More Cowbell Concert in the Courtyard
2nd Annual Star Wars Reads Day
Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center
Museum Madness & safe Trick-or-treat

October 2017 · Portsmouth, Virginia Events and Activities


Through October 8

2017 Outdoor Sculpture

Location: On Court and High Streets outside the Courthouse Galleries Courtyard

Since 2005, The Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center has annually sought proposals for outdoor sculptures to display within the enclosed garden courtyard. Crawford A. Mann, III, the Joan & Macon Brock Curator of American Art at the Chrysler Museum of Art served as a juror for the 2017 exhibit. His selections include work by eight sculptures from across the United States that will go on display this spring. Featured is work by Abigail Cochran, VA; Jan Kirsh, MD; Jon Mason, VA; Pokey Park, AZ; Philip Smith, MD; Timothy Spurchise, VA; Kevin Vanek, MS, and Carl Wright, WV. The competition offers cash awards totaling more than $4,000 in Jurors Choice, Seawall art, Brancusi, Honorable Mention, and People’s Choice. Pick up a ballot at the front desk and cast your ballot to help determine which artwork and artists receive the People’s Choice Award. Voting closes on August 1st. For more information, please call 757-393-8543 or visit

Saturdays through November

9 am – 1 pm

Portsmouth Olde Towne Farmers Market

Location: On Court and High Streets outside the Courthouse Galleries Courtyard

Portsmouth Olde Towne Farmers Market held every Saturday, May through November with special markets in April and December (see website for details). Historic district market with locally and organically grown veggies, fruits, nut, herbs, beef, chicken, eggs, seafood, artisanal breads, scones, pastries, cakes, pies, jams, jellies, salsas, fresh, dried and silk flowers, soaps, lotions, pottery, arts/crafts. On Court and High Streets outside the Courthouse Galleries Courtyard. Visit for more info.


October 7

10 am – 2 pm

Olde Towne Antiques to Flea Market

Location: Middle Street Garage

Great finds of all kinds. With more than 70 dealers and vendors exhibiting, you will enjoy hunting through this eclectic collection of unique and antique wares. Discover a great selection of antique and estate furniture, architectural antiques, china, silverware, art and prints, sporting gear, musical instruments, books and ephemera, handmade crafts and toys, as well as decorative accessories and flea market items of all types and one of a kind items priced to sell. For more information please call 757-405-3500.


October 8

2 – 3:30 pm

Walk for H.O.P.E.


Location: North Landing

Our goal is to prevent Portsmouth families from becoming homeless and to recover from homelessness.  We invite you to play a major role in this year’s success.  For more information please call 757-393-7848

October 13 – 15

The Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race

Location: Portside

The Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race promotes awareness of the Chesapeake Bay, maritime heritage and encourages preservation and improvement of the bay’s ecosystem. The public is invited to watch the Schooners as they arrive on Friday between noon and 4pm; however, all schooners will be available for external viewing the entire weekend. Schooners may be viewed dockside in Portsmouth on Saturday. Some may be open for tours. Education Program at 9:00 am where selected schooners host area students for a hands-on learning experience in Portsmouth. Saturday enjoy the Sailors’ Evening and Sea Chantey Sing-along at 7:00 pm. This is a public gathering at North Landing Park for captains, crew, sponsors, volunteers and enthusiasts who want to enjoy some rousing – and sometimes bawdy – sea chanteys. For more information, please visit


October 21

11 am – 4 pm

Come Home to Cradock

Location: Afton Square

Block party and parade with food, drinks, and fun in the square. For more information please call 757-635-4421.


October 27

5 – 7 pm

Safe Trick-or-Treat

Location: Safety Town

Sport your best costume and get your fill of candy the safe way! For ages 12 and under. Free and open to everyone. Safety Town is located at 4404 Deep Creek Blvd, Portsmouth, VA 23702. For more information please call 757-393-8092.


October 27

7 pm, 8 pm and 9 pm

37th Annual Olde Towne Portsmouth Ghost Walk

Location: Trinity Graveyard

Based on the Jack-the-Ripper Walks in London, participants in the 35th annual Olde Towne GhostWalk will be treated to some of the most haunting stories of Portsmouth’s past. Guides take spectators on a walk past haunted houses and mansions of Olde Towne, a 20-square block, 500 building area on the National Register of Historic Places. At each house on the tour, actors in appropriate costume will retell the legends of ghostly visitations and things that go bump in the night. Cameras are welcome. Houses are private properties and not open to the public. This event takes place rain or shine. For more information visit


October 28

10 am – 5 pm

Museum Madness

Location: Children’s Museum of Virginia, Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center and Lightship PORTSMOUTH

Enjoy a haunting day of Halloween fun at all four Portsmouth Museums with frightfully fun arts and crafts, tricks and treats and other spooky activities. For more information please call 757-393-5258.

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