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 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 10/17Friday 10/18
AllPublic ArtFood & SpiritsEntertainment
  • 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.

    Learn more.
  • 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.

    Learn more.
  • 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.

    Learn more.
  • 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.

    Learn more.
  • 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 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 - 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.

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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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  • 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
    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 fifth year to kick off the festival at the Chrysler Museum of Art outside in Mary’s Garden.

  • 6:00PM - 10:00PM
    AIGA 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 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.

  • 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
    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.

  • 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!

    Learn more.
  • 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.

    Learn more.
  • 6:00PM - 10:00PM
    TCC @ NEON
    Glass Wheel Studio
    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, displays of student artwork and demos of glassblowing and ceramics in the parking lot beer garden.

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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.

    Learn more.
  • 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.

  • 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. Glow in the dark paint, neon clothes and glow sticks are encouraged! All experience levels welcome.

    Learn more.
  • 7:30PM - 8:30PM
    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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  • 8:00PM - 10:00PM
    Third Thursday at the Glass Studio
    Chrysler Museum Glass Studio
    745 Duke Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

    At the Chrysler’s Perry Glass Studio, don’t miss a performance by New York-based artist Esteban de Valle accompanied by live music. Esteban returns to the NEON for the first time since creating the iconic “We Can Create” mural for the first ever NEON Festival. FREE admission however advance tickets are required for the performance. Reserve tickets at www.chrysler.org.

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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.
    Learn more.
  • 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.

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  • Anytime
    The Dream Machine
    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.

    Learn more.

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.