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33rd Annual Norfolk Waterfront Jazz Festival

October 5, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 


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Hampton Roads has been host to the longest running outdoor jazz festival for 33 years straight.  Located along the downtown Norfolk waterfront, this year’s festival on Friday July 17 and Saturday July 18 promises to live up to its awesome past.

norfolk waterfront jazz 1Going by boat makes the event even better — the event organizer, Festevents, offers Boater Packages that are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. The Boater Package includes park-side docking for $30.00 per day in addition to the per-person admission fee to the festival. Advance reservations are recommended. You can also dock your boat at Waterside Marina, located at the Waterside Festival Marketplace. It is a very quick walk to the venue.

The show runs from 5:00 through 11:00 p.m. each night, and there are a variety of ticket options. One-day general admission tickets are $30.00 per person and two-day general admission tickets are $49.00 each.  The festival also has VIP packages priced at $80.00 for one-day admission and up to $169.00 for both days.  The VIP package includes a special designated seating area along the edge of the Elizabeth River in Town Point Park, which is situated directly alongside the main stage. You not only have a better view of the stage, you are also welcome to go to the hospitality tent to receive complimentary beverages and snacks.  The tent also has an air-conditioned restroom trailer. The festival line-up is full of amazing talents. Headlining is Earl Klugh, Musiq Soulchild, Richard Elliot, and Pamela Williams. These Grammy- winning artists are the perfect cool entertainment for a hot July night.

Prior to the concert, enjoy the many activities around the Harbor.  TowneBank Fountain Park offers activities all summer long that include games such as cornhole and an interactive fountain.

You can grab an early dinner or late lunch at one of the many restaurants located within a few blocks walking distance of the Waterside Festival Marketplace; there are plenty of dining options located at the Harbor.  They feature 50 different food and beverage vendors, with options including fresh crab cakes, Greek food, and hand-dipped ice cream cones. You can hang out in one of their shaded seating areas located around the venue.

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By: Hayley Becker

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