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Blue Star Museums

Portsmouth, VA

Free Museum Admission for Blue Star Families (Active-Duty Military). Select Portsmouth Museums* – including the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum, The Lightship Portsmouth Museum and the Portsmouth Colored Community Library Museum – are again participating in the Blue Star Museums program. Each summer, this annual collaboration between the National Endowment […]

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Shaun the Sheep at the Children’s Museum of Virginia

Children's Museum of Virginia 221 High Street, Portsmouth, VA

Shaun made his screen debut in the Wallace and Gromit film A Close Shave back in 1995. Fast-forward to now and Shaun has become a global superstar, enjoyed by fans in 170 countries across the world! He’s starred in six TV series’ and enjoyed success on the big screen with two feature films that have […]

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Black History Now – Art Is Revolutionary

Portsmouth Colored Community Library Museum 904 Elm Avenue, Portsmouth, VA

In 2024 the arts take center stage, as Black History Now! showcases some of the area’s most successful Black artists, filmmakers, musicians, and changemakers. Meet the artists who made history in Portsmouth through this historic collection of memories and artifacts, highlighting the impact of Hampton Roads' and Portsmouth’s artists. Visit our Art is Revolutionary exhibit, […]

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Color Craze

Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center 400 High Street, Portsmouth, Virginia

Join us for a wonderful afternoon of drawing and painting, using unique art materials and techniques. Inspired by a palette of bright colors, we'll be hosting Color Craze throughout the season. Free and open to the public.

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First Fridays Concerts in the Courtyard – Allen Hudson and the Halfmoons

Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center 400 High Street, Portsmouth, Virginia

Classic rock, progressive, alternative, and a wide variety of music. First Friday concerts are free along with admission to museum exhibits. The First Friday Concert series is sponsored by Support Portsmouth Public Art, ThePortsmouth Art & Cultural Center, and Franklin D. Edmundson, Commissioner of Revenue. Snacks and beverages available inside the fence.  Gallery open.  Art […]

Shop the Block High Street Festival

High Street Corridor 206 High Street, Portsmouth, VA

The annual Shop the Block High Street Festival is an interactive one-day community celebration of creative commerce spotlighting storefront activations, artistic displays, family activities, sensational food and entertainment experiences within the fabric of Portsmouth, VA. If you love First Saturdays in Olde Towne, you will really love this one.  High Street will be closed to vehicular […]

Second Saturdays – Dog Days of Summer

Children's Museum of Virginia 221 High Street, Portsmouth, VA

Join us to discover the real meaning behind the “Dog Days of Summer.” Explore constellations, play space games, find hot dogs and see real dogs. Activities included with admission.

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Special Needs Sundays

Children's Museum of Virginia 221 High Street, Portsmouth, VA

Join us on select Sundays for children with special needs and their families to visit the museum in a less overwhelming environment. The museum hopes to alleviate any stress by providing a special date and time for them to enjoy the museum through adapted programs and exhibits as well as a reduced number of visitors. […]

First Fridays Concerts in the Courtyard presents Wards Pocket

Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center 400 High Street, Portsmouth, Virginia

Classic rock. First Friday concerts are free along with admission to museum exhibits. The First Friday Concert series is sponsored by Support Portsmouth Public Art, ThePortsmouth Art & Cultural Center, and Franklin D. Edmundson, Commissioner of Revenue. Snacks and beverages available inside the fence.  Gallery open.  Art market along the sidewalk.

First Fridays Concerts in the Courtyard Presents Tumbleweed Brothers

Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center 400 High Street, Portsmouth, Virginia

Local favorite band plays blues, rock, country and more. First Friday concerts are free along with admission to museum exhibits. The First Friday Concert series is sponsored by Support Portsmouth Public Art, ThePortsmouth Art & Cultural Center, and Franklin D. Edmundson, Commissioner of Revenue. Snacks and beverages available inside the fence.  Gallery open.  Art market […]

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Toddler Days

Children's Museum of Virginia 221 High Street, Portsmouth, VA

School is back in session and it’s a great time for toddlers to play in the museum – explore some exhibits, see a planetarium show, make a craft, and more!

Maker Fest Portsmouth

Portsmouth Museums Olde Towne Portsmouth, Portsmouth, VA

Cutting, coding, and painting, oh my! Maker Fest Portsmouth provides an opportunity to gather, connect and discover the processes and joys of creating. This family-friendly event invites you to engage and explore the modern DIY culture and become a maker yourself. It showcases interactive displays, demonstrations, and hands-on activities from a full range of makers: artisans, to technology […]