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5 Family-Friendly Events in Norfolk This Fall

Posted by: Mira Roberts

Every season in Norfolk, VA brings with it new adventures and beautiful landscapes. We're especially fond of autumn in our coastal city, and not just because our tree-lined streets turn gold and the temperature turns perfectly comfortable for light sweaters and cozy scarves. We love autumn in Norfolk because there are so many things to do, and almost all of them are designed for every member of your family.

When the weather begins to cool, it feels right to bundle up and head outdoors to breathe in the crisp air and celebrate the season and your city with the ones you love. You have options in every direction this fall, with festivals along the riverfront, block parties on Granby Street and enormous space exhibits inside our downtown library.

Gather up the ones you love, and take advantage of this wonderful season in this beautiful city we love to call home at any one of these 5, family-friendly events in Norfolk this fall. 

Virginia Children's Festival
On Saturday, October 1st, pack up the family and head to Town Point Park in downtown Norfolk for a fun-filled day of family-friendly events along the Elizabeth River waterfront. Featuring a storybook parade from Slover Library, as well as an Imagination Station, Pirate's Den School and PBS' Kids Village, the entire family will be entertained and inspired during this fun and educational, annual event.

Chelsea West Fest
Gather up your family and friends and head to nearby West Ghent on October 1st to celebrate the rejuvenation of the Chelsea section of the neighborhood, with an all day festival to benefit Hope House Foundation. Featuring live music, local crafts, beers and brews, as well as nearby neighborhood restaurants, your entire family can satisfy their senses for a good cause.

First Fridays Downtown Street Party
Friday, October 7th, head to The Plot in the NEON district in downtown Norfolk for the final block party of this season's First Fridays. From 5-8:30, your entire family can kick back and enjoy music, food, drinks and merchandise in this authentic, downtown setting. These events are perfect for meeting new Norfolk residents and celebrating downtown's thriving arts and culture community.

Discover NASA - From Our Town to Outer Space
Saturday, November 5th, take the family to Slover Library for this incredible, interactive, educational space exhibit featuring hands-on activities, stunning images and multimedia experiences. Slover Library is one of only 6 libraries across the country selected to host this spectacular exhibit from NASA, so take advantage of this unique opportunity and save the date, today!

32nd Annual Grand Illumination Parade
Kick off the holidays with this wonderful and family-friendly grand illumination parade through downtown Norfolk, and watch the city's skyline to come to life with thousands and thousands of beautiful, colored lights. Featuring spectacular floats, dancing, marching bands and Santa Claus, himself, every member of your family will be impressed by this heartwarming and exciting tradition.



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Mira Roberts studied writing at New York University, graduating with a BA in English Literature before pursuing a career in media, marketing and management with PARADE Magazine, Portfolio Magazine, AltDaily, skirt! and lululemon athletica. A full time mother, writing instructor and part-time freelance writer, Mira lives and laughs with her family in Norfolk, VA. 


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