Arts & Culture

in olde towne


Commodore Theatre

Enjoy first-run movies as they are meant to be seen in this unique 1945 restored Art-Deco theatre. Enjoy lunch or dinner while you watch the latest theatrical releases.

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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 High Street Landing where some of the best local musicians headline this event every Thursday from 6:30 – 9 pm.

Beginning June 13th

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Murals & Public Art

The Portsmouth Cultural Arts District encompasses the waterfront and continues down High Street. Enjoy strolling the brick sidewalks and view more than a dozen examples of public art that are scattered throughout Olde Towne. With whimsical murals like a two-story tall Speckled Trout and statues like the First Amendment Sculpture, there is something for everyone to enjoy!


Union Bank & Trust Pavilion

The best place to spend an exciting 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.

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Step inside one of the many Olde Towne museums and discover some of our area’s local history and its national impact 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 24, 2019 from 10 am – 6 pm

Sunday, August 25, 2019 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 Union Bank & Trust Pavilion to celebrate the beginning of autumn. You won’t want to miss discovering your newest favorite fall drink!

Stay Tuned for 2019!

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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 April 7 through December 8, in the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center courtyard. It’s the perfect way to start your day, fully relaxed and ready for the weekend!


Get Creative

Join in on a painting party 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!

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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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