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 Bite. Click here for a list of Virginia Arts Festival restaurant partners: http://www.vafest.org/your-visit/restaurants/
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!
WHAT TO SEE IN THE SHOW
Protocol vs Showbiz
During the finale a few verses of the service song will be played. Though military tradition calls for the songs to be sung from the youngest (Coast Guard) to oldest (Army) we do the showbiz version for this Navy town of Norfolk. Expect: Army, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, Navy.
You’re Part of the Show
Definitely watch for the National Anthem and please stand when your family’s service song is sung. Since you are part of the show, dress the part. Wear a cap, vest or other items that represents your family’s military service.
The Stories of Medal of Honor Recipients
The 2018 Virginia International Tattoo will remember and celebrate those who have been awarded the Nation’s highest honor – The Congressional Medal of Honor. Among countless patriots, a select few stand-alone whose bravery and actions in the direst of circumstances went Above and Beyond the Call of Duty. We’ll tell stories of selflessness, courage, friendship and faithfulness against all odds with music, song, historic imagery … and possibly a special appearance by one of our living recipients.
Tomb of the Unknown
All of the soldiers interred at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier have been awarded Medals of Honor. Some special guests will be joining us to honor their sacrifice.
Fanfare Fit for a President
Leonard Bernstein became a familiar face in the Kennedy White House, and two of his compositions bookend the administration: the very short Fanfare for the Inauguration, with its hopeful flourishes, and the somber, lengthy "Kaddish" Symphony. Bernstein was completing the latter when he learned of the President's assassination; he dedicated the score to "the beloved memory of John F. Kennedy." In honor of Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday the massed bands will perform Fanfare for the Inauguration.
The American March King
John Philip Sousa described the conviction and spirit which compelled him to compose this march The Invincible Eagle, noting, "It is what I call one of my sunshine marches. Some of my heavy marches are intended to convey the impression of the stir and strife of warfare, but The Invincible Eagle shows the military spirit at its lightest and brightest – the parade spirit . . . with the bravery of uniform, the sheen of silken stands, and the gleam of polished steel."
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 5:00PM 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 10:30AM 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 – 3:30PM 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 – 5:00PM Competition; 6:00PM 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 11:30AM – 2:00PM 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.