About Us

Norfolk’s first official arts district, the NEON District, is home to a new wave of passion and creativity in downtown. NEON, or New Energy Of Norfolk, draws from the neighborhood’s history with the automobile industry as it moves into a new and vibrant future. Long time cultural institutions like the Chrysler Museum of Art and Harrison Opera House anchor the District while studio-based ventures like d’Art Center and the Rutter Family Art Foundation provide artists a place to make, create and show.

Whether you are a local or visiting for the first time, the NEON District offers a unique cultural experience. Within a few short blocks you can see a muralist at work, take in an improv comedy performance at Push Comedy Theater, watch a live glass-working demonstration, shop for the freshest gear, get a tattoo or dine out at an eclectic restaurant. The neighborhood is fast transforming into the place to be.

The NEON Festival

The 7th annual NEON Festival returns to NFK October 20 & 21, 2022. Light up the night with performances, music, murals, art and more!



From a neon-laden row of classic car dealerships, to building a "better block" for our community, to the living canvas that exists today, the NEON District has gone through a number of changes over the years. Check out how we got here!

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Art Anchors

The NEON is home to a number of renowned staples in the arts community in Hampton Roads and beyond including the Chrysler Museum of Art, the Perry Class Studio, as well as murals by some of the most celebrated visual artists in the country. Visit our directory page to discover these, and so many other, attractions awaiting you in the district.