Land Activities – Harborfest 2017


The Made in Virginia Wine Tasting will feature wine sampling from Virginia Wineries as well as craft beers from Virginia and more!  Wines will be available by the glass, bottle and case.

Craft beers will be available to purchase in sample sizes or by the pint.  Join us for a unique experience sampling some of Virginia’s finest wine and craft beer.

Also live music from The Back Deck Stage located along the Elizabeth River in TowneBank Fountain Park next to the  Waterside District


Twenty-five members of the world famous parade unit from Nassau, Bahamas will travel to Norfolk to perform “rushouts” throughout the weekend.

Making music from goatskin drums, cowbells, whistles, horns and conch shells and wearing beautiful and vibrant handmade costumes – this is a performance NOT to be missed!


Laugh until it hurts as stunt comedian Wacky Chad rides another person on his tiny bicycle and handstands on a skateboard. Wacky Chad will reach neck-straining heights on his tall unicycle and defy gravity on an air powered pogo stick.

His award winning pogo stick skills, charmingly funny jokes and antics got him on America’s Got Talent (Twice!), and a performance at the Superbowl. Prepare to be amazed, and if you don’t like laughing, go somewhere else! #WackyChad


A world class world traveler, Cate has performed on stages, pitches and at festivals across the globe, including England, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Dubai, in addition to cities throughout the United States and Canada.

Cate blends high-end circus with unique comedy. You will be charmed by her whit and astounded by her skill. Whether she is precariously balanced on her rolla bolla or defying gravity balanced on her hands you will be thrilled and amazed.


Watch as the curtains open to reveal an ancient spirit of the deep, a creature thought to exist only in the shimmering mirage of the open ocean – a mermaid! Spotted by sailors for thousands of years in the breaking waves of their ships, one of these illusive beauties will be brought to you from the far corners of the earth.

Hear about their stories of bravery and courage, learn about protecting their oceans, and witness for yourself a real mermaid! Photo opportunities will be available throughout the day.


If you combine three parts painter, two and a half parts musician, a pound or two of inventor, and a heaping tablespoon of show-off . . . you just might come up with a Dan Nelson, Art Adventurer Extraordinaire.

Dan made his living for decades as a freelance illustrator, winning competitions in everything from street painting to sand sculpture. At the same time he began mesmerizing audiences by producing 8-by-10-foot masterpieces in the streets and parks of Raleigh, North Carolina, his hometown.


With so many awesome things to see and things to do, it is easy to get a little tuckered out at Harborfest.

That’s why you can’t miss Cabana Land and the Hammock Hangout; your perfect excuse to kick back and relax during the festival weekend while still being in the center of the action.


Craft yourself the appropriate swashbuckling attire at the Pirate Bandanna Tent and then set sail into a class at the Moody Crewe Pirate School where you will learn how to live the shipshape pirate’s life … Yo Ho Yo Ho a pirate’s life for me.





The first BuskerfestNFK was launched at the 40th Anniversary of the Norfolk Harborfest. In celebration of the Busker movement across the nation and the popularity of Busking in Hampton Roads, we are excited to announce returning to Harborfest this year BuskerfestNFK.

Norfolk Festevents is excited to invite the community to come out to support this first ever event where street performers are showcased in a whole new way.


The Harborfest, food and beverage theme is fresh and fun! Outdoor dining on the waterfront includes over 50 food and beverage scenes, serving fill-your-tummy delicacies including fresh crab cakes, hand breaded shrimp, fried oysters, scallops, shrimp fried rice, mouth-watering open pit beef barbeque, North Carolina barbeque, Italian sausage, Polish sausage, Philly style cheese steaks, burgers and dogs, souvlaki, pitas, gyros, chicken on a stick, chicken tenders, Grecian chicken, chicken lo mein, Greek salad, buttery roasted corn, fresh cut French fries, onion rings, fresh wraps, corn dogs, blooming onions and smoked savory turkey legs.

Top off your lunch or dinner with ice cold lemonade and sweet desserts like hand dipped ice cream, fresh and hot funnel cakes, cool Italian ices, melt-in-your-mouth Kettle Korn, fresh fruit smoothies and soft serve ice cream with all the toppings.

Lounge with family and friends at one of our shaded seating areas and relax while enjoying your favorite festival fare. In addition to traditional beverage selections like smoothies and lemonade, adult beverages may be found throughout the festival grounds in various locations.