Sunday, March 26, 2023

Stockley Gardens Arts Festival Headlines Another Activity Filled Weekend

This weekend, the 34th Annual Stockley Gardens Spring Arts Festival takes place in Stockley Gardens Park at the corner of Stockley Gardens and Olney Road in Norfolk.  This outdoor festival, held in the Spring and in the Fall headlines another weekend of enriching diversions to check out in Hampton Roads.

Stockley Gardens Arts Festival

An artist sells their work at Stockley Gardens Arts Festival. (Photo courtesy Hope House Foundation)

The Festival and Art Party are free and open to the public. Festival hours are 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday and noon to 5 pm on Sunday.  

More than 120 artists present works in various media including painting, glass, sculpture, photography, and jewelry. This year’s judge is Kevin Grogan, director and curator of the Morris Museum in Augusta, GA. Grogan is familiar with Hampton Roads since he was previously the director of the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art in Virginia Beach.

Proceeds from the Stockley Gardens Arts Festivals support the programs of Hope House Foundation, the only organization in Virginia that provides in-home support for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities exclusively in their own homes. The spring and fall festivals, the largest fundraiser for the organization, generate $80,000 that is used to provide necessities for the people who receive services such as assistance with food, medical expenses, dental care, clothing and housing. For more information, visit or call (757) 625-6161.

All are welcome to attend the free Art Party sponsored by O’Connor Brewing Company. This fun event recognizes artists awards and features the band the Life Hacks on Saturday from 5 to 7 pm with a cash bar.

Entertainment Schedule

Saturday, May 19

  • 11 am – Mosquito Cabaret/Folk
  • 12:30 pm – Bended Light
  • 2 pm – Barbara Nesbitt/Americana & Country-Folk Singer-Songwriter
  • 3:30 pm – Luca Burgalassi/Acoustic Folk, Country, Blues, Jazz, and Rock
  • 5 pm – Life Hacks/ Alternative Rock Trio

Sunday, May 20

  • Noon – Narissa Bond/Singer-Songwriter
  • 12:30 pm – Fox and the Bear/Indie Alternative Folk
  • 1:45 pm – Derek Smith/Acoustic Singer-Songwriter
  • 3:30 pm – Tom Dikon & The Jukes Revival/ Swing, Boogie & Blues

If you plan your weekend around a visit to the Stockley Gardens Arts Festival, you can still catch a few other diversions among the following:

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Virginia Beer Festival at Town Point Park – May 19

Virginia Arts Festival “Fringe Fest” – All Weekend

Out in the Open at the Brick – “School Daze” Edition – May 19, 7 p.m.

Mr. Virginia Teddy Bear Auction – May 19, 9 p.m.

“Crowns” at the Virginia Stage Company through May 27

Norfolk Greek Festival – May 17-20

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