Tattoo Tips for Veterans and Active Duty Military
WHERE TO EAT
Delicious Meals in Walking Distance
There are several restaurants within easy distance to the Scope Arena especially on nearby Granby Street and at MacArthur Center Mall. Staff favorites include 456Fish and California Pizza Kitchen. Click here for a list of Virginia Arts Festival restaurant
Hullabaloo on Scope Plaza
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.
WHERE TO SIT AT THE TATTOO
VIP All the Way
Scope Arena is BIG, but the best seats are the VIP seats. The price is $55 each but it’s well worth the view, offering the fewest number of stairs to maneuver. One of the neatest things about these seats is that they are behind the dignitaries that take the Tattoo salute. The view is spectacular!
FUN & FREE OUTDOOR EVENTS
Thursday-Saturday 4:30 – 7:30 PM
Sunday 11:30 AM- 2:30 PM
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.
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.
NORFOLK NATO FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL VILLAGE
Saturday 11:30 AM – 3:30 PM Town Point Park, Downtown Norfolk, Free
Immediately following the Parade of Nations, join in a celebration and appreciation of our local NATO Headquarters. Interact with NATO Representatives and visit their 29 Member Nation tents in the NATO Village. Explore international heritage with cultural performances, international art, cuisine and craft beers. Come celebrate with the whole family in a European Street fair atmosphere in Downtown Norfolk. Kids can get stamps 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.
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