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Olde Towne Farmer's Market - Every Saturday

10 AM - 1 PM - 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. Just outside the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center courtyard at Court and High Streets. Visit the Portsmouth Olde Towne Farmers Market website for more details


Civil War Tours with Private James Cook

7:30 PM - Monday & Wednesday
October: 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30

Union occupation of Portsmouth during the Civil War is the focus of this walking tour lead by Private James Cook.

• All tours leave from the Renaissance Hotel, 425 Water Street, Portsmouth
• 60-75 minutes depending of the size of the group
• $10.00 / Two for $15.00 fee paid at the tour
• Groups of five or more may book a tour any day or time throughout the year with advance reservations.
• Advance ticket sales and credit cards available at:
   The Coffee Shoppe, 300 High Street
   Skipjack Nautical Wares and Marine Gallery, 1 High Street (on the waterfront)


Olde Towne Living History Tours with Colonel Wm. Crawford

7:30 PM - Thursday & Saturday
October: 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26, 31

Join Portsmouth's founder, Colonel William Crawford, for a stroll through four centuries of maritime history in the home of America's first and largest shipyard.  Hear tales of early growth and expansion, British occupation during the Revolutionary War and War of 1812 and Union occupation during the Civil War as you pass one of the largest collections of historic homes on the Eastern Seaboard.

• All tours leave from the Renaissance Hotel, 425 Water Street, Portsmouth
• 60-75 minutes depending of the size of the group
• $10.00 / Two for $15.00 fee paid at the tour
• Groups of five or more may book a tour any day or time throughout the year with advance reservations.
• Advance ticket sales and credit cards available at:
   The Coffee Shoppe, 300 High Street
   Skipjack Nautical Wares and Marine Gallery, 1 High Street (on the waterfront)

Colonel Wm. Crawford website


Outdoor Sculpture

Through October 13, 2013 - Visit the garden setting to relax and enjoy the seventh year of this outdoor exhibit.

Presented by the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center (formerly the Courthouse Galleries) Corner of High & Court St. | 393-8543


The Painter's Journey

For these three featured artists, their paintings are about the journey and act of creation. Their joy for color, texture and paint exudes from their canvases no matter what the subject. Featuring works by Karen Blair of Charlottesville; Delmon Hall IV of Lyndhurst; and Rob Vanderzee of Alexandria, VA.

Presented by the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center (formerly the Courthouse Galleries) Corner of High & Court St. | 393-8543


Game Day:
The Tradition & Excitement of College Football

Virginians in the Spotlight rotating exhibit featuring great college football players and coaches.

Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum (757) 393-8031


The Chrysler Museum Comes to Portsmouth

Through November 5

The exhibitions Art that Asks the Big Questions: The Chrysler Museum Comes to Portsmouth and Glen McClure: New Work, Italy, Ireland.

During the Chrysler's closure for expansion, the VAC will present four collections of work from the Norfolk, Virginia museum. Large-scale 19th-century European oil paintings, including The Neophyte, Gustave Doré; La Desserte, Étienne Prosper Berne-Bellecour; and Lunatique à Etretat, Hugues Merle, will provide an interesting range of subjects. Complementing them are several bronze sculptures including Ugolino and His Sons, Jean Baptiste Carpeaux, and Lion Crushing a Serpent, Antoine Louis Barye. Many of these works previously belonged to Walter P. Chrysler, Jr., whose donations made the institution one of the major art museums in the southeastern United States.

Twenty mixed media prints by Scottish artist Eduardo Paolozzi will feature vintage, often humorous, designs from the late 1940s to the early 1950s. Additional works by American artists Robert Rauschenberg, Man Ray and Nam June Paik provide two and three-dimensional examples that exemplify the variant approaches of the contemporary age.

Chrysler Museum gallery hosts will be answering questions in the VAC galleries during the duration of the exhibition. A gallery guide will provide additional information.

The TCC VAC is located at 340 High Street, Olde Towne Portsmouth. Galleries are open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily and are free and open to the public. For further information call (757) 822-1888 or go to the Center's website.

First Weekend in Olde Towne Portsmouth

Held the first Friday through Sunday of each month, Olde Towne Portsmouth's business community opens its doors along High Street between Effingham Street and the riverfront. Events and activities include Arts to Antiques Flea Market, free museum admission, exhibit openings and art afternoons, and a lot more. Sponsored by the Olde Towne Business Association | 757-397-7173


Friends of the Library Book Sale

Noon - 6 PM- basement of the Main Library, 601 Court Street

4Concert In the Courtyard - Free Music Series

5 - 8 PM - Enjoy music in the courtyard from
Bobby “Blackhat” Waters

Presented by the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center (formerly the Courthouse Galleries) and PortsEvents | Corner of High & Court St. | 393-8543

5Olde Towne Antiques to Flea Market

10 AM - 2 PM - The Olde Towne Antiques to Flea Market is conveniently located in the Middle Street Garage at the corner of Middle & London Streets and is held year round, rain or shine on the first Saturday of each month. Gates open at 10 a.m. and close at 2 p.m. Always Free Admission & Free Parking! Call 757-339-1876 for additional information.


Friends of the Library Book Sale

10 AM - 4 PM - basement of the Main Library, 601 Court Street


Dig into History: Celebrating Virginia Archaeology Month

10 AM - 5 PM - Explore the exciting field of archaeology!  Take part in a simulated dig and create an exhibit with the artifacts you find!   Free admission.

Presented by the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum and Lightship Portsmouth Museum | 757-393-8591 | www.portsmouthnavalshipyardmuseum.com


NASCAR Family Fun Day

11 AM - 3 PM - Racing themed arts and crafts as well as contest for the whole family.

Virginia Sports Hall of Fame and Museum
| 757-393-8031 | 206 High St. - Portsmouth, VA 23704

6First Sunday Breakfast, Brunch, or Lunch

Call your favorite restaurant for details.
Click here for a list of downtown area retaurants


30th Annual National Night Out

10 AM - 2 PM - "Portsmouth BANDing Together Against Crime" Vendors, services to aid the citizens in protection, guidance and safety.

Location: 45 Afton Pkwy @ Crime Prevention Office

Portsmouth Virginia Police Department


Olde Towne Fall Crawl
Benefitting Portsmouth Humane Society

4 - 9 PM - The Olde Towne Fall Crawl will journey to various establishments located on or near High Street and Court Street in Olde Towne Portsmouth. Each participant receives a t-shirt, souvenir cup, other event souvenirs, map, and wristband good for discounts at all participating locations. Over the past six years, this annual event has raised more than $50,000 for local children's charities and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

> Get more information and/or make reservations

All proceeds from this event benefit Portsmouth Humane Society. As a participant or sponsor, you will be helping to provide shelter, care and treatment to homeless animals in the City of Portsmouth community through permanent adoptions, spay/neuter programs, and community education.


Sports Photography Contest and Exhibit

Through December 29
Opening Reception October 5

Calling all photographers - amateurs and professionals! Enter your best sports photograph for display at the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum. Watch www.vshfm.com for details.

Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum (757) 393-8031


Portsmouth Book Group

6:30 - 7:45 pm Are you a voracious reader who loves to talk about books? Come join the Portsmouth Book Group! Our book selections are eclectic, so we hope to attract a wide variety of readers. Try us out and share the titles you would like to discuss.

Churchland Library - For more information, please call 757-393-8759


Second Tuesday Forum: The New Chrysler Museum with Bill Hennessy, Director of the Chrysler Museum

Noon - The Second Tuesday Forum series is sponsored by the Portsmouth Public Library with grants from the Portsmouth Public Library Foundation, Friends of the Library, and Portsmouth general Hospital Foundation. Call 393-8759 for more information. Free and open to the public. No reservations needed. Complimentary beverages are provided. Lunch may be ordered from the Commodores Theatre menu. Doors open at 11am. Commodore Theater, 421 High Street


Chesapeake Bay Police Rodeo & Skills Competition

Police Motorcycle Officers from the Mid-Atlantic States will compete in precision riding events.

Practice Days: October 10 & 11
Competition Day: October 12th at 8:00 AM

Bayside Harley Davidson
2211 Frederick Boulevard (Exit 5 - Rt. 17 South from I-264)
Posted Signs will lead you to the CBPR Training Site

For more info contact (757) 393-8013 | website


Norcom H.S. Golf fundraiser

Bide-A-Wee Golf Course
1 Bide-A-Wee Dr. Portsmouth, VA 23701



Early Bird Walk

8 - 10:30 AM - Stroll around Lake Ballard with local bird experts to identify fall migrants and year-round residents.

Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve | 757-686-8684


Chesapeake Bay Police Rodeo & Skills Competition

8:30 AM - 2 PM - Bayside Harley Davison. The 9th Annual event provides an opportunity for Police Motorcycle Officers throughout the Mid-Atlantic states compete in precision riding events and improve their motorcycle riding skills.  Free and open to the public.  Donations for the March of Dimes are encouraged. For more information, please call 757-393-8013


Tidewater "O" Gauge Trains at the Children's Museum of Virginia

Tidewater "O" Gauge Association (TOGA) will have a modular displayon the second floor near CreARTivity showing off their collection. Members will be on hand to answer questions and talk about the trains and display.

Children's Museum of Virginia, 221 High St., Portsmouth | 757-393-5258



1:30 PM Registration - 5K Walk through Historic Olde Towne

PARC, the Portsmouth Area Resource Coalition, provides vital services to the community:
• Preventing homelessness for at-risk families
• Providing shelter and supportive services to get families back into homes
• Helping families take responsible steps towards self-sufficiency

You can help by contacting the PARC office for registration forms or more information! www.parcinc.org | 757-393-7848


Portsmouth Homeless Assist Day

9 AM - 1:30 PM - Neighborhood Facility, 900 Elm Avenue

Service providers or to volunteer please call: Bruce LaLonde, (757) 398-1970

Sponsored by:
Southeast Virginia Community Foundation
Portsmouth Homeless Action Consortium (PHAC)


The Color Purple

A musical about love. Tickets are Free and may be picked up at the Willett Hall Box office 2 hours before show time.

Friday, October 18 - 7:00PM
Saturday, October 19 - 2:00PM & 7:00PM
Sunday October 20 - 7:00PM

Willett Hall | (757) 393-5144


2nd Annual BOO-yah! 5K and Little Monsters Fun Run

8am - Port Norfolk Neighborhood.  Come on out to see Port Norfolk decked out in Halloween spookiness.  Zombies and monsters randomly appearing along the course will be encouraging runners to pick up the pace.  Put on your best custom and come out for the run and fun. 
For more information visit the BOO-yah! 5K website.


Churchland Fall Festival

10 AM - 4 PM - A vintage and muscle car show/display motorcycle exhibition, musical performances, music and dance recitals, cook-off demonstrations from area restaurants (additional activities). Free and Open to the Public.

For more information, call (757) 638-7323


Lecture Series: "American Jewry and the Presidency"

2 PM - The Jewish Museum and Cultural Center, 607 Effingham St. Portsmouth, will present the first program of the winter lecture series, "American Jewry and the Presidency". Rabbi David Dalin, professor of history and politics at Ave Maria University of Florida will speak on whether Jewish concerns were addressed and met by the American gpvernment before the Civil War.

Rabbi Dalin is the author, co-author and editor of ten books on American Jewish history and politics.

For information, please call 301-9266 or visit the Jewish Museum and Cultural Center website


Oasis Social Ministry Soup Cook-Off and Auction

5 PM - Oasis Social Ministry's Annual Soup Cook-Off and Auction is a celebration of food and community, featuring a soup tasting competition, entertainment, and auction. Soup chefs from across the community compete to win the coveted Golden Ladle Award.

Guests are invited to "put your money where your mouth is" by voting for favorite soups with dollars. The winning chef is the one who inspires the most donations. At the same time, celebrity judges select their favorites for the Celebrity Choice award. Other awards will also be given by category.

Location: The Moroccan Room (above Brutti's) 467 Court St.
Tasting fee: $20/$30 in advance; $25/$35 at the door

All money will go to Oasis Social Ministry to provide programs and services.


Family Movie Night

6:00 PM - Enjoy a night out and bring your family to watch a movie on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. 

Churchland Library - For more information, please call 757-686-2538


A Gatsby Affair

6:30 PM - '20s Dance Contest, Silent Auction, Classic Cocktails, Champagne Tasting benefitting the YMCA of Portsmouth. Tickets: $65 per person, $120 per couple.

Woman's Club of Portsmouth


33rd Annual Olde Towne GhostWalk

7 - 10:30 PM - 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. Call (757) 525-0318 for general tour and ticket information.

Visit the Olde Towne GhostWalk website for ticket information


The Great Pumpkin Lighting

4 - 7 PM - Calling all pumpkin carvers! Drop off a carved pumpkin to display on the steps and in the courtyard of the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center.

Pumpkin drop off: Thursday, October 24th, 4-7p.m. and Friday, October 25th 10-3p.m. Help us reach our goal of five hundred pumpkins!

For more information call (757) 393-8543


Portsmouth Museum Madness

Noon - 6 PM The Portsmouth Museums are celebrating the Halloween season with a variety of frightfully fun activities, including wizardry, monsters and a tour of a haunted ship! All activities are included with paid admission to the Portsmouth Museums. Tickets for this special event are $12.00 per person (ages 2 and up) and can be purchased on the day of the event at the Children's Museum of Virginia, Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center and the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum.

Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center
Have your picture taken as a ghost and create a monster mask. Also join in the Courtyard Monster Mash Parade in the courtyard, kicking off with the mad music of Sky Zentz & the Gents!
Activities Schedule:
Ghost Pictures & Monster-Mask Making, 12:00-6:00 p.m.
Mad Music of Skye Zentz & the Gents, 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Courtyard Monster Mash Parade, 2:00 p.m.

Children's Museum of Virginia
Bring the ghouls and goblins for fun galore, with creepy crafts you'll just adore! Come in for illusions on the 2nd floor, paint your face and just one more! Reach into the mystery box, gross to the core, then get your treats on the High St. corridor!
Activities Schedule:
Creepy Crafts, 12:00-6:00 p.m.
Freaky Face-Painting & Balloon Art, 12:00-6:00 p.m.
Illusionist Shows, 2:30 & 5:00 p.m.

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum
Join us as the Lady of the Sea grabs you with her tales of shipwrecks and ghostly
encounters along Virginia's shores. Also, enjoy hands-on crafts in celebration of the spooky season.
Activities Schedule:
Spooky Sea-Storytelling, 2:00, 3:15 & 4:15 p.m.
Crazy Creations – Luminary, Spyglass and Pirate Flag Making, 12:00-6:00 p.m.

Lightship Portsmouth Museum
The Lightship transforms into the Frightship, a spooky haunted ship tour, 12:00-6:00 p.m. Encounter the skeleton crew of the ship's Ghost Guard as they try to take back the Frightship from the undead Moody Crewe Pirates!


Annual Safe Trick-or-Treat in Olde Towne Portsmouth

6 - 8 PM - For children up to age 12. Located on the seven historic blocks of High Street corridor between Effingham Street and Water Street.

Sponsored by the Portsmouth Police Department, Portsmouth Sheriff Office, the Portsmouth Fire Department and the Olde Towne Business Association
(757) 405-3500


Fall Festival at Hoffler Creek

1 - 4 PM - Have fun learning about creepy crawlies, making crafts and playing games at this safe trick-or-treat event.

Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve | 757-686-8684


Chevra Cinema Presents: Yentil

2 PM - An award winning 1983 romantic musical, directed and co-written, co-produced and starting Barbara Streisend, Amy Irving and Mandy Patinkin. Movie, popcorn and commentary discussion by Rabbi Arthur Steinberg and Dr. Andrew Quicke. This is a rare opportunity to view classic movies and peruse the picture with popcorn. Gain new insight into the picture with experts on the movie and explore the culture of the film.

$5 donation at the door - Jewish Museum & Cultural Center
607 Effingham Street. For more information, please call, (757) 391-9266.


Teen Book Club

2:45 - 4 pm - Middle and high school teens ages 13 - 18 interested in the monthly teen book club. Participants get their books at the meeting.

Manor Library - For more information, please call 757-465-2916

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