Arts & Culture

in olde towne


Commodore Theatre

Escape the summer heat and experience this unique 1945 restored Art-Deco theatre. Enjoy lunch or dinner while you watch the latest theatrical releases.

Now Showing:

  • Tulip Fever
  • American Assassin begins Friday, September 15th


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Sunset Thursdays
Concerts on the Water

Meet your friends at the water and grab a beer! Hang out on the steps of North Street Landing where some of the best local musicians headline this  event every Thursday from 6:30 – 9 pm.


2nd Wynd September 21

Block Party September 28

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Murals & Public Art

Discover the many works of public art scattered throughout Olde Towne during your stroll. Make sure to take a picture of (or with!) these unique sights.


Portsmouth Pavilion

The best place to spend a summer night, and just a few blocks away from pre-show dinner and drinks! Located on the water’s edge and fully covered, the Pavilion plays rain or shine.

Upcoming Showings:

Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds with Special Guest Brandy 9/21
Virginia Craft Beer & Wine Festival 9/16
Dan + Shay 9/29
Rob Zombie 10/5
Portsmouth Fall Tuner Fest 10/7
Pavilion Truck Show 10/21

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Need a break from the summer sun? Step inside one of the many museums and discover some of our area’s local history and its national impacts over the years.


Seawall Art Show

Come down to the annual art festival that brings artists, vendors, and musicians from around the nation to show off their best work.

Saturday, August 26 from 10 am – 6 pm

Sunday, August 27 from 10 am – 5 pm

High Street from Court to Crawford Streets

With about 75 juried artists, expect to find a little of everything, from wood carving to oil paintings, handwoven clothing to art glass, fine jewelry, pottery, and more. Enjoy great food, and live entertainment including:

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Virginia Craft Beer & Wine Festival

Enjoy Virginia based wineries and breweries along the water at the Portsmouth Pavilion to celebrate the end of summer. You won’t want to miss discovering your newest favorite summer drink!

September 16, 2017

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Weekend Events

Stock up on your homemade and homegrown goods at our weekly Farmer’s Market or join us in celebrating First Fridays in the Courtyard, with local music and cold drinks.


Yoga in the Courtyard

Change up your routine and join us for our weekly Yoga in the Courtyard sessions, hosted every Saturday from 9-10 am in the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center courtyard. It’s the perfect way to start your day, fully relaxed and ready for the weekend!


Get Crafty

Join in on a painting party or try your hand at throwing pottery. Get your hands dirty and release your inner artist by getting crafty while you’re in town.


Art Galleries

Wander through the rotating exhibits in our delightful art galleries. Enjoy a wide variety of local and national art that includes glass, pottery, fiber arts and much more!

Upcoming Showings:

  • to face the unknown art & cultural center 7/4-10/9
  • heated exchange: contemporary encaustics visual arts center 7/8-8/30
  • Suzanne Stryk: Notes on the State of Virginia art & cultural center 8/19-10/15
  • International Women Exhibition visual arts center 9/16-11/2

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Historic Homes

Take your time walking through the historic homes on your way to the seawall and marvel at the spectacular architectural variety from home to home.

329 North st.
300 court st.
202 north st.
218 North St.

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Colonel Crawford Guided Tour

Learn all there is to know about Olde Towne with Colonel Crawford himself! From small to large groups, he’ll make sure you leave with a treasure trove of knowledge. Tours will resume again in August.

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