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Stockley Gardens Fall Arts Festival Finally Returns

Hope House Foundation today announced that the Stockley Gardens Fall Arts Festival and Chelsea West Fest will be back in person this fall.

“Hope House Foundation and the Stockley Gardens Arts Festivals are such a big part of the community that we are thrilled we can all be together again,” said Festival Director Elena Montello. “We look forward to bringing artists, musicians, food and beer vendors and our friends together to support Hope House Foundation and to continue celebrating our truly diverse and inclusive community.”

On October 2, from noon to 6 pm, Chelsea West Fest will bring the best of local makers and tastes to the Chelsea District. Located at 1200 Boissevain Avenue, this free Festival, organized by Hope House Foundation, celebrates the depth of local offerings with a wide variety of hand-made items from local crafters, talented local musicians, local beers, local food vendors and local products. The entertainment schedule offers a little something for everyone including some of the region’s most popular performers. Visit for more information. Applications for artists, musicians and vendors are being accepted through August 31.

Stockley Gardens Fall Arts Festival will be held on October 16 and 17. This free two-day community event features 125+ artists, musicians and food vendors. The Stockley Gardens Fall Arts Festival, presented by TowneBank, takes place in Stockley Gardens Park at the corner of Stockley Gardens and Olney Road in Norfolk.

Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 5 pm on Sunday. Stockley Gardens Arts Festival has been named as one of the top two outdoor art festivals in Eastern Virginia by Virginia Living Magazine readers. Artists present works in various media including painting, glass, sculpture, photography, and jewelry.

Everyone is welcome to the free Art Party on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. This fun event recognizes artists’ awards and features live music with a cash bar. For more information, visit their Facebook page.

The Stockley Gardens Arts Festival has been a biannual staple in the Hampton Roads area for the past 37 years, as well as being Hope House Foundation’s biggest fundraiser. The money raised during these events helps pay for rent, transportation, food, furnishings, unmet medical care, and more for people with developmental disabilities in Norfolk, Chesapeake, and Virginia Beach. In addition, Hope House is a staunch supporter of the local LGBTQ community, giving queer artists the unique opportunity to showcase their work to the community.

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