Rachel McCall

9th Annual NEON Festival

October 17 & 18, 2024 Downtown Norfolk Council and The NEON District are thrilled to announce the return of the NEON Festival for its ninth year, taking place on October 17 and 18. This year, the festival takes a bold step forward by inviting local event producers and art curators to lead the way in 9th Annual NEON Festival

Introducing Houndstooth

The former Greyhound Bus Station in Norfolk’s NEON District is getting a makeover! Learn about Houndstooth, a new mixed-use development featuring apartments, workspaces, public art, and nods to the site’s history.

A Star Is Born: Hurrah’s Academy

Introducing “The Academy!” While this Hurrah Players project has been waiting in the wings for more than a year now, it’s officially out on stage. The very first television and film academy in Hampton Roads is now under construction in the former Glass Wheel Studio at 128 W. Olney Road. The contractor broke ground last A Star Is Born: Hurrah’s Academy

2023 Year in Review

It has now been a decade since the NEON District went from dream to reality, from a spark to fire, from abandoned storefronts to renovated historic buildings, and from a few lone creative folks in the neighborhood to a community of artists, makers, small business owners and arts professionals. Ten years in, we continue to push forward, still in need of physical improvements, more investment, and most all, places to make and show art. That drive is more important than ever – the small businesses who call NEON home need you, and us, to keep the lights on. Keep buying art, take a mural tour, attend a performance, go to brunch, buy a baguette, or make a donation to propel the NEON District forward another ten years.

Bringing the NEON Festival’s Fashion to Your Wardrobe

Shop the Runway The 8th annual NEON Festival, in partnership with the Foster Beauty Fashion Show (FBFS), was a spectacular celebration of creativity, sustainability, and fashion innovation. Now, we are excited to announce a unique opportunity that extends the spirit of the festival directly to you: “Shop the Runway.” This year’s Foster Beauty X NEON Bringing the NEON Festival’s Fashion to Your Wardrobe

NEON Gift Guide

This holiday season, score some unique gifts and support a locally-owned business while you’re at it! Here are some of the best spots to shop in the NEON District.

Volunteer at NEON Festival

Volunteers are needed on Friday, October 20 during the second evening of the NEON Festival. Two shifts are available, 6pm to 8pm and 8pm to 10pm. Jobs include pouring beer, assisting at the information booth and guiding visitors around the District. Register here. Thanks for partying down with NEON!

Welcome Shark City Naturals

Welcome Shark City Naturals to the NEON District! Shark City Naturals is a family-owned and operated, all-natural cosmetics company based out of Norfolk. The products were initially made for their large family of ten after experiencing adverse reactions from beauty products made with unknown substances, but it quickly evolved into a flourishing business that sells Welcome Shark City Naturals

NEON Art Tours

The NEON District and Norfolk Tour Company are proud to announce a new season of monthly walking tours of the district’s public art collection.