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40th Annual Norfolk Harborfest
Land Activities

NEW! Kroger Virginia Wine and Craft Beer Garden

The Made in Virginia Wine Tasting will feature wine sampling from 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 wine and craft beer with live music from The Back Deck Stage located along the Elizabeth River in TowneBank Fountain Park next to Waterside Live!

NEW! The Colours Junkanoo Street Party

Twenty-five members of the world famous parade unit from Nassau, Bahamas will travel to Norfolk to perform “rushouts” throughout the weekend.  Making music from goatskin drums, cowbells, whistles, horns and conch shells and wearing beautiful and vibrant handmade costumes – this is a performance NOT to be missed! 


NEW! Nathan's Hot Dog

The Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest is a culmination of a qualifying circuit conducted throughout the United States. Each year, the greatest competitive eaters on earth gather on the corner of Surf and Stillwell Avenues in Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY, to compete, as they have since 1916, according to the archives. This year marks the 100th Anniversary of this legendary competition. Do not miss your chance to be part of history!


Norfolk , VA will host a sanctioned hot dog-eating contest on Saturday, June 11, 2016. The contest will take place on the Main Stage at The 40th Annual Norfolk Harborfest along the historic Downtown Waterfront. The top male and female finishers will each qualify for a spot to complete in the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island on July 4th, 2016.




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.

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 2016 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.


Dining at Harborfest... Fresh & Fun

The Harborfest®, food and beverage theme is fresh and fun! Outdoor dining on the waterfront includes over 50 food and beverage scenes, serving fill-your-tummy delicacies including fresh crab cakes, hand breaded shrimp, fried oysters, scallops, shrimp fried rice, mouth-watering open pit beef barbeque, North Carolina barbeque, Italian sausage, Polish sausage, Philly style cheese steaks, burgers and dogs, souvlaki, pitas, gyros, chicken on a stick, chicken tenders, Grecian chicken, chicken lo mein, Greek salad, buttery roasted corn, fresh cut French fries, onion rings, fresh wraps, corn dogs, blooming onions and smoked savory turkey legs. Top off your lunch or dinner with ice cold lemonade and sweet desserts like hand dipped ice cream, fresh and hot funnel cakes, cool Italian ices, melt-in-your-mouth Kettle Korn, fresh fruit smoothies and soft serve ice cream with all the toppings. Lounge with family and friends at one of our shaded seating areas and relax while enjoying your favorite festival fare. In addition to traditional beverage selections like smoothies and lemonade, adult beverages may be found throughout the festival grounds in various locations.