neon festival 2019 neon festival 2019
October 17 & 18, 2019
Celebrating 5 Years

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 Esteban del Valle and Charley Frances, to local heroes like Victoria Weiss and Silas Baker.

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 new venue Neon House 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 10/17Friday 10/18
AllFood & SpiritsPublic ArtEntertainment
  • 7:00AM - 7:00PM
    La Brioche
    765 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Come get your pain au chocolat, ham and cheese croissant, baguette, pie or sandwich from NEON’s authentic French bakery and little slice of heaven.

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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.

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  • 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.

    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. 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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  • 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
    Wisteria
    Chrysler Museum of Art
    One Memorial Place, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Chrysler Museum of Art’s beautiful garden cafe, Wisteria, features a full menu complete with fine wines and craft beers.

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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, kids activities, food trucks, cold brews from O’Connor Brewing Company, live music and cultural performances on the main stage from NEON District arts partners. Bumble Bee Vegan, by Cast Iron Catering, Jamaican Mi Hungry and Rita’s Italian Ice will be posted up nearby for snacks!

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  • 6:00PM - 10:00PM
    723 Gallery
    723 Gallery
    723 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    The gallery at 723 Granby features a pop-up exhibition for NEON District artists curated by local handler Alyssa Strackbein. The gallery space is generously on loan for the NEON Festival by Bress Realty. Featuring Andy Harris, Ryan Lytle, Ashley Berkman, Leslie Renn, Clayton Singleton, Evan Sokal, Scott Walker and Jared O’Flaherty.

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  • 6:00PM - 10:00PM
    Channel Walker by Ross Brooks
    Cofer Lot
    134 W. Olney Road, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Local artist Ross Brooks displays a temporary art piece at the Cofer Lot. Discover Ross’ metal fishing rod dangling a television set on a chain amidst other performative art pieces.

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  • 6:00PM - 10:00PM
    Copeland Center Pop Up Gallery
    Hugh R. 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 Sandra Alderman, Susan Werby, Nancy Zedd, Jessica Vanier, Jennifer Ditona, Matthew Diggs, Aisha McDonald, Poetry Jackson and Valerie Dowdy.

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  • 6:00PM - 10:00PM
    Glassland Alternate Realities Exhibition
    Amplified IT
    812 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Old Dominion University’s VMASC (Virginia Modeling Analysis and Simulation Center) and its first Artist in Residence Joshua Solomon present an experience of art and technology in local tech company Amplified IT. By designing objects in virtual and augmented reality, the collaborators created 3D printed sculptures and immersive environments for the audience to explore in both the physical and virtual worlds.

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  • 6:00PM - 10:00PM
    Lift Up Your Voice by Kevin Orlosky
    Cofer Lot
    134 W. Olney Road, Norfolk, VA 23510

    The NEON District celebrates five years of creative art with Richmond artist Kevin Orlosky’s Lift Up Your Voice, an interactive public art project asking participants to write messages on transparent film “megaphones” that will be installed throughout the evening on an elevated sculpture. Participating is simple and open to all people.

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  • 6:00PM - 10:00PM
    NSU Pop Up Gallery: Hidden Figures
    NSU Pop Up Gallery
    717 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Norfolk State University MFA graduate students Dañetta Evans, Walt Hardy, Jessica Jackman, LaKaye Mbah, Erika Tucker and Nelson Whitaker show their current works in a pop up gallery. As a long-standing partner to the NEON District, the NSU art department has collaborated over the years on murals, live programming and curated student exhibitions for the festival.

    Visitors to the gallery are encouraged to contribute to several large-scale panels for an interactive artwork inspired by artists of the AfriCobra movement and Sol LeWitt. Upon entrance into the exhibit, each participant will be given a card with instructions on how to complete a small section of one of the boards using fabric or acrylic paint. As the evening goes on, festival-goers can return to see the design progressions as they are revealed.

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  • 6:00PM - 10:00PM
    UDM Pop Up Gallery: 23 Moves
    Urban Discovery Ministries
    121 E. Virginia Beach Boulevard, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Urban Discovery Ministries features a pop up gallery for NEON in the community room, featuring artwork by local artist Kelsey Witt. Her solo show encompasses sculpture, paintings, drawings and a temporary mural.

    More than 100 pieces convey the feeling of constantly moving and still finding consistency and joy in the practice. The artist states, “3 dorms, 4 sofas, 3 short term floor sleeps, 8 apartments, 1 hammock, 1 blow up pool float, 3 return trips to my parents. I have traveled to 35 states and crossed the southern border twice without a passport. As a transient artist I have moved 23 times in 10 years.”

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

    In its second year running at NEON Festival, UHAULED is a one night pop up gallery highlighting the works of multiple queer artists. With nearly every medium present, UHAULED creates a safe space for queer women in a time where men take over every space normally allotted to queer women. Pack your suitcases and move in.

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  • 7:15PM
    Heckle & Hide by Heidi Peelen
    Cofer Lot
    134 W. Olney Road, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Artist and multi-hyphenate Heidi Peelen brings to NEON a performance piece highlighting the somewhat satisfying monotony and duplicity of domesticity. Find her among several other art performances at the Cofer Lot on Friday evening.

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  • Anytime
    3 Muses by Victoria Weiss
    Homeland Contracting
    735 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Artist Victoria Weiss woke up one early morning and created these female characters based on symbolism and culture: the energy of a Gazelle able to outrun panthers and cheetahs; a cat, harking back to Egyptian cultures that treated felines like gods for protecting their owners; and third, a Chinese opera mask, elevating Chinese folk stories to high art. These three women characters are like villains of the night slaying demons and transforming their businesses and community. Found on the rear wall of Homeland Contracting, most appropriately owned by three powerful women.

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  • Anytime
    Chrysler Museum of Art Neon Roof Gallery
    Chrysler Museum Glass Studio
    745 Duke Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Chrysler Museum Glass Studio artists regularly create new neon installations for the exterior of the studio. This year, the studio assistants bring back the fire-breathing dragon from 2018.

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  • Anytime
    Geometric Configuration #1, #2 and #3 by Karri McPherson
    Wyndham Garden Norfolk Downtown
    700 Monticello Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Australian artist Karri McPherson used the classic 1960’s International Style architecture of the Wyndham Garden hotel, as well as its interior design, to inspire her three wall paintings on the entrance’s flanking staircases. These configurations comprise hard-edged geometric shapes and employ color, shape and form as mechanisms to engage audiences with the vibrant murals.

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  • Anytime
    Keep Glowing by Kimberly McKinnis, Krissie Moore and Kelsey Witt
    140 W. Wilson Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23510

    A new black light reactive mural made from glass bottles and florescent colored resin occupies the chain link fence along West Wilson Avenue. Inspired by the former NEON Fiber Garden, the team of creators want you to see the energy created by the NEON District and “keep it glowing!” Volunteers Rachel Bartek, Suhyeon Kang, Jordan Tavan and Michael Mills assisted the artist team with installation.

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  • Anytime
    My Standards by Larry Bage
    125 W. Olney Road, Norfolk VA 23510
    My Standards by Larry Bage is a 7’ tall one-eyed tomcat made of recycled breaker boxes, a light pole and other found metals. The 3-dimensional feline appeared one night in the tradition of other 2-dimensional graffiti aerosol art and now prowls the NEON looking for fun.
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  • Anytime
    Neighborhood Markers by Natalia Pilato
    CHKD Thrift Store
    795 Monticello Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Local teens and adults assisted in a “paint-by-number” process to create a 63-foot-long mural on the CHKD Thrift Store in NEON. It was designed by Natalia Pilato, art education program director and assistant professor in Old Dominion University’s Department of Art and her ODU students with extensive community input. The 1,500-square-foot artwork represents community unity and celebrates neighborhood youths.

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

    As a continuation of their work painting benches and streets in the NEON, the Governor’s School for the Arts students are back, refreshing and adding new concrete squares of sidewalks in the neighborhood. The City of Norfolk generously agreed to loan the sidewalks as a canvas for the student artists. Featuring sidewalk artwork by Sanayia Briggs, Aubrey Gonzales, Sarah Naab, Piper Rasmussen, Kiasia Roxbury and Skyler Stokes. The Magazine Lane carpet was designed by Morgan Jones with assistance from Gabriella Cantu and Quinn Carroll.

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  • Anytime
    The Dream Machine by Jeff Beck
    Hugh R. Copeland Center
    112 W. Wilson Avenue, Norfolk VA 23510

    One of five new murals for the NEON Festival, Jeff Beck’s idea for The Dream Machine was inspired by children’s theater group Hurrah Players and 1980’s toy robots that teach you things. The large star represents Hurrah with two tubes going into and coming out of the star. The tube with shades of gray represents a lack of fun and inspiration and while the opposite tube passing through the star brings bright colors, joy and creativity, visualizing a machine for dreams.

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  • Anytime
    When Chameleons Roller Skate by Charley Frances
    The Neon House
    819 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Bright. Bold. Incredibly Awkward. Artist Charley Frances’ When Chameleons Roller Skate is a playful mural featuring a children’s book character that is in the middle of a story. The painted chameleon allows anyone who passes it to imagine the rest of the story, before and after, for themselves.

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  • Anytime
    Wraith by Mariah Johnson
    Throughout the NEON District

    When we change the qualifications of living, who do we leave behind? Local photographer Mariah Johnson’s took photos from 20th Bay Street in Ocean View that were then wheat pasted to NEON sidewalks as a temporary commentary on urban development. When something is walked over, it gets scuffed up and slowly fades. The process of scuffing up the photos symbolizes the impact gentrification has on low-income people of color.

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  • Anytime
    XENON by Silas Baker
    Bob's Gun Shop
    746 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    The artist Silas Baker wanted his mural to be a welcome sign as you enter the NEON District in downtown Norfolk. Sticking to a graffiti-style design which has always been a strong passion of his, the mural is bright, colorful and eye-catching, what most people associate with classic neon signage.

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  • 5:00PM - 9:00PM
    #workingartistsstudios exhibition
    #workingartistsstudios
    740 Duke Street, Suite 250, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Drop by for a pop up dance performance at #working artists studios, take a photo of yourself as art and visit the studio and galleries. Todd Rosenlieb dancers will be “gracing” the second floor lobby of the Duke Grace building, visible from the street or up close in the gallery, at 6, 7 and 8pm. Select images from the studios will be available as posters for purchase, as well as a selfie station to become a part of the art.

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  • 5:00PM - 9:00PM
    Figuratively Speaking Exhibition Opening
    Commune
    759 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    The Rutter Family Art Foundation’s latest group exhibition features works by six artists whose work explores portraiture and the human form through a variety of mediums and styles. From stickers and stitches, to textiles, glass, paint and photography, each artist really and surreally interprets their subject. While the creative processes and methods of each artist may differ, they each have something in common – to communicate the essence, story and semblance of a person, place, and personality.

    Artists include Esteban del Valle, Matt Eich, Michael-Birch Pierce, Charlotte Potter, Noah Scalin and Avery Shaffer.

    Exhibition opening music and performance by Karacell.

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  • 5:00PM - 6:30PM
    Hague School Fall Collages and Shadow Boxes
    The Hague School
    739 Yarmouth Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Create fall collages and shadow boxes in the new Hague School’s art studio. Led by Hague School students, have fun with the whole family making art to take home from the NEON Festival.

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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, lawn games, and hands on NEON fun! Join Bhav Brigade for Glow Yoga in the modern galleries, listen to the Rhythm Project and grab a bite from Capt’n Crabby’s Taco Truck or Joysicles. And don’t forget to stop by the cash bar! All FREE!

  • 5:00PM - 10:00PM
    NEON X PRIDE
    Duke Grace Building Garage
    740 Duke Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Hampton Roads Pride and the NEON District present NEON X PRIDE, the Thursday night event of the festival. Join in under the Duke-Grace Street Parking Garage for a night of underground music, live art and incredible energy celebrating the dignity and equality of all people as well as our local creative community! Arts and Inclusion Matter!

    Beer provided by O’Connor Brewing Company. Must be 21+ for adult beverages but all ages welcome!

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  • 5:00PM - 6:00PM
    Norfolk Pedal Tours Mini Rides
    Chrysler Museum of Art
    1 Memorial Place, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Take a spin around the Torch Bearer to try out Norfolk Pedal Tours new bike! Hop on, pedal and hop off during the NEON Festival for short test rides around the district on a 15-seater, pedal powered touring vehicle. Leaving from the Chrysler Museum of Art’s front circle.

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  • 5:00PM - 9:00PM
    Unconventional Reception & Celebration
    d'Art Center
    740 Duke Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Unconventional is a national juried exhibition that features the use of unusual materials and found objects in art, taking materials and techniques out of the traditional realm of art mediums. Join d’Art Center for the exhibition opening, music, live art and demos, a printmaking make-and-take, snacks, drinks, and awards during the first night of the NEON Festival. Cast Iron Catering and Kona Ice will be posted up nearby for snacks!

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  • 5:30PM - 9:30PM
    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
    The Rhythm Project All-Stars
    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 fifth year to kick off the festival at the Chrysler Museum of Art outside in Mary’s Garden.

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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.

  • 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
    Clownboy’s Balloon Twisting
    The Plot
    776 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Family favorite Clownboy returns to the NEON Festival making balloon animals, princesses and superheroes for children of all ages at the Plot.

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  • 6:00PM - 10:00PM
    Doodlefest Drink & Draw
    The Neon House
    819 Granby Street, Norfolk VA 23510

    Friday night at NEON find a free Drink & Draw for artists and non-artists of all ages and kinds. Come in and scribble with us! Doodle along in the new Neon House venue with live music next door, beverages from O’Connor Brewing Company, vintage video games and a giant Post-It Doodle Mural.

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  • 6:00PM - 8:00PM
    FAHK Craft Pop Up
    Zeke's Beans & Bowls
    800 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Local art and craft collective For All Handkind take over the Zeke’s patio for a button-making workshop. Fun for NEON Festival goers of all ages!

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  • 6:00PM - 6:30PM
    GSA Jazz Combo
    The Plot
    776 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    The Governor’s School for the Arts Jazz Band kicks off the Friday night NEON festival at the Plot Main Stage for the fourth year in a row.

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  • 6:00PM - 7:00PM
    GSA Voices of Virginia
    throughout the NEON District

    The Governor’s School for the Arts vocal students pop up on NEON District streets to sing a medley of a cappella songs.

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  • 6:00PM - 10:00PM
    Hamilton Perkins Collection Pop Up
    Xchange
    804 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Shop unique bags made from recycled materials at Craig’s Exchange Friday evening during NEON. Hamilton Perkins Collection makes bags from recycled plastic bottles, billboard vinyl, and pineapple leaf fiber. Hamilton Perkins Collection has been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, and The Washington Post. Some customers include Nordstrom, West Elm, and Holt Renfrew.

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  • 6:00PM - 6:15PM
    Hurrah Players’ The Little Mermaid
    Hugh R. Copeland Center
    112 W. Wilson Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Preview a little showcase of the Disney Broadway show The Little Mermaid, which opens the Hurrah Players’ 36th season.

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

    iSheep is an interactive art project from the Tidewater Burners 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 - 7:15PM
    Jim Newsom & Gail Keller Smith
    Cofer Neighborhood Stage
    134 W. Olney Road, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Jim Newsom and Gail Keller Smith bring their eclectic acoustic music to the Cofer Neighborhood Stage for an evening of art, music and community.

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  • 6:00PM - 10:00PM
    NEON Emporium: Temporal Projections
    The Neon House
    819 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Button Slashers and Norfolk Zine Fest are teaming up to host a special evening of art, music, and games for a one-night-only audio visual experience! Interactive installations and projections from The Aethernauts, Analogue Lab + Studio, Doodlefest Drink ’n Draw, BUTTON SLASHERS Retro Video Game Arcade, WHRO Emerging Leaders and Norfolk Zine Fest.

    With musical performances by Clary Sage at 6:30pm, Seth McPherson at 7:30pm, Community Witch at 8:30pm and Snake Mountain Revival at 9:15pm.

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  • 6:00PM - 10:00PM
    ODU Ceramics Sale
    The Neon House
    819 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Old Dominion University’s ceramics students and NEON artist Rick Nickel will be selling pottery and sculpture at the Neon House during The 5th Annual NEON Festival from 6-10pm Friday, October 18. Part of the proceeds will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

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  • 6:00PM - 7:00PM
    ON DISPLAY
    Chrysler Museum of Art
    One Memorial Place, Norfolk, VA 23510

    ON DISPLAY is a deconstructed art exhibit/fashion show and commentary on the body as spectacle and society’s obsession with body image. It turns a cast of diverse and extreme bodies into a sculpture court where the performers are the sculptures. ON DISPLAY began as a simple human sculpture court and is now a movement, a growing portfolio of works that explore and demonstrate inclusion through art.

    ON DISPLAY is choreographed by Heidi Latsky, staged by Meredith Fage and performed by students of The Governor’s School for the Arts, Salem High School and the Wholly Rollers.

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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 2019: AIGA Poster Exhibition
    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 fourth 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
    TCC Perry Glass Wheel Arts Center
    128 W. Olney Road, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Tidewater Community College joins the festival to celebrate their future in the NEON District. Future home to TCC’s visual and culinary arts programs, TCC Perry Glass Wheel Arts Center will feature music by the Blue Moon Jazz Ensemble, Bay River Band and Fortresses, culinary treats, two art exhibitions and glassblowing demos in the parking lot beer garden. Sample bourbon flamed apples and sway to jazz music under a fall night’s sky!

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  • 6:00PM - 8:00PM
    Tech Fun with Maxx Potential
    Chrysler Museum of Art
    1 Memorial Place, Norfolk, VA 23510

    NEON District tech company Maxx Potential brings a Raspberry Pi (a series of small single-board computers) to the modern galleries in Chrysler Museum for brainy, arty fun Thursday evening.

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  • 6:00PM - 9:00PM
    The Human Library
    Hugh R. Copeland Center
    112 W. Wilson Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23510

    The Human Library® is, in the true sense of the word, a library of people. They host events where readers can borrow human beings serving as open books and have conversations they would not normally have access to. Every human book from the bookshelf, represents a group in our society that is often subjected to prejudice, stigmatization or discrimination because of their lifestyle, diagnosis, belief, disability, social status, ethnic origin, etc.

    Piece of Cake Productions is proud to host a Human Library event during the 2019 NEON Festival! Participants will choose a living “book” from the library based on the titles attached to that book’s stigma. You will have a chance to listen to their story as well as interact with that book in a safe space, giving you an opportunity to meet, read, and perhaps “unjudge” someone that you otherwise might never speak with.

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  • 6:00PM - 9:00PM
    Thomas Jefferson, Architect Member Preview Party
    Chrysler Museum of Art
    One Memorial Place, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Chrysler Museum of Art members are invited to be among the first to see the Chrysler-curated exhibition Thomas Jefferson, Architect, and enjoy performances by violinist Seán Heely, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar. Each museum member will receive one free drink ticket. RSVP by Monday, October 14.

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  • 6:00PM - 11:00PM
    Turnt Thursdays
    Jhane's Sweet Lounge
    731 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Drink specials, great vibes and good people for Jhane’s LGBTQ night!

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  • 6:00PM - 7:00PM
    TWPxGirl Noticed Empowerment Reunion
    Notice Me #13 Mural
    759 Boush Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Teens With a Purpose and the Girl Noticed subjects will focus on empowering young women and honoring the four faces of the Notice Me #13 mural Thursday evening. The Teens will create an inclusive and fun event for all at the mural site at the corner of Boush Street and Olney Road with traditional African Adinkra Simple face and body paints and an easy, open level yoga class led by Deirdre Love.

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  • 6:00PM - 10:00PM
    Vibes Street Soccer Tournament
    Duke Grace Building Garage
    740 Duke Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Vibes Football Club is hosting a 4 v. 4 street soccer tournament at this year’s NEON Festival on Thursday, October 17th. Taking place in the Duke Grace Building’s lower level parking garage, half will be dedicated to the tournament while the other half for NEON X PRIDE dance party. Get ready to experience the best street footballers in the 757!

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  • 6:00PM - 10:00PM
    WHRO’s Bob Ross ‘Pops’
    The Neon House
    819 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Everyone’s favorite neighborhood artist, Bob Ross will be “popping up” at this year’s NEON Festival. The WHRO Emerging Leaders Board is delighted to invite you to paint a few happy little clouds and to celebrate the life and work of a true public television icon.

    Come participate in a community canvas, relax and watch an episode of the show, or take a selfie with Bob and the ELB volunteers. This nostalgia-packed pop up is fun for the whole family!

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  • 6:20PM - 6:40PM
    + company Presents The Garden of Secrets
    Hugh R. Copeland Center
    112 W. Wilson Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23510

    What’s something you’ve never told anybody? What’s your neighbor’s darkest secret? Do you know what goes on in your community behind closed doors? The garden will open secrets to you from your own peers, family, and strangers sitting right next to you…

    Concept and choreography by ODU Dance student Beverly Moody of + company.

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  • 6:30PM - 7:30PM
    Artist Panel
    The Hague School
    739 Yarmouth Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    As a special addition to the NEON Festival program, peek into the world of creating public art in the NEON District and beyond. In honor of the fifth year of murals and the festival, five artists will be featured in a panel discussion moderated by the NEON District’s Public Art Committee Chair and former Glass Wheel Studio director Cheryl White: Carl Medley, Hampton Boyer, Kelsey Witt, Navid Rahman and Victoria Weiss.

    The panel and following Q&A will take place at 6:30pm on the first night of the NEON Festival in The Hague School auditorium.

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  • 6:30PM - 9:00PM
    Fretomology
    The Neon House Lot
    819 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Fretomology, the band is all about Classic Rock, Americana and Southern Rock. Seven guys who have a passion for music and have developed a close friendship bond…see their annual return to NEON Festival!

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  • 6:30PM - 7:30PM
    ON DISPLAY
    throughout the NEON District

    ON DISPLAY is a deconstructed art exhibit/fashion show and commentary on the body as spectacle and society’s obsession with body image. It turns a cast of diverse and extreme bodies into a sculpture court where the performers are the sculptures. ON DISPLAY began as a simple human sculpture court and is now a movement, a growing portfolio of works that explore and demonstrate inclusion through art.

    ON DISPLAY is choreographed by Heidi Latsky, staged by Meredith Fage and performed by students of The Governor’s School for the Arts, Salem High School and the Wholly Rollers.

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  • 6:30PM - 7:30PM
    Public Art Tour
    Chrysler Museum Glass Studio
    745 Duke Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Come along on a special NEON Festival guided walking tour of district murals and art works from the past several years as well as the latest additions for 2019. Led by Norfolk Tour Company with special guest speakers, including local artists and community leaders working on public art in the NEON District. Tours will last about one hour and will return to the departure point. Kid & dog friendly!

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  • 6:30PM - 7:30PM
    Public Art Tour
    The Plot
    776 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Come along on a special NEON Festival guided walking tour of district murals and art works from the past several years as well as the latest additions for 2019. Led by Norfolk Tour Company with special guest speakers, including local artists and community leaders working on public art in the NEON District. Tours will last about one hour and will return to the departure point. Kid & dog friendly!

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  • 6:30PM
    Social Cycling Norfolk NEON Ride
    Cofer Lot
    134 W. Olney Road, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Light up the night with a bike ride to The NEON Festival! Meet and mingle with your favorite cyclists at Smartmouth Beer before heading down the Elizabeth River Trail to NEON Festival! Light up your bike any way you see fit, plus free glow bracelets for anyone who wants to join the party!

    Beer mingle and bicycle decoration @ 6:30pm. Ride departure at 7pm!

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  • 6:30PM - 8:00PM
    Virginia Opera Backstage Tours
    Harrison Opera House
    160 W. Virginia Beach Boulevard, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Join the Virginia Opera in celebrating the 5th Annual NEON Festival! On Friday, October 18th, there will be exclusive backstage tours with Virginia Opera staff beginning at 6:30pm and 7:15pm. You’ll get a glimpse of our wig studio, costume shop, and even parts of the Historic Norfolk Municipal Auditorium! The tours will begin at the loading dock on the side of the building facing the rest of the NEON District. Meet us at the Harrison Opera House for a special peek behind the curtain! We can’t wait to see you there! For more information call the box office at 866.673.7282.

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  • 6:45PM - 7:00PM
    Pomnisa
    Hugh R. Copeland Center
    112 W. Wilson Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Pomnisa brings the best of soulful sounds delivered with an inspirational message to the Hugh R. Copeland Center. Intriguing to the ear and uplifting to the spirit!

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  • 6:45PM - 7:30PM
    The Storyweavers
    Chrysler Museum of Art
    1 Memorial Place, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Founded in 2016, The Storyweavers features bandmates Sheela Fortner, Linda Gale Poole, Beth Whyle, Jennifer McLaughlin and Annie James. Find them in Mary’s Garden during the Chrysler Museum of Art’s Thursday evening fete for NEON.

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  • 7:00PM - 8:00PM
    Ambrosia Quartet
    Chrysler Museum of Art
    1 Memorial Place, Norfolk, VA 23510

    This dynamic ensemble will thrill you with their interpretations of the very best music written for string quartet, from classical favorites to the most recent compositions of celebrated contemporary composers. These talented individuals are all members of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, but their backgrounds are as diverse as the music they play. See them in Huber Court during Chrysler Museum’s NEON celebration.

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  • 7:00PM - 8:00PM
    Bay River Band
    TCC Perry Glass Wheel Arts Center
    128 W. Olney Road, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Bay River Band is a multi-genre cover band based in Hampton Roads. The 11-piece band has a three piece horns section, allowing for fuller, high energy music. In addition, BRB has three versatile singers enabling them to create incredible harmonies and preform a wide range of music including Country, Pop, Rock, RnB, and much more. 

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  • 7:00PM - 9:00PM
    Clary Sage
    The Neon House
    819 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Clary Sage is back once again to perform at the NEON Festival! Along with a full schedule of art and music activities in the Neon House. Clary Sage takes the stage at 7:00pm.

    More info can be found on the artists here:
    https://clarysage.bandcamp.com/

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  • 7:00PM - 11:00PM
    Create by Q and Company
    Create by Q and Company
    767 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Stop by new venture Create by Q and Company for “The Art Experience”: live art, music and photography in the former Beauty Parlor. Local artist Parrish Majestic’s current works will be on display. Light refreshments served.

  • 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 and let your light shine bright in the modern galleries of the Chrysler Museum on the second floor. The class will be led by Dianna Helgesen and accompanied by local kirtan band PranaMuktiBhakti. Glow in the dark paint, neon clothes and glow sticks are encouraged! All experience levels welcome.

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  • 7:00PM - 7:15PM
    ODU Student Dancers: Neither Lost Nor Found
    The Plot
    776 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Remix of Martin Niemöller’s quotation by James Morrow:

    First they came for indigenous people and I did not speak out
    Because I don’t identify as native.
    Then they came for people of color, and I did not speak out
    Because I was not a person of color.
    Then they came for the LGBTQ community, and I did not speak out
    Because I was not part of that community
    Then they came for Women’s rights, and I did not speak out
    Because I did not identify as female.
    Then they came for the disabled community and I did not speak out
    Because I am an abled-body individual.
    Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

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  • 7:15PM - 8:00PM
    5th Annual NEON Poetry Reading
    Hugh R. 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. Come check out a truly vibrant and diverse group of voices that create poetry in our community. The following poets will be reading: Tina Carey, Rebekah Coxwell, Gabriela Igloria, Matthew Olive, Courtney Tala and Will Wilson.

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  • 7:30PM - 8:00PM
    Axel Rasmussen
    Cofer Neighborhood Stage
    134 W. Olney Road, Norfolk, VA 23510

    ODU student Axel Rasmussen only picked up a guitar his senior year in high school. Currently performing locally with just his guitar and singing everything from Maroon 5 to Sinatra with original songs thrown in the set-list. Axel’s favorite parts of playing live are making people happy, rocking with rhythm and seeing people dance.

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  • 7:30PM - 8:15PM
    Creative Tongues: Teens with a Purpose & Testimony
    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, followed by original beats by Testimony.

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  • 7:30PM - 8:30PM
    ODU Brass Choir: Song to the Moon Concert
    The Hague School
    739 Yarmouth Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    The Old Dominion University Brass Choir will perform a concert of modern pieces composed specifically for brass that surround one stolen work, the great ‘Song to the Moon’ aria from Antonín Dvořák’s opera Rusalka. Find them inside the Hague School auditorium following the NEON Artist Panel.

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  • 7:30PM - 8:00PM
    Sculling: A Moving Sculpture
    Magazine Lane, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Sculling water is a basic swimming technique where you use quick movements of the hands in order to maintain your head above water. Beyond survival, practicing sculling leads to deeper water sensitivity; a way to adapt, a way to coexist. In this moving sculpture, Coker University professor Natalia Schradle and ODU Dance professor Megan Thompson showcase sculling mermaids attempting to survive sea level rise. As the city of Norfolk learns to adapt to rising waters so do these part human, part amphibian Norfolk mascots.

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  • 7:45PM - 9:00PM
    Logan Vath
    Chrysler Museum of Art
    1 Memorial Place, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Local singer/songwriter Logan Vath has been reviewed as “not that bad” by as many as TWO close friends. He will not play your wedding, but he will play the NEON Festival Thursday night to close out the evening at Chrysler Museum of Art.

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  • 8:00PM - 8:15PM
    Dragonfly Tribal Belly Dance and Friends
    Cofer Neighborhood Stage
    134 W. Olney Road, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Dragonfly Tribal Belly Dance and their friends at Seven Cities Dance Studio return to the NEON Festival for their annual belly dance performance. This year find the ladies dancing at the Cofer Neighborhood Stage.

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  • 8:00PM - 9:00PM
    FORTRESSES
    TCC Perry Glass Wheel Arts Center
    128 W. Olney Road, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Back for another exciting musical performance, FORTRESSES takes the stage at TCC @ NEON with their trademark horns and jams.

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  • 8:00PM - 9:00PM
    The Ramblr
    Jhane's Sweet Lounge
    731 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    New to Hampton Roads, The Ramblr writes, produces, records and mixes all of his own music. Enjoy a small taste of his music off his upcoming project, At About Midnight, releasing here soon.

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

    Celebrate the fifth annual The Neon Festival at the Glass Studio with acclaimed muralist Esteban del Valle. The Brooklyn-based artist will paint in response to the work of glassmakers and musicians. In 2015, he left his mark on the NEON District with We Can Create What We Can Imagine, a mural he created in collaboration with Glass Studio team member Julia Rogers. Tickets to this month’s Third Thursday are free but required for entry. Reserve tickets at www.chrysler.org.

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  • 8:15PM - 8:45PM
    Kayce Laine
    Hugh R. Copeland Center
    112 W. Wilson Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Singer, songwriter and keyboardist Kayce Laine, originally from Chesapeake and now living in Nashville, will be performing a 30 minute acoustic set of indie pop originals at the Copeland Center. 

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  • 8:15PM - 9:00PM
    Magic Holler Boys
    Cofer Neighborhood Stage
    134 W. Olney Road, Norfolk, VA 23510

    The Magic Holler Boys bring their blue collar country for the working man and woman to the NEON Festival at the Cofer Neighborhood Stage.

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  • 8:15PM - 8:30PM
    Sister Prophet Halle-Lujah
    The Plot
    776 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Comedienne and choreographer Rebekah Rickards brings a word of encouragement and a fluorescent praise to the fine congregation of NEON Festival. Sister prophet will move you and then put you in your place, backed by her praise popping choir, and sidekick, Brother Jazz. 

    Rebekah Rickards creates character based narratives that celebrate human fate, failure, and occasional victory. Movement, absurd realities, animal/human commonality, and fast paced word play are some of the many arrows in her comedic quiver.

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  • 8:30PM - 9:30PM
    Public Art Tour
    Chrysler Museum Glass Studio
    745 Duke Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Come along on a special NEON Festival guided walking tour of district murals and art works from the past several years as well as the latest additions for 2019. Led by Norfolk Tour Company with special guest speakers, including local artists and community leaders working on public art in the NEON District. Tours will last about one hour and will return to the departure point. Kid & dog friendly!

    Learn more.
  • 8:30PM - 9:30PM
    Public Art Tour
    The Plot
    776 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Come along on a special NEON Festival guided walking tour of district murals and art works from the past several years as well as the latest additions for 2019. Led by Norfolk Tour Company with special guest speakers, including local artists and community leaders working on public art in the NEON District. Tours will last about one hour and will return to the departure point. Kid & dog friendly!

    Learn more.
  • 8:45PM - 9:30PM
    Fresh Radio’s DJ Bee
    The Plot
    776 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    DJ BEE aka BEESUS, a self-described turntablist with over 20 years behind the 1200’s, hails from the “land of ill DJ’s and cheesesteaks”. From PA to VA, this Philly native gets it poppin’ on commercial radio, weeknights from 6-10pm on “Da Block” and Sunday 7-9pm with “Needle To The Groove” on 103 Jamz in Norfolk. Bee comes to NEON at the Plot Main Stage on Friday evening to get everyone off their feet. 

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  • 9:00PM - 10:00PM
    Mosquito Cabaret
    Hugh R. Copeland Center
    112 W. Wilson Avenue, Norfolk VA 23510

    Mosquito Cabaret is a folk and world-music sextet hailing from the waters of Norfolk, Virginia. Formed in the summer of 2017, the group set out to make music that knows no borders; with a melting pot of sonic qualities consisting of equal parts folk, punk, klezmer, humppa, rembetika and so much more. The band is thrilled to be returning to NEON Festival for the third year in a row!

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  • 9:00PM - 10:00PM
    Snake Mountain Revival
    The Neon House
    819 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Snake Mountain Revival brings psychedelic sounds from Virginia Beach to the NEON Festival at Neon House. Formed in 2017, the band’s latest EP is now available.

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  • 9:00PM - 10:00PM
    Static Collector
    Cofer Neighborhood Stage
    134 W. Olney Road, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Static Collector headlines the Cofer Neighborhood Stage Friday night of NEON. The local favorites have been working hard on new songs and making sure it is a show you won’t want to miss!

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  • 9:30PM - 10:00PM
    Simone
    The Plot
    776 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter, and producer Simone has gained a solid fan base and heightened monthly listeners since her artist debut with self-written and self-produced singles. She is currently writing and producing her forthcoming EP to be released in the fall of 2019. A native of Virginia, Simone will close out the NEON Festival with her signature song “NEON”.

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  • 10:00PM
    Millennium Age Silent Party
    Culture
    814 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    After the NEON Festival winds down, head to Culture for a silent disco after- party. It’s your typical party but with no speakers or amps. Instead, attendees don wireless headphones and turn them to various stations, then boogie on the dance floor amidst other revelers dancing to whatever’s in their headphones. Advance tickets available now.

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  • 10:00PM
    Nightmare in the NEON District
    Push Comedy Theater
    763 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    Get ready for Nightmare in the NEON District… an evening of fully improvised tales of terror right after the festival ends. In the grand tradition of Tales from the Crypt, Creepshow and other great horror anthologies, Push brings on a night of frights and chills, creating a fully improvised horror movie right before your eyes. Tickets are $5.

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  • 10:00PM
    SHAKE NFK After Party
    Jhane's Sweet Lounge
    731 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    The Perfect Play, Shake NFK and WODU Studios are bringing a new energy to Jhane’s for NEON festival. Fuzion Ink Tattoo Studio will be on site providing custom body art, plus an electrifying DJ lineup featuring Vega, WIVVE, DJ Sykez and Zay The Ruler. $10 for 21 and up.

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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, Marina Guerges at mguerges@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 Sponsors

Producing Sponsors

Contributing Sponsors

Beer Sponsor

Friends

  • Ann P. Stokes Landscape Architects
  • MacArthur Center
  • Maxx Potential
  • TCC Real Estate Foundation
  • Visit Norfolk

Mural Donors

  • Norfolk Southern Foundation
  • Bob's Gun Shop
  • Exotic Home
  • Homeland Contracting
  • Hurrah Players
  • Within Interior Design, Inc.
  • Wyndham Garden Norfolk Downtown

Contact

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