Norfolk hosts a variety of events throughout the year — here are our top picks for this weekend!

Whether you’re a foodie, metal head, art fanatic, or history buff, there’s a little bit of something for everyone on Norfolk’s waterfront.

29th Annual Bayou Boogaloo Music & Cajun Food Festival

Town Point Park
1 Waterside Dr.,
Norfolk, VA 23510
(757) 441-2345

The Bayou Boogaloo Music & Cajun Food Festival is dubbed Norfolk’s annual “love-fest.” Between June 22 and June 24, Norfolk residents will gather to celebrate Bayou culture the Creole way. Feast on Cajun classics prepared by authentic Louisiana-inspired chefs, including fresh crawfish, gumbo, jambalaya, alligator, andouille, and more! Guests will also have the chance to snack on a few festival favorites, like root beer floats, kettle corn, and funnel cake. But that’s not all: Norfolk’s annual Bayou Boogaloo will also include a one-of-a-kind art show curated by The Arts Council of New Orleans and Norfolk Festevents and on-stage entertainment.

The Amish Outlaws at Waterside District

Waterside District
333 Waterside Drive
Norfolk, VA 23510

Fueled by alcohol, music, and MTV, The Amish Outlaws busted out of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, to start a new life in the Devil’s Playground (aka the rest of America.) For these “brothers,” Rumspringa isn’t just a holiday, it’s a lifestyle. Come and experience the fun with The Amish Outlaws at Waterside District on Friday, June 22, and Saturday, June 23. This free show will be held on the Blue Moon Concert Stage, powered by Lumos Networks.  

19th Century Fashion Show and Luncheon

Freemason Abbey Restaurant
209 West Freemason St.,
Norfolk, VA 23510
(757) 623-9814

Travel back in time to the 19th century on Saturday, June 23, at the Freemason Abbey Restaurant on West Freemason Street by joining the Hunter House Victorian Museum in its very first fashion show fundraiser. The show will feature garments from the 19th century modeled by volunteers from the Regency Society of Virginia, the Victorian Society in America, and friends and docents of the Hunter House Victorian Museum. One ticket includes admission to the fashion show in addition to a three-course lunch. (A cash bar will also be available.) Proceeds will benefit the continued restoration of the Hunter House Victorian Museum.

American Rover Cruises

American Rover Tall Ship Cruises
333 Waterside Dr.,
Norfolk, VA 23510
(757) 627-7245

Spend the weekend sailing on a two-hour cruise and view the beautiful highlights of the harbor, including the downtown Norfolk and Portsmouth skylines, private shipyards, Battleship Wisconsin, and more. There’ll be comfortable seating, a shaded top deck, a climate-controlled below-deck lounge and a ship’s store and bar. Don’t have time to go this weekend? American Rover Cruises sail through the harbor up until July 1.

Butterfly House Exhibit

Norfolk Botanical Garden
6700 Azalea Garden Road
Norfolk, VA 23518
(757) 441-5830  

Watch the kids become mesmerized at The Butterfly House. This enclosed wonderland houses a variety of colorful butterflies just waiting to be ogled. Teach your little ones about the mysterious life cycle of the caterpillar as you make your way to the two-and-a-half-acre Bristow Butterfly Garden and the giant Butterfly Maze. (Both are included with regular garden admission.)

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