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First Saturday: I Am A Man: Photographs in the American South, 1960-1970

Portsmouth, VA

The 1960-1970 decade unleashed hope for the future and profound change as the civil rights movement sought to desegregate public spaces and secure the right to vote for African Americans. Inspired by the voice of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., thousands of courageous people risked their lives to end Jim Crow segregation. Photographs by amateurs, […]


Sailing to Freedom: Maritime Dimensions of the Underground Railroad

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

Based on the book Sailing to Freedom, this exhibit highlights little-known stories and describes the less-understood maritime side of the Underground Railroad, including the impact of African American paid, and unpaid, waterfront labor. This exhibit was made possible by the New Bedford Whaling Museum and the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.

Virginia Historic Garden Week Olde Towne Tour

Olde Towne Portsmouth Olde Towne, Portsmouth, VA

Discover Virginia’s Historic Seaport located in the heart of Hampton Roads. Olde Towne Portsmouth is rich in maritime history due to its prime location on the Elizabeth River, and features a significant collection of 19th century architecture. Visitors will be welcomed to five locations, which include private homes and secluded gardens. Most are showcased this […]


69th Annual Portsmouth Invitational Tournament

Churchland High School 4301 Cedar Ln, Portsmouth, VA

Get ready college basketball fans, it’s time for the 2023 Portsmouth Invitational Tournament! 64 elite college seniors will compete in a 4-day tournament with NBA scouts & execs watching every move, pass and slam dunk. What started in 1953 as a city basketball league has now become an annual national sensation. Every year the country’s […]

Andalo’s Favorite Books

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

Enjoy reading and activity of Andalo’s favorite books or meet a local author as they share their stories! Reading Times: 11:30am, 1:30pm, 2:30pm

I Am A Man Exhibit Featuring Dr. Charles H. Ford, NSU Professor

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

Dr. Charles H. Ford is a Professor of History and Interim Dean at Norfolk State University. His presentation will provide a local perspective on the national civil rights movement and is in conjunction with the exhibit I AM A MAN: Civil Rights Photographs in the American South, 1960-1970. This free program is a part of […]

Left Behind: Presented by Master Storyteller Sheila Arnold

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

@media (min-width:768px){.alignright{float:right;margin-left: 1rem;margin-top:0!important}} Freedom – what we all desire, but if you had to leave something or someone behind, could you do it for the hope of a word called “freedom”? Through story, song, and audience interaction Master Storyteller Sheila Arnold, looks at the fugitive slaves from the Underground Railroad and shares what they left […]

Virginia Arts Festival Concert Truck Performance

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

Free and Open to the public. The Concert Truck is a mobile music venue that strengthens communities by redefining the concert experience and making music accessible to all. We engage diverse communities and audiences with thoughtful, timely programming and help build a critical presence in the community for the organizations with whom we collaborate. In […]

First Saturday: Free Exhibit & Music Performance by Chan Hall

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

William “Chan” Hall is a smooth jazz recording artist based in Richmond. Since the age of 15, he has had extensive training in keyboard and percussion instruments. His influences include Marcus Johnson, Bob Baldwin, and Joe Sample. Hall has performed throughout the Eastern U.S., sharing the stage with one of his idols, Herbie Hancock. His […]

STORYLAND: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites

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

Don’t miss this interactive traveling exhibit, on loan from the Children’s Museum of Minnesota, that lets kids step into the world of their favorite picture books. Make snow angels in The Snowy Day, explore an oversized alphabet playground in Chicka Chicka Boom Boom & more! Featured books brought to life in this exhibit: The Tale […]

Steeple to Steeple Historic Tour

High Street Corridor 206 High Street, Portsmouth, VA

A tour of eight historic churches and one synagogue in Olde Towne Portsmouth. Explore the architecture , stained glass, and memorabilia of these historic structures. You'll hear stories of the Yellow Fever epidemic, the Underground Railroad, the Irish immigrants who built a masterpiece, the Jewish community who began settling in Portsmouth as early as 1916, […]