Tattoo Tips for Celtic Fans
WHERE TO SIT
Lower Level 200
The lower 200 level seats are just close enough. They give you a great view of the show’s spectacular movements and displays, plus you’ll have a great view of all of the pipers and dancers.
WHERE TO EAT
Hullabaloo – Thursday-Saturday 4:30 – 7:30PM; Sunday 11:30AM- 2:30PM
There is something for everyone, from pizza to pretzels, from hotdogs to gyros, from smoothies to craft beer. Average Price: $8 -$15 per person. Enjoy your meal in a festive atmosphere. There are plenty of seats and tables around the plaza. Try Music & Might Red Ale, an O’Connor Brewing Company special brew created for the Tattoo!
Also, check out nearby favorites like Grace O’Malley’s Irish Pub and Restaurant and Murphy’s Irish Pub in Virginia Beach.
WHAT TO SEE IN THE SHOW
Pipes and Drums
So many pipers and drummers performing together and they only just met on Sunday!
Luckily the Pipe Major and Drum Major have been working on the sets for several months. The Pipe Major selects all of the music, writes scores and ensures the musical integrity of the performance. The Drum Major designs and oversees all of the movement on the floor.
Keeping Tradition Alive
The New Zealand Academy of Highland and National Dancing was established in 1946 with the objective to raise the standard of technique and execution and establish a fuller appreciation of the art and beauty of the national dances. The Academy fosters and maintains the Highland and National dances brought to New Zealand by the Scottish Settlers.
Republic of Ireland
Our first ever band from the Republic of Ireland, is a Grade 3 pipe band that came in 2nd at the World Pipe Band Championship in Glasgow named New Ross and District Pipe Band. Republic of Ireland (Poblacht na hÉireann), is a sovereign state in northwestern Europe occupying 26 of 32 counties of the island of Ireland and is not to be confused with Northern Ireland which is part of the United Kingdom.
FUN & FREE OUTDOOR EVENTS
Thursday-Saturday 4:30 – 7:30PM
Sunday 11:30 AM- 2:30PM
Lots of great activities 3 hours prior to Tattoo, Scope Plaza, Free
Performances - Daily
Many of the performers who are in the Tattoo also perform at the Hullabaloo. It’s a bonus opportunity to see them provide a less formal performance. Expect lots of music, dance and drill!
DrumLine Battle - Daily
Drumlines battle in a head-to-head competition to see who will win based on a combination of drumming skills, movement, visuals, stick tricks, stunts and overall showmanship. Expect the unexpected! Hula-hoopers and dancers have participated in the past.
Military Vehicles and Kids Crafts - Daily
Keep your eyes peeled for a boat, a historic military vehicle and a craft tent.
NATO FLAG RAISING
Thursday 5:00 PM Scope Plaza, Free
Enjoy a cultural sampling of music and a colorful display of NATO Member Nation flags, uniforms and anthems in this military presentation representing all 29 NATO Member Nations.
NATO PARADE OF NATIONS
Saturday 10:30 AM Downtown Norfolk, Free
The oldest continuously-held parade in the region and the only one in the United States honoring NATO features floats representing each of the 29 NATO Nations in addition to U.S. and International Military and high school bands.
NATO FESTIVAL AT TOWN POINT PARK
Saturday 11:30 AM – 3:30 PM Downtown Norfolk, Free
Kids can visit each of the 29 NATO member tents for a stamp in their NATO Explorer Passport.
VIRGINIA INTERNATIONAL TATTOO AMERICAN PIPE BAND CHAMPIONSHIP
Saturday 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM Competition; 6:00 PM Massed Bands & Awards
Scope Plaza, Norfolk, Free
The 3rd Annual Virginia International Tattoo American Pipe Band Championship will feature Grade 2 and Grade 3 pipe bands from around the world.
HIGHLAND HEAVY ATHLETIC CHAMPIONSHIP
Sunday 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM Green Space across from Scope Plaza, Norfolk, Free
Yep, they will be flipping logs! The Virginia International Tattoo is partnering with Brute Strength Gym for a Heavy Athletic Championship, Highland-style, with a caber toss, keg toss and more.