Events at the Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center

EVENTS

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.

For more events and activities happening in Portsmouth, please visit PortsVaEvents.com

Come Experience Living History

 

Saturday, May 27th


Frederick Douglass
Returns to Portsmouth Courthouse Steps


Saturday, May 27th @ 1:00 p.m.
Steps of Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

150 years ago, Frederick Douglass the great former slave, abolitionist, writer and orator spoke in Downtown Portsmouth on the steps of the Courthouse. Join us as Poet, Author and Historian Nathan Richardson captures completely the physical and spiritual essence of Frederick Douglass. Hear the great speech "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July". Ask questions and take pictures with the great Frederick Douglass. This program is being sponsored by the Portsmouth Public Library.

 

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, 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, 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.

 

Saturday, June 3: 10:00 a.m. – 1 p.m.
The Rhythm Project - Steel Pan Drum Performance in the Courtyard

Founded in1996, The Rhythm Project offered Portsmouth youth the opportunity to play and tour in a steel pan drum teaching accomplishments through dedication and discipline.  Associate Director Paul Munzenrider of the Virginia Arts Festival has lead the group recently to perform for various occasions including the NPR program From The Top, and tours to George Mason University and New Bern, NC.  On this day they will perform in the courtyard from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The Rhythm Project Rising Stars Pan Drum Ensemble

Inside the museum, exhibits will be open free to the public from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  From 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., the Olde Towne Farmer’s market is open at the corner of Court & High Streets.  Plan a day for seeing art, listening to music, and shopping for special gifts, fresh baked goods, produce, seafood, and organic meats, then relax in the shade of our garden courtyard.

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.



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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.