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.

Now Showing:


Bruce Willis
Rated R

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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.

Stay Tuned for the 2018 Season!

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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.


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.

Upcoming Showings:

George Clinton & Parliment-Funkadelic
with Special Guest Shelia E ~ May 12

Primus with Special Guest Mastadon  ~  May 18

Vance Joy Nation of Two World Tour  ~  May 19 

Alabama with Special Guest Montgomery Gentry ~ May 20

Rebelution with Special Guest Stephen Marley  ~  June 30

Buddy Guy & Jonny Lang  ~  July 21

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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 25, 2018 from 10 am – 6 pm

Sunday, August 26, 2018 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!

2018 Dates to be Announced Soon!

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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 10-11 am through December 9, 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:

Portsmouth Here & Now II
Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center 2/24 – 5/13 

In Print
Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center 3/2 – 5/28 

47th Annual Student Art & Design Exhibition
Visual Arts Center 3/24-4/19

2018 Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition
Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center 4/6/- 10/14

Over and Over: Sculpture & Photographs by Doug Calisch
Visual Arts Center 5/5 – 6/20

We are the Music Makers: Preserving the Soul of America’s Music
Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center 5/18 – 8/12 

Through Darkness into Light:
Photos Along the Underground Railroad
Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center 6/16 – 10/21 


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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 the founder of Portsmouth – Colonel Crawford himself! From small to large groups, he’ll make sure you leave with a treasure trove of knowledge.

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