Events at the Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center


The Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center events and activities include First Weekend activities. First Friday and Saturday Activities are Free and open to the public from March to October.

First Saturday activities typically feature guest artists and live craft demonstrations.

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First Weekends
Exhibit & Concert Series


Come enjoy and support artists and musical favorites every first weekends of the month. Exhibits and music are free and open to the public. The Concert Series is sponsored by PortsEvents, Towne Bank, Portsmouth Economic Development Authority, The Portsmouth Partnership, and The Portsmouth Redevelopment & Housing Authority. Parking is free after 6:00 p.m. For more information please call 757-393-8543.

Friday, April 7: 5:00 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Concert Series Featuring Jimmy Masters Quartet

Jimmy Masters once again brings his extraordinary talents to the Courtyard, accompanied by some of the finest jazz soloists around.

Friday, May 5: 5:00 p.m. – 8 p.m..
Concert Series Featuring Lewis McGehee

Lewis McGehee always brings his “A” game to the Courtyard, and what a big game it is. He writes, sings and plays it all. A courtyard favorite.

Friday, June 2: 5:00 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Concert Series Featuring Derek Smith

Local favorites Derek Smith plays it all. Having shared stages with numerous national and international acts, he has established notoriety among fans and coincidental patrons as a vibrant performer.

Friday, July 7: 5:00 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Concert Series Featuring More Cowbell

The First Friday Concert Series closes with the blues and rock of More Cowbell Two guitars, Allman, Stevie Ray, Steely Dan, James Brown….need we say more?

Friday, August 4: 5:00 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Concert Series Featuring The BJ Griffin Duo

Join local favorites The BJ Griffin Duo as they create and play arrangements for two voices, cello, and piano.

Friday, September 1: 5:00 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Concert Series Featuring Bobby "Black Hat" Walters

Bobby "BlackHat" Walters brings together the finest blues musicians in Hampton Roads to perform classic, modern, as well as original blues tunes.

2017 Atlantic Coast Kite Festival

Saturday, May 6, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
at the Beach and 17th Street Park, Virginia Beach

Sunday, May 7, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
at City Park, 140 City Park Ave., Portsmouth

Gather your family and kites and join us for the 13th annual Atlantic Coast Kite Festival beginning at 17th Street Park in Virginia Beach on Saturday, May 6th and continuing on Sunday, May 7th at City Park, 140 City Park Ave. in Portsmouth. From giant kites that fill the sky, to flyers who will perform kite ballet to music and share their skills in flight, the event holds activities for all skill levels to enjoy. Kite flying champion Archie Stewart returns to teach workshops on kite building. Materials for the workshop are available for a nominal fee. Vendors will also be at each site for those interested in purchasing a kite. Organized flight training sessions will be offered to teach folks how to fly single-line and dual-line kites. Learn about kite safety, how to launch, fly and land your kite. Bolo races, face-painting, and other children’s activities will round out the day. The Atlantic Coast Kite Festival is a collaborative event sponsored by Jackite, Inc., BeachEvents, and Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center. For more information, call 393-8543.

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Mailing Address: 521 Middle Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704
The Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, housed in the 1846 Courthouse, is devoted to offering quality educational, cultural and aesthetic experiences in the arts through rotating visual art exhibits, lectures, classes and performances.