Tall ships, live music, fireworks, and more will light up the city at Norfolk Harborfest. Don't miss the boat!

Everyone will have a great time celebrating summer at this music and maritime festival. Three days of family fun are heading your way!

Norfolk Harborfest

Event Details

WHEN: June 7-9, 2019
WHERE: Town Point Park and Downtown Norfolk Waterfront

View the full schedule of events on the Norfolk Harborfest website.

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Event Highlights

The Parade of Sail will be on Friday, June 7, at 12 p.m. and mark the beginning of the festival. Led by a majestic tall ship, this sea-faring parade will show off all sorts of boats: military vessels, tall ships, classic wooden sailboats, and many, many more. Line up along the Elizabeth River to get the best view.

The first-ever Harborfest Drone Show is on Friday, June 7, at 9:30 p.m. and will fill the skies with light and dancing movement. Don't miss this high-tech show!

Make sure you're there for the Harborfest Fireworks Display on Saturday, June 8, at 9:30 p.m. Everyone will love the colors and lights of this annual pyrotechnic showcase.

The Build-a-Boat Challenge will pit several teams against each other to build a boat from scratch. Stop by and watch their progress, then how sea-worthy their crafts are at the Ultimate Build-a-Boat Race on Sunday. Cheer on your favorite team!


Know Before You Go

  • Each day has its share of live music, land events, and water events. Check the event website to plan out your day.
  • Over 50 food and beverage vendors will be there to provide the best fair food you could ever want. Start with BBQ or roasted corn and finish with a funnel cake or soft serve ice cream.
  • There will be a Harborfest Virginia Wine and Craft Beer Garden set up for you to try some local favorites. You must be 21 and over to purchase and consume alcohol.

**All photos in this article are courtesy of Festevents.

For more information, visit the event website or the Festevents Facebook page.