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The Virginia Arts Festival’s top priority is the health and safety of all our patrons, artists, volunteers, and staff.  In conformance with the Governor Ralph Northam’s statewide ban of events over 100 people made on March 15, 2020, and due to the increasing threat COVID-19, all performances during the 2020 Virginia International Tattoo week are canceled.

Until further notice, the Robin Hixon Theater, Clay and Jay Barr Education Center and VAF offices will be closed to visitors, however, administrative staff will be on hand to continue basic business operations. The 2021 Virginia International Tattoo dates will be announced in the near future.  

“The safety of our patrons, artists, and staff is paramount, so we made this decision to support public health and do our part to help slow the worldwide spread of this virus,” Says Robert W. Cross, Perry Artistic Director, Virginia Arts Festival. “Please know that given the current global health issues, we are making these difficult decisions in the best interest of all.”

J. Scott Jackson, Virginia International Tattoo Producer/Director stated “For 23 years, Virginia Arts Festival has taken great pride in presenting the premier performance of its kind in the United States, the Virginia International Tattoo. The Tattoo brings out the very best in our performers, our volunteers, and our audience. We are all saddened by the cancellation of the 2020 Virginia International Tattoo, but we will be back with a spectacular performance in spring 2021.”

Thursday, April 30 – Sunday, May, 3, 2020
Scope Arena, Norfolk, Virginia


The Virginia Arts Festival is committed to providing the utmost flexibility for our patrons in light of these circumstances.

As the Virginia Arts Festival is a non-profit institution relying on both ticket sales and contributed revenue, we ask you to consider donating the value of your ticket(s). While cancelling performances is necessary for the health of all our patrons, staff, artists, and volunteers, it will be a loss for the institution, making donations even more important. If you choose to donate your ticket(s) you will help sustain our revenue during this time, allowing us to continue inspiring and impacting people through the performing arts, and receiving a tax deduction.

Ticketholders for the 2020 Virginia International Tattoo have the following options:
-Exchange your tickets for the 2021 Virginia International Tattoo or for another 2020 Virginia Arts Festival performance
-Donate your tickets, and receive a tax deduction for the total value of your ticket(s)
-Exchange your tickets for a Virginia Arts Festival gift certificate, or
-Receive a full refund for the value of the ticket and associated fees

We ask that you consider donating your ticket back to the Virginia Arts Festival. Our Box Office agents will be ready to accommodate individual patrons’ needs. Due to anticipated volume, we ask for your patience as we address each case. For assistance, please contact the VAF Box Office at 757-282-2822 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or submit below form.

submit a form online

The Virginia Arts Festival is closely monitoring the situation and will be revising this message as necessary.  To stay informed on COVID-19, visit cdc.gov for the latest updates.

If you have any questions regarding the 2020 Festival, please contact the VAF box office at 757-282-2822, or email cstuart@vafest.org.