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 www.portsmouthartcenter.com.

 

Through October 9

To Face the Unknown: Portsmouth and the Great War

Location: Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

The History Division of the Portsmouth Museums will present: To face the Unknown, an exhibit that examines the effects of the Great War here at home. Come and see images and artifacts that tell growth, naval expansion and community support. The exhibit focuses on how WWI changed Portsmouth through phenomenal grown and experience relating to the home front effort; new housing communities and the way the military installations in Portsmouth grew and changed to support the war – installations like the St. Julien’s Creek Ammunition Depot, which expanded to become the place where tens of thousands of sea mines were filled and shipped. For more information call 757-393-8591 or visit www.portsmouthnavalshipyardmuseum.com.

 

Through October 15

Suzanne Stryk: Notes on the State of Virginia

Location: Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

Notes on the State of Virginia, is a stunning collection that offers Virginia’s rich and diverse landscape through Geological Survey maps layered with drawings, writings and actually specimens of animal and plant life and organic materials. Stryk is often asked if she studied science, art, or both. “I wanted to be a field biologist,” she said. “These two interests have been playing tug-off-war all my life.” Art eventually won out and she graduated with a degree in art history and painting. “Art suits my need to interpret the natural world, to integrate science and spirit, fact with imagination. For more information call 757-393-8543 or visit www.portsmouthartcenter.com.

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 www.portsmoutholdetownefarmersmarket.com for more info.

Thursday

October 5

8 pm

Rob Zombie

Location: Portsmouth Pavilion

Rob Zombie returns to the Portsmouth Pavilion. Zombie a seven-time Grammy-nominated recording artist, having sold more than fifteen million albums worldwide to date. His substantial fan base in Hampton Roads always results in large crowds. As a rock ‘n’ roll icon and filmmaker with a unique vision, Zombie has a reputation for stretching the boundaries of both music and film. He is the voice of Ravager in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, revising his role in the first smash hit movie. For more information please call 1-800-745-3000 or visit www.pavilionconcerts.com.

Saturday

October 7

9 – 11 am

Volunteer Service Day

Location: Paradise Creek Nature Park

Become a river hero. Help us clean up the park, improve plantings and learn river stewardship while you’re at it. Projects vary by date. Groups please contact us in advance to schedule a private volunteer event. All ages allowed with adult supervision for those under 18. Free, but registration is required. For more information please call 757-399-7487 or visit www.paradisecreeknaturepark.com.

Saturday

October 7

9 – 11 am

Volunteer Service Day

Location: Paradise Creek Nature Park

Become a river hero. Help us clean up the park, improve plantings and learn river stewardship while you’re at it. Projects vary by date. Groups please contact us in advance to schedule a private volunteer event. All ages allowed with adult supervision for those under 18. Free, but registration is required. For more information please call 757-399-7487 or visit www.paradisecreeknaturepark.com.

Saturday

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.

Sunday

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

Saturday

October 14

2 – 3:30 pm

Olde Towne Zombie Pub Craw benefiting the Portsmouth Humane Society

Location: TBD

The Portsmouth Humane Society is resurrecting the Olde Towne Pub Crawl. The 2017 Zombie Pub Crawl will be bigger and better than ever. All of your favorite establishments will be participating with food and drink specials for registrants. Start getting your best zombie custom ready and call your un-dead friends. Registration details coming soon. For more information call 757-397-6004.

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 http://www.gcbsr.org/

Saturday

October 21

9 – 11 am

Volunteer Service Day

Location: Paradise Creek Nature Park

Become a river hero. Help us clean up the park, improve plantings and learn river stewardship while you’re at it. Projects vary by date. Groups please contact us in advance to schedule a private volunteer event. All ages allowed with adult supervision for those under 18. Free, but registration is required. For more information please call 757-399-7487 or visit www.paradisecreeknaturepark.com.

Saturday

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.

Friday

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.

Friday

October 27

7:30 pm

Community Concerts Presents: Tony Kenny’s Irish Celebration

Location: Churchland High School

Tony Kenny is one of Ireland’s most beloved artists, having sung in countless musical productions such as Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Jesus Christ Superstar. Kenny started in the famous Jury’s Irish Cabaret for more than 20 years with Hal Roach (Irelan’d Legendary King of Blamey) and won many awards in for his work over the course of decades. Kenny has entertained millions of people in Ireland and across the United States in dozens of coast to coast tours, including Carnegie Hall. For more information please visit www.portsmouthcommunityconcerts.com.

 

Friday

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 http://portsmouthghostwalk.com/

Saturday

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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