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11.23.22 // Blog

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.

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11.21.22 // Press

London Calling and Gourmandizing NEON

Look beneath the surface of most community murals and there you will find a rich backstory—a stew if you will—of historical context and contemporary perspective. The newest mural in Norfolk’s NEON district boasts that and more. Led by both stateside and UK teams of professionals, now friends, Gourmandizing NEON is a journey of a thousand bites that started with one small nibble.

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10.31.22 // Monthly Newsletters

October 2022

Seven years in, you proved you still have the best time at NEON Festival – eating, drinking, dancing, watching and creating! All around the district, it felt like a true celebration of the unique and unexpected qualities that make NEON a place to return to again and again.

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10.13.22 // Art Opportunities

Call for Vendors: Holiday Market

Calling all creative and crafty vendors to the NEON Holiday Market! One of the favorite events of the NEON calendar, the local market at the Plot can accommodate 30 vendors. On Saturday, December 10 from 12pm to 4pm, bring your art and handmade goods to sell to more than 600 shoppers passing through. Apply by Call for Vendors: Holiday Market

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10.13.22 // Blog

Wake Up Inspired: Breakfast & Brunch Options in The NEON

What better way to start the day than a mouthwatering breakfast from a locally-owned business, among the big murals of the NEON District?  The NEON, which is nestled between Downtown and Ghent, offers some of the tastiest breakfasts in town — and they won’t gobble up your wallet, either.  Whether getting some food in your Wake Up Inspired: Breakfast & Brunch Options in The NEON

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10.10.22 // Art Opportunities

Call for Artists: NEON Stars

The NEON District will be lit this season! At the gateway into Downtown Norfolk, the NEON District often provides the first glimpse of city lights, historic buildings and bustling streets to visitors. One or more new artists will be selected to refresh the District’s creative holiday décor this fall. The NEON Stars adds to the Call for Artists: NEON Stars

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10.04.22 // Blog

Tips from the Experts: How to Win a Public Art Call

How does public art happen? Rarely is art in the public sphere an act of spontaneous inspiration.For a piece of public art to become a reality, it typically takes months of planning, and multiple meetings of stakeholders with varied interests, including property owners, funding sources, community and civic organizations and, ultimately, the artist her or Tips from the Experts: How to Win a Public Art Call

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10.04.22 // Blog

Expert’s Guide to Parking in the NEON

Unlike many of the neighborhoods in Hampton Roads, which have been built from scratch in the last handful of decades, the NEON District is an evolving adaptation of a historic neighborhood. Horses and carriages used to travel these same pathways, as did early iterations of the cars we drive today. Being part of an adapted Expert’s Guide to Parking in the NEON

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10.04.22 // Blog

Reasons to Be Excited for the Bright Future of the NEON District

Three Reasons to Be Excited for the Bright Future of the NEON District This October brings with it the seventh NEON Festival, marking seven years of murals, performances, new local businesses, and creative people being creative in the neighborhood that will go down as the first arts district in Hampton Roads.  More than half a Reasons to Be Excited for the Bright Future of the NEON District

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7th Annual
 NEON Festival

The 7th annual NEON Festival returned to NFK October 20 & 21, 2022. The nights were lit with performances, music, murals, art and more!

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Art Opportunities

Call For Artists

Hundreds of artists have passed through NEON walls over the years. Big or small, international or your next door neighbor, high school student or college professor - artists of all kinds and skill levels are welcome to contribute to the NEON District's public art collection. Apply for project-based open calls throughout the year to join the club.