Tap Your Foot to the Beat of Live Music During the 33rd Annual Norfolk Waterfront Jazz Festival, Taking Place This Weekend Near Northwest

July 13, 2015 2:45 pm

If you're headed to the Norfolk Waterfront Jazz Festival this weekend, we have a tip: Don't forget your sun umbrellas, lawn chairs, blankets, and a pair of dancing shoes! You'll need all four to get the most out of this annual music festival, which takes place outdoors at Norfolk's Town Point Park!

Returning for its 33rd season this weekend, the Norfolk Waterfront Jazz Festival is a two-day-long party set to the sultry sounds of jazz music. Some of the top performers in the genre are slated to take the riverfront stage this year, including Generation Next, Pamela Williams, Musiq Soulchild, and Earl Klugh. (For more information, check out the event's page on Facebook.)

With tickets starting at $30, the Norfolk Waterfront Jazz Festival takes place 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. this Friday and Saturday. You can buy tickets in advance online! See you there, Northwest!

33rd Annual Norfolk Waterfront Jazz Festival
5-11p.m. July 17-18, 2015
Town Point Park
101 Waterside Drive
Norfolk, VA 23510
festevents.org/events/2015-season-events/norfolk-jazz-festival

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33rd Annual 4th of July Great American Picnic and Fireworks: Ooh and Aah Along the Waterfront

July 1, 2015 2:45 pm

There's perhaps no better way to pay homage to your country than by enjoying a fireworks display on Independence Day. In Norfolk, locals have been doing just that for more than three decades. That's thanks to the 4th of July Great American Picnic and Fireworks, now in its 33rd year. It unfolds at Town Point Park, which is just a stone's throw away from Northwest, so you shouldn't have a difficult time loading up the family and getting them there—whether you go by car, Tide Lightrail, or water taxi.

Once you arrive, the real fun begins. The U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Band will be setting the soundtrack for most of the evening, so grab some grub and enjoy the tunes. Burgers, hot dogs, barbecue, and seafood come from the grill, while sides such as corn on the cob and watermelon make for a sweet complement to your meal. Bring along a blanket or chairs so that you're ready to revel in the awe-inspiring fireworks display at 9:30 p.m.

33rd Annual 4th of July Great American Picnic and Fireworks
Town Point Park
5 to 10 p.m. July 4
Norfolk VA 23510
festevents.org/events/2015-season-events/july4th

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Unleash Your Inner Patriot at the Stars and Stripes Explosion Festival, not far from Northwest

July 1, 2015 2:35 pm

Do you love Billy Joel? How about Motown? Are your kids fans of sleight of hand? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should probably pencil in the Stars and Stripes Explosion for the evening of July 4th. This Virginia Beach festival rings in Independence Day not far from Northwest with a slate of eclectic performers and, of course, a breathtaking fireworks display.

The free concerts are held all across the city at stages overlooking the water. They feature various performers, from a Billy Joel tribute band to local musicians playing patriotic songs. There will even be a magical show by Krendi, an illusionist who has fans all over the globe. So enjoy one of the performances with your family or friends, and then head to the Beach at 20th Street. That's where the crowning jewel of the day, a fireworks show, will unfold at 9:30 p.m.

Stars and Stripes Explosion
Various Locations
7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on July 4
Virginia Beach, VA
www.beachstreetusa.com/festivals/stars-stripes-explosion

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