Wednesday, May 18 2022


NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – After a year off, the NEON Festival in downtown Norfolk NEON (New Energy of Norfolk) is back.

The free party celebrates its fifth year, October 21-22, with plenty of offerings through art exhibitions, local and national performances, and murals tours. The event started in 2015 and provided a platform for over 300 artists and performers.

Thursday schedule (October 21):

  • Neon party at the Chrysler Museum of Art with live music, food trucks and activities. Music provided by the Virginia Arts Festival Steel Drum Group, The Rhythm Project, Trio Atomic, and BTG Artist Collective, plus light yoga on the lawn at 7 p.m. with Bhav Brigade and backing music by PranaMuktiBhakti
  • Community programming inside and outside the Chrysler Museum of Art offered by the Poetry Society of Virginia, Virginia Zoo, Todd Rosenlieb Dance, Virginia Ballet Theater, Lil Truck of Tools and the Human Library from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Wall visits at 6.30 p.m. and 8 p.m. from the Chrysler Museum Glass StudioDrink after dark premieres at the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio with a glass demonstration and music by psych-rock band Berries. Free entry with advance tickets

Friday schedule (October 22):

  • Art Center opening night of Dynamic, a national contemporary art exhibition, with drinks, food truck, DJ, make & take and works for sale in the gallery
  • CROP Foundation Municipality X celebrates ten years of Perry Glass Studio with a new collective exhibition X Marks the Spot: A Decade of the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio. The OHO Emerging Leaders Council is hosting a CURATE series celebration with music and art in the parking lot starting at 5 p.m.
  • The parcel, outdoor garden from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. with Smartmouth Brewing Company, food trucks, Norfolk Currents pop up, performances by Teens with a Purpose, Governor’s School for the Arts and others, closing of the evening with a big dance party with DJ Can Rock at 9 p.m.
  • Hurray Copeland Center presents an overview of Hooray Players’ Moana, poetry readings from ODU writers in the community and the Muse Writers’ Center, the solo show Being BAD by ODU professor Brittney Harris, and live musical performances from Norfolk State University and TCC’s Blue Moon Jazz Band, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • 757 Street art battle hosts a live painting competition, judged by local professional artists, supported by live music and a craft workshop from Lil Truck of Tools and 757 Creative Reuse Center, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Ephemeral art galleries at the Hugh R. Copeland Center, Virginia Furniture store windows and 717 Granby Street featuring local NEON artists and Norfolk State University students
  • Neon house features live music from Bay River Band and Infinite Flava, with an ODU pottery sale, live painting, a cabaret by Feral Showgirls, and rhythm-making workshops from Music Theory Studios from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • 757 Makerspace interactive art exhibition at the Cofer lot with more than 20 unique art installations by local artists on display to the public, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Wall visits at 6.30 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the start of the Plot

A complete list of exhibitions, events and entertainment is available HERE.

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