Jazz Concert in the Courtyard
Children's Museum of Virginia Mascot, Andalo, at Paradise Creek Nature Park
Olde Towne Antiques to Flea Market
Toddler Days @ Children's Museum of Virginia

September 2017 · Portsmouth, Virginia Events and Activities

September 16
Through
November 2

International Women Exhibition

Location: Tidewater Community College Visual Arts Center

Includes works from award winning artist Akiko Tanaka, Kang Joo Lee of Seoul Korea , Manuela Mourao of Portugal, and Regula Franz of Switzerland. For information on this exhibit please call 757-822-1888.

 

Through September 9

Arthur’s World ™

Location: Children’s Museum of Virginia

Developed by the Boston Children’s Museum and based on the Emmy award winning PBS series, and the award winning Marc Brown Book, Arthur’s World has been a great success with children across the country. Using exciting immersive environments that encourage imaginative participation, Arthur’s World brings the world of Marc Brown’s book to life. For more information please call 757-393-5258 or visit www.childrensmuseumva.com.

 

Through October 8

2017 Outdoor Sculpture

Location: Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

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.

Friday

September 1

5 pm – 8 pm

First Friday Concert Series: Bobby “BlackHat” Walters

Location: Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

Bobby “Blackhat” Walters brings together the finest blues musicians in Hampton Roads to perform classic, modern and well as original blues tunes. Exhibits and music are free and open to the public. For more information please call 757-393-8543 or visit www.portsouthartcenter.com.

Friday

September 1

5 pm – 8 pm

Opening Reception: Suzanne Stryk: Notes on the State of Virginia

Location: Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center & Art Annex

Opening this evening is an exhibit by Artists Suzanne Stryk, whose beautiful work is a lesson in Virginia’s topography and biodiversity. Light refreshments will be served and live music will entertain visitors. For more information please call 757-393-8543 or visit www.portsouthartcenter.com.

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Saturday

September 2

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.

Saturday

September 2

1:30 pm

Woodrow Wilson: WWI Government Policies and Race Relations

Location: Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

The focus of this First Saturday’s program will take a look at racism in the context of Woodrow Wilson’s administration during the Great War. Dr. Eric Yellin will be the guest presenter, discussing the federal racial policies during the War and how Wilson’s segregationist administration dealt with African Americans at the time. How did African Americans respond to the call “make the world safe for democracy,” despite their exclusion from this ordeal and their own freedom? Dr. Yellin is Associate Professor of History and American Studies for the University of Richmond. For more information call 757-393-8543 or visit www.portsmouthartcenter.com.

Saturday

September 2

1:30 – 2:30 pm

Seashell Identification Program

Location: Portsmouth Main Library

Learn about different types of seashells and learn how to identify them in this free S.T.E.M. program. For ages 6 – 11. For more information please call 757-393-8501.

Thursday

September 7

 6:30 – 9 pm

Sunset Thursdays at Portside: Hotcakes

Location:  Portside

This is a free concert series of summer shows. All performances will take place on Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm – 9pm. Come relax and enjoy great music, food and beverages, while watching the stunning sunset overlooking the Elizabeth River. There will be no rain dates, if the event is canceled due to inclement weather, it will not be rescheduled. For more information please call 757-393-5111.

Saturday

September 9

8 am

Early Bird Walk

Location: Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve

Join us for some early morning birding. We will open the gates before the preserve opens to the public for a chance to spot our feathered friends on a walk led by local bird experts or researchers. Gates close at 8:10am sharp.   This program is free and advanced reservations are not needed. For more information please call 757-686-8684 or visit www.hofflercreek.org.

Saturday

September 9

9 am

VBCF Annual Victory Walk

Location: Portsmouth Pavilion

The 11th Annual Victory Walk hosted by the Hampton Roads Chapter of the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation

On-Site Registration: 7:30 am – 9:00 am
Victory Walk Start: 9:00 am

Registration Fee: $25 in advance, includes free t-shirt (prior to Sept. 6) or $15 for children (5-11 years of age). For more information please call 757-393-8885

Sunday

September 10

9  – 11 am

Special Day for Special Needs

Location: Children’s Museum of Virginia

Join us for A Special Day for Special Needs, an opportunity for children with special needs and their families to enjoy museum exploration with a reduced number of visitors. We’ll open our doors early for you, adapt some of the exhibits and have quiet space available.  One caretaker per special needs child will be admitted for free but admission applies to other family members.  The museum will open to the general public at 11 a.m. and families are welcome to stay and enjoy the museum as long as they wish. This program has been made possible by a generous donation from The Portsmouth Service League. For more information call 757-393-8983 Ext. 23.

Monday

September 11

6:30 pm

9-11 Remembrance Ceremony

Location: High Street Landing

The public is invited to join the Portsmouth family for a remembrance ceremony in honor of the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. For more information please call 757-393-5111.

Tuesday – Friday

September 12 – 15

9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Toddler Days

Location: Children’s Museum of Virginia

The tourists are gone and summer campers have returned to school, making it a good time for the small ones to play in the museum. Join us for toddler friendly games that encourage motor skill growth, engaging stories and songs, special guests, and all the museum’s exhibits. For more information call 757-393-5258 or visit www.childrensmuseumva.com.

Tuesday

September 12

6:30 – 7:30 pm

Portsmouth Master Gardner Lecture Series: Planting a Fall Vegetable Garden

Location: Churchland Branch Library

Join the Virginia Cooperative Extension / Portsmouth Master Gardner for a free gardening lecture: Planting a Fall Vegetable Garden.  Their mission is to educate Portsmouth residents about safe, effective and sustainable garden management practices. They are volunteers who have received extensive training under the auspices of Virginia Tech, Virginia State, and the Virginia Cooperative Extension Office to provide unbiased, research-based horticultural information, tips, techniques and advice to the community. Free and open to the public. For more information please call 757-393-5314 or visit www.pmgv.org.

 

Thursday

September 14

4 pm

Haven of Safety:  The Kaiser’s Courteous Pirates in Hampton Roads by Gregory Hansard, Manager of Web and Digital Resources, Virginia Historical Society

Location: Churchland Branch Library

Presented by The Friends of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum

Mr. Hansard is publishing a book on the internment of the sailors from the two German surface raiders, Prinz Eitel Friedrich and Kronprinz Wilhelm, who were interned in Hampton Roads, Virginia during World War I. They built their own miniature German village, were granted liberal leave, attended regular social events within the local community, and their presence made Hampton Roads a popular tourist area. He will discuss the relationships that formed between the sailors, the local community, and the U.S. officials, including the problems of internment such as escapes. For more information, call 757-393-8591.

Thursday

September 14

4:30 – 7:30 pm

Hampton Roads Chamber 2017 Wing Fling

Location: Bayside Harley Davidson

The Hampton Roads Chamber Annual Wing Fling is back and better than ever! Enjoy wing sampling, craft beer, live music and more while mingling with your favorite businesses from Hampton Roads! Open to the public. $10.00 admission fee includes samplings and one drink ticket. For more information please call (757) 622-2312.

Thursday

September 14

 6:30 – 9 pm

Sunset Thursdays at Portside: Vinnie Knight Blues Riders

Location: Portside

This is a free concert series of summer shows. All performances will take place on Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm – 9pm. Come relax and enjoy great music, food and beverages, while watching the stunning sunset overlooking the Elizabeth River. There will be no rain dates, if the event is canceled due to inclement weather, it will not be rescheduled. For more information please call 757-393-5111.

Saturday

September 16

10 am – 5 pm

Happy Birthday, Lightship!

Location: Lightship Portsmouth Museum

Join us as we celebrate Light Vessel 101’s one hundred and first birthday. The Lightship Portsmouth was commissioned in September of 1916, which means she will turn 101 this September! Join us for special day of music, living history, crafts and of course, cake. Free admission. For more information call 757-393-8591 or visit. www.portsmouthnavalshipyardmuseum.com.

Saturday

September 16

2 – 6 pm

4th Annual Portsmouth Pavilion Virginia Craft Beer and Wine Festival

Location: Portsmouth Pavilion

Join us for the 4th Annual Virginia Craft Beer and Wine Festival at the Portsmouth Pavilion! The Pavilion Plaza and will feature some of the finest selections of craft breweries and wineries, all hand-picked and selected from right here in the state of Virginia. Come out and sample Craft Beer and Wine from the best Virginia Breweries and Vineyards. Tickets include unlimited sampling, a commemorative festival glass and live entertainment. Over 60 varieties of Virginia craft beers and over 25 different wines will be available for sampling. For more information on the Portsmouth Pavilion Virginia Craft Beer and Wine Festival, visit www.VirginiaBeerandWineFestival.com, or call 757.393.8181.

 

Tuesday

September 19

6 pm

Family Movie Night

Location: Churchland Library

Enjoy the latest series of programming at Churchland with our monthly movie night. Movie will be shown on the big screen. Bring a friend and munch on some popcorn! For more information please call 757-686-2538.

Wednesday

September 20

6 pm

Sunset Walk for the Vernal Equinox

Location: Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve

Join us for an afterhours walk to mark the end of the summer and the start of fall. Hoffler Creek staff will lead a guided tour of the preserve and discuss some historical traditions. And celebrations that honor this time of year. $6/per person ($3/HCWPF member). Advance registration is required for more information please call 757-686-8684 or visit www.hofflercreek.org.

Thursday

September 21

 6:30 – 9 pm

Sunset Thursdays at Portside: 2ndWynd

Location: Portside

This is a free concert series of summer shows. All performances will take place on Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm – 9pm. Come relax and enjoy great music, food and beverages, while watching the stunning sunset overlooking the Elizabeth River. There will be no rain dates, if the event is canceled due to inclement weather, it will not be rescheduled. For more information please call 757-393-5111.

Thursday

September 21

7:30 pm

Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds with Special Guest Brandy

Location: Portsmouth Pavillion

Singer, songwriter, producer, and entrepreneur: Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds is one of the most gifted, popular and influential figures to emerge in pop music during the past two decades. Babyface has an enormous career as a solo artist, enjoyed consecutive multi-platinum records with “Tender Lover,” “For The Cool In You,” and “The Day.” Brandy opens the show. Having sold more than 40 million albums worldwide, Brandy is one of the top-selling female recording artists in pop music history. She has won such notable awards as Best New R&B Artist – Billboard Music Awards; R&B-Hip-Hop New Artist of the Year – Soul Train Music Awards; Hot 100 Sales Single of the Year – Billboard Music Award; and Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group – Grammy Award. Babyface and Brandy tickets can be purchased at the Portsmouth Pavilion Box Office and all Ticketmaster locations, charge by phone at 800.745.3000 or purchase online at ticketmaster.com.

Friday

September 22

10 am – 2 pm

Homeschool Day

Location: Children’s Museum of Virginia

The museum is dedicating an autumn day to homeschool families. Educational activities, demonstrates, and special guests will be available for multiple ages throughout the event. For updates visit www.childrensmuseum.com.

Friday

September 22

7:30 pm

Community Concerts Presents: Paul McDermand

Location: Churchland High School

Paul McDermand begins his musical career as a freelance percussionist in the Chicago area. At the age of nineteen, he assumed the percussion duties on a popular theatrical production playing in one of the Chicago’s downtown theaters. The show was call “The Magic Man” which started a teenage David Copperfield. In 1981, Paul moved to the Phoenix area, lending his artistry to film scores, commercial jingles, symphonic productions and stage shows of every direction The list of big-name entertainers with home Paul has performed with is vast including Natalie Cole, Tony Bennett, Johnny Cash, Liberace, The Temptations and the Moody Blues. For more information please visit www.portsmouthcommunityconcerts.com.

Saturday

September 23

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

September 23

10 am – 12 pm

Fish Bowl Parade

Location: Starts at I.C. Norcom High

The parade begins at I.C. Norcom High and travels down London Boulevard to Olde Towne For more than half a century, this event has been sponsored by Arabia Temple #12. Followed by the Fish Bowl Classic football game, held at Norfolk State University. For more information, please call (757) 397-0550.

Thursday

September 28

 6:30 – 9 pm

Sunset Thursdays at Portside: Block Party

Location: Portside

This is a free concert series of summer shows. All performances will take place on Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm – 9pm. Come relax and enjoy great music, food and beverages, while watching the stunning sunset overlooking the Elizabeth River. There will be no rain dates, if the event is canceled due to inclement weather, it will not be rescheduled. For more information please call 757-393-5111.

Saturday

September 30

8:30 am

Breast Cancer Awareness 5K

Location: Portsmouth Pavilion

Flex Zone Fitness Breast Cancer 5k, is a charity/ fundraiser event that will be held in Downtown Portsmouth. The race will start at the Portsmouth Pavilion. Proceeds will go to a breast cancer research foundation. Flex Zone Fitness goals for this 5k run are to bring awareness to breast cancer, and provide the Tidewater area an opportunity to enjoy a nice outdoor scenery, while receiving a great workout . For more information please call 757-403-6498 or visit https://runsignup.com/Race/VA/Portsmouth/FZFBreastCancer5kRun

Saturday

September 30

8 – 10 am

The Great Migration Bird Walk

Location: Paradise Creek Nature Park

Nearly 150 species of birds have bene spotted at Paradise Creek Nature Park. Join local expert Dave Gibson on a tour of the park and birds. Bring your binoculars or borrow a pair from the park. All skill levels welcome. Registration is required, 757-399-7487 or ssumoski@elizaethriver.org.

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