulevard, Norfolk, Virginia 23529

    The NEON Festival along with ODU’s departments of Art and Women’s Studies bring you a lecture by artist and community activist Lori Pratico. Pratico founded Girl Noticed, a community mural project. Girl Noticed makes the bold statement that it is a community’s responsibility to notice, and yield to the greatness in every girl. The artist hosts community workshops, mentors local artists on her processes and awards scholarships to individuals and organizations. Meet Lori on ODU’s campus Friday at noon.

    Lecture will take place in ODU’s New Education Building, or ED2, on the northwest corner of Hampton Blvd and 43rd street, across from Ted Constant Center and the Fire Station. Best parking for visitors will be the 43rd Street or 45th Street garages.

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  • 4:00PM - 10:00PM
    Bearded Bird Brewing Company
    727 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Bearded Bird Brewing is a small micro-brewery in the heart of Norfolk, Virginia’s NEON District. With ever growing taps the brewers have found a way to combine the enjoyment of craft beer with the creativity of homebrewing.

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  • 4:00PM
    Jhane’s Sweet Lounge
    731 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Jhane’s is a full service restaurant, bakery, and entertainment lounge in the NEON District. Come for the amazing house-made desserts and stay for the fun and diverse atmosphere.

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  • 5:00PM - 10:00PM
    Commune
    759 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Commune is a sustainable eatery, bakery and cafe featuring local ingredients. Commune Norfolk also hosts live music and rotating art exhibitions with the Rutter Family Art Foundation.

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  • 5:00PM
    Culture
    814 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    NEON’s newest restaurant and bar, Culture is an eclectic and fun lounge with live music, dj’s and local artworks on display.

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  • 5:00PM - 9:00PM
    Impression: A National Printmaking Exhibition Opening
    d'Art Center
    740 Duke Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Impression is an exhibition that features the fine art of printmaking in traditional methods such as screen printing, letterpress, relief, lithography, and intaglio. The exhibition’s reception, the first night of the NEON Festival, hosts food trucks, a DJ, photo booth, printmaking make-and-takes, edition prints of exhibited work for sale, Smartmouth Brewery, and more. Exhibition awards announced at 7pm.

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  • 5:00PM - 9:00PM
    NEON Festival Kick Off at the Museum
    Chrysler Museum of Art
    One Memorial Place, Norfolk, VA 23510

    At the Chrysler Museum of Art, enjoy live music from Mosquito Cabaret, lawn games, and hands on NEON fun! Join Bhav Brigade for Glow Yoga on the lawn, listen to the Rhythm Project and grab a bite from one of the many food trucks. And don’t forget to stop by the cash bar! All FREE!

  • 5:00PM - 10:00PM
    Something Beautiful Exhibition Opening Night
    Commune
    759 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Join Commune and the Rutter Family Art Foundation for an opening party in honor of an exhibition curated by Jason Hawkes of Cardinal Skate Shop. Food and drinks all night and live entertainment starting at 5pm with DJ Ologist.

  • 5:00PM - 9:00PM
    Stark & Legum’s Hat-tober
    Stark & Legum
    739 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Style is an art form at Stark and Legum, the longstanding mens’ fashion clothier in NEON. The haberdashery premiers its new tailored line, Alfa, with a trunk show, reception and sale with special guest acoustic guitar and harmonica player Michael Finster. Plus, model a Stark and Legum hat on your Facebook page.

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  • 5:15PM - 5:45PM
    APA’s Great Places in America Award Ceremony
    Hague Bridge
    Mowbray Arch, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Bring a friend and find out why the American Planning Association designated Ghent as one of America’s Great Places. Join city leaders and Ghent community partners in unveiling a plaque marking the achievement on Thursday, October 18 at 5:15 p.m. Following the unveiling, the public is welcome to attend a small reception at the Chrysler Museum of Art and then stay for the fun of the NEON Festival.

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  • 5:30PM - 9:00PM
    Free Improv Shows at the Push Comedy Theater
    Push Comedy Theater
    763 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    In honor of this amazing celebration, the Push will be hosting free improv shows all night long. Starting at 5:30 there will be free improv shows every half hour featuring The Pushers and some of the Push Comedy Theater’s funniest improvisers.

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  • 5:30PM - 6:30PM
    Meet the Artist: Scott Walker
    Sanctuary
    109 Addison Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Retail Alliance is proud to add a mural in the NEON District celebrating being a local business LOVEVA! Meet the artist Scott Walker and get a great view of the mural from the back deck of Sanctuary. It will be a great way to start your evening during the NEON Festival.

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  • 5:30PM - 6:30PM
    The Rhythm Project
    Chrysler Museum of Art
    One Memorial Place, Norfolk, VA 23510

    A community engagement program of the Virginia Arts Festival, The Rhythm Project is a world percussion ensemble. They are bringing their steel drums back to NEON for the fourth year to kick off the festival at the Chrysler Museum of Art outside on the museum lawn.

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  • 5:45PM - 6:30PM
    Down the Drain
    Chrysler Museum of Art
    One Memorial Place, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Down the Drain is a choreographic editorial cartoon of sorts involving familiar porcelain fixtures. The performance is a humorous yet critical comment on how we treat our home planet. Performed by Old Dominion University dance professor Marilyn Marloff and ODU dance staff and students.

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  • 6:00PM - 8:00PM
    #workingartistsstudios
    Duke Grace Building
    740 Duke Street, Suite 250, Norfolk, VA 23510

    #workingartistsstudios is a new art collaborative in the Duke Grace Building comprised of award-winning artists Janice Gay Maker, Jeanne Goodman, Helen Jones, Anne May and Vonnie Whitworth. The new studio provides a home for the artists to work independently and supports interaction between all. Welcome them to their new space during the NEON Festival.

  • 6:00PM - 7:30PM
    Blacklight Yoga Party
    806 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Join Breathe Easy and Smile Yoga Co. for a donation-based blacklight NEON yoga party in the former Alchemy warehouse. Co-hosted by Bhav Brigade of Hampton Roads, this fun, 60 minute class includes glow jewelry and a face paint station. Class begins at 6:30 pm so be sure to arrive in time to get your glow on!

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  • 6:00PM - 8:00PM
    Cardinal Skate Shop Balance Trials
    Starke Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Balance Trials is an open competition for skateboarders to exhibit their talents and up the ante. Dig in your bag of tricks to get prizes from Nike SB, Theories and more! The goal for Balance Trials is to merge the worlds of skateboarding and art together to recognize skateboarding’s impact in culture today. Obstacles will be painted by illustrator Hampton Boyer.

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  • 6:00PM - 7:00PM
    Chalk Art and Face Painting with GSA
    The Plot
    776 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Students from the Visual Arts Department at Governor’s School for the Arts will be creating artwork with the community using chalk on the Plot ground area and painting faces for children and families.

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  • 6:00PM - 10:00PM
    Copeland Center Pop Up Gallery
    Hurrah Players' Copeland Center
    112 W. Wilson Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23510

    The Hurrah Players’ Copeland Center features a pop up gallery for NEON in the front lobby space, featuring artwork by local artists Ryan Lytle, Lorey Griffin, Paul Mozley, Mensah Bey, Jessica Vanier, Eric Kopack and Scott Walker, with a performance art piece by Johnny Shield on the outdoor patio.

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  • 6:00PM - 10:00PM
    DCPG Photo Booth
    The Plot
    776 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    DCPG is a full-service, family-owned photography company that specializes in personality through portraiture, photographing beautiful people in Hampton Roads and beyond since 2005. For this year’s NEON Festival they will be offering FREE customized photos at a pop up photo booth at the Plot.

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  • 6:00PM - 8:00PM
    Fear of Acceptance Exhibition
    723 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Fang Gang presents “Fear of Acceptance,” on Friday during NEON in a neighborhood pop up gallery. Please join the artist and curators for art and music featuring new works by Carl Floyd Medley III and live music by Clary Sage and Young Hierophant.

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  • 6:00PM - 10:00PM
    Fish Bowl Bike Polo Exhibition
    140 W. Olney Road, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Norfolk Bike Polo takes over the Cofer lot with pick up bike polo matches, tasty snacks from Slide Thru #FAM, live music and art exhibits happening throughout Friday evening of NEON Festival. Polo fun begins at 6:00pm with local artists showcasing art in between fun pickup matches. The artists will be live tagging boards that make up the “fish bowl” court.

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  • 6:00PM - 8:00PM
    For All Handkind Workshop
    Zeke's Beans & Bowls
    800 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Come get old school with For All Handkind! We’ll be making shrinky dink earrings, pendants and pins to show off your NEON love on the Zeke’s patio. FREE and FABULOUS!

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  • 6:00PM - 8:30PM
    For All Handkind Workshop
    Chrysler Museum of Art
    One Memorial Place, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Come get old school with For All Handkind! We’ll be making shrinky dink earrings, pendants and pins to show off your NEON love in Huber Court during Chrysler Museum’s festival kick off. FREE and FABULOUS!

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  • 6:00PM - 6:30PM
    Governor’s School for the Arts Jazz Combo
    The Plot
    776 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    GSA’s amazing student musicians perform as the Jazz Combo, kicking off the Plot stage Friday evening with an exploration of jazz greats like Ellington, Brubeck and Coltrane.

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  • 6:00PM - 6:30PM
    GSA Vocal Students
    Urban Discovery Ministries
    121 E. Virginia Beach Boulevard, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Governor’s School for the Arts’ classical singers perform from your favorite operas and musicals for the NEON Festival at Urban Discovery Ministries’ pop up gallery.

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  • 6:00PM - 10:00PM
    Hermitage 3D Printed Art Pop Up
    Amplified IT
    812 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    The Hermitage Museum and Gardens is hosting an evening pop up gallery at Amplified IT during this year’s NEON Festival on Friday, October 19th. Stop by Amplified to view work by local artists Sandy Williams and Mensah Bey, who are utilizing 3D printing, enjoy 3D printing demos on a Makerbot Replicator+ printer, and try the 3Doodler Pen to create your own designs. This pop up is in conjunction with the Hermitage’s fall exhibition, 3D Printing the Smithsonian.

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  • 6:00PM - 6:30PM
    Hurrah Players Present Annie
    Hurrah Players' Copeland Center
    112 W. Wilson Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Famed children’s theater troupe Hurrah Players light up the NEON Festival with highlights from the Broadway musical of tomorrow – Annie. A FREE musical treat for the entire family!

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  • 6:00PM - 10:00PM
    iSheep
    throughout the NEON District

    iSheep is an interactive art project that focuses on the issue of consent. They love to play, you just have to ask the right way!

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  • 6:00PM - 10:00PM
    Lights of Love
    Mowbray Arch, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Enjoy luminaria as the community comes together to decorate Lights of Love for the Hague. Decorate a lantern in the welcome tent at the city park by the Hague Bridge and enjoy the walking path lit by rows of soft, twinkling white lights as you walk to your favorite spot during the NEON Festival.

    When you dedicate a luminary with a donation of any amount, 100% of the proceeds will help Hague Community Cleanup Weekends.

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  • 6:00PM - 7:00PM
    NEON District Mural Tour
    Chrysler Museum Glass Studio
    745 Duke Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Come along on a guided walking tour of NEON District murals and art works from the past several years and the latest additions for 2018. Led by local artists and community leaders working on public art in the NEON. Thursday night the tour leaves from the steps of the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio.

    Learn more.
  • 6:00PM - 7:00PM
    NEON District Mural Tour
    The Plot
    776 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Come along on a guided walking tour of NEON District murals and art works from the past several years and the latest additions for 2018. Led by local artists and community leaders working on public art in the NEON. Friday night’s tours leave from The Plot at the Cementiscope sculpture.

    Learn more.
  • 6:00PM - 10:00PM
    ODU Community Art Lab
    The Plot
    776 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Old Dominion University professor Natalia Pilato and art education students bring to NEON Festival a community art project in anticipation of a large-scale mural in NEON for the spring of 2019. Large canvas panels will be available for anyone to paint by number at the Plot.

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  • 6:00PM - 10:00PM
    Prince Ink NEON T-Shirt Pop Up
    The Plot
    776 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Famed printers and all-around good guys Prince Ink will be popping up at The Plot to serve up fresh screen-printed T-shirts with NEON logo designs. Watch the guys print on site and then buy your very own NEON shirt to sport around the Festival.

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  • 6:00PM - 10:00PM
    SPARK Poster Exhibition & Silent Auction
    Magazine Lane, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Celebrate art, design, and community with AIGA Hampton Roads. In contribution to this year’s NEON Festival, AIGA Hampton Roads is hosting the third annual SPARK Poster Show, a juried exhibition and silent auction of posters exploring the most pressing issues in our communities. Awards will be bestowed for Best In Show, People’s Choice, Emerging Designer, and Honorable Mentions. Top submissions are displayed in the exhibition along Magazine Lane during the festival.

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  • 6:00PM - 10:00PM
    TCC @ NEON
    Glass Wheel Studio
    128 W. Olney Road, Norfolk, VA 23510

    For the first time, Tidewater Community College joins the festival to celebrate their future in the NEON District. Future home to TCC’s visual and culinary arts programs, Glass Wheel Studio will feature music by the Blue Moon Jazz Ensemble, culinary treats, displays of student artwork and demos of glassblowing and ceramics in the parking lot beer garden.

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  • 6:00PM - 9:00PM
    The Aethernauts
    d'Art Center
    740 Duke Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Join the Aethernauts in a celestial celebration of creativity at NEON Festival 2018 with live painting and music flowing together at the d’Art Center.

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  • 6:00PM - 7:30PM
    The Muckrakes
    140 W. Olney Road, Norfolk, VA 23510

    The Muckrakes perform rock-n-roll with bluegrass guts, ragtime legs, folk sensibilities, and a dash of indie for good measure this year at the NEON Festival as part of the festivities at Cofer for Norfolk Bike Polo’s Fishbowl Expo.

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  • 6:00PM - 10:00PM
    The Plot Beer Garden
    The Plot
    776 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Meet up in the hub of the festival for games, food trucks, cold brews from O’Connor Brewing Company, live music and cultural performances on the main stage from NEON District arts partners.

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  • 6:00PM - 10:00PM
    UDM Pop Up Gallery
    Urban Discovery Ministries
    121 E. Virginia Beach Boulevard, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Urban Discovery Ministries features a pop up gallery for NEON in their community room, featuring artwork by local artists and a live musical performance by the GSA Vocal Students from 6 to 6:30.

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  • 6:00PM - 10:00PM
    Uhauled
    Slone Chiropractic Clinic
    111 W. Virginia Beach Boulevard, Norfolk, Virginia 23510

    UHAULED brings together the works of several queer women artists displayed in a collection of U-Haul moving trucks. The works vary from large scale installation pieces to poetry with the common theme of being about the queer woman experience.

     

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  • 6:00PM - 10:00PM
    ViBe Art & Coffee Pop Up
    717 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    1701 Coworking is bringing the ViBe to the NEON Festival in an arts district crossover event! Enjoy a night of art and locally nano-roasted Fathom Coffee, straight from the heart of the ViBe District. This pop-up gallery will include works by 1701 Artists Evan Sokal, Susan Werby, Maple & Belmont, Tara McDaniel, Rebecca McCurdy, Courtney Chetister and Jenny Ditona.

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  • 6:00PM - 10:00PM
    WHRO Curate Launch Party
    Bearded Bird Brewing
    727 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    The CURATE series explores the thriving art scene in our own backyard and across America. Each week, the program features a Hampton Roads artist, along with artists from across the country, who work in a variety of mediums. Join the WHRO Emerging Leaders Board and CURATE as they showcase creative minds right here in Hampton Roads through a night of music, art and exploration. Featuring live performances by Narissa Bond, Skye Zentz and Billy Mercury.

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  • 6:30PM - 9:00PM
    GSA Dance: 173
    Magazine Lane, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Watch as Governor’s School for the Arts dance students perform pop up dances in art-filled Magazine Lane. At 6:30 and 7:15 dancers will perform at the north end of the alley, near Nils Westergard’s Kaiya with Finch mural and at 8 and 8:30 the dancers will move to the south end to perform in front of Richard Nickel’s New Energy of Norfolk.

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  • 6:30PM - 7:00PM
    Hunter Rhodes Live Magic Show
    Hurrah Players' Copeland Center
    112 W. Wilson Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Ready to get “Magicish”?! Magician Hunter Rhodes brings a fresh dose of magic to the NEON Festival, performing on stage at the Copeland Center and making audiences realize how cool magic is. His innovative approach uses magic, comedy, and music creating a fun atmosphere for anyone.

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  • 6:30PM - 7:00PM
    NEON and the Art of Bicycling!
    The Birch
    1231 W. Olney Road, Norfolk, VA 23507

    Social Cycling Norfolk is hosting a group ride to the NEON Festival! Social cyclers will begin at The Birch, departing at 6:45, and end up at Cofer lot in the NEON District via the Southern ERT. From there explore many different events, food trucks, and musicians around the district.

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  • 6:45PM - 7:15PM
    Kayce Laine
    The Plot
    776 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Hometown singer Kayce Laine drops back into the 757 for a live performance from the Plot main stage. Currently based in Nashville and working on an indie-pop record, Kayce is a new face for the NEON Festival.

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  • 7:00PM - 7:30PM
    Bianca Jackson: Soprano with Soul
    Hurrah Players' Copeland Center
    112 W. Wilson Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Bianca Jackson is a classically trained lyric coloratura soprano, although equally at home in opera, art song, gospel, jazz, soul and R&B. ​A scholar as well as musician, Dr. Jackson currently is an Assistant Professor of Music. For the NEON Festival, Bianca takes the stage at the Copeland Center with Soprano with Soul: A Fusion of Styles from Spirituals to R&B.

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  • 7:00PM - 9:00PM
    Fretomology
    Exotic Home
    819 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Fretymology the band are seven guys, including NEON District chiropractor Lonnie Slone, who have a passion for music and have developed a close friendship bond. Come listen to Classic Rock, Americana, and Southern Rock at their pop up stage at the parking lot between Exotic Home and Slone Chiropractic.

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  • 7:00PM - 8:00PM
    Glow Flow Yoga
    Chrysler Museum of Art
    One Memorial Place, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Join the Bhav Brigade for the most colorful night of the year! Bring your friends, family, and your mat/blanket and let your light shine bright under the stars on the lawn of the Chrysler Museum. Flow along with local kirtan band Prana Mukti Bhakti. Glow in the dark paint, neon clothes and glow sticks are encouraged! All experience levels welcome.

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  • 7:00PM - 8:00PM
    NEON District Mural Tour
    Chrysler Museum Glass Studio
    745 Duke Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Come along on a guided walking tour of NEON District murals and art works from the past several years and the latest additions for 2018. Led by local artists and community leaders working on public art in the NEON. Thursday night the tour leaves from the steps of the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio.

    Learn more.
  • 7:00PM - 8:00PM
    NEON District Mural Tour
    The Plot
    776 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Come along on a guided walking tour of NEON District murals and art works from the past several years and the latest additions for 2018. Led by local artists and community leaders working on public art in the NEON. Friday night’s tours leave from The Plot at the Cementiscope sculpture.

    Learn more.
  • 7:00PM - 8:00PM
    Shormey
    Chrysler Museum Glass Studio
    745 Duke Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Outside the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio, check out local dj and musician Shormey spinning atmospheric tunes. Shormey accompanies the new neon sculpture unveiling at 7:45 on the Glass Studio’s rooftop created by the Glass Studio Assistants.

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  • 7:15PM - 7:30PM
    Dragonfly Tribal Belly Dance Troupe
    The Plot
    776 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Dragonfly Tribal is a local professional belly dance troupe from Hampton that strives to entertain and and educate audiences about dance and musical art forms from other cultures. This is their third appearance at the NEON Festival.

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  • 7:30PM - 8:30PM
    BJ Griffin and Jason Brown
    Glass Wheel Studio
    128 W. Olney Road, Norfolk, VA 23510

    As part of the TCC @ NEON celebration, dynamic duo BJ Griffin and Jason Brown take the stage inside Glass Wheel Studio amid student artwork and culinary displays. Glass Wheel Studio is open to the public all evening inside and out.

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  • 7:30PM - 8:00PM
    Living in the Residue
    Retail Alliance
    838 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    ODU dance professors Katie Iacono Thompson and Megan Thompson make the wall of Retail Alliance come alive during The NEON Festival 2018! Join them on Friday, October 19th at 7:30PM-8:00PM to see this haunting mural/performance.

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  • 7:30PM - 8:30PM
    Teens with a Purpose & Fortresses
    The Plot
    776 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Catch the glow up at the NEON Festival as Teens with a Purpose takes the stage for an original and electrifying musical, poetic and dance performance, backed by local musicians Fortresses.

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  • 8:00PM - 9:00PM
    4th Annual NEON Poetry Reading
    Hurrah Players' Copeland Center
    112 W. Wilson Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Old Dominion University’s Writers in Community and the Muse Writers Center bring together an eclectic group of dedicated Norfolk poets to share words and vibes.

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  • 8:00PM - 10:00PM
    Karaoke at the Bird
    Bearded Bird Brewing
    727 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Come take the stage at Bearded Bird Brewing for an unforgettable karaoke night during NEON Festival! Festival beer specials all night long.

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  • 8:00PM - 9:00PM
    NEON District Mural Tour
    The Plot
    776 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Come along on a guided walking tour of NEON District murals and art works from the past several years and the latest additions for 2018. Led by local artists and community leaders working on public art in the NEON. Friday night’s tours leave from The Plot at the Cementiscope sculpture.

    Learn more.
  • 8:00PM - 10:00PM
    Third Thursday at the Glass Studio
    Chrysler Museum Glass Studio
    745 Duke St, Norfolk, VA 23510

    At the Chrysler’s Perry Glass Studio, don’t miss a performance of “Doing the Plasma Two Step” by neon and glass artist Michael Flechtner with music by Sharkophagus. While there, check out the new neon sculpture on the Glass Studio’s rooftop created by the Glass Studio Assistants. FREE admission however advance tickets are required for the performance. Reserve tickets at www.chrysler.org.

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  • 9:00PM - 10:00PM
    Jim Newsom
    Hurrah Players' Copeland Center
    112 W. Wilson Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Jim Newsom plays a set of original music, featuring songs from “New Set of Dreams,” his new album set to release the third week of October, just in time for NEON. Onstage in the Copeland Center black box theater as part of the 2018 NEON Festival lineup.

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  • 9:00PM - 10:00PM
    MOER
    The Plot
    776 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Wrap up the 2018 NEON Festival with a dance party led by local music super group MOER. DJ Charles Rasputin leads up to the finale of NEON at The Plot Beer Garden. Come dance with us!

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  • 9:00PM - 10:00PM
    The Great Noise
    140 W. Olney Road, Norfolk, VA 23510

    The Great Noise, a new four piece rock band from Virginia, puts on a passionate and energetic live performance at the Cofer Lot along Olney Road as part of the Norfolk Bike Polo Fishbowl Expo.

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  • Anytime
    #ILYNFKVA by Mallory Jarrell
    Museum Apartments
    888 Magazine Lane, Norfolk, VA 23510

    In Mallory Jarrell’s mural on the Museum Apartments, four sign language hands together spell out “I love you” and “N F K”, while the Mona Lisa gestures two up two down, representing VA.

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  • Anytime
    A Bright Presence by Christopher Kozak
    Urban Discovery Ministries
    121 E. Virginia Beach Boulevard, Norfolk, VA 23510

    A dove encompassing the Earth serves to convey the empowering worldwide message delivered by the members of this ministry. This brightly colored project was completed in one day by enthusiastic young members of Urban Discovery Ministries and lead artist Christopher Kozak.

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  • Anytime
    ExtraVAganza by Scott Walker
    Retail Alliance
    838 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    ExtraVAganza is a tribute to the diversity of industries currently thriving within the local community. In the mind of artist Scott Walker, the key to a successfully functioning economy is synchronicity and transparency between all parties, so he created a seemingly-fractured canvas which is holistically tied together by the power of the ‘Love VA’ community. Given the nautical history tied to the area, he also used an octopus to help spread those local values across all four sides of the building.

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  • Anytime
    Flo with the Go by Hank Foreman
    Magazine Lane, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Young Governor’s School for the Arts visual artist Hank Foreman’s design was selected for a new mural on the site of the former neon piece created by GSA students, Wild Alley.

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    Home by Lookmai Rattana

    As a part of NEON’s new neighborhood wayfinding system, the City of Norfolk allowed an artistic vinyl wrap around the intersection’s traffic signal box. Lookmai Rattana’s design addresses the recent rise in numbers of apartment buildings in downtown. The artist thinks of home as simply a place you can come back to, no matter what shape or size. Each
    side of the signal box reflects a different time of the day and season of the year, because a home is always there.

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    NEON Squared Sidewalk Murals by Governor’s School for the Arts
    Throughout the NEON District

    As a continuation of their work painting benches and streets in the NEON, Governor’s School for the Arts students now painted six concrete squares of sidewalks in the neighborhood. The City of Norfolk generously agreed to loan the sidewalks as a canvas for the student artists Rena Bridge, Gracie Burnham, Gabby Cantu, Naomy Cardoso, Hank Foreman, Madison Johnson, Brianna Josey, Kailey King and Layla Todd.

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    NEON Wayfinding Posters
    throughout the NEON District

    Local artists Andy Harris, Alyssa Strackbein, Amanda Rimmer and Chitra Sharma submitted their own creative designs to be inserted into custom-built steel wayfinding signs for the NEON District street. Their artwork will be on display until 2019, when four new local artists will be selected to share their designs.

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    Notice Me #13 by Lori Pratico
    749 Boush Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Girl Noticed is a community mural project ensuring a girl’s self-esteem won’t fade away. Artist Lori Pratico travels the globe to build and maintain a world better informed about the positive impact the simple act of “noticing” a girl has. Local organizations nominated four females to be depicted on a NEON wall, recognizing them in a unique and and compelling way.

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    The Chase by Ryan Lytle
    150 W. Brambleton Avenue

    The Chase is a temporary woven installation about the reversal of predator and prey, letting the artist experiment with translating the visual language into a medium that came be displayed outdoors in a public forum. Ryan Lytle returned to his piece and NEON in 2018, adding a new wolf fiber sculpture to the fox and hare.

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    The Nature of Unity by Ivan Roque
    Jhane's Sweet Lounge
    731 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    This mural’s vines and flowers are representative of different cultures, races and how they wrap with ease throughout each other, creating an abstracted but organic composition which blossoms into a natural way of being and unification. The design invites one to come and interact with the piece, leading the audience directly to the door of Jhane’s Sweet Lounge.

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FAQ

  1. What does NEON stand for?

    NEON is an acronym for New Energy Of Norfolk, which represents the energetic and creative community of Norfolk’s Arts District.

  2. Who can I contact for more information?

    Please contact info@neonnfk.com for more information about the NEON District and the NEON Festival.

  3. Can I volunteer?

    Yes! Please click here to sign up for volunteering or contact the festival’s volunteer coordinator, Kara Forbes at kforbes@downtownnorfolk.org.

  4. What are the festival hours?

    Thursday night the festival runs from 5 to 10 pm at the Chrysler Museum of Art and Glass Studio and d’Art Center. Friday at the Plot and along Granby Street the festival is 6 to 10 pm.

  5. Is the festival family-friendly?

    The NEON Festival is a great place to bring kids for early evening festivities. There will be live music, arts and crafts, and other fun activities for children.

  6. Is the the festival free and open to the public?

    Yes, the NEON Festival’s events are free and open to all.

  7. Where is the best place to park?

    Parking is available at the Harrison Opera House lot, at the Chrysler Museum of Art and at the Cedar Grove lot on Monticello Avenue.

Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

Producing Sponsors

Contributing Sponsors

Beer Sponsor

Friend Sponsor

Visit Norfolk
Slone Chiropractic Clinic
TowneBank
Hilton Norfolk The Main
Ann P. Stokes Landscape Architects

Mural Donor

Norfolk Southern Foundation
Botetourt Apartments
Jhane's Sweet Lounge
Retail Alliance

Contact

Contact info@neonnfk.com for more information on the NEON Festival.