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39th Annual Norfolk Harborfest
Land Activities












NEW! Virginia Wine and Beer Tasting Area

The Made in Virginia Wine Tasting will feature wine sampling from Mermaid Winery, Rockbridge Vineyards, and other Virginia Wineries as well as craft beers from Virginia and more!  Wines will be available by the glass, bottle and case.  Craft beers will be available to purchase in sample sizes or by the pint.  Join us for a unique experience sampling some of Virginia's finest beer and wine with live music from The Back Deck Stage located along the Elizabeth River in TowneBank Fountain Park next to Waterside Live!


NEW!  Red Trouser Show

Don’t miss this brilliant street theater! 30 minute shows will take place 3 time a day at the Anchor Stage.  Watch and be amazed by this spectacular and unique duo of Acrobats as they flip and fly through the air with ease.


NEW! The World’s Largest Potato

This Potato on wheels will embark on its fourth cross-country tour with many new cities, traveling 22,087 miles and help will help dozens of charities better serve their communities. It began in 2012 as a one-year campaign to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Idaho Potato Commission and became quickly apparent with it’s success that it would be more than a one-year occurrence, it literally became a big piece of pop-culture. 


NEW! The Real Mermaids!

Watch as the curtains open to reveal ancient spirits of the deep, creatures thought to exist only in the shimmering mirage of the open ocean. Spotted by sailors for thousands of years in the breaking waves of their ships, these illusive beauties are now brought to you from the far corners of the earth. Their mystical songs will reveal stories of old that will warm the hearts and enchant the souls of all who dare to listen. Return to an age of magic, where myth blurs with reality and witness the real life mermaids.  The Mermaids will be appearing every hour on the hour until sunset throughout the weekend.





The Boardwalk Arcade

The festival favorite is back in 2015 with more classic boardwalk games like Pacman, Skee Ball and more all completely free to play for all festival guests!


Cabana Land and Hammock Hangout

With so many awesome things to see and things to do, it is easy to get a little tuckered out at Harborfest. That’s why you can't miss Cabana Land and the Hammock Hangout; your perfect excuse to kick back and relax during the festival weekend while still being in the center of the action.


Moody Crewe Pirate School

Craft yourself the appropriate swashbuckling attire at the Pirate Bandana Tent and then set sail into a class at the Moody Crewe Pirate School where you will learn how to live the shipshape pirate’s life … Yo Ho Yo Ho a pirate’s life for me.


NEW! Navy Stewards of the Sea

Visit Stewie, the friendly environmental turtle, and learn about Navy Environmental and Energy Programs.  Find out how Sailors safeguard whales, protect the environment and use biofuels for ships and aircraft. Hear and see whales and dolphins common to our Virginia waters with interactive touch screens. Guests will learn how the Navy helps the ancient Atlantic Sturgeon in the Chesapeake Bay and creates oyster reefs in the Atlantic Ocean.